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Mike Smith

Lead singer, songwriter with the Dave Clark Five dies on 28th February 2008

Mike Smith, the lead singer of the Dave Clark Five, has died of pneumonia.

Smith, 64, was admitted to Stoke Mandeville Hospital, on Wednesday morning with a chest infection resulting from complications of a spinal cord injury in 2003.  This left him paralysed from the waist down.

His death at the hospital, in Buckinghamshire, came just two weeks before the Dave Clark Five -- one of the leading bands of the 1960s "British invasion" of the US -- were due to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York. The band was hugely popular in the States where sell out shows kept them from their UK audience for months on end.

The Dave Clark Five had 19 chart singles in the UK.  They included "Glad All Over”, "Bits and Pieces", “Everybody Knows”, “Red Balloon” & “Good Old Rock ‘n’ Roll”.  The band’s music was dubbed ‘The Tottenham Beat’ in reference to the ‘Merseybeat’ that had become so prolific at the time.  In 1964, they knocked the Fab Four's hit "I Want to Hold Your Hand" off the top of the British charts when they hit No. 1 with "Glad All Over".
Despite a string of more than 10 other hits, the group disbanded in 1970. They had sold more than 50 million albums by the end of 2007.

Smith, who was born in Edmonton, North London on December 12th 1943, was both lead singer and keyboard player with the quintet. He spent most of the years since his injury in hospital.

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