The Dave Clark Five knocking on the door

The Dave Clark Five are one of the nine artists up for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, and lead singer Mike Smith is honored to be nominated.
"I'm very thrilled," he said. "There is so much talent out there, and for us to even be nominated is a huge honor. We were at the beginning of the musical revolution called the British Invasion.

"In England, we had to sell a million records to just knock the Beatles off the No. 1 spot with 'Glad All Over.' We then went on to tour the world four times and played to millions of fans."

Smith has undergone some major health problems in recent years as the result of an accident that has left him unable to walk.

In other sad news, on December 17th, DC5 sax player, Denis Payton, died of cancer at the age of 63. Before he passed away, Payton had said he was thrilled by the nomination, "I know I won't be around but it was an amazing part of my life that I am very proud of."

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