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Back Stories: ‘Dream Girl’ and ‘Happy Land’

davyWe’ve received several recent inquiries about some of Davy’s pre-Monkees projects, namely the song “Dream Girl” and the 1961 BBC radio broadcast There Is a Happy Land.

A 1965 acetate demo version of “Dream Girl” can be heard on Just for the Record Volume 1 (available here). In early 1965, the commercial mix of the recording was issued as a single (backed with “Take Me to Paradise”) and on the David Jones album (Colpix). That album has been out of print for years and was briefly reissued on CD in Japan in the 90s (used copies, CD or LP, can be found on eBay and other sources).

There Is a Happy Land (not to be confused with a song by David Bowie) was Davy’s first broadcast. He was 15 years old and, at the time, he was the youngest actor to ever read on BBC radio. The broadcast was based on a 1957 novel by Keith Waterhouse, a critically acclaimed writer whose credits included Billy Liar,(book and film), screen writing Torn Curtain for Alfred Hitchcock, and more.

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