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  posted on 3/1/2008 at 04:28 PM
I remember back in my young years the Dave Clark Five being compared to The Beatles during the 60's British Invasion, and the way he press always seemed to build up this constant "rivalry" between the two bands for the title of #1. We all how that one turned out. I always liked this band and their music, the way the keyboards and especially the saxophone was a large part of their sound. Back then, I always wanted to be a drummer so I was attracted to them because Dave Clark was always out front. But I think Mike was the glue that held them together.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Music/02/28/obit.mikesmith.ap/index.html

 
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  posted on 3/4/2008 at 10:33 AM
I saw this on the Sunday news....shocking

I was a huge DC5 fan, one of the first shows I ever saw. May he rest in peace.

 
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  posted on 3/4/2008 at 10:36 AM
Very sad and makes the Dave Clark 5 induction to R&R HOF a bittersweet event.

 

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  posted on 3/4/2008 at 11:29 AM
A huge DC5 fan! Thats 2 down now I think. Very sad! R.I.P. Mike.
 

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  posted on 3/4/2008 at 11:32 AM
First time I saw them was on the Ed Sullivan show. RIP

 

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  posted on 3/4/2008 at 02:18 PM
I heard Paul Shaffer and David Letterman talk about Mike Smith's passing last week on Dave's show. Paul had huge admiration and affection for Mike Smith & the DC5. And as I recall, Paul Shaffer organized and played at various fundraisers for Mike Smith.

 

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  posted on 3/5/2008 at 01:25 PM
Such a cool band with a big full powerfuk sound and Mike as the front man vocalist. Gonna miss you, Mike. Singer of one of the sweetest love songs of the time, "Because".

A bit of an interesting story that my brother told me. He got a chance to see Mike perform with his own band at a club on Long Island around 2000. The interesting part was that Mike stated that this was his first performance in the US since the DC5 days. I thought that was pretty amazing considering how famous the band had once been. Think of it, no appearances at Rock 'n Roll Revivals or oldies shows featuring British Invasion types. This might speak more of Dave Clark's iron-fisted control of the band's musical legacy plus an inability to produce that big sound live rather than the band's relatively short period at the apex of rock fame.

 

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