To be rock 'n' roll survivors is an achievement. To be Europe's top live band, thirty years after its inception is truly fantastic but to still be enthusiastic, fresh, totally committed and in love with the music is a positive miracle.
In some ways miraculous is an adjective that suits 'SMOKIE' down to the ground. The original members, Terry Uttley, Alan Silson and Chris Norman shared the playground together at St. Bedes Grammar School in Bradford, West Yorkshire. Their first musical incarnation being "The Yen" followed more swiftly by "The Sphynx".
Terry remembers his contribution to both bands consisting of manual dexterity on a regular guitar minus two strings which served as his first bass, only to find that on the day he bought his first real guitar, the band fired him on schoolboy whim. Whilst Alan and Chris furthered their musical education, Terry became an apprentice printer but was finally lured into their newly named rock 'n' roll vehicle, "The Elizabethans". This particular band's major claims to fame include being sacked from Butlin's Holiday Camp after completing just one week of a summer season and being the first band to allow Radio One the dubious opportunity of running a competition to change their name yet again - this time to "Kindness". Equipped with their newly found radio sponsors, they quickly signed a recording deal with RCA and released a single Light of Love.
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