The PBS series Great Performances has produced a two-hour special about The Dave Clark Five, one of the great British Invasion groups, which premieres tonight. The DC5 were the first “British Invasion” band to tour the United States in the 1960s, and they are one of my two favorite bands of the time (the other being the Kinks).
The Dave Clark Five sold more than 100 million records.Their music is characterized by high energy and good times, interspersed with heartfelt ballads of stunning directness. Lead singer Mike Smith was one of the greatest rock and roll vocalists of all time. You haven’t hear of him? Exactly. He is that underrated.
The Dave Clark Five and Beyond: Glad All Over promises much concert footage, plus interviews with band members and other luminaries such as Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen (if you consider him to be such; his music is not my cuppa joe at all).
PBS stations can be inconsistent about when they run a program, and they often do multiple showings, so check your local listings. Should you miss the show altogether (shame on you), it will probably be available on demand at the Great Performances page of the PBS website’s video section.
For more on the Dave Clark Five, read my article “Dave Clark Five’s Joyful Sound Remembered.”