Denis Payton (Dave Clark Five) RIP

History of the Dave Clark FiveReuters report that Denis Payton, from rock group The Dave Clark Five which toured the United States in the 1960s and spearheaded the “great British invasion” alongside the Beatles, has died after a long illness aged 63.

Friends and relatives said in a statement that Payton, who played the saxophone, guitar and harmonica and sang backing vocals, died on Sunday. “He had an amazing philosophy on life and will be greatly missed by me and all who knew him,” said Dave Clark, one of the group’s founding members. “Denis was extremely brave and not afraid of death.”

The Dave Clark Five, which broke up in the 1970s, boasts record sales of more than 100 million and claims to have spearheaded the “Great British Invasion” of the United States that culminated in the Beatles’ success there. A few weeks ago the band was nominated for induction to the 2007 American Rock’n’Roll Hall Of Fame. Their hits include “Glad All Over” and “Over and Over.”

Payton is survived by Lindsay, his partner of 16 years, his two sons from his first marriage and two stepsons.

3 thoughts on “Denis Payton (Dave Clark Five) RIP

  1. dennis payton was my uncle.
    he was a very brave man, to have gone what he went through.
    thankyou for all the “RIP” stuff.
    gemma xx

  2. Hi Gemma,

    I grew up with The Dave Clark Five. They had style. They
    never caused me shame by apearing in any tabloids with some scandal. I used to save my lunch money just so I could buy their albums. I was never crazy about brass instuments but loved the tenor sax……thanks Denny!
    Knowing what I know about the Bible I can say that Denny’s
    life has just begone…………God bless you Dennis……….bye Gemma………….Ladd

  3. Gemma – I am sorry to say that because I was out of the country last year, I only learned of Denis Payton’s death when sad the news of Mike Smith’s death broke a few days ago. I lived nearby in North East London, and when the band was at the height of its popularity in 1964, I was attending a school in Indianapolis – and merely living close to their home territory was a cause of great excitement and envy from my school mates.

    They were my two favourite members of the band, and I would like to pay my respects to Lindsay and to Charlie, if it were possible to attend Mike’s funeral or memorial service. my edress for details is Best wishes to all who knew them.

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