On Dec. 25, 1965, the #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 was “Over and Over” by The Dave Clark Five (DC5). The song was a remake of a 1958 single by Bobby Day, who also wrote “Little Bitty Pretty One.”
DC5 was founded by drummer Dave Clark and a friend in 1958 to raise money for a trip to Holland with their rugby team. Over the next three years, Clark and rhythm guitarist Rick Huxley remained in the group amid personnel changes. After 1961, the band’s lineup became Lenny Davidson on bass, Denis Payton on saxophone and Michael Smith on keyboards (Smith sings lead on “Over and Over”).
In 1964, The DC5 had their only #1 hit in the UK when they knocked the Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand” from the top position with “Glad All Over.” That feat gave The Dave Clark Five widespread publicity as the next “new” supergroup.
The band was part of the British invasion that began on the American music charts in 1964. The Dave Clark Five would place eleven songs in the Top 30, but “Over and Over” was their only #1 hit single in the US.