Obituaries: Jeff Healey, Mike Smith, Buddy Miles, Charles Rhyan and more

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Mike Smith, 64, lead singer and keyboard player in the Dave Clark Five, died of pneumonia Feb. 28, 2008, at a hospital outside of London, his agent, Margo Lewis, said.

Smith had been admitted to the hospital with a chest infection, a complication from a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed below the rib cage with limited use of his upper body after he fell from a fence at his home in Spain in 2003.

Smith wrote songs, sang and played keyboards for the Dave Clark Five,
one of many British rock acts whose music swept across the United States in the 1960s during the so-called British Invasion. The band, which broke up in 1970, was named after the drummer, Dave Clark.
While The Beatles are the best remembered British Invasion Band, the Dave Clark Five posed the strongest threat, commercially and critically, to The Fab Four’s pre-eminence at the time.

The Dave Clark Five claimed a string of U.S. hits, including “Because,’’ “Glad All Over,’’ and “I Like it Like That.’’ By 1966, the band had made 12 appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show,’’ then a record for any British group. The Dave Clark Five will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on March 10.

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Drummer Buddy Miles, who played with Jimi Hendrix and sang in the 1980s claymation commercials featuring the California Raisins, died Feb. 26, 2008, in Austin, Texas, publicist Duane Lee said. <

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