The engineer Adrian Kerridge developed a thumping drum sound for this track, which became known as the Tottenham sound. Tottenham is an area in North London, where Dave Clark came from.
Crystal Palace Football Club have adopted this song as their theme song. When they reached the FA Cup Final in 1990, the Crystal Palace players teamed up with a UK group called the Fab Four to record a cover version of this - it reached #50 in the UK.
Lead vocalist Mike Smith came across a song called "Glad All Over" by Carl Perkins and wrote a new song with the same title. Smith recalled, "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 said: "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." (Above quotes from 1000 UK #1 Hits
by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh.)
Written by Clark and Mike Smith, this was the first American hit for The Dave Clark Five, and their second chart entry in the UK, where their cover of "Do You Love Me
" made #30 a month earlier.
The song holds a distinctive honor on the UK chart, as it knocked The Beatles "I Want To Hold Your Hand
" out of the top spot.
The band was at a crossroads when this song's success cleared their path. "We started from nothing, and then we were very fortunate," Clark told us. "I always said to the boys, 'We'll only go professional if we get two Top 5 records. If not, we just carry on and play for the fun of it.' Well, fortunately 'Glad All Over' took off, and it was selling like 180,000 a day." (Here's our full Dave Clark interview
After The Beatles drew record ratings on the Ed Sullivan Show, the host was looking for the next British Invasion stars and found them in The Dave Clark Five. The band appeared on the show March 8, 1964, where they performed this song. This gave the band an audience in America and propelled the song up the charts; it reached its peak position of #6 on April 25.
The Dave Clark Five were a favorite of Sullivan, who had them back on the show 11 more times (plus three re-airs and one show that featured film clips of the band). Getting them on the show the first time proved a challenge, however. 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.
Dave Clark recalled to Uncut magazine: "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."
Dave Clark: "'Glad All Over' didn't take long at all to write. Your best songs are the ones you seem to do very quickly. It was a great hook, and a very simple one."