Smith made his recording debut at age 18, in about as conspicuous a manner as it was possible to do in an unknown band, with the single "I Knew It All the Time" b/w "That's What I Said," issued by Pye Records in June of 1962 and credited to "the Dave Clark Five featuring Mike Smith." By his mid-teens, he had also developed a strong vocal delivery, having idolized Little Richard, among other American rock & roll stars. The group's sound changed during this period, taking on more of a garage punk edge and also adding elements of pop/rock to their repertory, and they also came under the broadcast umbrella of Dick Clark, who'd had them on his American Bandstand show many times and now put them into the regular cast of musicians on his new afternoon series Where the Action Is, where they quickly became the most popular attraction. Drummer Mike Smith -- also known as "Smitty" and Michael Smith, and not to be confused with the similarly named Dave Clark Five singer/keyboardist -- was one of the most well-known musicians in the United States during the mid-'60s, as a member of Paul Revere & the Raiders. Mike Smith was the "other" star of the Dave Clark Five, a little less visible by name than drummer/founder Dave Clark but at the center of their sound as the group's lead singer and keyboard player. First, his son died in a diving accident, and a few weeks later, in September of that year, Smith was seriously injured in a fall in his home, and was left permanently paralyzed. It was also one of the best rock & roll singles issued by Pye up to that time. Unfortunately, the members, as ex-Raiders, had unsettled contractual obligations to Columbia Records that got in the way of their recording for RCA and the promotion and distribution of their work. Born….

What's more, because of all of the exposure they were getting through Clark's TV show, they were all among the most well-known musicians in the business. Born…

Raised in Chicago, Michael Smith graduated from Colorado College in 1973 with a degree in painting and the beginnings of an extensive network in New York's creative community, gained while participating in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in 1970 and 1973. Mike Smith was the "other" star of the Dave Clark Five, a little less visible by name than drummer/founder Dave Clark but at the center of their sound as the group's lead singer and keyboard player. Born in Edmonton, England, he had a natural ability as a pianist that manifested itself as early as age five. In addition to doing a lot of organizing on a business and creative level, Smith also contributed to the songwriting in this setting in a major way, and Brotherhood showed some promise and some credibility as a music act by stepping forward under their names in this new role. Like the other members apart from Lindsay and Revere, he wasn't always heard on every record -- producer Terry Melcher relied ever-increasingly on session musicians after 1965 -- but he was able to do anything on their live appearances that was demanded, and was well into the spirit of fun that pervaded their antic on camera when they worked on television, which soon included not just music showcases but also guest appearances on programs such as ABC's primetime series Batman. By that time, their sound in the studio was thoroughly dominated by Revere, Lindsay, and a coterie of session musicians, and they were drifting toward an ever-poppier brand of music. Drummer Mike Smith -- also known as "Smitty" and Michael Smith, and not to be confused with the similarly named Dave Clark Five singer/keyboardist -- was one of the most well-known musicians in the United…