Sad news for fans of the ’60s pop-rock group The Dave Clark Five: Co-founder and bassist Rick Huxley has died.
Drummer Dave Clark told BBC News that Huxley, 72, had died suddenly in his English home. He had suffered from emphysema, but doctors had given him a “clean bill of health.” Clark calls Huxley’s death “devastating” and says it came as a surprise.
“We’d talk once a week. I spoke to Rick on Friday, he was in great spirits,” he says. “Rick was a dear friend and an immensely talented musician with an amazing sense of humour, he always made me smile. … He was very kind and had an amazing sense of humour — he was the funny one in the group, and a very talented musician.”
Huxley helped The Dave Clark Five rise to fame with hits like “Glad All Over” and “Bits and Pieces.” His wife, Anne, died in 2012.