Rex Smith Biography

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19 September 1956, Jacksonville, Florida, USA. Smith scored one Top 10 single under his own name, and also achieved recognition as co-host of the US music television programme Solid Gold and as a performer, along with Linda Ronstadt, in the stage and film productions of The Pirates Of Penzance. Smith was raised in Atlanta, Georgia, where he performed in rock bands as a teenager and in various stage productions. Moving to New York in the 70s, he became leader of a band called Rex, which recorded two albums for Columbia Records that were unsuccessful. His break came in 1979 when he recorded ‘You Take My Breath Away’, from the soundtrack of the television movie Sooner Or Later, in which he also starred. The single reached number 10 on Columbia and the Sooner Or Later album made the Top 20. Smith only returned to the singles chart one more time, in 1981, with ‘Everlasting Love’, a duet with Stiff Records artist Rachel Sweet, which reached number 32 in the UK. Two other albums made the bottom of the UK charts in the early 80s, but Smith by then had found work hosting Solid Gold, with Marilyn McCoo, formerly of the Fifth Dimension. Smith also appeared in the television series Street Hawk and in Broadway productions of Headin’ For Broadway and Grease. His last major notices came in 1983 when he, along with Ronstadt and actor Kevin Kline, appeared in The Pirates Of Penzance, first on Broadway and then on film.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.