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Still at the top of their game ......
on 1 January 2006
The other reviewer (# 1 reviewer too!) is right in that it may be a silly name - but it really is their nicknames. The other thing that he got right is that they were really very very good indeed. Anybody who saw them on stage in their heyday will know that very few bands ever wanted to follow them. And before you sneer, oh doubtful ones, remember that Tich was voted World's Best guitarist in the 60s and nobody argued: he was a friend of, and jammed with, Jimi Hendrix: he played some cracking guitar on stage at the Heartbreak Hotel Club on Ibiza (Phil Carson's gaff) when the band backed .... Robert Plant (with a little help from Tony Kaye and Chris Squires of Yes): and that in the sixties the Boys outsold the Beatles in many counties.
This run through of their greatest hits shows that they could sing and play to perfection, with fantastic vocal harmonies, honed by what must be a million gigs over the last 40-plus years. "Hold Tight", "The Wreck of the Hesperus", "Xanadu" are all great pure pop songs and the only tragedy is that they were all written by Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley, the Stock Aitken Waterman of the day, and that the Boys' own songs were largely unrecorded until late in the day.
Remember that these lads shared the stage with everybody, and I mean everybody, from the Beatles to the Stones to Hendrix to you name it and never came off second best. A fantastic and overlooked band, with a lot of these songs being recorded in a few hours in one or two takes.
Do yourselves a favour, I dare you - listen to this disc and then get tickets to see Dave Dee, D B M and T at Salisbury City Hall in March 2006. This still-gigging band, still huge in Europe, will blow away all your pre-conceptions.
I am absolutely delighted to inform you that The Boys have been honoured with a Blue Plaque on the wall of the City Hall in Salisbury,as from 14th March 2008, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Xanadu being number one in the UK charts and the Boys having been on the road almost continuously for 45 years. The ceremony included a presentation by the Mayor of Salisbury in front of a large crowd before they played the hall that night as part of a 40-date sold-out tour. Fantastic. Real real class.
Stop press 8/10/08 - unbelievable as it may sound, I am delighted to tell you that the new CD, The Very Best Of DDDBMandT entered the charts this week at no. 24. How about that for staying power? Nice one, Tich and the boys - NOW will you let me borrow your Fender Twin Reverb again? Please?
UPDATE - it is with a huge sadness and a great sense of loss that I have to report that Dave Dee died on 9th January 2009 after a long battle with cancer. This funny, talented and lovely man carried out a massive tour last year without missing a gig and gave his all to every performance. RIP Dave, you left the world a nicer place. Dave, between 67 and 69 the only band to outsell you was the Beatles, and you outsold them in Europe. I hope you meet Eddie Cochran and all those great rockers and have the jam session to end all others.