British Invasion Rock
The song “Glad All Over” was written by The Dave Clark Five group members Dave Clark and Mike Smith. Clark produced it as well. It became an international hit by 1964. It rose to #6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, #1 on the U.K. and Ireland Charts, #2 in Canada, #3 in Australia, #4 in the Netherlands, and #16 in Germany.
The Dave Clark Five consisted of Dave Clark (drums), Mike Smith (organ and lead vocals)), Lenny Davidson (guitar), Rick Huxley (bass), and Denis Payton (tenor and baritone saxophone). They had what was called (for promotional purposes) the Tottenham Sound, as they had formed in Tottenham, London, England. The term was a response to the Mersey Beat sound of the Liverpool, Manchester, etc., bands. Anyway, they had a great big beat, and added texture with the saxophone. Their songs were generally light and entertaining. They were part of the sixties music British Invasion.
The Dave Clark Five made 18 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and had 15 top 20 hits in three years. They were one of the most successful sixties music British Invasion bands after The Beatles. Clark said, “The American press pitted us against the Beatles, but there was no rivalry between us…the magazines made it up.”
A bit of trivia regarding them is that for their first tour of the U.S., they rented a plane. After a show in Miami, the police stopped them on the way to the plane, and the band drove with a motorcycle police escort to Air Force One. President Lyndon wanted an autograph for his daughters.
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