Goodness, was/is he really Jimmy's 'official biographer'. One thing he can certainly NOT call himself is a 'friend'.
You can read the rest of the DMail tribute here I'm not copying it although one paragraph stood out for me. He's referring to the cruise Jimmy took him on.
He was quick to associate himself with Jimmy the same day his death was announced. Three days after Exposure, he tied himself to a very different mast.
But what is the truth behind Davies relationship with Jimmy ? How many times did they actually meet ? Let's hear his version first and then ask the folks who really did know Jimmy best.
In his post-exposure Esquire article (feb 2013) Davies describes interviewing Jimmy for the first time in 2004. That would be for Jack Magazine published in May of that year and even includes part of the earlier piece as an insert. But, this was not his first sight of Savile. No that happened when Davies was a 9 year old boy (in this article that is). He had been in the audience of Jim'll Fix it where Savile had apparently gave him 'the creeps'.
This creepy encounter had apparently kicked started a life long obsession with the man 'scutinising his every move and pronouncement'. He goes on to cite 'THREE big magazine pieces' up to and including 2008. And he maintains that he continued interviewing him right up until his death 'even joining him on a short cruise in on the QE2' (summer 2008).
Reader, are you like me, starting to wonder WHO is the creepy one here especially when you read the following, again in the post exposure Esquire ! 'Having spent my youth telling anyone who listened he was evil incarnate, he succeeded in persuading me away from the belligerence of my younger self'
Let's compare Davies with his younger SELVES shall we ? It's not easy but you can get hold of the 2004 Jack Magazine and June 2008 Esquire. Let's start with the earliest. For some strange reason, Davies' piece DOES NOT include ANY reference to his 9 year old 'self'
Now, bear in mind this is supposed to be a man, a journalist indeed who has poured over everything he has been able to find about JS since the age of ten. It's 2004 that's four years after 'When Louis met Jimmy' famous film was aired on British television. Surely Davies could not have forgotten 'Jim the pill' ?
Davies' 2008 'self' recalls the JFI visit but as a ten year old
Perhaps it was the title of his 2008 Esquire piece that caused his sudden recall of his boyhood brush with Mr Fixer who knows but one thing is definitely NOT TRUE. He definitely did NOT spend a month with Jimmy.
Nice photos though starting with this one of Jim outside the Athenaem Club 25th march 2008
Next meeting TWO YEARS later !
He doesn't say WHEN this third meeting took place but it must be 2008 because he says that their fourth meeting takes place in the Athenaeum Club in Pall Mall London (see date on top of photo above).
Their fifth meeting involves a stop over
So here we are up to FIVE meetings between the two men, three within the space of as many months. Did they meet again after the summer of 2008 (the cruise) who knows.
Davies maintains that the Gary Glitter recording was made during a visit to Scarborough in 2009. We have only his word for that. I thought it sounded like a telephone call myself, who knows.
Something I DO KNOW is that whoever else Davies may have spoken to he DID NOT speak to the people CLOSEST to Jimmy Savile. He did NOT contact his two CLOSEST family members or any of his CLOSEST friends. He was certainly NOT Jimmy's 'official biographer' and he is certainly NOT 'the man who knew him BEST'
Dan Davies is the latest in a long line of devious opportunists who have chosen to sabotage our memories of a great man. But that's what he and his kind do isn't it ?
QE2 Cadiz 2008