Music To Write By – 15

One of the bands I remember my sister listening to back in the 1960s – she’s nine years older than me! This song was realised in October 1964. They always had a thumping sound driven by Dave Clark on the drums. Some reckon this tune was the first heavy metal song! It seems Dave Clark went on to have a very successful business career and is a millionaire now. Three of the original band are sadly no longer with us.

(a bit from Wikipedia…) The Dave Clark Five, often called the DC5, were an English rock and roll band formed in Tottenham in 1957. In January 1964 they had their first UK top ten single, “Glad All Over”, which knocked the Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand” off the top of the UK Singles Chart. It peaked at No. 6 in the United States in April 1964. Although this was their only UK No. 1, they topped the US chart in December 1965, with their cover of Bobby Day’s “Over And Over”. Their version of Chet Powers’ “Get Together” reached No. 8 on the UK Singles Chart retitled as “Everybody Get Together”. They were the second group of the British Invasion to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show in the United States (for two weeks in March 1964 following the Beatles’ three weeks the previous month). They would ultimately have 18 appearances on the show. The group disbanded in late 1970. On 10 March 2008, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

 

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