The Dave Clark Five bassist Rick Huxley dies

Dave Clark Five, Mike Smith, Lenny Davidson, Dennis Peyton, Rick Huxley, Dave Clark Rick Huxley [second from right] played on hits including Bits and Pieces

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Bass player Rick Huxley, one of the founding members of 60s pop group The Dave Clark Five, has died at the age of 72.

He joined the band in 1958 and played on hits including Bits and Pieces and Glad All Over.

His death leaves just two original members of the group - drummer and leader Dave Clark and guitarist Lenny Davidson.

The musician died on Monday and Clark described the news as "devastating".

Huxley had been battling emphysema after years of heavy smoking, but Clark said he had recently been given a clean bill of health and his death had come as a shock.

"We'd talk once a week. I spoke to Rick on Friday, he was in great spirits," he said.

'Real gentleman'

"Rick was a dear friend and an immensely talented musician with an amazing sense of humour, he always made me smile."

He went on to describe him as a "real gentleman", adding: "He was very kind and had an amazing sense of humour - he was the funny one in the group, and a very talented musician."

The band's successes included a number one in January 1964 with Glad All Over; and two songs which reached number two with Bits And Pieces later that year and Everybody Knows in 1967.

They also appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in the early 1960s, not long after The Beatles did the same.

Huxley attended when The Dave Clark Five were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame by actor and fan Tom Hanks in 2008.

A band featuring Joan Jett, John Fogerty, John Mellencamp and Billy Joel performed some of their biggest hits.

Saxophone player Denis Payton died in December 2006 and singer and keyboard player Mike Smith died in 2008.

Huxley, who was from Dartford in Kent, stayed in the group until it split in 1970 and then pursued a career in property and in the music business.

His wife Anne died last year.

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