Friday, April 25, 2014

50 Years Ago This Weekend

On April 25th, Chad and Jeremy appeared on The Hollywood Palace.

On the pop charts, THE BEATLES captured all of the Top Three spots again this week on The Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles Chart with CAN'T BUY ME LOVE holding steady at #1, TWIST AND SHOUT locked into the #2 spot and DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET moving up to the #3 position.  For the first time, THE DAVE CLARK FIVE ALSO had two Top Ten Records simultaneously as GLAD ALL OVER inched up to #6 and BITS AND PIECES climbed to #7.  That gave the Brits HALF of the Top Ten Records in America that week. 

Other positions of note:  NEEDLES AND PINS by THE SEARCHERS at #13, SHE LOVES YOU at #19, I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND at #24, PLEASE PLEASE ME at #29, THANK YOU GIRL at #37 (first week in The Top 40), HIPPY HIPPY SHAKE by THE SWINGING BLUE JEANS at #39, STAY AWHILE by DUSTY SPRINGFIELD at #44, ALL MY LOVING at #45, YOU CAN'T DO THAT at #60, LITTLE CHILDREN by BILLY J. KRAMER AND THE DAKOTAS at #61, DIANE by THE BACHELORS at #63, LOVE ME DO at #67 and I KNEW IT ALL THE TIME (an older, re-release by THE DAVE CLARK FIVE, trying to cash in on their new-found success), premiering at #90.  That meant THE BEATLES still held 10% of the entire chart with their recent U.S. releases.  

This week's WLS Chart includes "Bits And Pieces" at #6, "Thank You Girl" / "Do You Want To Know A Secret" at #7, "Glad All Over" at #9 (giving The Dave Clark Five two Top Ten Hits of their own), "Can't Buy Me Love" / "You Can't Do That" at #10 (keeping The Beatles even with the pack!), "Twist And Shout" at #12, "All My Lovin'" at #17, "Not Fade Away" at #26, "Yesterday's Gone" at #27, "Love Me Do" (new on the charts for The Beatles) at #30 and "Stay Awhile" by Dusty Springfield at #38.


And The Dave Clark Five comments just keep on comin'!  A few cool tracks to share this time around ... and more of your thoughts on the recent PBS Special.  Enjoy!

Having read all the Dave Clark Five reviews here, I really don't care if I see the PBS special now, because it probably will tick me off! I'd rather just see old clips of the band on Youtube. I also forgot to mention that the only thing I liked about "Having a Wild Weekend" was that COOL, white Jaguar XKE, that Clark drove (and wrecked) in the movie. All those band movies back then were fun, though. I even liked the Bee Gees' "Sgt. Pepper", that everybody else hated.
- John LaPuzza  

I was going to chime in immediately after the DC5 program aired, but I decided to see if anyone was going to mention the inclusion of Sharon Osbourne. Of course she's become a media personality, besides being Ozzy's wife and manager. However I must disagree with the FH member who did not think she belonged there. To me she most certainly does. Maybe she isn't the most perfect choice, but it's certainly better than Tom Hanks. Sharon's father was the late music mogul, Don Arden. Among the acts he managed were ELO, Small Faces and Ozzy. Sharon started working for him full time while she was still in her teens. Although she would have been only 11 in 1964, she would have been exposed to the latest sounds either thru her dad, or just listening to the radio. It makes sense that she be included. Twiggy was a top model by 1965 and she was part of the swinging London scene. She was there. I'm not sure about Whoopi. She might have been exposed to the music as a nine year old, but that's a little too young yet. I'd say the same thing about Sharon, if she came from a different background.

I looked and don't have the Ed Rudy DC5 LP.  I think I may have the interview single, but all I could find was a cardboard record for Having a Wild Weekend featuring two hits from the movie.  What I can offer you is a VERY little heard interview with Dave Clark from Feb 28, 1978, on UK's Capitol Radio! This was a half hour show I edited so that I could send via email lowest quality, yet sounds good.  Not sure anyone has this unless they taped it off the radio then in UK.   
You will find Dave plugging the HUGE DC5 comp success in England "25 Thumpin' Hits".  With DC5 records off the market in the UK for many years, this LP was a big success, as I remember it, in the UK.  I bought it as soon as it came in stores here.  Similar packages were released in other European countries as well about that time.  Strange that Dave's "Time" was only two years away and no mention of it in planning stages at all.  Just a bit about his acting "career."   
You'll hear a more UK version of the DC5 story than the TV PBS special.  The interviewer talked about lumping the DC5 with the Searchers, Swingin' Blue Jeans and even the Shadows.  Dave mentions many chart positions that are off, of course.  However, unlike the US situation, the DC5's first UK chart record was "Do You Love Me" and not "Glad all Over."   SO, in reality, the US got a DC5 treatment of Beatlemania in that when "Glad All Over" hit here, Epic quickly followed with "Do You Love Me" as well as the current UK hit "Bits & Pieces" all at once as well as Congress here releasing the old DC5 song "I Knew It All The Time"!  
Dave gives us HIS version so often of the DC5 story that it varies widely. 
Dave talks about the DC5 covering the Contours' hit BEFORE the Brian Poole & Tremeloes' version emerged following their top 10 hit "Twist & Shout."  Dave calls it a cover of the Beatles, which it actually was, despite being an old Isley tune.  The Trems' #1 UK hit version appeared a month before the DC5's (#30 peak, not #19 in UK and #11 in US later, not #1 as Dave says here).  Dave says Poole somehow got stocked, while the DC5 got the airplay in UK????  Either way, the DC5 version kicks Poole's butt on this one, IMO. 
Dave is surprised by the interviewer not knowing that DAVE produced his own records and offered the records to a company, not the record company ALLOWING him to do so!   
He compares the "Palladium" TVer in UK to Sullivan show here, which is of interest.  Not sure about the Sullivan story he tells, but possibly??  He talks about focusing on the US market and then back to the UK market.  I think it was more that for some odd reason, most of the UK hits were NOT the hits that happened in the US and vice versa.  "Over & Over" was their biggest hit in the US, but amazingly, reached only #45 in the UK!  
Dave switches the story of "Because" to being HIS idea to bring it out, when the real story is apparently that Dave did NOT want it released, but US Epic did it anyway.  The UK Clark decision was "Think of You Baby" which basically flopped there and was never released here on 45!  In fact, from there on, their UK hits waned for awhile!   Also, "Because" was not a flip side in the UK as Dave claims here.  It did NOT make it to number one and was not their biggest US hit, as Dave claims.  
Dave says "you can't go back into the studio."  OK, right.  The other bands are still "flogging around" as the interviewer puts it.  It's nice to see that 36 years later, many of the bands he mentions are still "flogging around" to loving crowds and enjoying it again / still!  
More Dave Clark varying comments for sure.  

I know "Because" never charted in the UK ... but the story I've always heard is that it was Dave who was insistent on giving the ballad a shot here in The States.  If not their biggest hit, certainly one of their best-loved and remembered.  (I couldn't find it listed as a B-Side in England either ... but then later heard it was issued as the flip-side of "Can't You See That She's Mine".)
An interesting interview, especially with the benefit of 36 years of hindsight!  Thanks, Clark.  (kk) 

The DC5 were a great part of 60's top 40 radio.  Not only was their music great and exciting, but they were played on some of the great moments of radio.  Here, you will hear them in moments such as Dick Biondi's new return to WCFL and Chicago radio in 1967, Ron Riley with DC5 premiers, Jim Stagg playing DC5 on his Staggline show, Ron Riley playing the DC5 on his British Billboard Sunday night countdown of England's top 10 hits, "Dave Clark 5 Day" on WKY in Oklahoma City in summer of 65, Riley's cheering intro to his show and "Over & Over", the Riley / Weber feud tape sent to Vietnam for airing involving their battle over who's better: DC5 or Beatles, Chuck Knapp of WRKO Boston blowing out a late DC5 hit and lastly, the GREAT Ron Britain at WCFL blasting "19 Days."
Clark Besch

If you read the Ron Ryan story on how he wrote ALL of  the 1964 "original" DC5 hits by HIMSELF (see here: ), you will find this interesting.  In the US, Congress Records released "I Knew It All The Time" as a 45 with a picture sleeve in 1964 to cash in on the DC5's instant fame.  The 45 was their first UK 45 on Piccadilly Records in 1962.  Piccadilly gave several artists their early starts like Joe Brown, Carter & Lewis, and the Montanas.   The Congress retread was then the B side to the awful "That's What I Said."  There is a link below to the 45 label scan.  It is quite interesting to see Ron Ryan's name half credited with writing the song (along with Dave Clark).  Also, note that the label reads the song as being by "THE DAVE CLARK FIVE featuring Mike Smith"!!!!!  Both Ron and Mike got more credit on that first rare lousy single than Dave gave them the rest of their lives!!
In the US, Congress flipped A sides to give a Mitch Murray cover song "I Knew It All The Time" a chance as the A side, complete with 1964 picture of the band on the sleeve, even tho it was a two year old recording!  The name may not ring a bell, but Murray wrote several Brit faves like "How Do You Do It" and "I Like It" for Gerry & Pacemakers, "You Were Made For Me" for Freddie & Dreamers, "Bonnie & Clyde" for Georgie Fame, "Hitchin' a Ride" for Vanity Fare, "Billy Don't Be a Hero" and "The Night Chicago Died" by Paper Lace.  Anyway, the record reached #53 before fans realized it was another "My Bonnie" ripoff.  Actually, at least this WAS the DC5 and not Tony Sheridan!   

Surprisingly, in the US on Congress, Dave Clark did NOT take co-writing credits from Ron Ryan. However, when the 45 was released in Sweden in 1964, the writer credits had already been changed to "Dave Clark - Mike Smith"!!  (see B side label scan)In late 1962, Piccadilly released a second 45, "First Love" (supposedly a Dave Clark - Lenny Davidson writing) and a Johnny Cash cover song "I Walk the Line."  This time, the label says "THE DAVE CLARK FIVE with Strings and Voices"!!!!  How hilarious!  
In the US, Rust Records (appropriate for this record!) released this oldie as new stuff in April, 1964, too. 
Also, in 1962, UK's Ember Records released the DC5's "Chaquita" (an original "Dave Clark - Mike Smith" song) backed with cover "In Your Heart" (see scan below).  In the US, Jubillee also released two old songs on 45 in May, 1964, on a cash in 45 attempt.  SO, the DC5 were not an overnight success in the recording studio as one might have thought.  
After hearing all of these LAME 1962 recordings, who would think they would be so good only a year later??  1963's first UK hit, the cover of "Do You Love Me" showed much more promise.  On UK Columbia, it was backed by the original Clark - RYAN song "Doo Dah", so some credit there for Ryan!  (see B side label scan)  SO, there WAS a US attempt at flooding the market with old DC5 records, but unlike the fabs, these were all "flubs."  
BTW, "Because" (written by Dave Clark ONLY) WAS a B side of "Cant You See That She's Mine" in the UK on Columbia in '64.  I also have a 45 by "The Bugs" on HIT Records (cheap cover 45s in US label) on which they do "Anyway You Want It" and it is also credited to ONLY "D. Clark" as writer!
Somewhere, I have a Dave Clark interview with Jim Stagg from his "Stagg Starbeat" WCFL program, but cannot locate it.  

Came across this when I was looking for something else the other day ...
Anybody remember these?!?!  I had the complete set of Beatles dolls ... but I don't even REMEMBER a Dave Clark Five version existing!  (kk)

Here's another link to that great Songfacts interview with Dave Clark from a month ago or so ...  
Click here: Dave Clark: Songwriter Interviews  
(Hey Dave, if you're reading this, we'd love to interview you for Forgotten Hits, too .. but it would have to be a no-holds-barred deal where we can address some of the issues and concerns raised by our readers over the past few weeks.)  Obviously this new special has sparked a lot of reaction from the fans ... perhaps the best way to describe it would be to say that nobody really dislikes it ... overall the reviews of content have been good ... and it's really exciting to see all this material again ... but by the same token the overall feeling can only be described as "disappointed" in the perspective shown with Dave Clark as the primary reason for the band's success.  It's time to share the accolades, dude! (kk) 

Hey Kent
I got the DC5 2 disc Blu Ray from PBS. I give it two thumbs up. I know there has been a lot of talk about Dave Clark. But you have to respect this man.  How many other sixties bands can say they own all their stuff? Not even The Beatles. I think Dave Clark was a genius way before his time. The second disc is great TV performances more interviews. And a killer one with Mike about how he helped out two girls in trouble in a bar ... when they invited him home for drinks, it was Frank Sinatra's house.
I don't think with out Dave there would have been a DC 5 and all the success they had.
Another great interview with Freddy Mercury.  (You see another side of Freddy)
I know we all hate that Dave has sat on all the DC5 stuff for all these years, but it is out there and you can get it if you look hard enough.
Those 3 on 1 cd's are killer with great sound and booklets. Makes you wonder if Dave bootlegged himself!
Anyway, as a long time fan I just wanted to add my view of the DC 5