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The Dave Clark Five were a British rock and roll group in the 1960s, and one of the few that were able to present a commercial threat to the Beatles, the dominant group of the period. Originating in North London the band promoted themselves as the vanguard of the 'Tottenham Beat', a response to the Mersey Beat stable managed by Brian Epstein. They had a series of memorable hits, including "Glad All Over", "Because" and "Bits and Pieces". "Bits and Pieces" was banned from being played at their live concerts as fans would jump up and down in time to the songs beat and promoters feared this damage the theatre. Dave Clark was the manager and producer of the band, who also wrote most of their own songs; this made them unusual at the time.


The group consisted of Dave Clark (drums), Mike Smith (lead vocals and keyboards), Lenny Davidson (lead guitar), Rick Huxley (bass guitar), and Denis Payton (tenor and baritone saxophones, harmonica, guitar). In spite of their incredible success for a period, bolstered by a 1965 film Catch Us If You Can (directed by John Boorman), and a 1967 TV special, the hits dried up after 1967's "Nineteen Days" and "You Got What It Takes", due to their refusal to embrace the prevailing trend of psychedelia. They broke up in 1970 after a failed attempt at repositioning themselves as a Sha Na Na/Showaddywaddy type 1950s revival act. (see 1970 in music).


Unusually for a group of that (or any) era, the leader was the drummer Dave Clark who would play and sing with his drums positioned at the front of the stage, relegating the guitarists and keyboard to his rear.


Following the break up of the band Clarke set up a media company. In the process he acquired the rights to the iconic sixties pop series "Ready, Steady, Go!". Clarke had the series re-edited so that every episode featured a performance from the Dave Clarke Five.


External links

  • Classic Bands (http://www.classicbands.com/dc5.html) on The Dave Clark Five

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The Dave Clark Five - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (667 words)
The Dave Clark Five (DC5) were a British rock and roll group in the 1960s, and one of the few that were able to present a commercial threat to the Beatles, the dominant group of the period.
Unusual for a group of that (or any) era, the leader was the drummer Dave Clark who would play and sing with his drums positioned at the front of the stage, relegating the guitarists and keyboard to his rear and sides.
Although he took a writing credit on each song, it was alleged that Clark didn't actually compose; rather, his name was on the songs as a contractural obligation with the members of the group.
NodeWorks - Encyclopedia: The Dave Clark Five (343 words)
The Dave Clark Five were a British rock and roll group in the 1960s, and one of the few that were able to present a commercial threat to the Beatles, the dominant group of the period.
Dave Clark was the manager and producer of the band, who also wrote most of their own songs; this made them unusual at the time.
Unusual for a group of that (or any) era, the leader was the drummer Dave Clark who would play and sing with his drums positioned at the front of the stage, relegating the guitarists and keyboard to his rear.
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