Bruce Springsteen And Elton John Set For Dave Clark Five PBS Special And DVD
Coming to PBS' Great Performances -- and to DVD shortly after -- is The Dave Clark Five And Beyond - Glad All Over. The program, which premieres on April 8th, will focus on the Dave Clark Five and the Beatles, who were the first two acts of the British Invasion to hit America. The documentary features filmed appearances by Paul McCartney, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Gene Simmons, Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, '60s fashion icon Twiggy, among others.
Included in the doc 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 Dave Clark Five And Beyond - Glad All Over 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 & The Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, and Freddie Mercury, among others.
Beatlefan magazine's executive editor Al Sussman says that most people don't realize that although the Dave Clark Five are synonymous with the British Invasion, they were always far more popular in the U.S. than they were in their native Britain: "What happened was, it became apparent very quickly to Dave Clark that they were much bigger here than they were in England. Because after 'Glad All Over' and 'Bits And Pieces,' they didn't have another big hit until 'Catch Us If You Can.' They appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show more than any other band at that time."
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