Rick Huxley, 72, Bassist for the Dave Clark Five

February 14th, 2013

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The Dave Clark Five in 1964: From left, Lenny Davidson, Michael Smith, Dave Clark, Rick Huxley and Denis Payton.

LONDON (AP) — Rick Huxley, a founding member of the Dave Clark Five, one of the most successful British rock bands of the 1960s, died on Monday. He was 72.

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His death was announced by Dave Clark, the leader and drummer of the band, which was part of the British Invasion that included the Beatles. Mr. Huxley had emphysema.

Mr. Huxley was born in Dartford, England, on Aug. 5, 1940. He was the bassist in the Dave Clark Five for the band’s entire existence, from 1958 to 1970.

The group, whose members joined forces as teenagers in North London, had a string of hits in the United States and Britain in the 1960s, including “Bits and Pieces,” “Glad All Over” and “Catch Us if You Can.” They made several appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and starred in a feature film, “Having a Wild Weekend.” The Dave Clark Five were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.

Mr. Clark and the guitarist Lenny Davidson are the surviving members. Denis Payton, who played saxophone, harmonica and guitar, died in 2006. Mike Smith, the lead singer and keyboardist, died in 2008.

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