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The Dave Clark Five
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    Born in London, England, United Kingdom
    Members in 1965:
    Dave Clark (December 15, 1939- ), drums
    Mike Smith (December 6, 1943- ), lead vocals and keyboards
    Lenny Davidson (May 30, 1942- ), lead guitar
    Rick Huxley (August 5, 1940- ), bass guitar
    Denis Payton (August 1, 1943-December 11, 2006), saxophone
    Recorded the singles 'Glad All Over' (1964), 'Bits and Pieces' (1964), 'Do You Love Me' (1964), 'Can't You See That She's Mine' (1964), 'Because' (1964), 'I Like It Like That' (1965), 'Catch Us If You Can' (1965), 'Over and Over' (1965) and 'You Got What It Takes' (1967)
    Epic Records advertised that they had 'the Mersey sound with the Liverpool Beat' even though they were from London.
    Because 'Glad All Over' followed 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' at the top of the British charts, they were hyped as the group that dethroned the Beatles.
    Those stomping drums made their hits sound similar.
    British session drummer Bobby Graham claimed to have actually played on the groups' hits.
    Although the band officially broke up in 1970, Clark and Smith continued recording as 'Dave Clark and Friends' until 1973.
    Clark originally put the band together to raise money to finance his rugby team's trip to Holland.
    Clark managed and produced the band himself, negotiating a higher royalty rate than most bands of the era.
    They were the first British band to have an American top ten hit after the Beatles.
    They made 18 appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show, more than any other British Invasion group.
    John Boorman made his feature-film debut directing the group's 'Having a Wild Weekend.' (1965)
    Their compilation '25 Stomping Hits' topped the British charts during the height of the punk explosion (1977).

Credit: C. Fishel

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