Remembering The Dave Clark Five’s Mike Smith

Feb 29, 2008 2:12pm

Sad news has hit the wires that Mike Smith, singer and organist for the Dave Clark Five has died from pneumonia at the age of 64. Smith’s life hadn’t been easy since he had been paralyzed after a fall in 2003.  Unfortunately, he won’t be there to see his band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 10.
While lacking the stature of fellow British Invasion superstars like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Kinks, the Dave Clark Five still left an important legacy.  Their sunny songs and charming vocal harmonies made hits of “Glad All Over” and “Bits and Pieces” among others.  They were essential to their time. Their possible influence can be heard everywhere from the power-pop of Fountains of Wayne to the retro-sixties infused rock of the Caesars.  The Dave Clark Five may have not been frontrunners, but they still had legions of fans.
What are your thoughts?   Please feel free to post any memories you might have of Mike Smith’s work with the Dave Clark Five.  His music will thankfully live forever on our stereos.

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