Richard "Rick" Huxley was born on the 5th of August 1940 in Dartford, Kent. His parents Frances and Albert also had two other children,David and Barbara. After leaving school, Rick worked as a lighting designer. His first public appearance was at the Trocadero.His first serious group was the "Riverside Blues Boys". He later joined the "Spon Valley Stompers" before joining the DC5. While with the DC5 he played bass guitar, rhythm guitar and supplied backing vocals.
On leaving the DC5, Rick had his own music equipment shop for a while.Later,he went into wholesale electronics but has since retired.
After the DC5 he played briefly with the "Barron Knights" and he was also with the groups "Cascade" and "Ridge".
Rick had three children: Darryl, Mark and Nicola.
He sadly passed away on 11th February 2013
Dennis Archibald West Payton was born on the 11th of August 1943, in Walthamstow. His parents Rose and Archibald also had one other child,Barbara. After leaving school, Denis worked as an electronics assembler. His first public appearance was at the Assembly Hall in Walthamstow.His first serious group was the "Renegades". He later played with the "Les Heath Combo" and the"Blue Dukes" before joining the "Mike Jones Combo" and then the DC5.
While with the DC5 he undertook songwriting for the group, played saxophone, harmonica, guitar,cabasa and sousaphone as well as supplying backing vocals ( although he did perform lead vocals on at least one record). He was an integral part of the DC5 phenomenon which undertook 6 major US tours , racked in 30 hit singles and sold over 100 million records worldwide.
On one occasion when on tour the group were invited into Muhammad Ali's suite at the hotel they were both staying in.He often told the story how Ali took one look at him and said "you are nearly as pretty as I am". Another of his many anecdotes was how his great hero , saxophone maestro Stan Getz had appeared back stage after a DC5 concert and asked him to sign an album for him.
After the DC5 disbanded ,he became a successful estate agent in Bournemouth where he made his home. He formed his own group "Formula 1" and also supplied saxophone backing tracks for local groups.
Denis died on 17th December 2006, after a long and difficult battle with cancer, he is survived by Lindsay his partner for sixteen years, two sons from his previous marriage and two step-sons
A polite, charming and sensitive man he will be missed by all who knew him.
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Dave Clark was born on the 15th of December 1939 in Tottenham. His parents Edwin and Cis also had three other children,John, Peg and Ann. After leaving school, Dave worked as a business transfer agent but also appeared in over twenty films as a film extra .
His first public appearance as a musician was at the Cissbury Road Library. His first serious group was the DC5. While with the Dc5 he played drums and supplied backing vocals although he did perform lead vocals on "Red Balloon".
After the DC5 disbanded,he played with "Dave Clark and Friends" for a while. He attended acting college and produced his own West End musical "Time" which played at the Dominion Theatre in London in the 80's.He also acted as producer for the singer John Christie for a number of years. Dave is a successful businessman, remains unmarried and lives in London.