Bits and Pieces (song)

"Bits and Pieces" is a song by 1960s quintet The Dave Clark Five. The single hit number two in the UK[1] and number four in the US, as well as being a success in other countries. It was number two in Australia[2] and number one in Canada[2] and Ireland. It reached number four in the Netherlands.[3] In Germany, however, it only reached the 20th place.[4]

"Bits and Pieces"
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Single by The Dave Clark Five
from the album Glad All Over
B-side"All of the Time"
Released14 February 1964 (UK)
20 March 1964 (US)
Format7" single
GenrePop rock, beat
LabelColumbia DB 7210
Epic 5-9671
Capitol 72148 (Canada)
Songwriter(s)Dave Clark, Mike Smith, Ron Ryan
Producer(s)Adrian Clark
The Dave Clark Five singles chronology
"Glad All Over"
"Bits and Pieces"
"Can't You See That She's Mine"

Lead vocals are sung by Mike Smith, who also wrote the song. The song is in antiphonal style, with Mike Smith singing a solo line and the whole group responding. The drums have a very prominent part in the accompaniment. Additionally, some of the song's unique percussion was supplied by an exercise board, which two of the band members (reportedly quite intoxicated) stamped on, not always perfectly in time to the music.

Robert Christgau, writing in 1969, called the song "a wonderfully serviceable rock throwaway, raucous and meaningless, perfect for shouting into the night."[5]


  1. ^ "UK Official Charts: Dave Clark Five". Official Charts Company. 2019. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Australia : DC5 Hits". Archived from the original on 2013-12-09. Retrieved 2016-09-27.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-29. Retrieved 2014-04-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Jahreshitparade Deutschland 1964". Retrieved 2016-09-27.
  5. ^ "In Memory of the Dave Clark Five". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2016-09-27.