From the Land of Band Box Records

Spotlight: The Beau Marks

April 4, 2020

Billboard Magazine ran mini-biographies from 1959 into the early 1960’s sometimes providing us with interesting tidbits – Each biography was generally tied to a current release on behalf of the artist

The Beau Marks (“Clap Your Hands”)

Charted number 49 Hot 100 – May, 1960

The Beau Marks were one of the earliest true rock bands to rise out of Canada and find a small degree of fame on the U.S. charts.  The group was first called “The Del Tones” changing their name on their hit record basing it on the name of the Boeing Bomarc CIM surface-to-air missile developed during the cold war between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.

The Beau Marks cut seven singles on U.S. labels.  Their final attempt was on the Mainstream label in 1968 – re-releasing a new version of “Clap Your Hands”.  They would only manage one appearance on the nations’ charts.  The group’s two Canadian long plays are shown below.

One Comment

  1. While I always thought “Clap Your Hands” was sort of mindless – and indeed it was recorded as an afterthought – they had a nice one called “Lovely Little Lady” in 1962, bridging between Buddy Holly and the British Invasion:

    I’ve only seem it on Quality in Canada, so I can’t say if there was a US release.
    There’s a very interesting bio of the group here:

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