Sixties pop star leaves just £46k

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Sixties pop star leaves just £46k

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A MEMBER of pop group The Dave Clark Five - which sold 100 million records and once rivalled the Beatles - left just £46,000 in his will.

Musician Denis Payton moved to Bournemouth and became an estate agent after his chart success.

He died aged 63 last December after a long battle against cancer.

A founder member of The Dave Clark Five, he played saxophone, harmonica and guitar.

The band once rivalled the Beatles and was one of the first English groups to tour America, spearheading the "British invasion" of 1964.

The group sold more than 100 million records and had 30 hit singles worldwide including Glad All Over, Bits and Pieces and Over and Over.

Payton, who also sang backing vocals, became an estate agent after the band split up in 1971.

His will left the bulk of his estate to his partner of 16 years Lindsay Copland, who lived with him in Bournemouth.

But he also left his musical instruments to his two sons from his first marriage, Scott and Lee.

Scott was left his father's Gibson J45 guitar while Lee receives his Selmer Mark 6 tenor saxophone. Both Payton's sons live in Lower Parkstone, Poole.

Payton died just weeks after it was announced that The Dave Clark Five had been nominated for induction to the 2007 US Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.

Dave Clark described Payton as being "thrilled" by the citation, saying at the time: "I know I won't be around but it was an amazing part of my life I am very proud of."