Classic Drummer Hall of Fame
Honoring Music's Most Influential Drummers
As voted by the readers of Classic Drummer Magazine
Those who were around during the British Invasion of the early to mid-sixties, will recall that there were two dominant groups. Of course the Fab Four from Liverpool began it all, but hot on their heels followe a high-energy group from London that made us “Glad
All Over”. In fact when “Glad All Over” took the top British chart position away from “I Want to Hold Your Hand” conventional wisdom made The Dave Clark Five the Beatles’ most formidable competition. Evidence of this was the DC-5’s 15 consecutive Top-20
Hits, more appearances on The Ed Sullivan show than any other British invasion group and more than 100 million records sold.
Amazingly, Dave Clark was not only the group’s drummer, frontman and namesake, he was also a savvy business manager who reportedly out negotiated The Rolling Stones and The Beatles for royalty rates and appearance fees. And while he may have taken advantage of the efficiencies of studio drummers on recordings (much like many other rock acts of the day), he toured internationally and played live with the group to adoring audiences until 1970 when the he disbanded the group, going out on top, still in demand and still selling records.
In 2008 The Dave Clark Five was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Dave Clark and the remaining band members
accepting the award.