YouTube clip of the week

Dave Clark

Dave Clark, one of the most astute businessmen, is 83 this week.

The Tottenham-born musician formed the Dave Clark 5 in 1963 and charted 22 hits in the UK and 27 in the States. The band broke up in 1972 and two years later, following a tobogganing accident, Dave gave up drumming. He was one of the few musicians who owned all his own copyright and in the 1980s he acquired the rights to the 1960s TV show Ready Steady Go.

In 1986 he wrote a science fiction musical called Time which featured, among other, Cliff Richard, Laurence Olivier and David Cassidy and had a soundtrack which included songs by Stevie Wonder, Leo Sayer, Dionne Warwick and Clark’s close friend Freddie Mercury. When Freddie died in 1991, Clark was at his bedside.

Mike Smith was the lead singer with the DC5, but this is the only UK hit in which Clark takes the lead.

 

Harry Chapin

This week the excellent singer/songwriter Harry Chapin would have celebrated his 80th birthday this week. Sadly, he was killed in a road accident in 1981, but he left some wonderful songs. This song began as a poem written by his wife Sandra which Harry turned into a song. Why it was never a UK hit is a complete mystery but thankfully, a cover version by Ugly Kid Joe in 1993 brought this great song to a new audience. Enjoy!

Lee Evans

Lee Evans is one of the funniest comedians I have ever seen and I’ve seen him live four times. He is the only one-man comedy show to play and fill the o2. There is more to Lee than just observational comedy. He is also an actor, a dancer, a singer, a writer and a musician. His piano playing is exceptional. In his younger days he was a drummer with a punk outfit called The Anonymous Five. Add to that, he can also play guitar, bass guitar, mandolin and ukulele.

He met his wife, Heather, when they were both 17 and married when they were 20. Now, 38 years on, they are still happily married.

This closing performance from a show at Wembley Arena is quite a performance and a little emotional at the end.

There is a little bad language as you would expect with Lee, but watch and enjoy.

First of May – Bee Gees

I dedicate this post to my best friend Larry who we lost to Covid just over two years ago. The Bee Gees were one of his favourite groups and this was one of his favourite songs by them.

The first of May was a very significant date for Barry Gibb, who sings the lead vocal on this song. It was the date of Barnaby’s birthday – Barnaby was Barry’s Dog.

This song was released in 1969 around the same time Robin (briefly) left the group and it was probably this single that cemented his decision. The song featured on the album Odessa and there were two tracks slated as the first single to be released and they were Lamplight sung by Robin and first of May sung by Barry. The record company chose First of May and Robin left. Thankfully he returned after a couple of solo singles, the biggest being Saved By the Bell.

Let’s enjoy this masterpiece.