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The Dave Clark Five and Beyond - Glad All Over, A Celebration of the
50th Anniversary of The British Invasion of America, airs on
THIRTEEN's Great Performances Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 8 p.m. and
Friday, April 11 at 10 p.m. on PBS
NEW YORK, March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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.
The two-hour special airs on PBS on both Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 8-10
p.m. ET and on Friday, April 11 at 10 p.m. - midnight (check local
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), Richard Chamberlain, and Lulu.
The DC5, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones were all war babies, born
during 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 HuxleyandLenny
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
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
The Dave Clark Five and Beyond - Glad All Over will be released on DVD
and Blu-ray by PBS Home Video in conjunction with the broadcast.
Great Performances is a production of THIRTEEN for WNET, one of
America's most prolific and respected public media providers.
Throughout its 40 year history on public television, Great
Performances has provided viewers across the country with an
unparalleled showcase of the best in all genres of the performing
arts, serving as America's most prestigious and enduring broadcaster
of cultural programming. Over the course of its four decades, the
series has been the home to the greatest artists in the areas of
drama, dance, musical theater, classical and popular music, providing
many with their very first television exposure.
The Dave Clark Five and Beyond - Glad All Over is a production of Dave
Clark International and THIRTEEN Productions LLC in association with
For Great Performances, Bill O'Donnell is series producer and David
Horn is executive producer.
Major funding for the Great Performances telecast is provided by the
Irene Diamond Fund, The Starr Foundation, The Agnes Varis Trust and
Visit Great Performances Online at www.pbs.org/gperf for additional
information about this and other programs.
About WNET As New York's flagship public media provider and the parent
company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, WNET brings
quality arts, education and public affairs programming to more than 5
million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed
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also a leader in connecting with viewers on emerging platforms,
including the THIRTEEN Explore iPad App where users can stream PBS
content for free.
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