My ego's never been that big, and maybe I lost out because of it.I've got no regrets and no recriminations: I had a great time." Smith was born in Edmonton, north London, in 1943, and as a child was intrigued by his father's piano playing.After a few years, he had a residency at the Bush Hill Park Hotel, Enfield, with Lenny Davidson, who could emulate Scotty Moore's guitar licks from the Presley records. Clark's band included Stan Saxon on vocals, Rick Huxley on bass and Denis Payton on saxophone.When Saxon, a busy plumber, left the group, Clark asked Smith to become lead vocalist and Lenny Davidson joined on guitar. They began by recording demonstration records for the songwriter Mitch Murray and recording for Ember and Piccadilly Records.He had a great voice and he was the Sixties' Rod Stewart, and he contributed a tremendous amount to the Dave Clark Five." "I didn't care about the name," Smith once told me."I was doing something that I enjoyed doing and it was something that was dead easy."We were the first group where the drummer was the front man," Clark said.
Their record, leased by Clark to EMI's Columbia label, made the Top 30, but it was a number one for Brian Poole and the Tremeloes. ' to Brian Poole," Smith recalled, "and so Dave thought we should do something original.We recorded "Inside and Out" and if you listen to it, you will see that it is all about Romeo and Juliet.We did that with an orchestra and I was supposed to hold the last chord and it would be faded out.We weren't rebels, although we did have a few water fights, but that's the boredom getting to you.We used to look smart and I do think that we had the best show around.