Dave Clark Five bassist Rick Huxley dies

Huxley, who was the bassist for the Dave Clark Five, joined the band in 1958 and played on hits including "Bits and Pieces" and "Glad All Over."

Rick Huxley, one of the founding members of the 60s pop group The Dave Clark Five, has died. He was 72.

The BBC reported that he died in his house Monday.

Huxley, who was the bassist for the group, joined the band in 1958. He played on hits including "Bits and Pieces" and "Glad All Over." Huxley's death leaves only two original members of the group Dave Clark (drummer) and Lenny Davidson (guitarist).

Clark described the news of Huxley's death as "devastating," the BBC reported. A heavy smoker, Huxley had been battling emphysema for years. But Clark said that 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.

Clark described Huxley as "a real gentleman."

"He always made me smile and I'll miss that immensely," Clark said. "He was never arrogant and flashy. He was a gentleman and very low key. He was a very, very talented musician and a great friend."

The band scored No. 1 hits on both sides of the Atlantic during its decade-long run from 1960-1970.

"Glad All Over" holds the honor of knocking the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" out of the top spot on the UK chart in 1964, while "Over and Over" topped the U.S. chart in 1965. The band appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show just two weeks after the Beatles in February 1964.

The Dave Clark Five was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.

Huxley was born in Dartford, England, east of London, the same town that is home to the Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards.

Huxley is survived by two sons and a daughter.

(Reuters contributed to this report)
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