Two for Tuesday: The Dave Clark 5

The Dave Clark 5 (DC5) were the second British Invasion band to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show, making their appearances in March 1964. At the peak of their success, The DC5 were Dave Clark (drums), Mike Smith (keyboards, lead vocals), Lenny Davidson (guitar), Rick Huxley (bass), and Denis Payton (tenor and baritone saxophone). They were held up as competition for The Beatles, and while they were in a way (their record “Glad All Over” knocked The Beatles’ “I Want To Hold Your Hand” from the top of the British charts), their sound was different, however slightly: the instrumentation was different, and differences in geography (The Beatles from Liverpool in the north, the DC5 from London in the south) accounted for a slightly different sound. They were popular in the 1960’s, split in 1970, and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.

Our songs today are from mid-1964. “Can’t You See That She’s Mine?” was their third hit in the US, rising to #4 on the Hot 100 in July.

They followed with “Because,” which rose to #3 in August and September, 1964.

The Dave Clark 5, another of the great bands from the British Invasion, your Two for Tuesday, February 17, 2015.

9 thoughts on “Two for Tuesday: The Dave Clark 5

  1. The Dave Clark 5 were ‘The Tottenham Sound’ . I really liked them a lot, always said I liked them better than the Beatles. When I went to Cleveland, they had just been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Mike Smith had just passed. Rick Huxley died two years ago and Dennis Payton died in 2006. There are only two surviving ‘originals’. That makes me feel old.


  2. I’ve always thought “Because” sounded a lot like the Beatles. I don’t think that was an accident. There are a couple of Beatles songs that have that kind of sound. I don’t think “Can’t You See That She’s Mine” sounds as much like the Beatles, but the similarities are still there.


    1. There are similarities; no doubt the DC5 listened to the Beatles, but they never actually encountered each other that often, probably because Liverpool and Tottenham (North London) are over 200 miles apart. But I’m sure the music they heard would have influenced the music they played.


  3. I really liked DC5 back in the day, but it was odd that their music never seemed to be in release in later formats like cassette and CD–at least I could never find it. They just seemed to fade away with no interest in capitalizing on any new releases or generating any revenue in re-releasing their old stuff.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out


    1. That’s strange, because Dave Clark became a promoter after the band split. On the other hand, maybe there were legal reasons that interfered with that whole project. They dropped off the face of the earth after they broke up, and except for being inducted into the Hall of Fame, haven’t been seen much. A shame, too, because they were an excellent band, more like the combos of the 1950’s.


  4. Wow! Thank you, John. They were a favorite. Two teen girls in my neighborhood played their music all the time. I was ‘the kid,’ so they nicknamed me, ‘dc’…never saw them on TV. Never liked the Beatles. Funny, huh? I thought the Beatles copied DC5. (Did I say wow?!)


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