Not 'Glad All Over'
RECEIVED Tue., May 6, 2014
I am appalled, Margaret Moser! I heard you on Kevin Connor's show on KDRP radio this morning. This was the second time I heard you publicly dis the Dave Clark Five on the air. Just because Stevie Ray Vaughan, the 13th Floor Elevators, and Doug Sahm have not made the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, does not in any way mean that the Dave Clark Five doesn't deserve to be in there as well. You said that "the DC5 did not deserve to be in the R&R Hall of Fame" on Bryan Beck's show on KGSR the year that they were inducted. And now you include the DC5 with Donna Summer and insinuate that they still don't deserve to be there. Well, I think they do. They were the first band to knock the Beatles from the No. 1 spot with “Glad All Over.” They were on The Ed Sullivan Show 18 times. They had a lot of great songs such as “Because,” “Everybody Knows,” and “Any Way You Want It.” And they made it on their final chance to get in the R&R Hall of Fame. There is no rhyme or reason as to how they pick the inductees because there are a lot of people who shouldn't be there. But, in my opinion, the DC5 should deservedly be there along with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators, and Doug Sahm, along with so many more that haven't made it yet.
[Margaret Moser responds: Yes, I did question the Dave Clark Five being in the R&R Hall of Fame publicly, have done so several times, and will continue to do so. I love the DC5 and think they made great British rock for about three years, but were neither core influential or long-term influences, nor can I say that I think they were especially unique in their genre. I totally agree that there is no rhyme or reason as to how the R&R Hall of Fame nominating committee thinks, except that its East Coast rock critic-centric mindset has overlooked the Crickets, Link Wray, Stevie Ray Vaughan, the 13th Floor Elevators, and Doug Sahm, among others. The Dave Clark Five isn't even near their stratospheres in influence.]
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