I have this very cool cockatiel yellow bird named Buddha. She flew in our yard one day 12 years ago and she has been one of our pets every since. You could almost say she fell out of the sky. I know that birds can be very social, but I work a lot so we got her TV to watch. The TV bit it and we got her a radio. Seems she likes the oldies station a great deal. The other day she was bopping away at a tune called Glad All Over and it got me thinking…
The Dave Clark Five band did the song Glad All Over, which was a song, that not just birds like to dance to, but people too. I caught myself bopping my head with the bird and dancing with her. Then I heard the DJ say that Rick Huxley, who was a founding member of the Dave Clark Five died on Monday at the age of 72.
No wonder they have been playing Dave Clark Five music. What? You have not heard much about Dave Clark Five? They were a British band back in the day with The Beatles, in fact, their song Glad all over topped the charts in the UK and the song was so popular that it knocked the Beatles song I Want to Hold Your Hand off the chart.
So who was the Dave Clark Five? They were part of the British invasion. Some people in the early days compared them to the Beatles. I personally could never do that, however, there were some comparisons mainly because of their songwriting skills and they wrote most of their own material, which by the way at first, the Beatles did not.
I do not want to compare Dave Clark Five to the Beatles, not by far, in fact the only comparison would be that they were all part of the British invasion. During their time they had great songs that people enjoyed such as “Glad All Over,” “Do You Love Me,” “Over and Over,” “Catch Us If You Can,” and “Bits and Pieces.”
They, like many of their counterparts in that time period even had a movie called Having a Wild Weekend. The band started in 1961 and broke up in 1970. The band never got the recognition I felt they should have had after all, Dave Clark Five sold 50 million records and had 30 hit singles worldwide.
The Dave Clark Five was formed quite accidentally. They were not planning on appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and several coast-to-coast tours. No, they formed when a young Tottenham football player named Dave Clark needed to find money to help fund his team’s traveling expenses so he found Chris Walls, Rick Huxley, Stan Saxon and Mike Ryan.
No, the Dave Clark Five band could not be compared to by the Beatles, but for a few brief moments, when they knocked the Beatles off the chart, I have no doubt they felt compared, if only for a few moments. Sadly, when members of these 60s band pass on, I do indeed feel my age, and always am thankful I lived in a time where music was celebrated and not just downloaded. Yes, Dave Clark Five belonged to the great generation of British music.