Mike Smith would be 74 today. The iconic lead singer of The Dave Clark Five had an unmistakable, booming voice that helped the DC5 challenge the Beatles at the beginning of the British Invasion. The band placed 17 songs in the top 40 of the Hot 100 between 1964 and 1967, and appeared 18 times on the Ed Sullivan Show, the most for any British Invasion group. A successful producer for the years he was out of the performing limelight, he was extremely popular on the oldies circuit. A fall in 2003 left Mike paralyzed from the waist down, an accident he never really recovered from. Mike died 11 days before the DC5 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008. Today’s forgotten oldie is a #7 smash hit from 1967, with Mike Smith’s great vocals dominating called “You Hot What it Takes”.
Mike Smith in the center of the group, photo By CBS Television – eBay itemphoto frontphoto back, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17263482