Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Dave Dee Tribute Evening @ Arden Hall

A host of 60’s stars gathered at Arden Hall, Castle Bromwich on Thursday 7th July to what possibly was the largest tribute show in the country dedicated to the late Dave Dee, front man of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich.

Arranged and organised by local entrepreneur Chris Beebee, of Beebee Productions, the show turned out to be a wonderful evening of music and memories with all proceeds going to the charity.

Nordoff Robins Music Therapy. The organisation specialises in connecting people in need through music, helping to enrich and transform their lives. Dave Dee for many years was a great friend and supporter of this worthwhile cause.

Cris Beebee and fellow band member Glen Boden kicked off the evening with a brief chronicle of Dave's life, who had, until his passing, been a regular performer at Arden Hall.

From Policeman to Pop Star to Magistrate, Dave enjoyed a colourful career before losing his life to cancer in January 2009, aged 67 years.

Sandy Newman, friend and lead singer/songwriter of the group Marmalade followed, telling us how he had met Dave and had formed a friendship lasting 28 years.

The Blindman, Homewood Bound, Golden Years, and his new song written especially for Dave, titled You Gave it All, was performed from the heart, together with the style we have come to expect from this endearing man.

Chip Hawkes and his talented son Chesney (pictured) belted out Here Comes My Baby, American Pie, and as a tribute to Dave, their own version of the Cat Stevens song Father and Son. They continued with Silence is Golden and, of course, Chesney’s former hit I am The One and Only, was warmly received by the capacity audience.

New front man for the Dakotas, Ronnie Ravy, together with long standing member, keyboard player Toni Baker, performed a melody of songs including the big hit Do You Want To Know A Secret.

With the audience shouting for more they ended their set dedicating the iconic song You Are So Beautiful, to Dave.

Alan Lovell of the Swinging Blue Jeans closed the first half of the show with a back to basics Rock and Roll set consisting of songs by Carl Perkins, Little Richard, Elvis Presley and many more of that era, raising the audience to their feet clapping and dancing in the aisles.

Second half opened up with Dave’s band Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich performing all the old hits, including Bend It and Zanadoo. Between the old hits a fabulous rendition of the Beatles hit Yesterday, Flowers in the Rain, Sweets for my Sweet, Johnny B Goode and Let it Be, the hits kept on coming. Duane Eddie’s Peter Gunn was truly outstanding, a highlight of the night, drawing rapturous applause from the audience.

Chris Beebee and the entire cast brought the show to a close performing Joe Brown’s classic revival of See You in my Dreams.

What a night. Who cared if it was getting on for midnight when the curtain finally closed.

Dave, you would have been so proud.

An excellent sum of £1646.50 was raised for the charity and so well deserved.

Barry Wiltshire

1 comment:

chrisf989 said...

Shame I wasn't there, all these singing stars were my "growing up spread" I was born in "54" so apart from Ches' all these songs are so familiar to my early years.

I know Chip and Chesney already as they are local to me so see them about every so often.

Well done everyone for the cash raised to a good cause.
Chris Fell Chertsey, Surrey.