Dave Clark Five Highlighted in TV Special

    April 8, 2014
    Kimberly Ripley
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The Dave Clark Five is highlighted in a TV special called The Dave Clark Five and Beyond: Glad All Over set to air on Tuesday night on PBS. The documentary shows viewers that the Beatles weren’t the only band to come from the British invasion. The band, known for hits including Glad All Over, Catch Us If You Can, and Because was made up of Dave Clark along with Lenny Davidson, Mike Smith, Rick Huxley and Denis Payton. Only Clark and Davidson are alive.

The Beatles and The Dave Clark Five were cast as rivals many years back–a myth that Paul McCartney refutes.

“Paul McCartney talks about it in the documentary. There was no rivalry. We were mates,” Dave Clark, who is now 71 years old, says.

The band–like The Beatles–made their American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. In fact, Ed Sullivan introduced the band as the kind of young men “every American mother” would love.

“I thought, ‘Well, that’s blown our rock ‘n’ rock career straight away. But it didn’t,” Clark said.

The Dave Clark Five had a rock and roll sound not unlike the Beatles, but the bands themselves differed greatly. The Beatles featured three guitarists–Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and George Harrison, as well as drummer Ringo Starr. The Dave Clark Five featured a pianist and saxophonist in addition to guitarists and a drummer.

One of the greatest honors Dave Clark recalls came at the end of his career when Laurence Olivier recorded a holographic performance of the Dave Clark Five.

“One of the biggest inspirations of my life,” Clark said of the famed British actor. “You’d think that somebody that big wouldn’t want to work with a rock and roller from Tottenham. We had a great, great rapport.”

Will you be tuning in to PBS on Tuesday night to watch The Dave Clark Five and Beyond: Glad All Over? It is sure to transport fans back to the 1960s and 1970. Check your local listings to see what time the documentary will air.

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  • CAM

    My second favorite group growing up behind the Beatles. I’ll be watching.

  • Nana Berry

    I will be watching. I thought Dave Clark was such a good looking guy when I was a young girl.

  • jcarsc

    Worst pre-fab band ever created. Monkees second

    • Beth

      Not a “pre-fab” band. You should watch the show.

    • Duane

      PRE-FAB? Get your music history together mate. You think “Anyway You Want it, “Bits and Pieces” etc are bad? What planet are you from?

  • Rich Roberts

    I loved the Dave Clark Five!

  • Scott

    A well respected British band back in the day.

  • Scott

    I always thought Dave Clark had the coolest drum set.

  • Richard Villeneuve

    No one ever mentions The Searchers, “Needles and Pins.”

  • jk59

    Saw them at The Circle star theater, San Jose Calif 1965,Sonny and a very pregnant Cher opened for them What a show!

  • ali

    i just watched…It was fantastic

  • me

    give me Joe Dolan and The Drifters anyday!!

  • Terrance B Arnold

    Wow how could anyone compare these guys to the Beatles are you kidding? They rode in on the coat tails of the Beatles the Stones ect ect. Did they write there own music, Ill bet there first performance on the Ed Sullivan show was dubbed ,Beatles Live, Stones Live. So many other bands during this period that towered over these guys. God bless them they had fame for a short while. Does anyone remember the KINKS who have been around longer than the Beatles.Now theres a band that was pushing the cultural envelope, so much so that the folks in New York couldnt deal with them in the same way they told Mick to only say lets spend some TIME together as opposed to lets spend the night together. Flippin media always attempting to rewrite history.Even when the DC5 got started they had a cringe factor it was down right copy band , ersatz crap, monkeys material I say, not you Mr Mike Nesmith. The only guy that could actually play an instrument.

    • RickT

      Gezzzzz fella, it’s been 50 years!!! Let it go……so the Monkee’s were a fake band, they were still fun. A lotta bands came and went in the 60’s, but they ALL still bring back lotsa GREAT memories of our youth.

  • Michael

    One of the best concerts I ever saw was a bill with The Dave Clark 5, The Yardbirds, The Lovin Spoonful and the Gollywogs who later became Creedence Clearwater Revival. The DC5 were the headliners & even with the unenviable task of coming on after the Yardbirds heald their own.

    • Lou

      My first DC5 concert was back in 1964, at Convention Hall in Philadelphia. I still have the stub of my ticket. It cost all of $3.50 to see the headliners DC5, with opening acts of The Kinks, and the Supremes. I’ve been hooked ever since. The DC5’s music was simply good-time music. I credit Denny Payton for turning me on to playing tenor sax. I joined two rock bands as sax man back when I was a teen/twenty-yr. old. They were a most under-rated group.
      Mike Smith’s versatility in his singing styles was one of the many reasons this group had it’s own sound. I saw them in 3 concerts–Convention Hall in Philly, Valley Forge in theatre-in-the-round, and at the Atlantic City Steel Pier. They sounded exactly like they did on their albums, and were one of the first groups to actually give a total performance–light show, choreography, and audience participation. A most under-rated group.

  • Steffie Braddock

    I’ve always loved the Dave Clark Five and their music, so the PBS special meant a lot to me and was truly enjoyable. These guys worked hard, traveled all over the world, had their own plane, and best of all, were extremely good-looking! I had a crush on Dave from the very beginning, and Mike Smith was the best pop singer I have ever heard. I had the great pleasure of meeting all of them back in the 60’s and each one was a gentleman and very nice to an adoring fan. Great job, PBS!