The Dave Clark 5

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The Dave Clark 5 were a British Invasion phenomenon. The DC5 were probably the “loudest” British Invasion act until the arrival of the Who. The Dave Clark 5’s first major hit was 1964’s Glad All Over…the first in a long string of 17 Top 40 hits from 1964-1967!
The groups hits included, Because, Can’t You See That She’s Mine, Catch Us If You Can from the movie Having A Wild Weekend, Over And Over, Bits And Pieces and others!

The Dave Clark 5 were the second British Invasion act to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show ( The Beatles were the first act to do so). Their 13 appearances on the show eclipsed both “The Beatles” and The Rolling Stones

Where are they now?

Leader and drummer Dave Clark is now a successful entrepreneur and entertainment promoter.

Lead vocalist, Mike Smith, now writes music for television shows and commercial jingles in London.

Mike’s also Shirley Bassey’s record producer.

Bassist, Rick Huxley, is in the electrical wholesale business.

Saxophonist, Denny Payton, is now a successful real estate agent, where on weekends he had his own group, Formula One (no longer together).

Guitarist, Lenny Davidson, still entertains and gives guitar lessons. Unfortunately, there are no plans for the Dave Clark 5 to get together to record or tour again anytime soon.

Update August 2004: Thanks to Lynn Briggs at the Bits And Pieces DC5 fansite for corrections and updates.

Lead Singer,Mike Smith was severely injured in 2003 and is now permanently paralysed.

Update Dec 26, 2006: Numerous readers have reported that saxophonist Denny Payton died on December 18th, sorry about the late update.


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10 responses to “The Dave Clark 5”

  1. Linda says:

    For a brief period , from March to August, 2003 Mike toured the US with his own band, Mike Smith’s Rock Engine.I didn’t get to see him perform, but there are a few dvds and cds out there to relive the moments.
    Try going to
    Mike and the music live on! Enjoy!

  2. Carol says:

    lease Dave Clark release some of your greatest hits longing to hear the 1960 nostalgia relive my youth your music is great !!!!!

  3. Please Dave Clark release your 1960 greatest hits says:

    Please Dave Clark release your 1960 greatest hits

  4. Frank says:

    The DC5 was one of the greatest band that almost sound like the Beatles

  5. Denise Clark says:

    Dave Clark was such an extraordinary talent. Is there anywhere to email or write to him?

  6. Duane says:

    Mike Smith died in 2008 just before they were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of fame.

  7. Sweet Sue Ohio says:

    Lead singer Mike Smith died 2/28/08 from pneumonia. Denis Payton died in 2007 from cancer.

  8. Joe says:

    Mike Smith, lead singer of the Rock group Dave Clark Five, died February 28, 2008. He suffered a spinal cord injury in 2003, which left him paralyzed below the ribs. He had been hospitalized since the accident; and was released in December 2007. He was planning on attending the Rock Hall of Fame ceremony in March 2008; when he developed pneumonia, and passed away two weeks before the ceremony at his home in Spain.

  9. Just John says:

    Mike smith died in stoke mandaville hospital.

    A question: who wrote and who performed the previously unreleased single”Universal Love”?Just John

  10. J Chesser says:

    “Mike Smith of Sixties group The Dave Clark Five has died aged 64, it has been announced.

    He died on Thursday from pneumonia at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, agent Margo Lewis said.”

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