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Smokie
Opphav Bradford, England
Periode 1974
Sjanger Soft rock
Glam rock
Poprock
Country-rock
Plateselskap Decca
EMI/BMG
Nettsted www.smokie.co.uk
Medlemmer
Terry Uttley (eneste gjenværende originalmedlem) - bassist/vokalist

Martin Bullard – keyboard
Steve Pinnell – trommeslager
Mike Craft – vokalist

Mick McConnell - gitarist
Tidligere medlemmer
Chris Norman
Alan Silson
Pete Spencer
Ron Kelly
Alan Barton

Smokie er et britisk rockeband da storhetstid var på 1970-tallet, startet i Bradford, England i 1965 under navnet «Essence». I 1968 bytte de navn til «The Elizabethans» og i 1970 til «Kindness». Bandet kom i kontakt med låtskriverne Mike Chapman og Nicky Chinn i 1974, som sørget for å gi bandet bandet platekontrakt med RAK Records. Bandet skiftet navn til «Smokey» og begynte å spille inn debutalbumet «Pass It Around», som kom ut i februar 1975. Etter utgivelsen av to album kom bandet i konflikt med sangeren Smokey Robinson, og endret stavemåten til «Smokie» for å unngå forveksling. Deres største hit, «Living Next Door to Alice», ble utgitt i 1976.

Debutalbumet «Pass It Around» ble ikke noen suksess, og fikk ingen listeplasseringer. Albumet som kom etter derimot, «Changing All the Time», som ble utgitt i september samme år, inneholdt hitsinglene «If You Think You Know How to Love Me og «Don't Play Your Rock 'n' Roll to Me» - begge skrevet av Chinn-Chapman - og markerte starten på bandets karriere. Albumet i seg selv, derimot, klarte derimot bare å klatre seg opp på 18. plass på den britiske og 16. plass på den tyske albumlisten. Albumet etter, Midnight Café, karet seg opp til 6 i Tyskland, og kom også inn på VG-lista Topp 40 i Norge for første gang. Men senere det året, fikk albumet sin virkelige store hit, da singelen «Living Next Door to Alice» kom ut i november 1976. I Norge toppet den VG-lista Topp 20 i hele 12 uker i 1977, og det tok den 33 uker å falle ut av Topp 20. Singelen etterpå, «Lay Back in the Arms of Someone», kom høyest på 3. plass, og en av de to sangene som blokkerte for at singelen skulle nå førsteplassen, var faktisk «Living Next Door to Alice».

«Bright Lights and Back Alleys», som kom ut i 1977, og er bandets mest solgte album. I Norge kom det på 1. plass og lå på lista i 24 uker.

Da Chris Norman i 1986 bestemte seg for å satse for fullt på solokarrieren sin, tok Alan Barton over som vokalist. Barton var en god venn av Norman, og var tidligere medlem av bandet Black Lace. Trommeslageren Pete Spencer sluttet samtidig og ble erstattet av Steve Pinnell, og i tillegg kom en keyboardist med på laget, Martin Bullard.

I 1995 skjedde en tragisk ulykke med turnebussen til bandet. De var på vei til flyplassen i Düsseldorf, da bussen kjørte av veien. Alan Silson, Terry Uttley og Alan Barton var bandmedlemmene som var med bussen. Silson og Uttley ble begge hardt skadd, men verst var skadene på Alan Barton. Etter fem dager på intensiven døde han av skadene han hadde pådratt seg. Mike Craft tok nå over som vokalist. Året etterpå sluttet også Alan Silson i bandet, og Terry Uttley ble dermed bandets eneste originalmedlem.

Smokie har i de senere år spilt mye i Norge, og er derfor blitt stemplet som «Norgesvenner».

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Tittel Utgitt Spor Medlemsinfo

Pass It Around

1975
  1. Pass It Around
  2. Daydreamin'
  3. Oh Well Oh Well
  4. My Woman
  5. It Takes Me Money
  6. Headspin
  7. Goin' Tomorrow
  8. I Do Declare
  9. Don't Turn out Your Light
  10. Will You Love Me
  11. A Day At The Mother-In_law's
  12. The Coldest Night
  13. Shy Guy"
Chris Norman

Changing All The Time

1975
  1. Don't Play Your Rock 'N' Roll To Me
  2. If You Think You Know How To Love Me
  3. It's Natural
  4. Give It To Me
  5. We're Flyin' High
  6. Changing All The Time
  7. Julia
  8. Take Me In
  9. Umbrella Day
  10. Back To Bradford
Chris Norman

Midnight Cafe

1976
  1. Something's Making Me Blue
  2. Wild Wild Angles
  3. Poor Lady (Midnight Lady)
  4. When My Back Was Against The Wall
  5. Make Ya Boogie
  6. Stranger
  7. What Can I Do
  8. Little Lucy
  9. Going Home
Chris Norman

Smokie

1977
  1. Lay Back In The Arms Of Someone
  2. Something's Been Making Me Blue
  3. If You Think You Know How To Love Me
  4. Pass It Around
  5. I'll Meet You At Midnight
  6. Living Next Door to Alice
  7. Changing All The Time
  8. Don't Play Your Rock 'N' Roll To Me
  9. Back To Bradford
  10. Wild Wild Angels
Chris Norman

Bright Lights & Back Alleys

1977
  1. It's Your Life
  2. I Can't Stay Here Tonight
  3. Sunshine Avenue
  4. Think Of Me (The Lonely One)
  5. In The Heat Of The Night
  6. Needles And Pins
  7. NoOne Could Ever Love You More
  8. The Dancer
  9. Baby It's You
  10. Walk Right Back
Chris Norman

The Montreux Album

1978
  1. The Girl Can't Help It
  2. Power Of Love
  3. No More Letters
  4. Mexican Girl
  5. You Took Me By Surprise
  6. Oh Carol
  7. Liverpool Docks
  8. Light Up My Life
  9. Petesey's Song
  10. For A Few Dollars More
Chris Norman

The Other Side Of The Road

1979
  1. The Other Side Of The Road
  2. Do To Me
  3. Belinda
  4. Big Fat Momma
  5. Don't Take You Love Away This Time
  6. London Is Burning
  7. Babe It's Up To You
  8. You Don't Care
  9. All Alone
  10. I Can't Stop Loving You
  11. Too Many Pennies In Hell
  12. Samantha Elizabeth
  13. San Francisco Bay
Chris Norman

Solid Ground

1981
  1. Jet Lagged
  2. I'm In Love With You
  3. Everything A Man Could Need
  4. My Woman Don't Like Rock 'N' Roll
  5. Take Good Care Of My Baby
  6. Rock 'N' Roll Woman
  7. Your Love Is So Good For Me
  8. Long Time Coming
  9. Melody Goes On/Songs
Chris Norman

Strangers In Paradise

1982
  1. Introduction
  2. Love Remains A Stranger
  3. Falling For You
  4. Yesterday's Dreams
  5. Come On Home
  6. Can You Feel My Heartbeat
  7. Two Strangers Falling
  8. You'll Be Lonely Tonight
  9. Mirror, Mirror
  10. Now It's Too Late
  11. Long Way From Home
  12. Strangers In Paradise
Chris Norman
Pete Spencer
Alan Silson
Terry Uttley

Midnight Delight

1982
  1. Don`t Throw It Away
  2. You`re A Lady
  3. Winter`s Day
  4. Time Of Your Life
  5. Number On My Wall
  6. Midnight Delight
  7. Time Keeps Turning
  8. One More For The Road
  9. Hiding From The Night
  10. Warm Nights With You
Chris Norman

All Fired Up

1987
  1. My Heart Is True
  2. Cry In The Night
  3. Hold On For The Night
  4. Never Fight Again
  5. Rock Away Your Teardrops
  6. Second Choice
  7. Hold On Tight
  8. Only Love Hurts
  9. Looking Daggers
  10. Hot Girls and Summer Nights
  11. If You Think You Know How To Love Me
Alan Barton

Boulevard Of Broken Dreams

1989
  1. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
  2. Falling Apart
  3. Think About The Night
  4. Sometimes You Cry
  5. Love Take Me Away
  6. Moving Mountains
  7. Young Hearts
  8. Stop Rewind
  9. Angelina
  10. Northern Soul
  11. Hears Need Company
Alan Barton

Who Are These Boots?

1990
  1. In The Middle Of A Lonely Dream
  2. Heartbreak Angel
  3. I Feel Love
  4. Romeo & Juliet
  5. Every Little Kiss
  6. Fistful Of Dollars
  7. This Side Of Paradise
  8. Hurting
  9. Never Made In Heaven
  10. Heat Of The Night
Alan Barton

Chasing Shadows

1992
  1. Don't Play That Game With me
  2. You're so Different Tonight
  3. Respect
  4. Lyin' In The Arms Of The One You Love
  5. Don't Stop This Love
  6. The Rain Came Down
  7. Chasing Shadows
  8. One Night In Vienna
  9. All My LIFE
  10. I'd Die For You
  11. Remember The Days
  12. Scream Your Guitar
Alan Barton

Burnin' Ambition

1993
  1. Bang Bang
  2. Naked Love (Baby Love Me)
  3. Never Turn Your Back On Your Friends
  4. Love Sometimes Takes Time
  5. Listen To Your Radio
  6. Love Is Out Of The Question
  7. One More Dance
  8. Relying On You
  9. Surfin'
  10. Can't This Be Love
  11. Derry Girl
  12. Mariah
  13. Naked Love (Disco Fox Version)
  14. Destiny
Alan Barton

Greatest Hits Live

1993
  1. I'll Meet You At Midnight
  2. Lay Back In The Arms Of Someone
  3. Medley: Pass It Around, It's Your Life, Take Good Care Of My Baby, Mexican Girl, For A Few Dollars More
  4. Something's Been Making Me Blue
  5. Wild Angels
  6. If You Think You Know How To Love Me
  7. Don't Play That Rock'n'Roll To Me
  8. Rock Away Your Teardrops
  9. Cry In The Night
  10. Oh Carol
  11. Needles And Pins
  12. Living Next Door to Alice
  13. Whiskey In The Jar
Alan Barton

Celebration

1994
  1. Naked Love (Baby Love Me)
  2. If You Think You Know How To Love Me
  3. Living Next Door to Alice
  4. Can't Cry Hard Enough
  5. Lay Back In The Arms Of Someone
  6. Wild Wild Angels
  7. Don't Play That Game With Me
  8. Needles And Pins
  9. Surfin'
  10. Don't Play Your Rock'n'Roll To Me
  11. Oh Carol
  12. Chasing Shadows
  13. Bang Bang
  14. It's Your Life
  15. For A Few Dollars More
  16. I Feel Love
  17. Like An Eagle
  18. I'll Meet You At Midnight
  19. Think About The Night
  20. It's Over Again
Alan Barton

The World And Elsewhere

1995
  1. Rock 'n' Roll Rodeo
  2. Have You Ever Seen The Rain
  3. Till Hell Frizes Over
  4. Rose-A-Lee
  5. Love Like A Rocket
  6. Can Be A Heartbreaker Too
  7. Coming Home Tonight
  8. Love Can Change Your Heart
  9. Till You Follow Me
  10. Last Train
  11. When The Lightning Strikes
  12. Steppin' On Seashells
  13. Where Sorry 's Not Enough
  14. Tell Me Why
  15. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
Mike Craft

Light A Candle

1996
  1. It Won't Be Christmas
  2. Mary's Boyfriend
  3. Light A Candle
  4. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  5. A Spaceman Comes Travelling
  6. Silent Night
  7. A Winters Tale
  8. When A Child Is Born
  9. O' LIittle Town Of Bethlehem
  10. O' Holy Noght
  11. White Christmas
  12. Away In A Manger
  13. O' Christmas Tree
  14. Christmas Isn't Just For Childree
Mike Craft

Wild Horses

1998
  1. Desperate Measures
  2. Wrong Reasons
  3. And The Night Stood Still
  4. She Rides Wild Horses
  5. When It's The Right Time
  6. Looking For You
  7. Ain't It Funny How It Works
  8. All She Ever Really Wanted
  9. No Rest For The Wounded Heart
  10. When The Walls Come Down
  11. Goodbye Yesterday's Heartache
  12. If You Think You Know How To Love Me
Mike Craft

Uncovered

2000
  1. It Never Rains In Southern California
  2. When You Walk In The Room
  3. Arms Of Mary
  4. I Swear
  5. Darlin'
  6. Just When I Needed You Most
  7. Still The One
  8. Can't Fight This Feeling
  9. Whisky In The Jar
  10. Runaway Train
  11. I Don't Wanna Talk About It
  12. Who'll Stop The Rain
  13. Drift Away
  14. Love Hurts
Mike Craft

Uncovered Too

2001
  1. Be My Baby
  2. Everytime You Go Away
  3. Hungry Heart
  4. Garden Party
  5. (I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight
  6. Only You
  7. Hungry Eyes
  8. Lodi
  9. You're So Vain
  10. Sailing
  11. I Won't Back Down
  12. What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted
  13. No Matter What
  14. Miss You Nights
Mike Craft

On The Wire

2004
  1. Over You
  2. Ain't Gonna Rain
  3. Love On A Wire
  4. Why
  5. Tomorrow
  6. Mistral Wind
  7. Endless Way
  8. Midnight Train
  9. Hot Lovin'
  10. A Million Conversations
  11. African Nights
  12. Broken Hearts
  13. Home Is Anywhere You Are
  14. Josephine
Mike Craft