Zabadak! (song)

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Single by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich
from the album If No One Sang
B-side"The Sun Goes Down"
GenreRock, pop[1]
LabelFontana Records
Songwriter(s)Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley
Producer(s)Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich singles chronology
"The Legend of Xanadu"

"Zabadak!" is the name of a hit song by the British musical group Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, written by Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley.[2] It was featured on the 1967 Boxing Day episode of Top of the Pops.[citation needed]

The song has been covered by several artists, among them The Sorrows on a single produced for the Italian market.[3]

The song uses pseudo-African style percussion (created in the studio by the group), and a nonsense lyric in its repetitive chorus, to highlight the meaning of its two verses (sung in English). This use of an African motif was typical of the group's dabbling with other world styles of music, such as the Latin style of "Save Me" and the Greek style of "Bend It!"[citation needed]

Chart positions[edit]

United Kingdom No. 3 (UK Singles Chart)[4]
Canada No. 1 (RPM)
United States No. 52 (Billboard)
Australia No. 2
Netherlands No. 3[5]
Germany No. 6[6]
Austria No. 6


  1. ^ Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Tich* - Zabadak! (Vinyl) at Discogs. Retrieved on 2016-10-01.
  2. ^ "Zabadak! - Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich | Song Info". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  3. ^ Richie Unterberger. "Take a Heart - The Sorrows | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 146. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
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  6. ^ "Jahreshitparade Deutschland 1967". Retrieved 2016-10-01.