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The DC5 was the first British band to benefit from The Beatles’ success in the USA, leading the so-called British Invasion with ‘Glad All Over’ and ‘Bits And Pieces’.
These were massive hits worldwide and Clark made a fortune as he famously held the rights to his band’s music, eventually selling 100 million records.
Clark was a brilliant group leader and entrepreneur who co-wrote, produced and then leased his own recordings, a fantastic achievement back then. With his gleaming film-star smile, Clark bashed out the stomping beat to his hits on this customised kit.
Alan says, “In 1964, when I was eight, dad took us to see the DC5. I remember being surrounded by screaming girls and this drum kit sparkling on a podium above the rest of the band.
“There aren’t many drumsets that could be said to be so associated with a particular performer, sound or time. Dave Clark’s red sparkle Rogers became the most important English Rogers set ever made, easily recognisable with its two mounted toms, extremely unusual for its time.”