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Dave Clark Five

For a very brief time in 1964, it seemed that the biggest challenger to the Beatles' phenomenon was the Dave Clark Five. From the Tottenham area of London, the quintet had the fortune to knock "I Want to Hold Your Hand" off the top of the British charts with "Glad All Over," and were championed (for about 15 minutes) by the British press as the Beatles' most serious threat. They were the first British Invasion band to break in a big way in the States after the Beatles, though the Rolling Stones and others quickly supplanted the DC5 as the Fab Four's most serious rivals. The Dave Clark Five reached the Top 40 17 times between 1964 and 1967 with memorable hits like "Glad All Over," "Bits and Pieces," "Because," and a remake of Bobby Day's "Over and Over," as well as making more appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show than any other English act. The DC5 were distinguished from their British contemporaries by their larger-than-life production, Clark's loud stomping drum sound, and Mike Smith's leathery vocals. Though accused by detractors of lacking finesse and hipness, they had a solid ear for melodies and harmonies and wrote much of their early material, the best of which endured quite well. Interestingly, and unusually for that era, bandleader Dave Clark managed and produced the band himself, negotiating a much higher royalty rate than artists of that period usually received. After a couple years of superstardom, the group proved unable to either keep up with the changing times or maintain a high standard of original compositions, and called it quits in 1970. ~ Rick Clark & Richie Unterberger, Rovi
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Dave Clark said “We have a different sound than the Beatles,” when the media tried to compare them to the Beats. I agree with Dave, very different and very good. The DC5 stood up and out on their own talent and skill, they did not have to copy anyone.
ack90602
I always enjoyed the output of songs/ when the Beatles and Stones would release a hit ,you were sure there was one coming from the DC5...
I also saw the PBS and so glad I did I was very young than, brought back memories of good times and great music
espadaslbgb9
Definitely put the DC5 over the Beatles, and the Stones over the Beatles as well. DC5 had so many enjoyable good-time songs
If Tom Hanks liked the DC5 so much why didn't he sign them to Playtone?
I saw the special on PBS, and had no idea Dave Clark was so amazing in his talent. I was a
little kid during their time, but somehow know the words to their songs. Great Band of all time.
DC5 lives on in my heart!!!' They still sound great after all these years !!!
Love this song. Saw a PBS special about these guys recently. Kind of sad finding that all only two are still alive. Great Band!
claire2895
Dave Clark Five were super. Liked them much better than the Beatles.
My husband and I danced to Because at our wedding. It was awesome.
bobweston5
My sister and her friends were so crazy for the Beatles, but I always liked DC5, and bought most of their albums when I was little. I saw some of the same albums in an antique store awhile back. I miss those great times and music
I loved the DC5 and their music. To me it was Beatles, Stones and DC5. I later played the organ in a band and played standing up as a tribute to Mike Smith. I later heard Paul Shaffer say on Letterman that it was the same for him.
They didn't have a lot of songs? really? How many do you want.
It's a shame that Mike Smith died just before they were inducted in R+R Hall of Fame. They didn't have a lot of songs, but they did were gems. Rest in peace Mike.
i was at the Ed Sullivan Show for their first appearance and also at their first concert in the US - the Mosque Theater in Newark, NJ May 1964. could hardly even hear them with all the screaming ! Glad All Over and Because rule ! Mike Smith ruled. i went to his benefit at BB Kings. ah the good old days - lots of fun drumming at the Jersey Shore after the British Invasion in 64 !
williamcaubl e
At the age of ten, I saw one of my first drive-in movies on the Hawaiian island of Oahu in 1965, and we saw the Dave Clark Five movie. I always thought the title was Catch Us If You Can but Wiki says the US title was Wild Weekend. go figure. Anyway it was a real good memory. I liked the music. I did not care for the Beatles at the time.
The DC5 Rocked ! Loved their horn section. Too bad popular bands today don't seem to have any musicians, composers and arrangers as part of their makeup.
garyroach696
another great ban of the 60s&70s
First saw them on Ready, Steady, Go!! they had a unique sound and a great beat..I'll give it a Five Cathy..
I had a chance to meet him as a member of a group calledthe soul seeker's and he seemed like he had a lot of promblems dealing with fame.
I understand Dave Clark isn't the nicest guy or most generous guy around, when Mike Smith was having all his issues and really needed some help, his fans came to his aid, but Dave Clark was silent- I think Dave Clark had a little money to help his old singer - no DC5 without Mike Smith
My sincere condolences to Mr. Huxley
One of the greatest bands of the sixties.
nordarsmith
TheDCFivegot m y b l o o d g o i n g i m y 6 0 n o w a n d w h e n i m d r i v i n g n m y m u s t a n g I c r a n k e m u p f u l l b l a s t l u v l u v t h e m
Love these guys, they bring me back way back. I grew up with this music at a tender age 13 yrs old.
lsunny24
dont read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life. tommorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you do not post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. now youve started reading this so dont stop. this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually work
cef1953
I grew up with the Beatles and DC5.... no way in hell did I think they sounded like the Beatles!!

DC5 had their own distinct sound - Which was freaking awesome....
I loved the DC5! They were diamonds in the rough, which was their appeal at least to me.
Well, it is natural that the DC5 is compaired to the Beatles. This song and many other DC5 songs sound so much like the Lennon and McCartney that many people think the songs are Beatles songs. It is hard to believe that was more by design than by coincidence.

I have to confess that for a long time, I thought Lennon/McCar t n e y were writing songs for the DC5
were my 2nd favorites behind the Beatles. Loved their hard rocking beat.
Oh yes! So love the DC5! Still rock me after all the years.
kvons1
Toooo damn long ago!
romancegirl1 9 6 3
it's a shame they didn't stay together longer..
Needs a bio update! Better than this one!!
I can still see their appearance on Ed Sullivan's Sunday broadcast..
t_belot
loved their high heeled boots!
these guys r great
another greatest group of the british invasion
Oh my God do you have any idea what a score this was back in the 60's to find this 45 at the platter store? F>U>C>K ARRP ha ha ha
jblapree
Bobby Graham was a great drummer. Isn't that him playing the drums for Dave in the studio?
gawlikfj
I saw the DC5 in 1966 & they were great . To see the Band that came out after the Beatles & the DC5's stage act was well worth it. Saw Mike Smith as a solo was also very good . Miss them & their music .Belonged to their fan club til 1971 when it folded.
Dave Clark the founder decided that the band would not go on and they disbanded in the late 60's by choice. That's how come they did not last longer, it was by choice.
DC5 with the late Mike Smith on lead, what a great song!
jdlubshina
My absolutely favorite group when I was in high school, and I still love their songs to this day!
johnnywowk
I all ways listened to them when I waa a teenage. Love their music.
The Dave Clark 5 will always be compared to the Beatles because after the Beatles hit, the DC5 were the NEXT successful band coming over from England...No w almost 5o years later...its an obvious mismatch...b u t at the time 1965-66-67, people were just as eager to see Dave Clark and Mike Smith as they were to see John Lennon and Paul McCartney
mlococo1
The DC5 definitely were on the Ed Sullivan show - and more than once!
Because is a really great pop song
nitronugget6 6
DC5 and the Beatles are completely different and shouldn't be compared. Comparing them doesn't do them justice. Both have their own styles, both are legitimate. Either of them didn't try to be like the other. As for the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame? ABBA has been inducted. Useless way to gage music's worth.
This Pandora Bio really needs to be revised. Although not as significant as the Beatles or the Beach Boys; any band in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame(not even mentioned) deserves a more in-depth profile. Far too dismissive.

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