Payton also sang backup vocals and wrote some of the lyrics for the band that swept into the US along with the Beatles in the "British Invasion" of 1964. The DC5 are among the nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.
"Denis was extremely brave and not afraid of death," says band founder Dave Clark. "He had an amazing philosophy on life and will be greatly missed by me and all who knew him."
Payton died Sunday (12/17/06) at his home in England. Read more from BBC.