The amazing UK pop group smokie are still performing today! They’ve been performing as a pop group for over thirty years and the fact that smokie are still touring and so in love with their popular music is awe inspiring.
The original members of the pop group smokie:
- Terry Uttley
- Alan Sislon
- Chris Norman
These three guys went to school together and were mates growing up in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. Smokie wasn’t the original name for this UK pop group in fact it was “The Elizabethans”. Not too long after this they changed the band name again and this time they renamed themselves “Kindness”.
After the hard and often frustrating road of trying to make it in the music business the pop group smokie finally landed a record deal with Mickey Most under the RAK label in the year of 1974 and this is when they changed the band name for the last time to smokie. The first hit came not long after for this infamous pop group and it was the song “If you think you know how to love me” which got to number 3 in the British music charts and sold millions across the globe. It was from then on that smokie went and traveled the world on tour and the group members now included drummer Pete Spencer.
Smokie broke up not long after and each member went their own separate ways until 1986 when they got together for what was only planned as a one-off benefit concert in Bradford England. The concert was such a hit that they decided to get the band back together again. After a lot more touring and more success, Chris Norman couldn’t stay committed to the band smokie and announced his departure to pursue his solo career.
Not too long later the band got their act together and put together a new line up.
Sadly Alan Barton passed away in 1995 and smokie had to face this crisis now they had lost their front man and very dear friend.
They made the difficult decision to carry on and after some auditioning took on a new lead singer by the name of Mike Craft. Mike took to the challenge and in 1976 smokie released their massive hit “Living Next Door To Alice”. Even now, after more than thirty years and a lot of water under the bridge, the incredible pop group smokie are still playing music and touring for their fans!