Tuesday, February 12, 2013

RIP RICK HUXLEY (DAVE CLARK FIVE)

From Rolling Stone Online:



Rick Huxley, the bass player and co-founding member of the Sixties pop group the Dave Clark Five, has died at age 72.



Huxley, a heavy smoker, had battled emphysema for years, though bandleader Dave Clark said the bassist had recently been given a clean bill of health. Clark called Huxley's death "devastating." "We'd talk once a week," Clark said. "I spoke to Rick on Friday, he was in great spirits." 

Founded in 1958 after a previous incarnation, the Dave Clark Five were part of the British Invasion movement that brought the Beatles to America in the Sixties – in fact, the group appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show just two weeks after the Beatles in February 1964, and the Dave Clark Five's song "Glad All Over" knocked "I Want to Hold Your Hand" out of the top spot on the U.K. singles chart a month earlier. 

The song was one of several hit singles by the Dave Clark Five, along with "Bits and Pieces" and "Everybody Knows."

The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.

"Rick was a dear friend and an immensely talented musician with an amazing sense of humor, he always made me smile," said Clark. 

Huxley was born in the British town of Dartford in Kent, and remained in the Dave Clark Five until the group split in 1970. He then pursued a career in real estate and the music business. 

With the deaths of saxophonist Denis Payton in 2006, and singer and keyboard player Mike Smith in 2008, Clark and guitarist Lenny Davidson are the only surviving members of the band.


GLAD ALL OVER


9 comments:

  1. I always liked that song. It's a little disheartening that so many of the musicians I enjoyed when I was young are... how shall I put this?... getting OLD. And even worse, getting dead. Crap. It's one of Stephen's conspiracies, I swear. When the hubby and I went to our 40th high school reunion some years back, we were shocked (Shocked, I tell you!) to see how many old people crashed the party!

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    1. Susan-

      It is hard to see them go...reminds us our days are numbered, too as well.

      I don't really see many of the artists of the last few decades (80's to present)having the same career longevity as the 60's-70's acts.

      Maybe I'll be proven wrong-I guess as more of the old guard head off into the next life, they'll need to book those halls.

      Larry

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  2. Maybe this was why DC5 songs have been running through my head of late. Actually I think of a lot of their old songs frequently. I was a big fan of the 5 back in the 60's. Now it seems they've been forgotten for the most part. I rarely hear any of their music played. Seems like a while back I was looking for a CD of their music and there wasn't anything available.

    I saw where Spock's Beard has a CD release party down in San Pedro in April.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Lee-

      For an act that sold like they did, I am ambarassed to confess I only have ONE DC5 CD in my collection, and it's a five song promo at that.

      I don't like to buy compilations (prefer the original albumn releases) and no DC% albums are in print.

      Thanks for the heads up-Spock's is doing a release party and concert-I plan to attend (will get ticket tomorrow once I find out if my buddy is interested or not).

      LC

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  3. A song on your blog I actually know!

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    1. Jenny-I got bad news for ya-for the A to Z month, I'll be REALLY dipping into the obscure!

      Larry

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  4. >> . . . Rick Huxley, the bass player and co-founding member of the Sixties pop group the Dave Clark Five

    Co-founder? Gee, I was under the impression that Rick Huxley was the sixth member of The Dave Clark Five. Shows ya what I know.

    DISC DUDE, you were one of the bloggers featured by Robin today on her 'YOUR DAILY DOSE' blog.

    She selected a GREAT video for you. (Notice how much truth is actually presented as humor to be mocked in that scene! Can you say "conditioning the mASSES"?)

    As I type this I'm listening to Petty's 'MOJO' album. Great! Who woulda thought that an old fart like Tom would produce his overall best album at such an Old-Fart age?

    Why does this album make me think of Las Vegas?

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

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  5. Stephen-

    Maybe he was the fifth Beatle....

    Saw Robin's post, and I'm jealous of your DVD's-I haven't seen that show in ages but it still holds up!

    Mojo was a good one....I may have to get it into the player. I'd listened to some Booker T and it reminded me of your love for organs (Hammond organs, that is)!

    Maybe we're overdue for a Vegas trip...

    LC

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  6. No, I'm pretty sure Brian Wilson was the fifth Beatle. He joined the group after Paul died, remember?

    'All In The Family' is still one of my all-time favorite TV shows. I'd put at either 3 or 4 on my Top Ten list. The Socialists in charge of that show tried so hard to make America dislike Archie Bunker and America STILL wanted to make him president. And he would have made a BETTER president, by a damn sight, than the thing that is in the White House today!

    Thanks for clarifying your point about my love of "organs". (It's over two hours later and I'm STILL listening to 'Mojo'. It just repeated to 'Jefferson Jericho Blues' for the third time.)

    Dude, I am overdue for a Vegas trip 24-7-365.

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

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