Dave Clark Five, once as big as The Beatles, flopped in Sudbury.
For a short period of time, The Dave Clark Five rivalled The Beatles. The British band issued 23 singles in Canada between 1964 and 1968 and had several No. 1 hits. The DC5 played Sudbury Arena July 23, 1965. An article in The Sudbury Star reports the band was a flop. Only 1,500 tickets were sold.
The band cost $10,000 to book and organizers said they thought poor attendance was a result of the steep ticket price. There’s no mention of what the ticket price was. (The cost of tickets to see The Beatles at Maple Leaf Gardens that same year was $5.50.)
The group consisted of Dave Clark (drums), Mike Smith (lead vocals, organ), Rick Huxley (bass), Dennis Peyton (saxophone), and Lenny Davidson (lead guitarist).
The band first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show Sunday, March 8, 1964, just a few weeks after the Fab Four made their North American debut on the show. Over the next three years, DC5 appeared on the Sullivan show 12 times. The band broke up in 1970. DC5 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.
They are best known for songs Do You Love Me, Bits And Pieces, and Glad All Over.
Only two of the band’s members are still alive. Clark, 73, lives in England and has a successful publishing business. He kept the rights to all his band’s records. Davidson became a music teacher.
The Sudbury gig was one of just nine the band played in Canada between 1964 and 1967.