THE DAVE CLARK FIVE's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was "a bittersweet" experience for the group, coming just days after the death of lead singer MIKE SMITH. Three surviving members of the group attended a star-studded ceremony at New York's Waldorf Astoria hotel on Monday night (10Mar08). Drummer Dave Clark described how the accolade comes after a traumatic 18 months: "Denis Payton died just over a year ago. It has been a very bittersweet experience. I also lost my sister, who died, and then Mike. "It would have been lovely if it had been all five of us." Clark also paid tribute to American rock and roll. He added, "We were inspired by America. Without American music there wouldn't have been a 60s music scene."