Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
For a brief time in the 60’s, the Dave Clark Five rivaled the popularity of the four lads from Liverpool.
I’ve blogged about this in the past. I recall going over to my Uncle Claude and Aunt Rose’s house with my parents on Sunday evenings. There would be my cousins, Claire and Claudia, fighting over the mirror in the bathroom as they ratted their hair so it could touch the ceiling.
Then in the living room, the TV would come on…..Ed Sullivan, of course. Ed would introduce the Dave Clark Five and Claire and Claudia would scream at the television. Grampa Fischer would just roll his eyes.
Like the Beatles and many other British Invasion groups, the Dave Clark Five were clean-cut, good-looking young guys. And man, were they good.
Last week, the lead singer and keyboardist for the group, Mike Smith died at the age of 64. Smith suffered a spinal cord injury a few years ago and was paralyzed from the waist down.
Another member of the group, Denis Payton died of cancer in 2006.
The Dave Clark Five are to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this Monday.
Here are the Dave Clark Five appearing on the 60’s TV show, “Shindig.” They are introduced by the show’s host, Jimmy O’Neill.
Rest in peace, Mike Smith.