Long John Baldry – Kippington Lodge – The Moody Blues -Brenda Lee -Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich – Top Of The Pops – December 15, 1967 – BBC Radio 1 –
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Another installment of the radio version of Top Of The Pops tonight. And in keeping with their format, it’s cut a wide musical spectrum. Featuring Long John Baldry, Kippington Lodge (who eventually morphed into Brinsley Schwarz before Nick Lowe stepped out to go solo. 50’s American Teen idol Brenda Lee and the group with a somewhat impossible name to remember; Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich – all broadcast on December 15, 1967 by BBC Radio 1 and offered worldwide via the BBC Transcription Service.
John William “Long John” Baldry (12 January 1941 – 21 July 2005) was an English-Canadian blues singer and voice actor. In the 1960s, he was one of the first British vocalists to sing the blues in clubs and shared the stage with many British musicians including the Rolling Stones and the Beatles. Before achieving stardom, Rod Stewart and Elton John were members of bands led by Baldry. He enjoyed pop success in 1967 when Let the Heartaches Begin reached No. 1 in the UK, and in Australia where his duet with Kathi McDonald You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ reached No. 2 in 1980.
Best remembered as the vehicle for the earliest Nick Lowe (b. 24 March 1949, Walton-On-Thames, Surrrey, England.) recordings, Kippington Lodge stemmed from Lowe’s first band, Sounds 4+1, which he formed with school pal, Brinsley Schwarz. On leaving school, Lowe, already used to a nomadic existence as his father was in the Royal Air Force, decided to go and see some more of the world leaving, Schwarz to return to his native Tunbridge Wells in Kent. Here Schwarz formed Three’s A Crowd who were signed to EMI Records in 1967. Changing their name to Kippington Lodge they released their debut ‘Shy Boy’ in October. This effective pop song was accompanied by the equally good ‘Lady On A Bicycle’.
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich were a British pop/rock group of the 1960s. Two of their single releases sold in excess of one million copies each, and they reached number one in the UK Singles Chart with the second of them, “The Legend of Xanadu”. Ironically, a version of them is still together.
Brenda Lee and The Moody Blues you’re all familiar with, so hit the Play button and crank it up for another installment of Top Of The Pops.