Singer, Dave Clark Five
Mike Smith, the lead singer of the 1960s British band the Dave Clark Five, died on Thursday, February 28, 2008 of pneumonia at an English hospital. Smith was admitted to the hospital on the morning of February 27, 2008 with a chest infection resulting from complications of a 2003 spinal cord injury that had left him paralyzed from the waist down. His death at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, north of London, came just two weeks before the Dave Clark Five was due to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York. The Dave Clark Five, whose hits included “Glad All Over,” “Bits and Pieces” and “Because,” were one of the first British bands to find major success in the United States after the Beatles. The Dave Clark Five (named after the drummer of the band) made more appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show” than any other English act of their era.