The new documentary "The Dave Clark Five and Beyond -- Glad All Over" premieres at 8 p.m. EST tonight (April 8) as part of PBS' Great Performances series.
The two-hour film, directed and produced by Clark himself, reviews the British group's entire career as well as Clark's endeavors after the band broke up, with commentary by Paul McCartney, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Steve Van Zandt, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, KISS' Gene Simmons, Tom Hanks, Whoopie Goldberg, Dionne Warwick, Twiggy and some of the DC5's original fans.
Clark tells us that it was these famous friends and fans that convinced him to make the documentary in the first place:
"I never wanted to do a documentary or write a book. I loved every moment and I wouldn't have missed it for the world. But I felt we didn't have to prove anything to anybody; we know what we did and it was wonderful...the thing that made me do it was, sadly, Denis (Payton) in the group died and then Mike (Smith) sadly broke his neck and then he passed away just a few days before the (Rock and Roll) Hall of Fame in 2008. And Tom Hanks...and several other people, Steve Van Zandt and Bruce, saying, 'Oh, you've got to do a book. You've got to tell the stories. You've got to do a documentary.' And on the Hall of Fame, Tom said to me, 'Y'know, you owe it to yourself. You owe it to history, but more than anything you owe it to the boys.' And Mike had died just a few days before, and I thought it's maybe being selfish on my part."
Clark says that in addition to chronicling the DC5's many hits, he hopes "Glad All Over" gives viewers a sense of the genuine friendship that fueled the band through its breakup in 1970:
"It was great to look back because we were all friends from teenage days, school days really. And the amazing thing is, looking back, we never had one legal letter between us, even to these days. We were friends and it stayed like that. And looking back after you read and, you know, a lot of your contemporaries, the dramas they went through, you think, 'God, I was very, very lucky.' "
"Glad All Over" will repeat at 10 p.m. on Friday (April 11), with a DVD version of the documentary due out this year. Clark is also finishing work on a memoir he hopes to publish this year as well.