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The Dave Clark Five And Beyond - Glad All Over, A GREAT PERFORMANCES Special

Airs Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: The Dave Clark Five.

GREAT PERFORMANCES presents a look at the British invasion 50 years after both the Dave Clark Five and the Beatles hit our shores. "The Dave Clark Five And Beyond – Glad All Over" features newly filmed interviews with Tom Hanks, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt of The E Street Band, Stevie Wonder, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Gene Simmons of Kiss, Whoopi Goldberg, Dionne Warwick, '60s fashion icon Twiggy and Sir Ian McKellen, all sharing their memories of how the music of the 60s and the cultural revolution of 1964 changed their lives forever.

Fast Facts About The Dave Clark Five

If you were listening to music and watching THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW in the 1960s, there’s little chance you don’t know the beats and hooks of The Dave Clark Five. Songs like “Glad All Over,” “Bits and Pieces,” and “Do You Love Me?” helped the band sell more than 100 million records in their eight-year run. Here are fast facts for those discovering this British Invasion band for the first time, and a refresher for those who loved them from the start.

10 Famous Fans

The Dave Clark Five’s wide range of fans include diverse music legends, film stars and celebrities you wouldn’t expect to find at the same record-playing party. Here’s a tease of what these legends have to say about The Dave Clark Five in exclusive interviews in "The Dave Clark Five And Beyond – Glad All Over."

Purchase The DVD

"The Dave Clark Five And Beyond – Glad All Over" will be released on DVD and Blu-ray by PBS in conjunction with the broadcast.

Included in the film are the DC5’s iconic performances on THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW, along with rare live concert footage and their countless appearances on television with American musical icons. Much of this material — much of it on 35mm film — has not been seen in decades, either on television or home video.

The film also features never-before-seen footage from Clark’s personal archives together with performances by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Dusty Springfield, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Freddie Mercury of Queen and Sir Laurence Olivier. The DC5 were the first English group to tour America (in May 1964), thus spearheading the British Invasion.

They achieved a record-breaking 15 consecutive Top 20 U.S. hit singles within a two-year period — more than any other group in the world except the Beatles. They appeared a record-breaking 18 times on THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW, with its weekly audience of 70 million viewers — more than any other rock, pop or R&B artist. They took the world by storm and helped change the rock scene, blasting hit after hit over the world’s radio airwaves.

"The Dave Clark Five And Beyond" features scenes from their feature film "Catch Us If You Can (Having a Wild Weekend in the U.S.)." The group is seen with Lucille Ball (on whose “Lucy in London” special they guest-starred), Dean Martin, and Richard Chamberlain.

The DC5, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones were all war babies, born during the World War II. The film highlights the DC5’s working-class roots in war-torn England and tells in fascinating detail the story of how the five — Clark, Mike Smith (an underrated rock vocalist, as several of the luminaries in the film attest), Denis Payton, Rick Huxley and Lenny Davidson — met while training in the gym two nights a week in Tottenham and their rise to worldwide fame, selling more than 100 million records in the process.

Clark, a fan of the legendary Buddy Rich, was the drummer and manager of the group; his drumming was a key influence on Springsteen, Max Weinberg, Van Zandt and others. Clark — whom Elton John praises in the film as a “stone-cold genius” — made sure they owned the masters of all their music and video appearances. Further demonstration of Clark’s business acumen was his acquisition of the pioneering classic British rock/pop series READY STEADY GO!, which was released on TV and video throughout the world. In the United States, it was released on the Disney Channel, which billed it as “a timeless treasure.”

Clark studied at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama and with Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio in Los Angeles. He created the long-running British musical "Time," which featured the hologram image of Olivier. Clark had the privilege of directing him in his final theatrical performance, one that received critical acclaim. In 2008, Tom Hanks inducted the DC5 into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

GREAT PERFORMANCES is a production of THIRTEEN for WNET, one of America’s most prolific and respected public media providers. "The Dave Clark Five And Beyond – Glad All Over" is a production of Dave Clark International and THIRTEEN Productions LLC in association with WNET. For GREAT PERFORMANCES, Bill O’Donnell is series producer and David Horn is executive producer.

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Beatles vs. Dave Clark Five Rivalry

Above: Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and the model Twiggy look back on the supposed rivalry between The Beatles and The Dave Clark Five at the height of their fame. Interviews, archival footage and magazine headlines reveal the hype around the music and looks of the two English bands. The two-hour documentary "Dave Clark Five and Beyond - Glad All Over" premieres April 8, 2014 on PBS.