Dave Dee

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Dave Dee
Birth name David John Harman
Born (1943-12-17)17 December 1943[1]
Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
Died 9 January 2009(2009-01-09) (aged 65)
Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England
Genres Pop, rock, beat
Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter, A&R manager, businessman, fundraiser
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1962–2008
Labels Various
Associated acts Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
Website www.dddbmt.com

Dave Dee (born David John Harman 17 December 1943 – 9 January 2009), was an English singer-songwriter, musician, A&R manager, fundraiser and businessman. He was the frontman for 1960s pop band Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich.[2]

Early life[edit]

Dave Dee was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire and attended Adcroft School, Trowbridge. Upon leaving school he became a police cadet with the Wiltshire Constabulary and as such was one of the first on the scene of the car crash that resulted in the death of Eddie Cochran and serious injury of Gene Vincent.[3] He later recounted that he started learning to play the guitar using Cochran's impounded Gretsch over several nights at the station.[4]

He became a professional musician in 1962. His first group was called 'Dave Dee and the Bostons', who toured the UK and Germany and were a support act to The Honeycombs in 1964.[2] Known for their variety act, which included comedy routines and risque comments interspersed amongst the song, the band came to the notice of Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley, changed their name to Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, and were signed to Fontana Records, with whom they had a string of hits between 1966 and 1969.[2]

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich[edit]

Later career and death[edit]

Dee left the band to become a solo artist in September 1969, and released the single "My Woman's Man" which reached No. 42 in the UK and No. 58 in Australia. He issued six further solo singles through the end of 1971, all of which failed to chart. He then retired from performing and became an A&R Manager for WEA Records,[2] during which period he was at least partly responsible for their signing AC/DC, Boney M and Gary Numan. He eventually reunited with Dozy, Beaky, Micky and Tich for a 1974 single, and then later produced (but did not appear on) a 1979 single done by the DBMT quartet. He later began performing live gigs with the band, and continued to record occasionally both with DDDBMT and as a solo act. He issued his only solo album, Unfinished Business, in 1995.

Dee also became a businessman and founder committee member for disadvantaged children through the charity Nordoff-Robbins, which he helped found and worked with for over 30 years[3] He also became a Justice of the Peace.[3] In his later years he lived in Mobberley, Cheshire. He has twin sons called Ashley and Elliot and a daughter called Olivia. He suffered from prostate cancer from early 2001, but continued to perform with his band almost up until his death from that disease in Kingston Hospital, South West London, on 9 January 2009.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alan Clayson (9 January 2009). "Obituary: Dave Dee | Music | guardian.co.uk". London: Guardian. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d Larkin C 'Virgin Encyclopedia of Sixties Music' (Muze UK Ltd, 1997) ISBN 0-7535-0149-X p141
  3. ^ a b c Obituary: Dave Dee: Former policeman who surfed the 1960s pop-wave as front man with Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich
  4. ^ Ian Kimmet (9 October 2001). "Seance with a gretsch g 6120". 

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