This is a first attempt to construct a pictorial history of Dave Clark’s English Rogers Red Sparkle drum kit. I have mercilessly borrowed photos from all over the place for this.
A thank you to John Briggs from www.thedc5.com forum for photos and information and Jason Atkins of http://www.thedc5collector.com for lots of these photos.
Before we get onto the Rogers kit, a little preamble just to set the scene.
This is a photo courtesy of JB, of the first performance of the Dave Clark Quintet, 25th October 1957 at Library Hall, Cissbury Road, Tottenham.
My guess, based on nothing but the shape of the hi-hat stand is that this is a single-headed Ajax kit.
An old friend of DC’s tells me that in the beginning Dc had a mongrel kit with a Ludwig snare which he was very fond of. The drummer who he most admired both for his technique and his place as the focus of the band was Gene Krupa.
This next photo is an appearance at The Tottenham Carnival.
The drum kit is probably the Trixon kit in the following photo.
Also seen here in approx. 1960.
Probably the same kit, DC used Premier/Olympic stands with this Trixon kit including one cymbal stand.
………………. is a promotional picture from when the now familiar line-up were with the Pye/Piccadilly label in 1962. DC has changed his kit for another Trixon, and has a more sophisticated logo on his bass drum head. Notice the incline of the logo – more on that later.
And from the same shoot ……………….
DC had been using this kit for some time as it can be seen here with a previous line-up of the group.
I’m not sure what to make of the next photo. Again it is the same Trixon set but is it staged?
Interestingly around this period The DC5 meet The Beatles for the first time on an episode of Thank Your Lucky Stars (TV show).
Edited by Nutbox, 26 October 2012 - 07:19 AM.