“The Dave Clark Five and Beyond – Glad All Over,” the two-hour program profiling the music of the group and its significance in the ’60s, is being repeated by PBS’ “Great Performances” series. The program is scheduled to air nationally beginning at 10 p.m. ET March 25, PBS says, but viewers are advised to check local listings as local PBS stations often have individual broadcast times for their programs. “The Dave Clark Five and Beyond” features many clips from the long history of the band, including their appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and “Shindig” featuring the incredible voice of lead singer Mike Smith and their 2008 Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame induction by Tom Hanks. There’s also incredibly rare footage of the group performing live at their Royal Command Performance singing “Nineteen Days” and Ray Charles’ “Georgia On My Mind.”
It also includes home movies of the band at airports loaded with fans, and a clip of the group’s TV special, “Hold On It’s the Dave Clark Five” that featured Lulu and Richard Chamberlain. The last part of the show — the “and beyond part” — is about group leader Dave Clark and his accomplishments with the band and after its breakup, such as his show “Time” that featured Freddie Mercury and Julian Lennon, among others.
In 1964, the press tried to build up a rivalry between the Dave Clark Five and the Beatles. A magazine was even issued in the ’60s touting it. But Clark said in an interview with Beatles Examiner that it was all made up by the press. “There was no rivalry,” he said. “In England in 1963, most of the hit records were from Liverpool. You had the Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Cilla Black, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas. And then all of a sudden, a group from London just took off. And we selling 180,000 records a day, and were still number 2. We had to sell nearly 2 million copies to knock the Beatles off their biggest-selling single, ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand,’ and we ended up selling 2 ½ million.”
He said the Beatles even invited the group to see them perform. “The boys were playing in London. They invited us down. We went to their show backstage. We all went out to a club after to celebrate. There was no rivalry. The press made the rivalry and I think the press stated that fact and the Americans followed it up.” Among those featured in the special talking about the DC5 is Paul McCartney. Clark said he was “very flattered” that McCartney agreed to appear in the program.
Since the show’s first airing in 2014, “The Dave Clark Five and Beyond – Glad All Over” has been released on DVD and Blu-ray. The two-disc set includes two hours of extra interviews and archival footage. The group also starred in two films. “Having a Wild Weekend” from 1965 was the group’s version of the Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night, and was the first feature film directed by John Boorman, who was later responsible for “Deliverance” and “Zardoz.” “Get Yourself a College Girl” was a 1964 teen music film that also featured the Animals, Nancy Sinatra, the Standells and Stan Getz and Astrid Gilberto. Both are also available on DVD.
While CDs of the group are few these days, 26 of the group’s albums are available digitally on iTunes. They include “The Dave Clark Five: The Hits” and “The History of the Dave Clark Five” and several discs of unreleased tracks.