Over and Over (Bobby Day song)

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"Over and Over"
Single by The Dave Clark Five
from the album Glad All Over
B-side "I'll Be Yours (My Love)"
Released 1965 (1965)
Format 7" Vinyl
Genre Rock
Label Epic
Writer(s) Robert James Byrd

"Over and Over" is a song written by Robert James Byrd and recorded by him using the stage name Bobby Day. Day's version entered the Billboard Top 100 in 1958, the same week a version of the same song by Thurston Harris entered the chart. Day's version reached #41, and was the B-side to Rockin' Robin.[1] The Thurston Harris' version peaked at #96. In the song, the singer describes going to a party with misgivings of having a good time, until he sees a pretty girl. The singer attempts to ask her out, but she is waiting for her date to arrive.

Dave Clark Five version[edit]

In 1965, the most successful version, was recorded by the Dave Clark Five, one of the early British Invasion bands of the mid-1960s. This version was sung by lead singer and keyboardist Mike Smith. It followed the group's signature sound of thumping, 4/4 drum beats accompanied by a wailing saxophone. In the US, "Over and Over" was the group's 12th Top 40 hit and was their only #1 hit.[2] It was also the last #1 hit of 1965. Despite its success in the USA and the popularity of the group on both sides of the Atlantic, the single only reached number 45 in the band's native United Kingdom.

Preceded by
"Turn! Turn! Turn!" by The Byrds
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
25 December 1965
(one week)
Succeeded by
"The Sounds of Silence" by Simon and Garfunkel


In 1981, Mike Love of The Beach Boys covered the song on his solo album Looking Back With Love. [3]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 148. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 129. 
  3. ^ >Discogs "Mike Love - Looking Back With Love".