Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich – The Legend Of Xanadu

The song I know most by them is Hold Tight but after finding that one I found this odd song by them. It was their only #1 song in the UK. It also did well in New Zealand peaking at #1, #10 in Canada, and #123 in the Billboard 100 in 1968. The song was written by Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley.

You know…before we continue. Sometimes a band’s name can help and maybe hurt them a little. In this case, the word HINDER comes into play… although I do get a laugh out of it…I had to serach my own site to find their correct name again.

David John Harman (Dave Dee), Trevor Leonard Ward-Davies (Dozy), John Dymond (Beaky), Michael Wilson (Mick) and Ian Frederick Stephen Amey (Tich), who were childhood friends from Wiltshire (same area as the Troggs) formed a group in 1961. They were originally called Dave Dee and the Bostons. A few years later they changed their names to Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich.

Songwriter Ken Howard who recorded them: “We changed their name to Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, because they were their actual nicknames and because we wanted to stress their very distinct personalities in a climate which regarded bands as collectives”.

They never made it big in America but they were huge in the UK. They had thirteen UK Top forty hits, eight UK Top 10’s,  and one Number 1 with this song.  In New Zealand, the band had three number-one hits, and seven other songs reached the top ten.

I heard them a bit through the 80s and 90s but not much. Quentin Tarantino must have liked them because he featured Hold Tight in his movie Death Proof during the infamous crash scene.

The group re-formed in the 1990s with Dee as lead vocalist once again. Dave Dee performed his last gig in Eisenburg, Germany on September 20, 2008, and died at Kingston Hospital, southwest London, in January 2009 at the age of 65, following a three-year battle with cancer.

The Legend Of Xanadu

Esta es la leyenda de Xanadu

You’ll hear my voice, on the wind, ‘cross the sandIf you should returnTo that black barren land that bears the name of Xanadu

Cursed without hope, was the love that I soughtLost from the startWas the duel that was s’pposed to win her heart in Xanadu

And the foot prints leave no tracesOnly shadows move in places where we used to goAnd the buildings open to the skyAll echo when the vultures cry as if to showOur love was for a dayThen doomed to pass awayIn Xanadu, in Xanadu, in Xanadu

In Xanadu, in Xanadu, in Xanadu

What was it to you that a man laid down his life for your loveWere those clear eyes of yours everFilled with the pain and the tears and the griefDid you ever give your self to any one man in this whole wide worldOr did you love me and will you find your way back one day to Xanadu

You’ll hear my voice, on the wind, ‘cross the sandIf you should returnTo that black barren land that bears the name of Xanadu

In Xanadu, in Xanadu, in Xanadu, in Xanadu

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich – Hold Tight

David John Harman (Dave Dee), Trevor Leonard Ward-Davies (Dozy), John Dymond (Beaky), Michael Wilson (Mick) and Ian Frederick Stephen Amey (Tich), who were childhood friends from Wiltshire formed a group in 1961. They were originally called Dave Dee and the Bostons. A few years later they changed their names to Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich.

They never made it big in America but they were huge in the UK. They had 13 UK Top forty hits, 8 UK Top 10’s, and 13 UK top 75, and 1 Number 1…the number 1 was LEGEND OF XANADU.

Hold Tight peaked at #4 in the UK Charts, #27 in the Australian Charts, and #8 in the New Zealand Charts in 1966.

I heard them a bit through the 80s and 90s but not much. Quentin Tarantino must have liked them because he featured this song in his movie Death Proof during the infamous crash scene.

Hold Tight

Hold tight, count to three
Gotta stay close by me
And hold tight, sing and shout
Just ride my round-about
And hold tight, shut your eyes, girl
You suit me for size
Forget the other guys
You’ll never fall, each time you call
Hold tight, hold tight, hold tight

Hold tight, make me feel
What you say is for real
And hold tight, Carousel
Girl you’ll soon ring my bell
And hold tight, we will fly
swinging low, swinging high
We’re gonna make the sky
You’ll never fall, each time you call
Hold tight, hold tight, hold tight

Hold tight, count to three
Gotta stay close by me
And hold tight, sing and shout
Just ride my round-about
And hold tight, shut your eyes, girl
You suit me for size
Forget the other guys
You’ll never fall, each time you call
Hold tight, hold tight, hold tight