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Rick Huxley, the founding bassist for the Dave Clark Five, has died at age 72. Huxley played on the British Invasion group’s biggest hits, including “Bits and Pieces” and “Glad All Over.” His death leaves just two surviving members.
In an interview with The BBC, Clark, the group’s drummer, said he was “devastated” by the news. Clark and guitarist Lenny Davidson are now the only surviving original members of the group.
“We'd talk once a week. I spoke to Rick on Friday, he was in great spirits,” Clark added.
According to The Associated Press, Huxley suffered from emphysema. He passed away on Monday.
Clark said that Huxley had been doing well lately, which is why the news came as a shock.
“Rick was a dear friend and an immensely talented musician with an amazing sense of humour, he always made me smile,” Clark explained. “He was very kind and had an amazing sense of humour - he was the funny one in the group, and a very talented musician.”
The Dave Clark Five was the first British group to find success in the U.S. following the Beatles. Like the Beatles, they also appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and had a string of hit singles on both sides of the Atlantic. However, their popularity began to wane as rock became more album-oriented. Still, they remained an influential group and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008 by actor Tom Hanks.
Saxophonist Denis Payton died in 2006, followed by lead singer Mike Smith in 2008. Huxley’s wife, Anne, died in 2012.