Dee - The History in brief !
Dee was born John Devine in Romford, Essex on June 10th
He lived in Noak Hill,
near Romford until 1969, when his family moved to Sutton Gault
Witchford Village College he met Andy Clayton, son of an Army
Officer. In 1974, with elder brothers Michael and Brian the
four boys's formed a Rock band called Colonel Gomez.† (The Gomez
name came from the Devine's family doctor in Essex).
played cover versions by artist like Dr. Feelgood, Status Quo,
The Beatles and The Rolling Stones as well as a handful of original
first live performance took place at Sutton Gault Scout Hut
on June 19th 1976, the admission was free and John
persuaded several classmates to make up the numbers.
Gomez performed where ever they could and in 1985 came the bands
the Cambridge Rock band contest held at the prestigious Guildhall,
and made it to the grand final.
Cambridgeshire were the events main sponsor, and one of their
presenters, Trevor Dann was acting as a judge along with Radio
One D.J's and other musical luminaries.
coincidentally was also producer of top rated BBC 2-music show
'Whistle Test'.† It was decided that the Final of the Band contest
would be filmed for use in the show.
Gomez won the award for most entertaining act as they performed
'Satan's Son' (own song),
all Over' (Johnny Kidd song).† During the latter tune John had
stripped off his clothes to reveal a pair of black swimming
trunks, and as the performance reached a climax a Red Penis
popped out of the swimwear, the audience loved it!
Test' was broadcast on March 27th 1985, all hell
of the 7PM-time slot and the fact that many people thought that
John had exposed himself there was uproar.† Two police offers
came to his house and confiscated a video and the prop itself
came in like never before.† One of the best was from Jesus College;
to perform at their annual May Ball.† It was made even more
newsworthy when it transpired that Prince Edward was on the
entertainment committee and was partly responsible for booking
Britains 'Riskiest act'.
played on for ten more years before breaking up in 1996.† John
created 'Johnny Dee' a one-man band, using an audiocassette
for backing music.† He was soon very busy, so busy that he actually
managed to turn full-time professional entertainer by September
of the same year.
gigged between 3-6 times per week from 1996 until 2001 when
he was 'spotted' by Radio Cambridgeshire mid-morning presenter
his 'proper' Radio debut on Monday 25th June 2001
when he was given the job of roving reporter extrordinaire.
his seven-day trial run the station decided to give him his
very own weekly spot presenting a 'Workers Playtime' outside
broadcast show.† 'Up the Workers' hit the airwaves in September
2001, with Johnny visiting different factories each week.† He
decided to 'jazz up' his interviews with high flying chairman,
directors and managers by persuading them to conduct the chat
in a 'silly' voice.† Ansons Packaging Chairman Mr Mark Du Jardin
appeared as a pirate!† Lee Gillette of Ely-on-Line was a town
Griot Director was an Opera singer!† And Graham Hind, Managing
Director of Bio-progress was a man just leaving the vasectomy
Johnny's 'UP THE WORKERS' achieved a first for BBC radio Cambridgeshire,
being simultaneously broadcast live on the World Wide Web. Johnny's
web page was unveiled by Ely-on-Line on November 16th,†
2001 he made a pilot T.V show in Aldgate, East London.† Provisionally
titled 'Johnny Dee's Variety Show!'
2003 saw the 'Johnny Dee Christmas Cracker' a three hour radio
show featuring Johnny's favourite music, with phone-in quiz
and fun along the way.
2004 Johnny jetted off from London to New Jersey, USA to compere
the 'Biggest Tattoo Expo on Earth'. By far the most glamourous
booking ever taken, Johnny performed 4 shows in the Meadowlands
Exposition Centre, 5 miles from New York City.
see another Johnny Dee radio special, this time co-presenting
with Andy Harper.
in a Rock band called Colonel Gomez..!
||We caused a bit of a
storm in 1985.† We appeared on BBC 2's 'Whistle test'.†
We had entered a Rock band competition and somehow had reached
the grand final.† Just by fluke the 'Whistle Test' people
were making a film about the music scene in Cambridge in
the week of that final.
They filmed us playing the old Johnny Kidd and the Pirates
tune, 'Shaking All Over'.We were very much in to
visuals; my brother dressed as a red devil, with horns,
tail and a flying V guitar.† He used to jump out of a six
foot six inch high coffin built by our Dad.
During 'Shaking all over' I did an impromptu striptease,
and at the point where my other brother on the drums hit
his crash cymbal and bass drum I appeared to expose myself!Of
course it was just a joke.† It was a novelty apple, made
of rubber, when you pressed it a small red sausage like
object projected out.I had it down my y-fronts, and I had
a long discussion with the TV director.
there's any chance this will be too rude just tell me,
and I won't do it', I told him.He assured me that it would
be fine.† We eventually came fourth out of eight groups,
but were more than pleased to have been filmed by the
beeb. A week later we all gathered around the television.†
We were given a two-minute slot, much longer than expected.†
They used a long camera shot for the 'balloon in rock
act' as Andy Kershaw had called it, and we thought it
was OK.The next day I returned from my work at a plastic
factory in my village, and my wife said to me, 'Fleet
Street are after you'.I could not believe it, and was
sure it was a wind-up.It turned out not to be a hoax.†
Later that day a photographer came to our house, I had
to strip down to the famous pants and posed sipping tea
from a cup and saucer.† The Daily Star did an interview
and their reporter Geoff Baker told me, 'Don't you realise,
you are the most talked about man in Britain today.† Jimmy
Young has had the director general of the BBC, Stuart
Young on his Radio Two phone-in show.† The topic was the
BBC upholding its standards, and last night, with millions
of viewers tuned in to the 'Whistle Test' at 7PM a singer
got his meat and two veg out!'We had got to know 'Whistle
Test' Producer Trevor Dann.
Johnny rides the
'penny farthing', whilst man with hat works him from the
asked to appear on his radio show. He immediately told us that
he had very nearly been sacked over our appearance, and that
the ensuing interview was being taped and was to be scanned
by Stuart Young.† He wanted to hear a full apology.† We honestly
had not gauged what the consequences of my actions were going
to be.Two days later another story appeared in the tabloids.†
An MP wanted to bring an injunction against Colonel Gomez, and
he wanted me prosecuted for indecent exposure.† This was followed
by a visit from two Cambridge constabulary officers.
They wanted a copy of the video from the programme as broadcast.†
I told them that I hadn't really exposed myself and showed them
the joke apple, they examined it and took it to the Station
along with several other props as they were attending a Policeman's
Ball the next night.The next
scandal came as I received a phone call from Jesus College,
Cambridge.'We want you to do our May Ball'.† I was shocked,
Prince Edward was on the entertainment committee, they can't
They did.† When the Cambridge Evening News got hold of the story
it was front-page stuff. 'PRINCE BOOKS RISQUE GROUP'. The snowball
was well and truly out of control. Bookings came in where we
would be on the same bill as people like, Gary Glitter, Paul
Daniels, Acker Bilk, Mud, and Showaddywaddy.† This was not real.
The fifteen minutes of fame predicted by Warhol certainly came
in for us.† One day I was spotted four times, 'arenít you the
bloke from the telly?' More prestige gigs came our way.† We
met one of our idols, Lee Brillaux from Doctor Feelgood at Clare
College Ball.† We supported Motorhead at the Corn Exchange,
and were told by a roadie that Lemmy was looking forward to
seeing the marital aid in the flesh as it were.† Sure enough
when we launched into 'Shaking all Over' there in the wings
were Lemmy and the rest of Motorhead...... they were laughing
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