Thursday, January 13, 2011
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-The Dave Clark Five
Song:Glad All Over
For a short time, The Dave Clark Five were the number two British Invasion group behind The Beatles. In fact, Glad All Over knocked I Wanna Hold Your Hand off the top of the British charts in 1964. But other groups came along and were more popular than DC5. But their music still sounds good. Getting it on CD is another matter. DC5 was from Tottenham in North London. Group leader and drummer Dave Clark was born Dec. 15, 1942 in Tottenham. He first formed the band in 1958 with lead singer and keyboard player Mike Smith (born Dec. 6, 1943 in Edmonton, North London). He joined the band in 1960. They started out as The Dave Clark Quartet and by 1962 changed it to The Dave Clark Five. After several personnel changes, the band was Clark, Smith, Lenny Davidson on lead guitar, Rick Huxley on bass and Denny Payton on sax. Clark and Smith wrote a lot of the songs including Glad All Over. They signed with EMI's Columbia label in England and after Glad All Over reached #1, they signed with Epic Records in the US. Glad All Over reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. They had a few more hits including Bits and Pieces and Over and Over was their only US #1 hit in 1965. They even starred in a movie known as Having A Wild Weekend in North America. Like a lot of British Invasion bands, The Dave Clark Five faded when psychedelia creeped into the picture in 1967. They split up in 1970. Dave Clark and Mike Smith continued to record together as Clark & Smith and Smith would become a writer and producer of jingles. He returned to performing on the oldies circuit in 1999 until his death on Feb. 28, 2008 at age 64. Dave Clark not only produced the music but managed the band and has been very successful with his own company for many years. He owns the rights to the DC5 recordings and occasionally licenses them to a record company for release on CD. This CD from Universal UK was released in 2008 but appears to be out of print. There doesn't appear to be a DC5 CD in print right now. Come on, Dave. We love your music. Clark also owns the rights to the Ready Steady Go TV show. Here's The Dave Clark Five performing Glad All Over on Ready Steady Go.