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PBS to air special on Dave Clark Five and '60s British Invasion

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PBS's “Great Performances” announced in a press release March 5 it will air “The Dave Clark Five and Beyond - Glad All Over,” a two-hour special on the music of the '60s beginning in April. The program features newly filmed interviews with 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, Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Dionne Warwick, Twiggy and Sir Ian McKellen all sharing their memories of the music of the '60s and the cultural revolution of 1964.

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Included in the film are the Dave Clark Five's performances on "The Ed Sullivan Show," along with rare live concert footage and many of their appearances on television. Much of this material, preserved 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.

Besides touring America in May 1964, the Dave Clark Five had 15 consecutive Top 20 U.S. hit singles within a two-year period, which was better than any other group in the world except the Beatles. They appeared 18 times on "The Ed Sullivan Show," more than any other rock, pop or R&B artist.

“The Dave Clark Five and Beyond” also features scenes from their feature film “Catch Us If You Can” (called “Having a Wild Weekend” in the U.S.). The group is also seen with Lucille Ball on her "Lucy in London" special where they guest-starred with Richard Chamberlain and Lulu. The film also traces the group's s working-class roots and how the group met while training in the gym.

Clark was drummer and manager of the group. He later acquired the rights to the British rock/pop series "Ready Steady Go!," which was released on TV and video and shown in the United States on the Disney Channel. In 2008, Tom Hanks inducted the DC5 into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2010, a number of albums with unreleased Dave Clark Five tracks were released on iTunes.

The two-hour special premieres nationally on PBS on from 8 to 10 p.m. ET April 8 and repeats at 10 p.. April 11 ET. (Check local listings since PBS air times vary from city to city.) “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. The program is a production of Dave Clark International and THIRTEEN Productions LLC in association with WNET.

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