The Dave Clark Five was second in line behind the Beatles in introducing the British Invasion to America in 1964. Group manager and drummer, Dave Clark was born in North London on December 15, 1939. Lead vocalist and keyboard player Mike Smith, also born in North London, was born on December 6, 1943. Lenny Davidson playing lead guitar was born on May 30, 1942 in Middlesex. Rick Huxley on bass guitar was born on August 5, 1940 in Kent and Dennis Payton on saxophone, guitar and harmonica was born in East London on August 11, 1943.
In the spring of 1964 “Glad All Over” leaped on the top ten of the Hit Parade and was followed by “Bits and Pieces” that reached top five. In the summer of that year, “Can’t You See That She’s Mine” also reached top five, followed by still another top five hit, “Because.”
The following year, “I Like It Like That” was top ten, “Catch Us If You Can,” top five and “Over and Over” topped the charts at #1. In 1967 “You Got What It Takes” was top ten. In three years time the group had 24 visits to the Hit Parade.
Playing to sell out crowds while touring America and with numerous visits on the top rated Ed Sullivan television show, the Dave Clark Five starred in the 1965 motion picture, “Catch Us If You Can”.
Dennis Payton died on December 17, 2006.
The Dave Clark Five were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2009.