Hold Tight (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich song)

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"Hold Tight!"
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Single by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
from the album Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
B-side"You Know What I Want"
ReleasedFebruary 1966
Recorded11 January 1966, Fontana Studios, Stanhope Place, Marble Arch, London
Songwriter(s)Ken Howard, Alan Blaikley
Producer(s)Steve Rowland
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich singles chronology
"You Make It Move"
"Hold Tight!"

Hold Tight! is the name of a pop/rock song by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich. The song was recorded on 11 January 1966 at Fontana's studios in Marble Arch, London and released as a single in February 1966 with the B-side You Know What I Want, and on 24 June 1966, on the band's debut album.

The song reached number 4 on the UK Singles Chart.[1] This was their first top ten hit, also reaching number 27 on the Australian Singles Chart and number 8 on the NZ Singles Chart. The song did not chart on the US Hot 100, but then again, they saw limited success in the United States as even their top hit, Zabadak, which reached number 3 in the UK and number 4 in New Zealand, only reached number 52 on the US Hot 100.

The song was used in the soundtrack to the 2007 Quentin Tarantino film Death Proof, in which Jungle Julia (Sydney Tamiia Poitier) requests the song, calling in to the radio station for which she works.[2][3]

It is based on a rhythm used as a chant by football fans.[4]


  1. ^ Eddy Facoury Les 30 meilleurs groupes de rock anglais des années 601997 Page 41 "Dave Dee et ses amis Dozy, Beaky, Mick et Tich ont eu un succès phénoménal en Angleterre et en Allemagne entre 1966 ... Le groupe va désormais accumuler hits sur hits, dont quatre en 1966 : Hold Tight! (n° 4 en mars),"
  2. ^ Unruly Media Page 57 "Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Beaky, Mitch & Tich's mid-sixties rock song “Hold Tight!” infuses the girls in the car in Death Proof The film's sequences pose an odd equation between life, flesh, and death. Once bodies have been killed, they morph into toy mannequins."
  3. ^ James Eugene Wierzbicki Music, Sound and Filmmakers: Sonic Style in Cinema 2012- Page 171 "The tight, repetitive, musematic structure of Death Proof 's “Hold Tight” not only tells us to hold on for the film's wild kinetic ride; it also creates an upbeat, energetic tonal center and creates an interpretive meta-textual resonance by pairing one forgotten, devalued cultural object (the band called Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, whose recording of “Hold Tight” plays on the car radio and is discussed by the characters) with another (Grindhouse cinema) ..."
  4. ^ "Dave Dee". The Telegraph. 9 January 2009. Retrieved 11 May 2017.