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David ‘Dave’ Clark (born 15 December 1942) is an English musician, songwriter and record producer. He was the leader and drummer of the 1960s beat group The Dave Clark Five.

Born in Tottenham, North London, Clark left school without qualifications at the age of 15 and became a film stuntman, performing in over 40 films.

In the late 1960s, in addition to managing his band, Clark began directing and producing for television. In 1968 he made a “very successful” television production, Hold On, It’s the Dave Clark Five. The band broke up in 1970, and in 1972 Clark stopped drumming after he broke four knuckles in a tobogganing accident. In 1986 Clark wrote a science fiction stage musical, Time that played for two years in London’s West End, starring Cliff Richard (replaced later by David Cassidy) and featuring Laurence Olivier’s huge holographic image. Clark became a successful entrepreneur and a multi-millionaire, owning a £12 million house in West London.[

Clark has never married but he was once romantically linked with television presenter Cathy McGowan. He was also a close friend of Queen singer Freddie Mercury. Clark was with Mercury when he died and told Mercury’s parents of his death.[

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  • songfactslastfm

    In 1964, The Dave Clark Five was the hottest British band outside of The Beatles. Ed Sullivan adored them, even buying out one of their UK shows to keep them in America. In 2008, they made the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where they were inducted by Tom Hanks. Dave Clark told us about the beginnings of the band, including how they wrangled an island vacation out of Sullivan, and why the quintet called it quits while they were still on top: http://www.songfacts.com/blog/interviews/dave_clark/

    17 Feb 3:18pm Reply

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