Because 45 by The Dave Clark Five

September 10, 2011

“Because” was originally released as a B side in Britain. Dave Clark was reluctant to issue it as an A side because it was a ballad and their hits had been up-tempo rock ‘n’ roll.

Clark finally gave it and it was issued as a single in the United States during August of 1964. It reached number three on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart and sold a million copies.

It remains one of their memorable hits because it was a ballad and very different from what the DC5 had been releasing at the time.

I Like It Like That 45 by The Dave Clark 5

April 4, 2011

For a time, The Dave Clark Five rivaled The Beatles for popularity. That may not have lasted long but they managed to place 24 singles on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart, 1964-1967.

“I Like It Like That” was released June 19, 1965, and is a nice rocker. It contains one of Mike Smiths better vocals. It reached number seven on the American Singles Charts.

The Dave Clark Five disbanded in 1970 and were one of the few bands to never re-unite.

Sax player Dennis Payton died in 2006. Lead vocalist/organist Mike Smith died two weeks before their induction into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on March 10,2008.

Any of their CD compilation albums is worth hearing and owning. Songs such as “I Like It Like That” are some of the best of the British Invasion.

Glad All Over 45 by The Dave Clark Five

December 30, 2009

The Dave Clark Five were the clean cut band of the British muisc invasion in the mid-1960’s. Dave Clark formed the band in 1960 to earn a little extra money for his soccer team. It sems hard to believe now but they were considered serious rivals of The Beatles for a short time.

The DC5 were a little different than many of the bands during their time period. Their line-up was composed of drums, organ, guitar, sax and bass which gave their sound a different feel. Organist Mike Smith was the lead vocalist, not Dave Clark.

When they broke-up around 1970 they never refromed for any reason. They were inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame two years ago.

“Glad All Over” burst upon the American music scene in Feb. of 1964. It is joyous, driving rock ‘n’ roll at its mid-sixties best. Organ, guitar, and sax form the foundation for Smith’s vocals. It would be a huge hit reaching number six on the National charts.

While alot of sixties material sounds dated today, this is one you should not miss.

The History Of The Dave Clak Five by The Dave Clark Five

June 29, 2009

The Dave Clark Five, formed in 1962 and gone by 1970, were at one time thought to be serious rivals to the Beatles. Those pretensions of greatness quickly passed.

The legacy of the Dave Clark Five is that of an original British Invasion band which produced a string of excellent and memorable singles and, unfortunately, about a dozen or so forgettable albums, one reason they are not as well-remembered as the other invasion groups.

After disbanding in 1970, the The Dave Clark Five never reunited for a concert or album. Dave Clark, who owned the rights to the groups music, released no material for 23 years. Finally in 1993, The History Of The Dave Clark Five was released. This two-disc 52-song set covers all the highlights of the Five’s career. And like many singles bands, when all their best material is gathered in one place, the group shines.

The Five had a unique sound for the time period. It was Mike Smith’s organ and Dennis Payton’s sax that drove the sound of the group against the backdrop of Clark’s drums. Lenny Davidson and Rick Huxley’s guitars filled out the sound, rather than dominating it. Mike Smith was also on the great lost vocalists of the 1960s.

Uptempo rockers such as “Glad All Over,” “Can’t You See That She’s Mine,” “Do You Love Me,” “I Like It Like That” and “Catch Us If You Can” are classic Dave Clark Five material. The History Of The Dave Clark Five also contains such lesser known gems such as “Look Before You Leap,” “Hurting Inside,” “Try Too Hard,” “Nineteen Days” and “Having A Wild Weekend.”

All the material has been taken from the original masters and cleaned up so that the sound is crystal clear. The History of The Dave Clark Five is a musical treat for old and new fans of the group. The release is just about the right length and includes the correct material.

In the final analysis, the Dave Clark Five may have gotten it right. They left the musical stage leaving their fans wanting more. The History Of The Dave Clark Five shows the better side of the British Invasion and is a great listen from a band that has been often overshadowed by its more successful counterparts.