Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Two for Tuesday: The Dave Clark 5

The Dave Clark 5 (DC5) were the second British Invasion band to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show, making their appearances in March 1964. At the peak of their success, The DC5 were Dave Clark (drums), Mike Smith (keyboards, lead vocals), Lenny Davidson (guitar), Rick Huxley (bass), and Denis Payton (tenor and baritone saxophone). They were held up as competition for The Beatles, and while they were in a way (their record “Glad All Over” knocked The Beatles’ “I Want To Hold Your Hand” from the top of the British charts), their sound was different, however slightly: the instrumentation was different, and differences in geography (The Beatles from Liverpool in the north, the DC5 from London in the south) accounted for a slightly different sound. They were popular in the 1960’s, split in 1970, and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.

Our songs today are from mid-1964. “Can’t You See That She’s Mine?” was their third hit in the US, rising to #4 on the Hot 100 in July.

They followed with “Because,” which rose to #3 in August and September, 1964.

The Dave Clark 5, another of the great bands from the British Invasion, your Two for Tuesday, February 17, 2015.

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