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.
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.
Denis was an integral part of the group ,he undertook songwriting, played saxophone, harmonica, guitar, cabasa and sousaphone as well as supplying backing vocals ( although he did perform lead vocals on at least one record).
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.
There is an off site tribute page to Denis where you can add your own personal tribute.
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Denis Payton Memorial Page
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
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 the 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.
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