by Robert Wilkinson
Since yesterday was the birthday of Lenny Davidson, lead player for the DC5, I figured we’d return to the time of the British Invasion with tunes that rivaled the Beatles on the charts long before the Rolling Stones, Who, or Kinks ever made the international scene!
Yes, London rockers the Dave Clark Five were among the first of the British Invasion bands, and broke on the scene with our Saturday Night Attitude tune which knocked the Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand” off the #1 slot on the UK charts in January 1964. Yes, they were THAT big a deal!
From wiki, “The Dave Clark Five had 17 records in the Top 40 of the US Billboard chart and 12 Top 40 hits in their native UK between 1964 and 1967. Their song “Over and Over” went to number one in the US on the Billboard Hot 100 on Christmas Day 1965… and they played to sell-out crowds on their tours of the U.S. The Dave Clark Five was the first British band of the British Invasion to tour the US, and they made 18 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show - the most of any British Invasion group.”
Unfortunately, all their live performances are lip-synched, or done to a backing track. Still, the original studio sound of these songs gives you a sense of the excitement this band generated as they battled the Beatles for the top spots on the charts spanning two continents!
So for your dancing pleasure, our Saturday Night Attitude tune! Get ready to hit the dance floor to one of the more exciting songs ever written, the amazing “Glad All Over.” (US - #6 April 1964)
From Top of the Pops, their second smash hit! “Bits and Pieces” (US - #4 May 1964)
Here was an enormously popular song from their first album, a cover of the earlier hit by the Contours, the rave up “Do You Love Me”
From their second album, on “Ready Steady Go,” the danceable “Can’t You See That She’s Mine” (US- #4 July 1964)
Here's the "B" side to "Can't You See That's She's Mine," the beautiful “Because” (US - #3 Aug/Sept 1964)
My personal favorite from the band, “live” on Shindig in 1964, the reverb and delay drenched call and response stone rocker, “Any Way You Want It” (US - #14 Dec 1964)
“I Like It Like That” (US - #7 July 1965)
From the soundtrack of the movie “Having A Wild Weekend,” the bouncy “Catch Us If You Can” (US - #4 October 1965. Very Beatle influenced!)
From 1965, “Over and Over” (US - #1 December 1965)
This is about as live as we’ll get today! Enjoy their last big US hit, a cover of the earlier Chris Kenner rocker, the Stax/Volt inspired sound of “You Got What it Takes” (US - #7 May 1967. Love those intro horns!)
“Everybody Knows” (UK - #7 Nov 1967)
The next two clips are somewhat difficult to view due to the time needed to buffer. The first is a strange 24 minute show from 1966, called “TJ’s” and is hosted by Sal Mineo. The intro features the DC5 doing “Zippity Do Dah”and it’s said to feature the DC5 and Phil Spector. Again, it requires a bit of buffering, so if you want to see it, be patient!
This one also needs buffering before you watch it. Here’s a 43 minute show called “Dave Clark Five – It’s Magic”
From PBS, a great 4 minute clip glossing the phenomenon of the DC5, with commentary from Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Macca, Stevie Wonder, Tom Hanks, Ozzy, Dionne Warwick, Twiggy, and Laurence Olivier, who said the DC5 were “as well known as the English dictionary.” As Gene Simmons says, it was modern electric church! At the time, it was certainly more exciting than anything the religious windbags were putting out there! PBS Great Performances - The Dave Clark Five
We’ll close our dance with the song that brought us here! One mo’ time, with major league attitude, the rocking “Glad All Over”
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