Dave Clark Five – Glad All Over

I first found out about the Dave Clark Five in the early eighties. One of my friend’s dads grew up during the sixties and I found this band and Buffalo Springfield in his record collection.

The drums in this song are sharp and loud. Those two beats after “Glad All Over” hooks me every time. They had such a huge sound.

They were the first British Invasion band that had a hit in America after The Beatles. The song has a huge loud sound to it. The single charted at #6 in the Billboard 100, #2 in Canada, and #1 in the UK in 1964. Dave Clark and Mike Smith wrote this song. Smith came across a song called “Glad All Over” by Carl Perkins and wrote a new song with the same title.

The song also knocked I Want To Hold Your Hand out of the number one position in the UK charts.

After the Beatles were on Ed Sullivan… Ed wanted the Dave Clark Five. Sullivan thought a lot of the band and had them back on the show 11 more times. Getting them on the show the first time proved a challenge. The show wasn’t broadcast in England, so Clark had never heard of it and turned down the offer. When Sullivan’s producer called back offering a substantial payment, he convinced his bandmates to make the trip.

Bruce Springsteen has mentioned that the Dave Clark Five was a big influence. The group was huge…they ended up with 24 songs in the top 100, 7 songs in the top 10, and one #1 record with “Over and Over.”

After the group broke up in 1970 Dave Clark became a media mogul and also wrote, produced, and directed.

Lead vocalist Mike Smith wrote this song. He was looking through the Carl Perkins catalog and found a song named Glad All Over…he took the title.

Mike Smith: “We had lost out on ‘Do You Love Me’ to Brian Poole and so Dave (Clark) thought we should do an original. He asked me to come up with something and I looked through my record collection for a suitable title.”

Dave Clark: “I knew that we needed a song with the thumps in. we had been playing dance halls and we were getting a great audience response to the stomping things we were doing.”

“I went to Alexander Palace once, and saw a big band called The Eric Delaney Band. On the front of the stage, he had these timpanis. He came off the drums at the back and played these timpanis, and it was quite amazing. It was showmanship. That’s always stuck in my mind. It wasn’t very clever l, what he was doing, but it was dynamite, the crowd loved it. That was a big influence.”

Glad All Over

You say that you love me (say you love me)
All of the time (all of the time)
You say that you need me (say you need me)
You’ll always be mine (always be mine)

I’m feelin’ glad all over
Yes I’m-a glad all over
Baby I’m glad all over
So glad you’re mine

I’ll make you happy (make you happy)
You’ll never be blue (never be blue)
You’ll have no sorrow (have no sorrow)
Cause I’ll always be true (always be true)

And I’m feelin’ glad all over
Yes I’m-a glad all over
Baby I’m-a glad all over
So glad you’re mine

Other girls may try to take me away (take me away)
But you know, it’s by your side I will stay
I’ll stay

Our love will last now (our love will last)
Till the end of time (end of time)
Because this love now (because this love)
Is gonna be yours and mine (yours and mine)

And I’m feelin’ glad all over
Yes I’m-a glad all over
Baby I’m glad all over
So glad you’re mine

Other girls may try to take me away (take me away)
But you know, it’s by your side I will stay
I’ll stay

All of our lives now (all of our lives)
Till the end of time (end of time)
Because this love now (because this love)
Is only yours and mine (yours and mine)

And I’m feelin’ glad all over
Yes I’m-a glad all over
Baby I’m-a glad all over
So glad you’re mine

I’m so glad you’re mine now
I’m so, I’m so glad you’re mine
I’m-a so glad you’re mine now
Whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa

Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

26 thoughts on “Dave Clark Five – Glad All Over”

    1. I wouldn’t really because I read last night that Clark had session drummers on most of their records until like 66. They said he was a decent drummer but he wanted to save time in the studio.

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  1. I think they are one of our most overlooked bands – they don”t seem to get the recognition I think they merit. Possibly a result of ‘time & place.’ I still have on my ‘to buy’ list, a compilation of their Greatest Hits. 🙂

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    1. Yea they had pretty tough competition… Also they didn’t change like the Beatles and Stones did…but I like their songs a lot. Over and Over and the others.

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  2. They put out some good singles to be sure, but I think you hit it on the head when you point out they didn’t really change or expand their sounds unlike the R.Stones, and especially the Beatles, so they kind of got left behind both in sales and a place in pop culture history.

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    1. The Herman Hermits didn’t either…though they did have the song “Kind of Hush” that was a little different but NOT enough.

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  3. Yep, they had that big head shaking pounding beat- that was as good as you got before huge amps, Metal and head-bangers cranked it all up to unheard of levels.
    True, they didn’t evolve but they still seem to be well remembered.
    On a side note this is the anthem used at Crystal Palace Football club, and is played whenever they score a goal or end the game with a win (As a long time used-to-losing Palace fan I can tell you, up until this year, this song didn’t get too much play!)

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    1. You know….I guess some bands were not made to evolve and that is cool. They had a huge sound compared to the Beatles…they were really good. They had some great singles.

      This would be a cool theme song… I hope you get tired of it by the end of the year!

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      1. I can imagine the Palace stands a’shaking!
        I recall too, The Honeycombs ‘Have I The Right’ -around ’64-65- the whole damned group stamping their feet on the floor to try to deepen that beat, back in the infancy of heavy music.

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      2. MACH SCHAU! Thats what it’s called in Germany I believe.
        I just took a look at a video of The Honeycombs…it’s probably been 10 years since I’ve heard them. Thanks man…that was cool.

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  4. It’s just a bloody catchy tune. And that drum beat keeps propelling it forward – so infectious! Definitely a song worthy to knock out The Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand” – and I say this as a huge Beatles fan, as you know!

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  5. For a band that sounded so much like The Beatles, why are they so obscurely mentioned in music history? Personally, I felt their sound lacked variety compared to the Beatles

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  6. I really liked the DC5 and was surprised that they seemed to disappear so quickly. I guess Dave was a little too overprotective of the catalog. Whatever the case, I liked them. I know the thing to do back in those days was to stage rivalries between different singers and bands, and they tried it with the Beatles and the DC5, but really they were very different.

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    1. I will say John…the DC5 had a larger sound than the Beatles. It was so full. I liked their singles. Yea Clark held on to their rights a little too long.

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  7. This is a really good song, and I definitely remember it on the air and the band’s name, but I had no idea they had so many hits. Also I think they have a Beatles like sound to them, nice and tight. And they had their own keyboardist and sax player!

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    1. They hit that sweet spot in the mid-sixties, but they were passé by the later sixties though- there’s a song called ‘Red Balloon’ that sadly shows them losing their way; it’s all big drums, jolly parping horns and a bucketload of flailing hooks- and not much else.

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