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.