Dave C is singer Dave Cox, an African-American who was backed by the white rock-n-roll combo the Sharptones. Dave Cox goes back to the early days of Cleveland rock and continued into the 60s, maintaining a big draw in the area nightclubs. Thr group recorded three 45s on Golden Leaf, Dollie, and Whirl. The Sharptones personnel changed regularly and included many veterans of the Cleveland scene. Cox continued to peform into the 1990s with backing band the New Sharptones.
In January of 1967 his band included Dave Smierciak on sax, Don Gillesvat on drums, Greg Mattei on guitar, and Ludwih Hrople on bass. They played almost every Monday at the Virginian from 1960-66