Well, you know, sorta, maybe

Dave Clark, 80, was born in Tottenham, north London. After a career as a stuntman and film extra, he became the founder, drummer, songwriter and manager of the Sixties beat group the Dave Clark Five (DC5).

Their 1964 number one hit, Glad All Over, knocked The Beatles off the top spot and was the first of nine consecutive top 40 UK hits for the five-piece band.

After the group split up in 1970, Clark wrote the stage musical Time. He also acquired the rights to the Sixties music show Ready Steady Go! and retained all the rights to the DC5 catalogue.

One of those bits of badly remembered half-gossip.

Dave recognised the value of those songwriting royalties long before any of his bandmates did. So, all were assigned to him at his insistence. To say that he wrote all the hits might not be quite as true as saying that he’s recorded – and paid – as having written all those hits.

15 thoughts on “Well, you know, sorta, maybe”

  1. Copyright is always about who owns, and therefore earns from, the song, not who wrote it. Sometimes the owner wrote it, but that’s a different matter.

  2. The Meissen Bison

    Dave recognised the value of those songwriting royalties long before any of his bandmates did.

    It’s not a coincidence that the band was called the Dave Clark Five.

  3. So he never married…. Does that mean here what it means in obituaries? If so, then it comes as quite a surprise to me

  4. I think so but I don’t know. From Wiki:

    Clark was a close friend of Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury, whom he had known since 1976


  5. “I bought myself a duplex penthouse in Mayfair and you could see for 40 miles from it.”

    A mate owned the adjacent apartment, or rather his company did, and on occasion he let me crash there when I was incapable of crawling home. Fun days.

  6. So he never married…. Does that mean here what it means in obituaries?

    Another euphemism(?) I remember seeing on this site a long time ago: “A lifelong bachelor with a love of musical theatre…”

  7. One thinks of Dave Clark as a drummer in a similar manner to John Lennon alledgedly saying that “Ringo Starr wasn’t the best drummer in the world. Let’s face it, he wasn’t even the best drummer in the Beatles”.

  8. Check out recentish pictures of Dave Clark tho. Botched plastic surgery left him looking like Chancellor Gowron from Star Trek: The Next Generation

  9. @John Wilkinson, at times, listening to Beatles records compared with “live” albums and films etc, I wondered whether the same drummer was involved. On the later, more produced albums, it really did not seem that Mr Ringo were present, subjunctively speaking

  10. How much are the rights to “Ready steady go” worth? Poor quality sound. 405 line visuals. Mostly forgotten bands. OK the occasional sighting of Beatles, Stones, Who, Kinks but really ?

  11. Diogenes

    Not the old Ringo not the drummer nonsense.
    Anyone trying to claim this would somehow have to explain the studio tapes. I am not talking about the official post digital releases. Someone might try to claim that these had been painstakingly doctored.
    I am talking about the bootlegged analogue recordings which have been around since at least the early 1970s which have studio chatter including Ringo and drumming the same as the finished records plus previous takes and false starts. Someone would have to claim that all these recordings, never intended to see the light of day, had been expensively doctored, a close to impossible job on analogue equipment, for some unfathomable reason.

  12. Rational Anarchist

    I saw Time the musical as a kid and loved it. I vaguely recall there was some sort of falling out with the theatre that meant it was stopped early…

  13. ‘After a career as a stuntman and film extra’

    At age 20, he had already had a ‘career?’

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