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Rick Huxley Dies: Co-Founder Of Dave Clark Five Passes Away At 72

Rick Huxley Dies - Co-Founder Of Dave Clark Five Passes Away At 72

Rick Huxley, co-founder and bassist of the 1960s pop-rock group The Dave Clark Five, has died. He was 72.

Dave Clark, leader of the British band, told Reuters that Huxley died suddenly at his home in England on Monday. The cause of death is not known, but the musician reportedly suffered from emphysema for several years.

From 1960 – 1970, The Dave Clark Five achieved No. 1 hits in both the UK and the US. The band’s song “Glad All Over” famously knocked the Beatles‘ “I Want to Hold Your Hand” from the top spot in the UK chart in 1964, and “Over and Over” topped the US chart in 1965.

Speaking in a telephone call to Reuters, Clark said:

“I spoke to him on Friday and he was in great spirits. He went through a recent doctor’s check and had a good, clean bill of health. This came totally out of the blue, and I’m just devastated.”

Clark says he will remember his bandmate for his humor and modest ways:

“He always made me smile and I’ll miss that immensely. He was never arrogant and flashy. He was a gentleman and very low key. He was a very, very talented musician and a great friend.”

Rick Huxley was born in Dartford, England, the same town that is now home to Rolling Stones legends Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

Huxley, pictured second from right with his bandmates below, is survived by two sons and a daughter.

Rick Huxley Dies - Co-Founder Of Dave Clark Five Passes Away At 72 Band

The footage below shows Rick Huxley performing with The Dave Clark Five on a 1964 edition of Top of the Pops:

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15 Responses to “Rick Huxley Dies: Co-Founder Of Dave Clark Five Passes Away At 72”

  1. Thomas Brown

    That has to be the most active music video where the band is playing their instruments I have ever seen. To be honest I have never heard of them and I'm old enough to have.

  2. Jack Ball

    I guess this now means they're the Dave Clark 2. I saw them live many years ago when they first became popular in the U.S.

  3. Anonymous

    Well, not better, but certainly an important band at a very special time.

  4. Kenny Yancey

    @Victor-Everybody has an opinion but yours is not shared by many. The Beatles had more #1 hits and gold records in one year than the DC5 had in their history.

  5. Kenny Yancey

    @toocoolcat- Your point? I think that 99.9% of us knows they were not the Beatles. Would it be too hard or mentally straining for you to make a comment that took an IQ over 10?

  6. Anonymous

    A very amateurish garage band at best. Their songs were all so repetitive and monotonous with the same lame drum beat. Dave Clark had no business playing the drums at all. He was embarrassing.