Davie Jones and The Manish Boys attended a meeting with music publisher Dick James on Thursday 1 October 1964.
James ran the successful publishing company Dick James Music, which had the rights to songs by The Beatles, Billy J Kramer, Gerry and the Pacemakers, and other leading bands of the era. He was a co-founder of Northern Songs, which published John Lennon and McCartney’s songs, and had close ties to Beatles producer George Martin.
From 4 May 1964 until the end of the Sixties, Dick James Music was based at 71-75 New Oxford Street in central London.
James was keen to sign us and offered us a deal. But we really needed bookings and we weren’t convinced that signing to him would get us more work. It was probably a mistake to pass on it because no doubt we would have made more records with his help.
Any Day Now, Kevin Cann
Also on this day...
- 1972: Live: Music Hall, Boston, Massachusetts
- 1969: Live: Bal Tabarin, Bromley
- 1966: Live: David Bowie and the Buzz, Starlite Ballroom, Greenford
Want more? Visit the David Bowie history section.