Dave Clark 5 was a British rock band from London that performed mainly in the 60’s. The band is named after drummer Dave Clark who founded it in 1958. The band members were (from left to right) Dennis Peyton, Dave Clark, Mike Smith, Rick Huxley and Lenny Davidson. The band were an awesome, their sound was exciting and they were briefly considered serious rivals to the Beatles. The band disbanded in early 1970.
One of the band’s biggest hits was “Glad All Over” written by Dave Clark and Mike Smith.The song was so successful that it conquered the top of the British charts and brought down the song “I want to hold your hand” of the Beatles, which at the time was one of the best bands. Let’s listen to the songs:
Some Facts About the Dave Clark Five:
- American were among the first to hear The Dave Clark Five, who got their start playing American military bases in the UK.
- The Dave Clark Five made a record-breaking 18 appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” with its weekly audience of 70 million viewers — more than any other rock, pop or R&B artist.
- Of all the British Invasion bands, The Dave Clark Five were the first to tour the U.S. in the spring of 1964.
- In eight years, The Dave Clark Five sold more than 100 million records and scored 15 consecutive Top 20 U.S. hit singles between forming in 1962 and disbanding in 1970.
- Unlike the Rolling Stones and the Beatles, Dave Clark owned all rights to their music. Between 1975 and 1993, none of their music was available to be purchased in any commercial format.
So what happened to the Dave Clark 5?
why are they less-well remembered from the Beatels?
The Dave Clark Five owned their own masters, they weren’t obliged to go along with just any company who wanted to release their music on CD. They just were wait to biggest pay-off they could get. The band would not realized that by keeping the records out of the stores for nearly twenty years, they diminished their value. The fact that the records did not get exposed in other media like movies, TV shows, and commercials led them to dissipated. Therefore much of the band’s great music faded from memory.
Let’s listen to the band’s big hits:
Bits And Pieces
Over And Over
Do You Love Me
Can’t You See That She’s Mine
If the band’s records were getting more media exposure do you think we would have remembered the Dave Clark 5 as much as we remember the Beatles?
In my opinion definitely yes!
As we know The Dave Clark Five were considered serious rivals to the Beatles, the main different between the bands is the fact that the songs of the Beatles had much more exposed to the media and therefore assimilated into our memory well in contrast to the songs of The Dave Clark Five that were not exposed becuse of long waiting for the most lucrative opportunity.
Remember sometimes when you wait too long you may miss the train.
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