FLASHBACK: 50 Years Ago - The Dave Clark Five Debut On 'The Ed Sullivan Show'
It was 50 years ago tonight (March 8th, 1964) that the Dave Clark Five (DC5) made their debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. The group was the second British Invasion act to infiltrate the U.S. shores, following the Beatles. The DC5 originated from North London and had 17 records on Billboard's Top 40 between 1964 and 1967. They were best known for their string of '60s hits, including "Glad All Over," "Bits And Pieces," "Because," "Any Way You Want It," "Catch Us If You Can," "Over And Over," and "Having A Wild Weekend." All told, the group racked up a total of 18 appearances on the Sullivan show -- more than any other musical act -- and all of them were reportedly lip-synched.
Coming to PBS' Great Performances -- and to DVD shortly after -- is The Dave Clark Five And Beyond - Glad All Over. The program, which premieres on April 8th, will focus on the DC5 and the Beatles. The documentary features filmed appearances by Paul McCartney, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Gene Simmons, Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, '60s fashion icon Twiggy, among others.
Included in the doc are "the 'DC5's' iconic performances on The Ed Sullivan Show, along with rare live concert footage and their countless appearances on television with American musical icons. Much of this material -- much of it on 35mm film -- has not been seen in decades, either on television or home video."
Beatlefan magazine's executive editor Al Sussman says that the DC5 were clearly the Number Two British invasion act during the peak of Beatlemania: "They were the Number Two group mainly because of the fact that -- first of all, they were the second group to come over here after the Beatles -- but also because they released a new record, like, every two weeks. They had, I think, seven singles that hit at least the Top 20 -- at least -- during the course of the year."
The group broke up in 1970, with Clark becoming a multi-millionaire music mogul.
In 2003, the group's lead singer, keyboardist, and main songwriter, Mike Smith, was paralyzed after falling off his roof in Cadiz, Spain. In 2005, a fundraiser for Smith's medical bills was held in New York City, featuring the reunion of Peter & Gordon, Billy J. Kramer, the Zombies, and former Moody Blues and Wings member Denny Laine.
Smith died just weeks before the band's 2008 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The previous December, the group's saxophonist Denis Payton died of cancer at age 63.
On February 11th, 2013, bassist Rick Huxley died after a long battle with emphysema. Huxley, who grew up in Dartford, England -- the same town as Mick Jagger and Keith Richards -- went on to work for Vox amplifiers before moving on to his own music equipment and electrical wholesale businesses.
In 2008 the DC5 released a new compilation via iTunes called The Dave Clark Five: The Hits. The collection which featured the first official release of the band's '60s classics since 1993, includes two unreleased songs, "Every American Citizen" and "Universal Love," a 28-page booklet featuring rarely seen photos, a biography, and new discography.
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