The Dave Clark Five

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The record-setting stars that gave the Beatles a run for their money.

For a period in the mid-Sixties, the Dave Clark Five was the dominant British Invasion band. With fifteen consecutive Top 40 singles, they could always be counted on for poppy, danceable hits.

Hall of Fame Essay


Rob Bowman

Although it might be difficult to grasp if you weren’t a popular-music fan at the time, in 1964, at the height of the British Invasion, it was not at all clear which, the Dave Clark Five or the Beatles, would become the most popular and influential rock band of the era.

The DC5 represented the second volley of rock & roll mania to emerge from the British Isles with the group’s inaugural performance on The Ed Sullivan Show on March 8 ,1964 - generating the same riotous, screaming orgasmic frenzy that had greeted the Beatles’ debut performance on the same program a mere four weeks earlier.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 2008
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