Dave Clark Five: “We didn’t even go professional when we hit No 1!”

The group reveal that they stayed in office jobs even when "Glad All Over" became a transatlantic hit

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Dave Clark explains how the Dave Clark Five created their huge hit “Glad All Over” in the new issue of Uncut, dated April 2015 and out now.

Clark and associates recall the mania that greeted them once they hit it big in the US, appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show just after The Beatles, and becoming the first British Invasion group to tour in America.

“We were selling between 120,000 and 180,000 copies a day [of ‘Glad All Over’] in the UK,” Clark recalls. “The record ended up selling over a million and a half to knock The Beatles off No 1. And the final tally was over 2,500,000.


“We were semi-professional, so the boys were still in offices and I was still doing stunt work. In fact, we were the only band in England where we actually topped the bill on Sunday Night At The London Palladium, and we were all still working. We didn’t even go professional when we had ‘Glad All Over’ at No 1. It was after that.”

The new issue of Uncut is out now.


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