From magazine headlines touting “Beatles vs. Dave Clark Five” to school girls debating who were better-looking, The Dave Clark Five and The Beatles were made out to be rivals by both the media and music enthusiasts, but the bands never saw themselves as such.
Watch film excerpt The Beatles vs. The Dave Clark Five
“We weren’t really worried because they were different,” says Paul McCartney today about the Dave Clark Five.
“I don’t think you’d say we’d be rivals because we’ve got a completely different line-up to The Beatles,” Dave Clark said in an interview at the height of the band’s fame in the mid-1960s. “We’ve got an organ and a sax, you’ve got a completely different sound.”
Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt and Twiggy recall the days that they debated the merits of the two great bands.
The Dave Clark Five and Beyond—Glad All Over is a two-hour special airing Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 8-10 p.m. ET and on Friday, April 11 at 10 p.m. – midnight on PBS (check local listings).