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"‘Every Ounce Of Energy’ by Richard Baker [Review: 26 February]

“Mantovani is obviously more popular in Southend than Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich. Tickets for the Mantovani concert at the Cliffs Pavilion sold out a few days ago but the Dave Dee show on Sunday was pretty sparsely attended. This did not prevent the group giving every ounce of their energies to their young fans. Dave Dee, as if determined to be mobbed, came down into the audience and the whole stage show was colourful and exciting. Jimi Hendrix, whom the rest of the audience had come to see, manipulated his guitar rather than played it. Dressed in orange velvet, he threw the instrument over the rest of the equipment, played it behind his back, between his legs and with his tongue! At the end of his act, as if in contempt of the whole business, he kicked over the amplifiers and walked off stage! Peter Murray compered the show very slickly, giving the whole proceedings a really professional air. The bill was completed by The Koobas, who featured a vaudeville version of “Sally,” The Nashville Teens and local group Force Five."

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