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Glad All Over: The Dave Clark Five and Beyond (2014)

A retrospective look at the influential work of one of the most popular British rock bands of the 1960s, The Dave Clark Five, featuring interviews, performances and footage from Dave Clark's personal archives.

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Lucille Ball ... Herself (archive footage)
Dave Clark Dave Clark ... Himself
Lenny Davidson Lenny Davidson ... Himself
Whoopi Goldberg ... Herself
Tom Hanks ... Himself
Rick Huxley Rick Huxley ... Himself (archive footage)
Elton John ... Himself
Julian Lennon ... Himself (archive footage)
Lulu ... Herself (archive footage)
Paul McCartney ... Himself
Ian McKellen ... Himself
Freddie Mercury ... Himself (archive footage)
Laurence Olivier ... Himself (archive footage)
Ozzy Osbourne ... Himself
Sharon Osbourne ... Herself
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A retrospective look at the influential work of one of the most popular British rock bands of the 1960s, The Dave Clark Five, featuring interviews, performances and footage from Dave Clark's personal archives.

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8 April 2014 (USA) See more »

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An Exciting Tribute to the Beatles' First "Rivals"
11 April 2014 | by audiemurphSee all my reviews

This is a lovely production that will absolutely, mesmerizingly transport you back in time to the incredibly insane universe of the British Invasion. With a perfect balance of music, original black and white and color film clips and photos, and interviews with modern but rockingly aging stars, PBS's Dave Clark Five tribute justly honors the greatest of the second-tier British groups of the 1960's.

Like the Beatles, the DC5 worked for hard for their success. They practiced and played thousands of hours, developing a tight sound and teamwork, gradually growing in local fame in the English city of Tottenham, so that by the time they busted out into national, then international, fame, they had the stage polish of the veterans they already were.

Two noteworthy things really stand out in this production. First, notice the genuine modesty of the boys. They never took anything for granted, and were perpetually grateful for their success, and the joy they were able to bring millions.

Secondly, as the documentary dishes out generous portions of the DC5's music, pay attention to the fantastic voice of the lead singer, Mike Smith. The songs might be unhip by today's standards, but Mike's voice is powerful and soulful, one of the best of the 1960's, and I am glad that the several stars who were interviewed for this program recognized it as such.

After staying away from the stage for many years, Mike returned to it in the late 1990's. Sadly, he only had a couple of years of performing left: in 2003, he fell in a freak accident at his house in Spain, and became paralyzed. He never performed again, dying in 2008. I was lucky to have seen his band at the Mohegan Sun, in 2003 I believe, and he was incredible: he sang for 2 hours straight, blasting out every great Dave Clark Five song, his voice never faltering: he really sounded just like the records; it was awesome.

It is hard to find film of the DC5 performing their songs live; although everyone seems to agree that they were excellent live performers, most of their TV performances were lip-synced. So, during this program pay close attention to the DC5's Command Performance before the Queen, which is live; and shortly thereafter, a clip of them singing "You Got What it Takes": I believe Mike is singing live over the prerecorded backing.

Thank you PBS for making this program possible.


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