Dozy, of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, dies aged 70

Trevor Ward-Davies of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich backstage at Top of the Pops
Image caption Trevor Ward-Davies played bass guitar in the band

Trevor Ward-Davies, best known as Dozy from the 60s pop group Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, has died at the age of 70.

The bass guitarist and founder member of the band died in hospital on Tuesday following a short illness.

The flamboyant quintet, named after the five friends' nicknames, formed in Salisbury in 1961.

From 1965 to January 1970, the group spent more weeks in the UK singles charts than The Kinks or The Who.

They first entered the UK charts in December 1965 with You Make it Move.

'His band'

A string of hits followed including Hold Tight!, Bend It! and Save Me and a UK number one single with the whip-cracking Legend of Xanadu, in 1968.

Two of their albums charted - their eponymous debut, in 1966, followed a year later by If Music Be the Food of Love... Then Prepare for Indigestion.

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Image caption The group first entered the UK charts in December 1965 and had a total of eight top 10 hits

Ian Amey, better known as Tich from the band, said: "He was very good fun to be with, a very good friend for many, many years and he will be terribly missed.

"It was his band. It all started off with Dozy before it ever got to Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich," said Amey.

"He was loveable in a lot of ways, was his own person and did what he wanted to do.

"He was a great guy and will be sadly missed."

In 2009, lead singer Dave Dee died at the age of 65.

Of the other band members, guitarist John Dymond, known as Beaky, currently lives in Spain while drummer Michael "Mick" Wilson and Amey both live in Salisbury.

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