Raising the vexed question of original artists in acts

Jan 2014 Raising the vexed question of original artists in acts

Dozy speaks out

Three original members, Tich, Dozy, (Mick) and Beaky

By Ralph Gowling


Dozy Ward-Davies of Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich has become the latest star to raise the vexed question of original artists in acts.


“We are still rocking and rolling into another year with a two-month tour starting on the 3rd of January in Germany with our great friends The Rubettes and Herman’s Hermits,” said Dozy.


“Sorry we can’t be with you in England but agents seem to book only bands with no original members. We have three – Dozy, Beaky and Tich. Sadly, our drummer John has been with us for only 30 years!


“Are you not fed up yet with the same old bands year after year? We are available to English agents.”


By fielding three original members, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich trump many other groups today who battle to parade even one original due to the inevitable toll of health and age.


The departure last year of Tony Carpenter, a latter day Beaky, opened the door for founder member John Dymond to return to the group he helped form in 1961 with four friends – David Harman (Dave Dee), Trevor Ward-Davies (Dozy), Michael Wilson (Mick) and Ian Amey (Tich).


Initially, they called themselves Dave Dee and The Bostons before becoming Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich. British songwriters Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley spotted the Wiltshire group in 1964 and took them under their wing. They wrote catchy numbers for the group to record.


Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich scored a No.1 in the UK charts in 1968 with ‘The Legend Of Xanadu’ and other top 10 hits which included ‘Hideaway’, ‘Hold Tight’, ‘Bend It’, ‘Save Me’, ‘Touch Me, Touch Me’, ‘Okay’, ‘Zabadak’ and ‘Last Night In Soho’.


Dave Dee left the group in 1969 for a short-lived solo career: and Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich soldiered on by themselves until they broke up in 1972.


In the 1980s, the group reformed again without Dave Dee, and then, in the 1990s, they joined forces with their old frontman once more, taking part in major UK Golden Oldies tours.


Dave Dee died in 2009, after suffering from prostate cancer for several years.