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The Dave Clark Five


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London, United Kingdom (1962 – 1970)

The Dave Clark Five (DC5) was an English group of the , known as one of the few that were able to present something of a commercial threat to The Beatles, the dominant group of the period, during the music craze. They were, in fact, the second group of the ‘’ after the Beatles to have a chart hit in America with “Glad All Over”, a sort of ‘’ of the band that continues to receive airplay. DC5 sold over 100 million records, appeared the most of any group on the Ed Sullivan Show, and were the pioneers in introducing the concept of music videos, a la MTV, decades before it went into fashion. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008 in a ceremony officiated by fan Tom Hanks.

The band, from London, UK, started out as The Dave Clark Quintet in 1957, with Dave Clark on drums, Dave Sanford on lead guitar, Chris Walls on bass, Don Vale on piano (and arranger) and a saxophone player. By 1962, the band had changed its name to The Dave Clark Five and settled on the line-up that continued until the band called it a day in 1970: Dave Clark (drums, vocals; born December 15, 1942), Lenny Davidson (guitar; born May 30, 1944), Rick Huxley (bass; born August 5, 1942; died February 11, 2013), Denis Payton (saxes, harmonica, vocals; born August 11, 1943, died December 17, 2006), Mike Smith (keyboards, vocals; born December 6, 1943, died February 28, 2008).

Between 1964 and 1967, the band had 17 records in the US Billboard Top 40, with 12 Top 40 United Kingdom hits.


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  • DaphnePaugam

    OH DO YOU LOVE ME!!!!!

    17 May 10:21pm Reply
  • 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:

    17 Feb 3:18pm Reply
  • MAGGY65

    Still love it <3

    3 Feb 4:18pm Reply
  • sawworks17

    Great group. Gave me (and still do) some very enjoyable times with the music. I have a song in my head that I thought was from the Dave Clark Five, "Theme Without A Name". Am I "misremembering"?

    15 Jan 4:24pm Reply
  • eins-zwei-3

    ein mega-starker verdammt gut ******!

    5 Jan 5:29pm Reply
  • RikBell

    At the time that both groups were popular, The DC5 gave The Beatles some major competition. Read up on the facts before trolling this page. [3]

    11 Oct 2013 Reply
  • WarriorJones

    At the time that both groups were popular, The DC5 gave The Beatles some major competition. Read up on the facts before trolling this page. [2]

    8 Jun 2013 Reply
  • KeithJones

    RIP bassist Rick Huxley

    12 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Revcraps

    The DC5 were so big that thousands of people named their babies after Dave Clark. Check out what it's like to bear his name:

    15 Dec 2012 Reply
  • davidgeorgea

    I still love them Marjo .. My era .... I actually have seen them live once in 1966 .

    26 Nov 2012 Reply
  • KinomiyaMichiru

    @JeckyInHyde2010: What's wrong with you? At the time that both groups were popular, The DC5 gave The Beatles some major competition. Read up on the facts before trolling this page.

    15 Jun 2011 Reply
  • promisedeyes

    They were fantastic!

    11 Jun 2011 Reply
  • JeckylnHyde2010

    What is wrong with you people? This crap is nowhere comparable to the Beatles.

    10 Jun 2011 Reply
  • KinomiyaMichiru

    Love me some DC5!

    13 Nov 2010 Reply
  • roaddog23

    yes they were an Excelente group I always liked them better then the Beatles growing up in the 60s

    13 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Rapture5212011

    Though no where near as popular as "The Beatles" this British group scored much favor with the 'baby boomer' generation of the 60s & 70s & produced some great sounding music of the day. God bless~!

    29 Aug 2010 Reply
  • darkglasses

    Anyway you want it, that's alright by me.

    22 Mar 2010 Reply
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    25 Dec 2009 Reply
  • kribensis2

    I just love BECAUSE.There's something about the melody and music that makes me feel so happy and light

    26 Oct 2009 Reply
  • butthorn

    So many great songs, unfortunately none to listen to here. Go find "When" or "At the Scene", or hell, any of them.

    11 Oct 2009 Reply
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