Those 60s that swing when “you had to wear clothes that could tear!” – Hastings Celebration
The line-up will consist of Mike Pender (original voice of The Searchers), The Trems (all former members of The Tremeloes), Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich, The Fortunes and Vanity Fare.
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich are from Dave Dee and The Bostons, a band that toured as opening act for The Honeycombs. And then one fateful night in Swindon the band came to the attention of Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley who offered to take them on – and changed their names to Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, after which they were signed to Fontana Records and had a string of hits between 1966 and 1969.
“We had been on tour for two and a half years as Dave Dee and The Bostons and had built up the name, so we weren’t happy to change it. They said we’d be Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich because those were our nicknames, and we thought “Flipping heck!” or words to that effect! We thought that was way too long a name because all the other bands were things like The Who and The Merseybeats, but it worked.
The group also had to change its style: “Before changing our name, we were like a Barron Knights type group. We were a comedy group and that’s what we did.
When success came, they chose instead – laughs Beaky – to become sex symbols: “We decided to become a pop group. The public at that time was stronger than us! And we just changed overnight.
“We started touring on the Gene Pitney Tour and within two weeks Hold Tight came out and soared to number two on the charts. It was in 1966, but at the time we were under contract. We were doing £30 gigs with Hold Tight on the charts, but there was nothing we could do. All we had to do was fulfill those contracts.
“But it was really that night that changed everything, that gig in Swindon. If it hadn’t happened, we probably would have come home and said, ‘Let’s find a suitable job. happened and it was a lot of fun, and it happened in two weeks We were selling 270,000 records a day and the reason Hold Tight didn’t hit number one was because the Walker Brothers passed us of 10,000 discs.
“But we had no security. We had no guards to get us in and out of concerts. We used to drive to the police station and get in a Black Maria and go out to the theater and there were all these girls yelling at you and you couldn’t get out.
“At first it was exciting, but then it got really dangerous. If you got too close to the front of the stage, you’d be swept up in the crowd. At one gig, Dozy had a polar neck and he was got too close to the edge of the stage and they dragged him into the crowd and by the time the club bouncers came in and grabbed him, Dozy was choking from the polar neck. you had to wear clothes that could tear!”
Things are different now: “All I see now is a sea of gray when I look outside!”