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The Sue Manning Mercia Sound jingles
...a selection of the original jingles, with thanks to Jim Lee

Recorded in Studio 2 at Odyssey Recording Studio, 26/27 Castlereagh St, London W1H 5YR on the 19th of March 1980 for Sue Manning Music - written by Mike Smith (ex Dave Clark Five). (*1st edition)


Mike Smith

Mike (former keyboard player and vocalist of The Dave Clark Five) who, wrote and produced (and performed on) the early Mercia jingles is very ill at his home in Spain, he suffered a Christopher Reeve - type broken neck injury after a fall which has left him paralysed.

The Mike Smith International Appeal Fund and The Mike Smith Foundation: c/o MIKE SMITH - NoOne Records - 1187 Coast Village Road # 525 - Santa Barbara, Ca. 93108 USA

Mike finally succumbed to many years of attempts by Dave Clark to persuade him to tour again with the rest of the DC5. Mike was always central to that happening since he wrote or co-wrote many of their songs, as well as singing on most of them, so for the group to attempt a revival/reunion tour without him would be unthinkable.

He produced jingles through the jingle company Sue Manning Music and served several radio stations including Capital, Red Rose and Radio City, as well as Mercia Sound.

(reported by Stuart Linnell - 24th May 2005)


... update reported by Jim Lee BBC Radio 4 - 29th February 2008

Mike Smith - the singer with the Dave Clark Five - has died of pneumonia. He was sixty four. A fall at his home in Spain five years ago had left him paralysed. Mike Smith had showed promise as a pianist while still a child.

He joined Dave Clark - and made his recording debut at eighteen.

The group were the first British act to follow the Beatles in becoming big stars in America. They had seventeen hit records between 1964 and 1967. Mike Smith then worked as a successful songwriter, producer and writer of advertising jingles.


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Acca

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Cold

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Everything-1

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Everything - 2

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Old & New 1

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Playing Hard

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Mercia Sound

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Old & New 2

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Playing Med

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Playing Rock

Mercia
Afternoon

Mercia
Evening

Mercia 220
Goodnight

Mercia
Hello Coventry

Mercia
Holiday

Inst
Horns

Mercia
Action

Mercia
Is

News
Bed

Rise
Shine

Theme:
Sportacular

Mercia
Summertime

Theme:
Top 40

Mercia
Tradingpost

Traffic
Bed

Traffic
Stab

Mercia
Weather

Andy
Lloyd

Dave
Jamieson

Dave
Jamieson

Gordon
Astley

Ian
Rufus

Tony
Gillham

John
Warwick

Stuart
Linnell

Stuart
Linnell

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Coventry

Brighter
Mornings

Mercia
Christmas


Early
Morning


By
Fireside

Get Up
Out Of Bed

Hit
Pick

Later
Today

Let's Go
Mercia 220

Mercia
Magic Mobile

Mercia 220
#1

Mercia 220
#2

Mercia 220
#3

Mercia
Action

Mercia
Memory #1

Mercia
Memory #2

Mercia
Music

Mercia
Music Computer

Mercia
New Year

News &
Music

Night
Express

Number
One

Playing Just
For You #1

Playing Just
For You #2

Playing Just
For You #3

Radio
Active

Saturday
Night Out

Saturday
Night In
   
Sportacular
Short

Sunday
Night

Theme
Bed

A Touch
Of Class
   

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