In the 1960s,Mike  Smith was the lead vocalist and keyboard player for the Dave Clark Five, and
On this day 2003,  Smith was involved in a falling accident in his home in Spain, which caused severe injury to his spinal cord. The accident left him permanently paralyzed from the waist down and in his right arm, with very little movement in his left arm.

Following four years of treatment, Smith was released from hospital on his 64th birthday,  In December 2007, Bruce Springsteen a longtime friend and fan, dedicated " Born To Run" to Smith and his wife, Charlie, who were attending his concert.

Smith died in February 2008, at the age of 64, of pneumonia,  a complication from his earlier accident. He died only 11 days before he was to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Dave Clark Five.