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The Dave Clark Five

The Dave Clark Five (also known as "The DC5") were an English pop rock group. They were the second group of the British Invasion, after The Beatles, to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show. This was shortly after their single "Glad All Over" had knocked "I Want to Hold Your Hand" off the top of the UK singles charts (January 1964). In February 1964 "Glad All Over" entered the US singles charts and eventually peaked at No.6 in the United States in April 1964.

The band’s line up was as follows:
Dave Clark, born David Clark, 15 December 1942 was the drummer. Mike Smith born Michael George Smith, 6 December 1943 was the lead vocalist, who also played the organ. Lenny Davidson, born Leonard Arthur Davidson, 30 May 1942 on lead guitar. Rick Huxley, born Richard Huxley, 5 August 1940 on bass guitar and Denis Payton, born Dennis Archibald West Payton, 11 August 1943, on tenor and baritone saxophones, harmonica, and guitar.

The Dave Clark Five had several more hit songs in the United States during 1964-67, including "Bits and Pieces" (No.4, May 1964), "Can't You See That She's Mine?" (No.4, July 1964), "Because" (No.3, August/September 1964), "Anyway You Want It" (No.14, December 1964), "I Like It Like That" (No.7, July 1965), "Catch Us If You Can" (No.4, October 1965), "Over And Over" (No.1, December 25, 1965), and "You Got What It Takes" (No.7, May 1967).
The Dave Clark Five's UK Top Ten singles (1963-70) were as follows: "Glad All Over" (No.1 for 2 weeks from 14th January 1964); "Bits and Pieces" (No.2, March 1964); "Can't You See That She's Mine?" (No.10, June 1964); "Catch Us If You Can" (No.5, August 1965); "Everybody Knows (We're Through)" (No.2, November 1967); "The Red Balloon" (No.7, October 1968); "Good Old Rock'n'Roll" (No.7, January 1970) and, finally, "Everybody Get Together" (a cover verion of "Get Together", the Chet Powers' song popularised by The Youngbloods in the US), which peaked at No.8 in April 1970.

It can be seen from the chart success stories on the two sides of the Atlantic that DC5 were more popular in the US than their native UK in the period April 1964-January 1966, but had something of a renaissance in the UK in the 1967-70 period after their halcyon days in the US had passed.
The group disbanded in late 1970.

Dave Clark formed the band in 1958, and was the band's drummer, placing his drum kit at the front of the stage, with the guitarists and organ to his rear and sides. He established business deals, which allowed him to produce the band's recordings and gave him control of the master recordings.

Mike Smith provided the lead vocals as well as playing the keyboards. The rest of the band were Lenny Davidson on lead guitar, Rick Huxley on bass guitar, and Denny Payton on saxophone, harmonica and guitar. Songwriting credits went to Clark, Clark and Smith, Clark and Davidson, and Clark and Payton.

Originating in North London, the band was promoted as the vanguard of the "Tottenham Sound", a response to the Mersey Beat stable managed by Brian Epstein. From the outset, the band's sound was complemented by the inclusion of a saxophone. They had a series of hits, including "Glad All Over" that in January 1964 knocked the Beatles from the number one position on the UK Singles Chart.

The band started out as The Dave Clark Quartet in 1957, with Clark on drums; Dave Sanford on lead guitar; Chris Walls on bass; Don Vale on piano and arranger A N Other on saxophone. In 1958 Rick Huxley replaced Sanford and the band became The Dave Clark Five with Stan Saxon. This line-up was Clark on drums; Saxon on lead vocals; Huxley on rhythm guitar; Smedley on piano and Johnny Johnson on lead guitar. Mick Ryan replaced Johnson in 1958 and Jim Spencer joined on saxophone, while Smedley left. Walls left in 1959 and Huxley became the bass player. Mike Smith joined on piano in 1960, and Lenny Davidson replaced Ryan in 1961. In 1962 the band changed its name to The Dave Clark Five, when Saxon left. The band was Clark on drums; Smith on organ, lead vocals and Davidson on lead guitar, adding Denis Payton on tenor and baritone saxophone, harmonica and guitar. In 1970 Davidson, Huxley and Payton left and Alan Parker joined on lead guitar and Eric Ford on bass. This line-up lasted until 1970, when the band split.

After the success of the Beatles' film A Hard Day's Night in 1964, the band released their own film, Catch Us If You Can (directed by John Boorman) in 1965. It also starred Barbara Ferris, and was released in the United States as Having a Wild Weekend. The short film Hits in Action highlighted a series of Dave Clark Five hits.

The Dave Clark Five had 17 records in Billboard's Top 40, with 12 Top 40 United Kingdom hits between 1964 and 1967. Their song "Over And Over" went to Number One in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100 at the end of December 1965, despite less than impressive sales in the UK (it peaked at No.45 on the UK singles chart), and they played to sell-out crowds on their tours of the U.S. Promoted as having a "cleaner" image than the Beatles, the Dave Clark Five were among the first British bands to tour the USA, and they made 18 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show.

After their initial success, which included the movie and a television special, the major hits dried up in the US after 1967's "You Got What It Takes", although the band had several substantial hits in the UK in the 1967-1970 period. Other than the song "Inside and Out", the band did not follow the trend of psychedelic music. The DC5 disbanded in 1970, having placed three singles on the UK chart that year, two of which reached the Top Ten.

America record company Hollywood Records released a double CD History of the Dave Clark Five in 1993 while EMI released the single “Glad All Over Again” in Britain.

Dave Clark was also the manager and executive producer of the band. Following the group's break-up, Clark set up a media company. In the process, he acquired the rights to the 1960s pop series Ready Steady Go!

Mike Smith returned to performing in 2003 after a lay-off of 25 years. He formed Mike Smith's Rock Engine and did two mini-tours of the U.S. A few months after his only son died in a diving accident, Smith suffered a spinal cord injury in a fall at his home in Spain on 12 September 2003. Until December 2007 he was an inpatient at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury, according to published reports in the United Kingdom. He died on 28 February 2008 at Stoke Mandeville Hospital of pneumonia, at age 64, just less than two weeks before being inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Dave Clark Five.

Denis Payton died on 17 December 2006 after a long battle with cancer. He was 63.

The Dave Clark Five made the list of nominees for the class of 2008, and on 13 December 2007 it was announced that the band would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on 10 March 2008. The group was inducted by Tom Hanks, who wrote, directed, and starred in the film That Thing You Do!, which was about an American one-hit wonder band that became popular in the wake of the British Invasion. The theme from "That Thing You Do!" was played as Hanks walked out on stage.

In attendance with the three surviving members of the DC5 were the families of Lenny Davidson and Rick Huxley, and Denis Payton's two sons. Mike Smith had planned on attending but died eleven days before the induction. Dave Clark opened up his acceptance speech by saying that he felt like he was at the Oscars. Davidson gave mention that they arrived in New York for the ceremony on 8 March, exactly 44 years after their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Joan Jett honoured the Dave Clark Five by performing "Bits and Pieces" with John Mellencamp's band. To perform "Glad All Over", Jett was joined by John Fogerty, John Mellencamp, Billy Joel and other artists that performed throughout the evening.

In March 2008 a 28-track collection, The Dave Clark Five: The Hits, was released on iTunes.




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