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Sad All Over: Another 60s icon fades away

by Michael Weare
14 February, 2013
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

The Dave Clark Five

With the demise of Richard (Rick) Huxley, bassist with the Dave Clark Five, on Monday February 11th, sadly we are now down to just the Dave Clark Two, guitarist Lenny Davidson and drummer and band leader Dave Clark.

Richard Huxley was born on August 5 1942 at Dartford, Kent (the birthplace a year later of both Mick Jagger and Keith Richards). In 1958, when he was 16, he answered an advertisement for a guitarist in the line-up of a band led by the drummer Dave Clark.

For four or five glorious years in the mid 60’s they were almost as big as the Beatles on both sides of the puddle. They had huge hits with Bits and Pieces and Glad All Over and played what they referred to as the Tottenham Sound in response to the Mersey Beat. In fact Glad All Over is still played regularly at Crystal Palace football ground.

The Dave Clark Five notched up 18 appearances on the Ed Sullivan show, which originally launched the career of Elvis Presley, and introduced The Beatles to a hysterical screaming America during the glory years of the so called British Invasion.

Sixties fashion

Mick Jagger in broad striped Oxford shirt

As an impressionable young lad growing up in that era, I desperately wanted to look like either a member of the Dave Clark Five or the Rolling Stones. I yearned for tight white trousers and black Cuban heeled winklepickers, but instead of Dave Clark’s pointy shoes all I got was itchy grey shorts and brown Start Rite sandals.

By the time I was old enough to wear such fashions, they were hopelessly out of fashion. Now however, about two decades too late for me, the 60s nouveau mod look, courtesy of One Direction, is kind of making a retro comeback. In fact Harry Styles of One Direction has been rumoured to be first choice to play Mick Jagger in an up-coming movie about the band, and it has to be said, he certainly could pass for Mick in his early 20’s.

The Dave Clark Five

Nowadays it’s easy to recreate the early Stones, Beatles or Dave Clark Five look with better cut clothes in better materials.

Keith Richards in Paris 1965

It was the Beatles who discovered winklepickers courtesy of Anello and Davide, the famous London boot and shoe makers; they still make them, although it’s unlikely there are still queues for them like there were in the 60’s.

Brian Jones and the black and white striped jumper

But make no mistake, back in the day, girls would try to rip these clothes off the likes of Keith Richards and Brian Jones at one crazy screamfest concert after another. The picture shows Keith Richards in Paris in October 1964. Later that day they gave a live performance on French TV clearly miming to the music and constantly smirking. Watch the video.

Meanwhile, by 1967 the Dave Clark Five had been left behind by both musical and clothing fashion, although in November that year they reached No 2 in the UK singles chart with Everybody Knows. In 1970 the group split up, Huxley later recalling: “Dave called us all to a meeting at his flat, and we mutually agreed to call it a day.”

Fashions started to change too, moving away from the suave mod look with the introduction of psychedelia, but even if that kind of fashion takes your fancy there’s plenty of it available. The internet has truly made all things available for all tastes at all times.

Glasshutte Original Sixties Senator

Glasshutte Original Sixties Senator Date

If you want to recreate the 60’s as far as watches go, the best choice is the Glasshutte Original Sixties Senator. This supremely elegant watch captures the more sober side of the 60’s and is available with a satin-finished or galvanised black or silver dial. The satin-finished silver model features black Arabic numerals, rose gold hands, diamond-cut hour markers and the date in black on white. The panorama date display and features stylised white Arabic numerals at 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock, subtly complemented by a fine white minute ring. The polished stainless steel case and a finely-worked black Louisiana Alligator leather strap complete this superb 20th-century vintage design.

Glasshutte Original Sixties Square Tourbillon

Glasshutte Original Sixties Square Tourbillon

If you have pop star money you could opt for this stunning Limited Edition watch from Glasshutte Original. It features a gorgeous big squared-off cushion case/round dial combination with a similar clean uncluttered dial, that pristinely uncluttered dial, and that extra extravagant tough, a Flying Tourbillon at 6 o’clock. The watch is powered by the automatic Calibre 94-12 with a 48 hour power reserve, exquisitely finished with the Saxony three-quarter plate. At $87,000 on the market at the moment, you might have to complete a world tour or two to be able to afford it.

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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