Ah heck, I'm stuck in the mid-60's, possibly because it was a great time to be a teenager or disc-jockey. We've talked about The Beatles being the first group of the English Invasion, but the second was THE DAVE CLARK FIVE, who appeared the week after The Beatles completed their 3 TV performances with Ed Sullivan.
The DC5 was formed as the Dave Clark Quintet in 1957, but because some Americans had a problem understanding what a "Quintet" was they dumbed it down to Five. The original lineup had Dave Clark on Drums, Dave Sanford on Lead Guitar, Chris Walls, Bass and Don Vale on piano. There would soon be changes, with Rick Huxley replacing Sanford on Lead Guitar, but I'm not going to continue down that rabbit hole.
In 1964 their single, "Glad All Over," knocked The Beatles, "I Want To Hold Your Hand," out of the #1 spot on the Brit Chart and they got onto a plane to the promised land, following the Mop Tops trail into the U.S. The list of Dave Clark's hit singles includes:"Glad All Over" ,"Bits and Pieces", "Can't You See That She's Mine?", "Because", "Any Way You Want It", "I Like It Like That" , "Catch Us If You Can", and "Over And Over," between 1964 and 1969.
Fun Fact: Dave Clark besides being a thumping drums player and singer was also an astute business man who made a deal with the record company that he would own the masters of all their songs, or what we call a gold-mine. But that was just the beginning, between 1978 and 1993 the rights holder to the band's work, Dave, refused to license it for use, which eventually made it much more valuable. The Dave Clark Five were inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the class of 2008.
I could go on, but I know some of you can't wait to pull up this Color, Wide Screen video clip with HiQ Hybrid sound, of the Dave Clark Five back in the day Live doing "Glad All Over." @therealdonrocks
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