Personalities | The Dave Clark Five | Sixties | Rock

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1958–70)

Prior to the issue of an instrumental single, ‘Chaquita’, in 1962, this London combo underwent fundamental personnel reshuffles, resulting in a line-up that remained stable for the rest of its career. Then Dave Clark (drums), Lenny Davidson (guitar), Denis Payton (saxophone), Rick Huxley (bass) and Mike Smith (vocals, keyboards) switched their stylistic emphasis to music with vocals. After a 1964 chart topper, ‘Glad All Over’, and its ‘Bits And Pieces’ follow-up – both written by Smith and Clark – the group racked up heftier achievements in the States as a foremost British invasion act. Their only major film, Having A Wild Weekend (UK title: Catch Us If You Can) was a box-office triumph, and – also in 1965 – ‘Over And Over’ was a US No. 1, but many later releases were characterized by bandwagon-jumping. Clark’s main public activities since have been 1970s recordings with Smith as ‘Dave Clark And Friends’, promoting repackagings of The Five’s hits, and 1987’s Time musical, praised mostly for its spectacular visual effects.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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