Smokie

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": classic rock rock 70s pop oldies smokie soft rock 80s Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: Fan Page Fan Page Official Homepage Wikipedia

Biography

This pop band from Bradford, Yorkshire, England was formed by school friends Chris Norman (25 October 1950, Redcar, Yorkshire, England; vocals), Terry Uttley (guitar), and Alan Silson (bass). The three were previously together in 1966 with a band titled the Elizabethans. Turning professional in 1968, they changed their name to Kindness, performing at holiday camps and ballrooms. A variety of record company contracts failed to ignite any hit singles, however. Along the way they changed their name to Smokey, but it was not until they joined RAK Records, where Mickie Most introduced them to songwriters Chinn And Chapman, that they saw any success. With Pete Spencer replacing original drummer Ron Kelly, the band enjoyed two UK Top 10 hits with ‘If You Think You Know How To Love Me’ (number 3) and ‘Don’t Play Your Rock ‘N’ Roll To Me’ (number 8) in 1975, after which they changed the spelling of their name to Smokie. Their 1976 version...

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