Sunday, July 12, 2009

Okay! - Okay!

Now it's time for requested posting - request that has been long overdue. Robin (see previous entry) recorded "Okay" in 1971. It was a sizeable hit for him.. Undoubtedly the slavic influences in the song helped. The original song by the same name was done by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich. They were one the United Kingdom's top pop bands of the mid-'60s. Performing songs by their managers Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley, the group scored several Top Ten U.K. hits. Formed as Dave Dee & the Bostons, DDBM&T were led by vocalist Dave Dee (b. David Harman), an ex-policeman. He had been at the scene of the automobile accident that took the life of American rocker Eddie Cochran and injured Gene Vincent in April 1960 - rescuing Cochrans guitar.

Here's the pair:


Anonymous said...

This did not past unnoticed.

Thank you very very much, for filling my request.

...Wishing there are still some more Scandinavian DDDBM&T and Howard/Blaikley covers to discover.

DM said...

I don't know about the other Scandinavian countries, but as far as I know there are altogether 6 covers of Howard and/or Blaikley songs made in Finnnish. One of those was this "Okey!" and another one I got is Marion's cover of "That's The Way" (Honeycombs' hit, and Blaikley composition), which is waiting to be published.

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for giving me this opportunity to discover Marion Rung singing Kaiken saan on YouTube.

I am REALLY interested in knowing about the 5 other covers you hinted at.
But I am ready to wait, as long as you don't brush the case under the carpet.
Merci beaucoup,

DM said...

In addition the two I've already mentioned, there are 4 Finnish covers of these Blaikley and/or Howard compositions: "Hello Buddy","Manana", "I've Lost You" and "Sadness of a Summers Afternoon"

DM said...

Anyone wanting to know if there's a Finnish cover made of a given song or of a song by a given composer, please consult thos excellent database - Database of The Finnish Institute of Recorded Sounds 1901 - 1999. The online search page is here