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Mike Smith, lead singer and keyboard player in 'The Dave Clark Five,' dies at 64

Mike Smith, lead singer and keyboard player in 'The Dave Clark Five,' dies at 64

Singer Mike Smith, who provided vocals and keyboards for the "Dave Clark Five," one of the most successful British bands of the 1960s, died from pneumonia on Thursday, his agent said. He was 64.
Smith died at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital, outside London, less than two weeks before he and his band mates were due to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, Margo Lewis said. She said his illness was the result of complications from a spinal injury sustained when he fell from a fence at his home in Spain in 2003.
"These last five years were extremely difficult for Mike. I am incredibly saddened to lose him, his energy and his humor," Lewis said.
The Dave Clark Five was one of many British rock acts whose music swept across the United States in the 1960s during the so-called "British Invasion."
The Beatles were the best remembered, but between 1964 and 1966 one British hit followed another across the Atlantic, and bands such as The Rolling Stones and The Animals conquered America's charts.
Melodic and loud, the Dave Clark Five claimed a string of U.S. billboard hits, including "Because," "Glad All Over," and "I Like it Like That." By 1966, the band had made 12 appearances on the "Ed Sullivan" show, a record for any British act.
The group's antics were captured in John Boorman's 1965 documentary "Catch Us If You Can," which followed Smith and his band mates through the English city of Bristol.
Although the group disbanded in 1970, it has sold more than 50 million records worldwide. It was due to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall on March 10, a ceremony Lewis said Smith was trying to attend despite being paralyzed from the waist down as a result of his injury.
"We're very unhappy about the whole situation _ it's sad," Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President Joel Peresman said. He said the ceremony would go ahead as planned, but that there would be "a little extra significance this year."
Lewis said Smith is survived by his wife, Charlie.


Updated : 2021-05-16 14:42 GMT+08:00