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The Dave Clark Five

Updated on September 15, 2017
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I'm a writer, a poet, a dreamer. Born and raised in New York City. I live in the suburbs of Riga, Latvia. I have a wonderful cat named Sid.

This band plays some really great rock. However when I first heard of them it sounded to me like the name of a business or something. Then I got to know their music and realized how wonderfully talented they really are. One of my all time favorite songs by the Dave Clark Five is ”Bits and Pieces” which has a really nice beat to it

FIrst Hits

They began playing as the Dave Clark Quintet back in 1957 – Dave Clark playing the drums, Dave Sanford on lead guitar, Chris Wallace on bass and Don Vale on piano. The following year in 1958 Sanford was replaced by Rick Huxley and at this time they changed their name to the Dave Clark Five with a new line up which had Stan Saxon doing lead vocals, Huxley on rhythm guitar, Roger Smedley on piano and Johnny Johnson on lead guitar. As the years passed there were other changes. The band had 17 records which wound up in the Top 40 on the U.S. Billboard chart and they had 12 Top 40 UK hits between the years 1964 and 1967. It was on Christmas Day in 1965 that their song ”Over and Over” rose up to the number one position on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. All of their tours were sell-outs and their claim to fame is that they were the first British band of the British Invasion to tour the U.S. and during their popularity they actually went on the Ed Sullivan Show 18 times. It was after the Beatles made their successful film ”A Hard Day’s Night” in 1964 that the Dave Clark Five made their own film ”Catch Us if You Can” in 1965 and it was released in the U.S. under the title ”Having a Wild Weekend”.

Topping The Beatles

The Dave Clark Five are an English pop rock group and amazing as it may seem their hit single ”Glad All Over” actually toppled the Beatles’ ”I Want to Hold Your Hand” from the UK singles charts in January of 1964. These boys were the second group of what was known as the British invasion to appear on the ever popular the Ed Sullivan Show. There was a period of time in which the Dave Clark Five were actually more popular in the U.S. than in their homeland England. They continue to be popular unit 1970 at which time the band broke up and finally on March 10, 2008 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They left behind songs which are still remembered and listened to today.

First Album

The bands first album was titled “A Session With The Dave Clark Five”. The album featured the single “Can’t You See That She’s Mine”. Their second album was called “Catch Us if You Can” with the most popular song being the title song with a very catchy beat.

They are all really catchy songs which get you singing along. I still remember dancing like crazy to their terrific ”Reelin’ and Rockin”. Now for all of you who know the movie which in my opinion surely still has a following ”Dirty Dancing” take a guess who sang this song originally ”Do You Love Me” ? Yes, it was this band the Dave Clark Five. Now that alone should get you interested in their music because it you are like me every time I hear this song I just have to get up and dance.

When the trend turned to psychedelic music the Dave Clark Five original band finally disbanded in 1970 but under a new line-up lasted up to 1973. None of the band’s recordings were available for purchase until 1993 when a double CD was released titled ”History of the Dave Clark Five” in the U.S. and a single CD in England titled ”Glad All Over Again”. Both of these recordings were taken off the market after three years and finally in 2009 selections from the band’s catalogue were released on iTunes where today you can find a 28-track collection titled The Dave Clark Five: The Hits.

The Dave Clark Five Greatest Hits

“Over and Over”

“Everybody Knows (I Still Love You)”

“Can’t You See That She’s Mine”

“Bits and Pieces”

“I Like It Like That”

“Catch Us If You Can”


“Any Way You Want It”

“Do You Love Me”

“Glad All Over”

© 2015 Gypsy Rose Lee


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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      You welcome Ann. I still love to put them on YouTube and listen to their great tunes.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      I loved the raw sound of the Dave Clark five and the bashing drums!

      My favourites were 'Bits & Pieces' and 'Glad all Over'. I have some of their music on my iTunes. Thanks for the reminder and the info.


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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Glad you enjoyed Manatita.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Interesting that they are English, Gypsy. I don't hear of them so much. I remember their music used to be played by the staff and Pub landlords in hospital canteens, and the movements were sometimes pretty swingy. Alas!

      Mind you, I dropped many things when I took up Spirituality in 1982, so who knows? Nice change, again, and great Rock and Roll videos.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Glad this brought you nice memories Harald.

      Nice to hear it Bill. Their music always brought out smiles for me.

      Glad you enjoy them Shauna. With the music world being so very vast you can be sure there will be more.

      Glad you enjoyed Paula. Yes, it's very true I can recite word for word favorite oldies songs but don't ask me where I put my pen. Peace to you too.

      They had such catchy tunes Audrey.

      Thank you Ruby. Glad you enjoyed the stroll down memory lane.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I had to dig deep to remember this band. I was so wrapped up in Elvis I missed how good they were. Thank you for sharing their history. Well done..

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Oh Rasma--absolutely one of my favorite bands from back then!

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Rasma.....This is what I call "going wayyyyy back!" LOL Gosh, thanks for the memories. Funny how their songs remain in our heads forever, complete with lyrics. That makes me wonder.....why can I not remember what I did last week??

      Perhaps if we put our everyday lives to melody & lyrics we would never forget a thing! This works for The Dave Clark Five memories!

      Very nice walk down that Lane!...Peace, Paula

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      I just love the musical blasts from the past you take us, Rasma. Keep 'em coming!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It makes me glad all over that you wrote about this great rock band. :)

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      David Hunt 2 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

      I remember that, for a while, they seemed neck and neck with the Beatles over here. Thanks for the memories, Gypsy.