In February 1968 we had our first record player. I was just approaching my 6th birthday. The first three singles we had to play on it - all bought on the same day - were Tom Jones' "Delilah", Manfred Mann's "Mighty Quinn" (also on Fontana - see TF 897) and this one.
Of the three above-mentioned singles (all of which were hits at that time), "The Legend Of Xanadu" was my favourite at the time. It also had the best B-side out of those three. "Please" is a good enough song to have been a hit in its own right. I found it on Youtube recently. How good it is to rediscover long-forgotten songs that I remember from my childhood.
"The Legend Of Xanadu" has never been forgotten, it still gets played on oldies programmes on the radio. It was the only No. 1 single by Dave Dee and the lads, out of a total of 13 Top 30 entries. I went on to get some of the band's other singles during 1968/69, including "Zabadak", "Last Night In Soho", "Don Juan" and "Snake In The Grass". The band were on their way out by mid-1969, there were no more Top 30 singles after "Snake In The Grass".
I've finally remembered what record I still have that I bought back then (off the back of my golf caddy job) was Lady Madonna - Beatles sping 1968. But my 1st purchase was Magical Mystery Tour, although I have 3 copies now, my original copies - because I bought two lots, first in Mono, then found out it was available in Stereo so got that too, both these went awol along the way or were knicked!