Era Inducted To: Modern Era
Lyricist(s):The Beau-Marks -- Joey Frechette (piano), Mike Robitaille (bass guitar), Ray Hutchinson (lead guitar, vocals), Gilles Tailleur (drums);
Composer(s):The Beau-Marks -- Joey Frechette (piano), Mike Robitaille (bass guitar), Ray Hutchinson (lead guitar, vocals), Gilles Tailleur (drums);
Clap Your Hands by the Montreal-based quartet was the first Canadian rock hit in the U.S. produced in Canada. The Beau-Marks was one of Canada’s earliest hit bands. Formed in 1958 as the Del-Tones, they were forced to change their name for copyright reasons and named the group after the BOMARC missile. Released in 1960 on Canada’s Quality label, Clap Your Hands was the band’s second single and their first under the new name, The Beau-Marks. The record was purchased for U.S. release by Bob Shad who owned the Brent, Warner, Shad and Time labels in New York City. Clap Your Hands reached No. 29 on Billboard’s charts and No. 15 on Cashbox magazine’s charts in mid-1960. It stayed in the top 100 for 14 weeks. The record also did well in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and in Europe which led to appearances on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, at the Peppermint Lounge, and at Carnegie Hall. The band broke up in 1963 but Clap Your Hands was re-released in 1968 by Quality Records and became a hit all over again.
Cover Artists Include: Sam Cooke