Mike Smith (in green jacket), Feb. 28, age 64: Smith was the
true sound of the Dave Clark Five, as the band's lead vocalist (though drummer
and founder Dave Clark was the official leader). Part of the British Invasion of
the '60s, the DC5 cranked out a batch of catchy-as-all-get-out ... more singles,
featuring Smith's appealing vocals, including "Glad All Over," "Anyway You Want
It" and "Bits and Pieces." After the band broke up in 1970, Clark prohibited
Smith from mentioning the DC5, but Smith pursued a solo singing career, as well
as a successful path as a producer and composer for commercials. He was injured
in a fall in his home in 2003, which rendered him paralyzed from the waist down,
and was treated for nearly four years. He died of pneumonia, a complication from
the accident, but not before Bruce Springsteen, a longtime fan, dedicated "Born to Run"
to Smith and his wife at a December 2007 concert that the Smiths were attending.
We hope that made him glad all over.