Dave Clark formed his first group in 1957 but the classic line up was formed for fame in 1962 . The Dave Clark Five were quite simply the only serious contenders to The Beatles in Canada during 1964 and oddly both pop groups were on the same label ... Capitol Of Canada. In the USA their records were issued on the Epic label. Their Capitol releases are now coveted by record collectors world-wide. especially the wonky "Instrumental Album" from 1966, a very weird release for the group ! The group consisted of Dave Clark (drums), Mike Smith (lead vocals, organ), Rick Huxley (bass), Dennis Peyton (saxophone), Lenny Davidson (lead guitarist). Mike Smith sang lead vocals on most of the hits but we all thought it was Dave Clark himself …
They charted many times in Canada but they ultimately bowed out in 1968 in the wake of The Beatles' Sergeant Pepper. By early 1968 the Dave Clark Five appeared dated by comparison and they lacked a genius producer and arranger like The Beatles had claimed from the outset with George Martin.
As a youngster though, I grew up with their awesome sound over the AM radio airwaves in Canada and the hammering drum beat of Bits And Pieces and Glad All Over in mid 1964 were to me one of the most essential sounds of the British Invasion in Canada. As with The Beatles, they were featured on Ed Sullivan and their hits were played EVERYWHERE !!!
The Dave Clark Five first appeared on Ed Sullivan on Sunday, March 8th, playing their first Capitol hit Glad All Over. This was of course just a couple of weeks after the Beatles smash performances on the same show on February 9th and February 16th. The DC5 then appeared on Sunday, March 15th and played three songs: Do You Love Me (The Contours hit), Bits And Pieces, and once again Glad All Over. The mania for the Dave Clark Five after these two shows was nearing the mania already established for The Beatles.
Like The Beatles, The Dave Clark Five would borrow from Motown (Do You Love Me) and Chuck Berry (Reelin And Rockin). But of course they lacked the song writing team of Lennon and McCartney. It was their THUMPING sound that grabbed you though. Capitol Records Of Canada "rush-released" Bits And Pieces after their second Ed Sullivan appearance and both Glad All Over and Bits And Pieces were on many charts at the same time. Do You Love Me was also rush-released soon after the Sullivan shows. They were a hot act and Paul White wrote in his weekly Sizzle Sheet for April 10th, 1964 that "Clark has built up such a following in the last couple of weeks that we're beginning to realize we have another 'mania' on our hands!".!
1964 was a huge year for the DC5 and they continued having hits on Capitol for another three years. Their unusually quiet-for-them song "Because" in August 1964 still sounds fresh today as does their version of You've Got What It Takes from our Centennial Year of 1967. Their records were very much party records to get people dancing ! My own favourite was always "Anyway You Want It".
By June of 1967, they were touring places like Regina in Saskatchewan, perhaps The Beatles had made the correct decision to stop touring in 1966. The Dave Clark Five had appeared on Ed Sullivan a staggering 12 times and their last appearance on the show was March 26th, 1967... and the Muppets were on that show as well !
The DC5 carried on releasing discs in England until 1970 but there was no chart action in Canada after the beginning of 1968. One of their catchiest songs "Red Balloon" did not chart in Canada when it was issued in Canada in August 1968 ... but compare that "pop" track to The Beatles magnum opus Hey Jude which was issued in Canada just a few weeks later.
One of their last Canadian discs was issued on Epic in 1972 and was credited to Dave Clark & Friends, the label that had carried them in the USA beginning in 1964.
Many years later I attended a benefit concert for Mike Smith after his terrible accident at his home in Spain. The benefit concert was held in New York City on August 2nd, 2005 and was a great success. Mike Smith could only attend via video link up but many pop stars were there to help him out and they included The Zombies, Peter And Gordon, Denny Laine, Billy J. Kramer, Paul Shaffer (the organizer) etc.
The Dave Clark Five stormed the Canadian singles charts between 1964 and 1967. The following summary of their chart history on Toronto's CHUM AM 1050 is extracted from Ron Hall's excellent book "The CHUM Chart Book" (Stardust, 1990).
The group issued a staggering total of 23 singles in Canada between 1964 and 1968 !
|Capitol 72138||Glad All Over / I Know You||January 1964|
|Capitol 72148||Bits And Pieces / All Of The Time||March 1964|
|Capitol 72154||Do You Love Me ? / Chaquita||May 1964|
|Capitol 72163||Can’t You See That She’s Mine / No Time To Lose||June 1964|
|Capitol 72177||Because / Theme Without A Name||August 1964|
|Capitol 72187||Everybody Knows (I Still Love You) / ‘Ol Sol||November 1964|
|Capitol 72198||Anyway You Want It / Crying Over You||February 1965|
|Capitol 72215||Come Home / Your Turn To Cry||March 1965|
|Capitol 72232||Reelin’ And Rockin’/ Little Bitty Pretty One||May 1965|
|Capitol 72267||I Like It Like That / Hurting Inside||August 1965|
|Capitol 72279||Catch Us If You Can / Move On||September 1965|
|Capitol 72299||Having A Wild Weekend / No Stopping||October 1965|
|Capitol 72317||Over And Over / I’ll Be Yours (My Love)||October 1965|
|Capitol 72324||At The Scene / I Miss You||January 1966|
|Capitol 72358||Try Too Hard / All Night Long||March 1966|
|Capitol 72375||Please Tell Me Why / Look Before You Leap||June 1966|
|Capitol 72401||Satisfied With You / Don’t Let Me Down||September 1966|
|Capitol 72422||Nineteen Days / I Need Love||November 1966|
|Capitol 72443||I’ve Got To Have A Reason / Good Time Woman||January 1967|
|Capitol 72458||You’ve Got What It Takes / Small Talk||April 1967|
|Capitol 72488||You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby /Man In A Pin-Striped Suit||June 1967|
|Capitol 72499||A Little Bit Now / You Don’t Play Me Around||August 1967|
|Capitol 72515||Red And Blue / Concentration Baby||October 1967|
|Capitol 72521||Everybody Knows / Concentration Baby||December 1967|
|Capitol 72537||Please Stay / Forget||May 1968|
|Capitol 72552||Red Balloon / Maze Of Love||August 1968|
|Epic 5-10894||Rub It In / I'm Sorry Baby||issued in Canada in 1972|
|Dave Clark & Friends|
Capitol of Canada issued an even dozen albums by The Dave Clark Five in Canada. All of them were issued in mono and a few were also issued in stereo.
|Capitol T-6062||Session With The Dave Clark Five||April 13 1964|
|Capitol T-6068||Bits And Pieces||May 11 1964|
|Capitol T-6083||On Stage With The Dave Clark Five||September 14 1964|
|Capitol T-6103||Across Canada With The Dave Clark Five||January 11 1965|
|Capitol T-6137||Songs From The Movie Having A Wild Weekend||August 30 1965|
|Capitol (S)T-6153||The Hits Of The Dave Clark Five||January 3 1966|
|* the stereo version was re-issued in 1969 on the green target label and then in 1970/1 on the red target label|
|Capitol (D)T-6162||The Dave Clark Five Instrumental Album||May 2 1966|
|Capitol T-6167||I Like It Like That / Over And Over||March 7 1966|
|Capitol T-6180||At The Scene||June 6 1966|
|Capitol (D)T-6196||More Hits Of The Dave Clark Five||April 3 1967|
|Capitol (S)T-6220||You Got What It Takes||September 4 1967|
|Capitol (S)T-6265||Everybody Knows||February 5 1968|
|... and yes there are mono copies !|
Capitol's first two 45 RPM releases by The Dave Clark Five were smashes in Canada ... and in their wake in mid 1964, the record companies scrambled to see what they had in their own vaults ... and out came the DC5 cash-in discs !
This 45 was also issued by Pye in the UK and in the USA as Rust 5078.￼￼
The other UK Pye 45 was also issued in Canada but on the Congress label as:
This 45 also appeared in the USA as Congress 212.￼￼
Another odd 45 was issued in Canada as:
This 45 was issued in the UK on Ember and also appeared in the USA as Jubilee 45-5476.￼ ￼￼
Toronto, Ontario - June 9, 1964 - Varsity Stadium (more information on this concert is required)
Montreal, Quebec - October 29, 1964 - Montreal Forum
Opening acts - Pierre Lalonde
The 4 Frenchmen
The Esquires￼ ￼
Toronto, Ontario - Monday, November 2nd, 1964 - Maple Leaf Gardens
Emcee was CKEY DJ Dave Mickie
London, Ontario - Tuesday, November 3, 1964 - Treasure Island Gardens
Jimmy Soul (from the USA)
David Clayton Thomas & The Shays (Toronto)
The Esquires (Ottawa)
Sandy Simms & The Diplomats (Brantford)
Johnny Stevens And His Sextet (London)
The Fortune Tellers (London)
The Undertakers (London)￼ ￼
Vancouver, British Columbia - November 26, 1964 - Georgia Auditorium
Fort William, Ontario - June 22, 1965 - Memorial Gardens
Sudbury, Ontario - June 23, 1965 - Sudbury Arena
Calgary, Alberta - July 6, 1965
No Canadian concert dates in 1966...
Regina, Saskatchewan - June 21, 1967 - Exhibition Park Agridome￼￼ ￼