Say It's Your Birthday: Dave Clark Five Guitarist Rick Huxley

No, that's not the Dave Clark Five. That's L7, and you're looking at their picture because it's Jennifer Finch's birthday today too. Photo by Jay Blakesberg.

The Dave Clark Five, one of the good (but not legendary)

British Invasion bands, made their mark on both sides of the Atlantic with

their unabashedly loud approach, crafted in no small part by bassist Rick

Huxley, born today in 1942. Formed in 1961 by members of the Tottenham Hotspurs

football team (that's soccer to us red-blooded Americans) in the hopes of

raising funds for team travel, the DC5 had outstripped their initially humble

ambitions soon after forming. Clark, who was the group's main songwriter,

producer, and drummer, had a terse approach behind the kit; his drumming and

Huxley's pyrotechnics (which foreshadowed those of The Who's Pete

Townshend) combined with the playing of lead guitarist Lenny Davidson,

energetic sax blower Denis Payton, and the soulful voice of Mike Smith led the

DC5 to commercial success with a string of hits, such as "Glad All Over," and

"Anyway You Want It," that were harder-edged and more charged than the

light-toned pop that marked much of the British Invasion. Between 1964 and

1967, the DC5 were one of the most successful bands in the world, chalking up

17 Top Forty hits in just 36 months. "Bits and Pieces" (#4, '64), "Because"

(#3, '64), "Catch Us If You Can" (#4, '65), and "Over and Over" (#1, '65) are

just some of the DC5's most successful hits from these years; however, by 1968,

having appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show a remarkable 18 times (more than The

Beatles), the Dave Clark Five seemed to lose their appeal in America as

suddenly as they had achieved success, and by 1970 the DC5 were dried up in

Europe as well. Other Birthdays: L7's Jennifer Finch, Earth Wind and Fire's

Phillip Bailey (1951), The Guess Who's Gregory Leskiw (1947), and Dead or

Alive's Pete Burns (1959). --Seth Mnookin