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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Dartford’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer
Rock musician Rick Huxley, from Dartford, one of the founding members of 60s band The Dave Clark Five, has died at the age of 72.
The bass guitarist 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.
Huxley had been battling emphysema after years of heavy smoking, but Clark said he had recently been given a clean bill of health.
“We’d talk once a week. I spoke to Rick on Friday, he was in great spirits,” he said.
Huxley and his band-mates were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame by Tom Hanks in 2008. A band featuring Joan Jett, Creedence Clearwater’s John Fogerty, John Mellencamp and Billy Joel performed some of their hits.
Saxophone player Denis Payton died in December 2006 and singer and keyboard player Mike Smith died in 2008.
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