in Studio 2 at Odyssey Recording Studio, 26/27 Castlereagh
St, London W1H 5YR on the 19th of
March 1980 for Sue Manning Music - written by Mike Smith
(ex Dave Clark Five). (*1st edition)
Mike (former keyboard player and vocalist of The Dave
Clark Five) who, wrote and produced (and performed on)
the early Mercia jingles is very ill at his home in Spain,
he suffered a Christopher Reeve - type broken neck
injury after a fall which has left him paralysed.
The Mike Smith International Appeal Fund and The Mike Smith
Foundation: c/o MIKE SMITH - NoOne Records -
1187 Coast Village Road # 525 - Santa Barbara, Ca. 93108
Mike finally succumbed to many years of attempts by Dave
Clark to persuade him to tour again with the rest
of the DC5. Mike was always central to that happening since
he wrote or co-wrote many of their songs, as
well as singing on most of them, so for the group to attempt
a revival/reunion tour without him would be unthinkable.
He produced jingles through the jingle company Sue Manning
Music and served several radio stations including
Capital, Red Rose and Radio City, as well as Mercia Sound.
(reported by Stuart Linnell - 24th May 2005)
... update reported by Jim Lee BBC Radio 4 - 29th February
Mike Smith - the singer with the Dave Clark Five - has died
of pneumonia. He was sixty four. A fall at his home
in Spain five years ago had left him paralysed. Mike Smith
had showed promise as a pianist while still a child.
He joined Dave Clark - and made his recording debut at eighteen.
The group were the first British act to follow the Beatles
in becoming big stars in America. They had seventeen hit
records between 1964 and 1967. Mike Smith then worked as
a successful songwriter, producer and writer of