Michael George Smith was born on the 6th of December 1943 in Edmonton, Middlesex. He was the only child of parents George and Maud. After leaving school,Mike worked for a finance company. His first public appearance was at the Cuckoo Hall Youth Club.His first serious group was the DC5. While with the DC5 he played piano, electric organ and guitar and was also the lead singer.
After the DC5 disbanded,he played with "Dave Clark and Friends" for a few years.Later,he formed a duo with ex Manfred Mann singer Mike d'Abo and also made a number of solo records.Mike wrote a number of successful advertising jingles and also acted as a producer for singers Michael Ball and Shirley Bassey.
Mike had one son,James who unfortunately lost his life in a diving accident in June 2003.
Mike suffered a serious fall at his home in Spain in 2003 which left him paralysed, after a long stay in hospital in England he passed away on 28th February 2008.
Awards and Achievements
As producer for the singer Michael Ball, Mike was awarded two gold discs for the albums:-
Michael Ball "The Musicals"
As a producer and singer Mike won awards for his "jingles" for Capital Radio.
As a singer Mike was awarded a Gold Disc for the Musical:-
Mike Smith was also the youngest person ever ( 13 years old ) to pass the entrance exam to Trinity Music College, London.
Leonard Arthur Davidson was born on the 30th of May 1942 in Enfield, Middlesex. His parents Irene and Leonard also had two other children,Margaret and George. After leaving school, Lenny worked for a steel tubing company. His first public appearance was at Enfield Technical College as part of a duo.His first serious group was the "Offbeats" and he later joined the "Impalas".While with the DC5 he played lead guitar and supplied backing vocals although he did perform lead vocals on a number of records.
Since leaving the DC5, he was in the antiques trade for a while.Later,he decided to re-learn guitar and gained diplomas in various styles of guitar playing. He now teaches guitar for a living and is learning to play the violin.He currently plays "requinto" guitar in the "Cambridge Guitar Orchestra" along with his son,Max.Lenny has four children: Grant, Scott, Kelly and Max.He now lives in Cambridgeshire with his wife Linda.
Awards and Achievements
Lenny holds the following qualifications:
Teachers Diplomas of Associate London College of Music.
Diploma Trinity College of Music, classical guitar playing.