Posted by themusicsover on February 11, 2013
August 5, 1942 – February 11, 2013
There was a moment during the ’60s when Rick Huxley was arguably the biggest bass player in popular music. It was the British Invasion and the band in which he played, the Dave Clark Five, was comfortably seated right behind fellow invaders, the Beatles. Formed in 1958, the band was the Fab Four’s biggest challengers during the early ’60s until the Rolling Stones roared in. With the Dave Clark Five, Huxley played on such pop music staples as “Glad All Over,” “Bits and Pieces,” and “Catch Us If You Can.” In March of 1964, the band became the second British Invasion band to perform on The Ed Sullivan Show. Their two-week run immediately followed the Beatles’ original three-week stint. The group broke up in 1970 and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Tom Hanks in 2008, with Huxley on hand to accept the honor. Other groups he played with include the Riverside Blues Boys and the Spon Valley Stompers. Rick Huxley was 72 when he passed away on February 11, 2013. Cause of death was not immediately released, though he had been battling emphysema.