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Neil - June 10, 2007 08:12 AM (GMT)

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First TOTP studio appearance : "Glad All Over", 1/1/64

Number of studio appearances : 22 (including 2 as Dave Clark & Friends)

Formed in London in 1958 by drummer Dave Clark. The line-up at the time of their first TOTP appearance was Clark, Mike Smith (vocals/keyboards), Lenny Davidson (guitar/vocals), Rick Huxley (guitar) and Denis Payton (saxophone).

Not too fussed about this lot either. "Glad All Over" was a good song, but "Bits & Pieces" has been on TOTP2 far too many times for my liking!



01/01/64 : Glad All Over
08/01/64 : Glad All Over
19/02/64 : Bits & Pieces (rpt 26/02/64, 04/03/64, 11/03/64 & 18/03/64) WATCH
03/06/64 : Can't You See That She's Mine (rpt 24/06/64
22/10/64 : Anyway You Want It
20/05/65 : Come Home (rpt 10/06/65)
01/07/65 : Catch Us If You Can (rpt 22/07/65)
29/07/65 : Catch Us If You Can
05/08/65 : Catch Us If You Can
09/09/65 : When
27/10/66 : Nineteen Days
09/11/67 : Everybody Knows (rpt 16/11/67)
23/11/67 : Everybody Knows
12/09/68 : Red Balloon (rpt 03/10/68)
21/11/68 : Live In The Sky
27/11/69 : Good Old Rock 'N' Roll (rpt 18/12/69)
26/12/69 : Good Old Rock 'N' Roll
26/02/70 : Everybody Get Together (rpt 05/03/70 & 19/03/70) WATCH
18/06/70 : Here Comes Summer
24/06/71 : Won't You Be My Lady
25/11/71 : Draggin' The Line (as Dave Clark & Friends)
29/06/72 : Rub It In (as Dave Clark & Friends)

Keith - June 10, 2007 09:16 AM (GMT)
They're not in the same league as The Stones, Beatles etc, but still ok in my book. In fact i think their last top 10 hit was their best "Everybody Get Together".

Neil - June 10, 2007 10:13 AM (GMT)
Funnily enough, "Catch Us If You Can" is on Capital Gold right now :D

ChrisB - June 10, 2007 10:38 AM (GMT)
Often quite an emotive topic this lot, especially amongst the collectors & tv circuit, as Mr Clark has made quite a few enemies in his time, especially re: Ready Steady Go! Cannot stand any comparison with the 60's Premier League acts but stand decent comparison with the Championship lot (i.e The Searchers, Herman's Hermits etc). They made some very good singles, a small handful of which (mainly the big hits already mentioned) are some of the greatest singles of the era but, like a lot of the 60's second tier, they were pretty inflexible musically and in one respect it was a big achievement for them to be still be scoring big hits at the turn of the decade. In Mike Smith they had one of the most distinctive and under-rated vocalists of the time, a man who's lack of ambition perhaps scuppered what could have been a decent career.

Their career success was mirrored by Manchester's Herman's Hermits in that their initial UK success resulted in them being absolutely stupidly huge in the states between 65 & 67, losing their momentum there completely but maintaining a hit career in the UK into 1970 with increasingly MOR singles. Both bands even split up at the same time, primarly due to their respective 'leaders' calling time.....

Andy F - June 10, 2007 10:54 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Keith @ Jun 10 2007, 10:16 AM)
In fact i think their last top 10 hit was their best "Everybody Get Together".

It's a good song but not a patch on the Youngbloods version which charted in America..

Yeah I quite liked their style of play...If you watch videos of Dave Clark he was an awful drummer but they did have a nice formula for a while..

Strangely had a hit with Everybody Knows in 1965 then a hit with exactly the same name but different song in 1967

My personal fave is "Glad All Over" even though it did get to number one..

Col - June 10, 2007 12:59 PM (GMT)
Enjoy "Glad All Over" and "Bits and Pieces".

A cover it may be, but the DC5 performance of "Everybody Get Together" on TOTP from 26/2/1970, for anyone who's seen it, is one of the best performances of the era; soulful, uplifting and bordering on the secular.

mwalkerxxx - June 11, 2007 12:42 PM (GMT)
Love the biggies, don't really know the others (except Over And Over). REALLY like The Red Balloon!

I am old enough to (vaguely) remember watching their own kids TV show in the 60s! :ph43r: :ph43r: :ph43r:

ChrisB - January 10, 2010 03:45 PM (GMT)
For those with any interest in the DC5, and one of the strangest and most fiercely protected 'True Stories' of any band, take a look on this forum
Turns out Clark has a lot of secrets despite his meglomaniacal addiction to hyperbole and is an absolute control freak. I've investigated their back catalogue - and there is a lot to recommend (and a lot of dross too), the problem has been Clark making sure most of it is unavailable! They had a fantastic line in punchy r&b circa 65-67, and even managed a couple of numbers worthy of the "freakbeat" moniker circa 1968. Turns out Clark didn't even drum on the majority of tracks between 63-67, that honour went to session legend Bobby Graham! Clark did do the majority of the drumming from 68 on though, which is why if you listen a lot of it is very rudimentary with those tinny "tommy gun" rolls scattered everywhere. Every DC5 original composition is also "blessed" with Clarks name in the credits - despite him (basically a non-musician) never writing a note. Several of their early tracks - including Bits & Pieces, Anyway You Want It & Because - were written by an old mate of Dave's, Ron Ryan. When Ron realised his "friend" had no intention of honouring their gentlemens agreement (financially or otherwise), Anyway You Want It became the last tune he provided for the band. Most of the "magic" of the DC5 sound was a combination of Mike Smiths skills & producer Adrian Kerridge (a former Joe Meek apprentice) sonic vision.

Oh yes, and Clark's one and only A-Side lead vocal The Red Balloon - The Beat Club performance of it has finally been repeated

ChrisB - January 21, 2010 01:08 PM (GMT)
Can anyone - by the TOTP stage set - date pic 4 on here (and therefore pic 2 as the outfits are the same so I think that it is a backstage shot). I reckon it has to be Here Comes Summer (June 70) or the appearence in June 71....
Their is definitely more 70's (very 71 to my eyes) than when they did Everybody Get Together on 26/2/70

Mark Leech - January 24, 2010 03:32 PM (GMT)
Definitely a 1970 set, and I would guess this is from June 1970, or maybe March 1970. It is definitely not February as the clothes look different in that performance.

ChrisB - January 24, 2010 07:35 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Mark Leech @ Jan 24 2010, 03:32 PM)
Definitely a 1970 set, and I would guess this is from June 1970, or maybe March 1970.  It is definitely not February as the clothes look different in that performance.

I reckon, with the difference in appearence, they must be from June 70 - which makes it their last appearence before Clark announced the split a couple of months later, and quite possibly the latest pictures of the band in circulation. What muddies the waters somewhat is that he carried on releasing DC5 singles throughout 1970 & 71 before changing to the "Dave Clark & Friends" aggregation - and the "Dave Clark Five" performance of "Won't You Be My Lady?" that was shown on 24th June 71 & repeated 3 weeks later....

bucksby - February 1, 2010 02:26 PM (GMT)
Not a bad band at all and had some decent singles but it is a shame about Clark basically acting like a pratt. I am surprised he hasn't done a Prince with "his" songs on youtube

Keith - February 1, 2010 06:14 PM (GMT)
Clark has always been a complete control freak who even had to have himself & his drumkit out in the front with all the other band members in the background on their TV appearances!

ChrisB - February 20, 2010 11:42 AM (GMT)
There's a new "warts & all" website that's worth checking out.

If anyone can supply me with a list of the Dave Clark TOTP appearences via a pm I will forward the list onto to the webmaster so he can imporve the "diary" section...
Cheers in advance

ChrisB - October 31, 2010 12:57 PM (GMT)
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ChrisB - February 12, 2013 06:49 PM (GMT)
Rick Huxley dead at 72 from Emphysema

That''s just Dave and Lenny left now then :(

Peter_C - October 3, 2014 07:37 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (ChrisB @ Jan 10 2010, 03:45 PM)
Oh yes, and Clark's one and only A-Side lead vocal The Red Balloon - The Beat Club performance of it has finally been repeated

This is in fact a Beat Club outtake that was never broadcast at the time and only broadcast for the first time just a few years ago ('Blowing In The Wind' by The Hollies is another one that springs to mind though there's been others). Yes, not only does every 'Beat Club' episode still survive (all but one of them in pristine quality), but so do the unbroadcast outtakes! Other key German TV music shows that also survive complete include 'Beat Beat Beat' (1966-1969), 'Disco' (1971 - 1982) and Beat Club's successor 'Musikladen' (1972 - 1984), the latter again with many outtakes not broadcast at the time! :o

Incidentally, a rather good 2-hour DC5 documentary was released on DVD earlier this year in the USA, featuring a mind-boggling list of interviewees: Paul McCartney, Elton John, Stevie Wonder (who even plays a few snippets of DC5 songs), Bruce Springsteen (+ a couple of E-Street Band members), Dionne Warwick & many more. Also lots of bonus material.

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