Who’s buried in Grant’s tomb? Well alright then, how many people were in the band The Dave Clark Five? If you guessed five you would be correct. What I’d bet many people might not know, though, is that Dave Clark wasn’t actually the front man but the drummer, making this the only band I can think of with the drummer represented as the named band leader (other than Fleetwood Mac, sort of, since Mick Fleetwood was still joined by bassist John McVie in their naming origin).
Even more incredible is that for a time, briefly, the Dave Clark Five toppled The Beatles from the charts – this song, ‘Glad All Over’, knocked ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ off the top of the UK singles chart in January of 1964 – and for a while, again briefly, there was a genuine debate in America over which was the greatest British Invasion band of the time, the ‘Mersey Beat’ Beatles or the ‘Tottenham Sound’ of the Dave Clark Five. While the legitimacy of that argument was short-lived and soon somewhat laughable (see The Boss and Little Steven in the attached clip), the DC5 did continue on with an impressive series of hits and successes: 17 records in the Top 40 of the US Billboard chart, including ‘Over And Over’, ‘Catch Us If You Can’ and ‘Bits And Pieces’; 18 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, more than any other British Invasion group (including you know who); and 2008 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (inducted by none other than Tom Hanks). Impressive stuff for the 5 members of the Dave Clark 5 (but sorry, still not quite a match for the 4 in the Fab 4).