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Chris Norman  (vocals)  b: 25.10.1950 - UK
Alan Silson  (guitar)  b: 21.06.1951 - UK
Terry Uttley  (bass)  b: 09.06.1951 - UK
Pete Spencer  (drums)  b: 13.10.1948 - UK

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1965 School friends Terry Uttley, Alan Silson and Chris Norman decided to form a band in their hometown Bradford, England. They later teamed up with drummer Ron Kelly. After various name changes they turned professional on 1st June 1968 as "The Elizabethans". 1970 Radio One ran a competition to find a new name and they became "Kindness". Debut single 'Light Of Love / Lindy Lou' (RCA 1942). 1972-1973 next 3 singles with Decca Records. 'Oh Julie / I Love You California', 'Let The Good Times Roll / Oh Yeah' and 'Make It Better / Lonely Long Lady'. During this period drummer Ron Kelly quit the band and was replaced by Pete Spencer. 1974 they were signed by hit maker Mickie Most's RAK Records, with Mike Chapman und Nicky Chinn as songwriters. The band were renamed "Smokey" as it seemed to perfectly describe the band's sound. In January 1975 a promo-only 'sampler' E.P. was distributed to radio stations and contained 4 tracks: 'Pass It Around' / 'Daydreamin' ' / Don't Turn Out Your Light' / 'Oh Well, Oh Well'. As from 22nd November 1975 "Smokey" changed the spelling of their name to "Smokie" at the insistence of Soul legend Smokey Robinson.
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February 1975

Album

RAK Records
SRAK 510 (UK)

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Pass It Around (Chinn / Chapman)  Daydreamin' (Norman / Spencer / Uttley)  Oh Well Oh Well (Norman / Spencer)  My Woman (Norman / Spencer)  It Makes Me Money (Norman / Spencer)  Headspin (Norman / Spencer)  Goin' Tomorrow (Norman / Silson / Spencer / Uttley)  I Do Declare (Chinn / Chapman)  Don't Turn Out Your Light (Norman / Spencer)  Will You Love Me (Norman / Silson / Spencer / Uttley)  A Day At The Mother-In-Law's (Silson)  The Coldest Night (Silson)  Shy Guy (Silson)

Produced by Mike Chapman
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Bonus Track: Couldn't Live (Uttley)  -  14 songs  46:44 Min. 

 

     
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March 1975

Single

RAK 192 (UK)

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June 1975

Single

RAK 206 (UK)

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  If You Think You Know How To Love Me  'Tis Me
   
  UK  3   GER  8   NL 17   NO 6   US 96   AUS 98
 
       
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September 1975

Single

RAK 217 (UK)

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  Don't Play Your Rock'n'Roll To Me  Talking Her Round
 
  UK  8   GER 10   A 13   NL 22   AUS 50
 
      
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September 1975

Album

RAK Records
SRAK 517 (UK)
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  Changing All The Time
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Don't Play Your Rock'n'Roll To Me (Chinn / Chapman)  If You Think You Know How To Love Me (Chinn / Chapman)  It's Natural (Norman / Spencer)  Give It To Me (Silson)  We're Flyin' High (Chinn / Chapman)  Changing All The Time (Chinn / Chapman)  Julie (Norman / Spencer)  Take Me In (Silson)  Umbrella Day (Norman / Spencer)  Back To Bradford (Norman / Spencer)
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Produced by Mike Chapman

Charts:  UK 18   GER 16
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2007   7T's Records / Cherry Red  GLAM CD 37
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Bonus Tracks: 'Tis Me (Spencer / Norman)  Talking Her Round (Uttley)

12 songs  39:56 Min

 

     
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January 1976

Single

RAK 227 (UK)

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  Something's Been Making Me Blue  Train Song
   
  UK 17   GER  21   SE 20
 
    
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April 1976

Single

RAK 233 (UK)

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  Wild Wild Angels The Loser
 
  GER 15
 
 
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April 1976

Album

RAK Records
SRAK 520 (UK)

 

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Something's Been Making Me Blue (Chinn / Chapman)  Wild Wild Angels (Chinn / Chapman)  Poor Lady (Midnight Baby) (Norman / Spencer)  When My Back Was Against The Wall (Norman / Spencer)  Make Ya Boogie (Silson / Norman / Spencer / Uttley)  Stranger (Chinn / Chapman)  What Can I Do (Silson)  Little Lucy (Norman / Spencer)  Going Home (Norman / Spencer)
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Produced by Mike Chapman      Charts:  GER   NO 12
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2007   7T's Records / Cherry Red  GLAM CD 38
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Bonus Tracks: Train Song (Silson)  The Loser (Norman / Spencer)  I'll Meet You At Midnight (Chinn / Chapman)  Miss You (Norman / Spencer)  Living Next Door To Alice (Chinn / Chapman)  Run To You (Silson / Uttley)  -  15 songs  62:02 Min. 

 

     
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September 1976

Single

RAK 241 (UK)

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  I'll Meet You At Midnight  Miss You
   
  UK 11   GER  9   A 10   NL  5   NO 6     
 
      
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December 1976

Single

RAK 244 (UK)

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  Living Next Door To Alice  Run To You
 
  UK  5   GER  1   CH  1   1   NL  1   NO  1   SE  3   US 25   AUS  2  
 
          
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February 1977

Single

RAK 251 (UK)

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  Lay Back In The Arms Of Someone  Here Lies A Man
 
  UK 12   GER  1   CH  2   A  1   NL  1   NO  3   SE 16   AUS 11
 
         
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April 1977

Album

RAK Records
SRAK 526 (UK)

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Lay Back In The Arms Of Someone (Chinn / Chapman) Something's Been Making Me Blue (Chinn / Chapman)  If You Think You Know How To Love Me (Chinn / Chapman)  Pass It Around (Chinn / Chapman)  I'll Meet You At Midnight (Chinn / Chapman)  Living Next Door To Alice (Chinn / Chapman)  Changing All The Time (Chinn / Chapman)  Don't Play Your Rock'n'Roll To Me (Chinn / Chapman)  Back To Bradford (Norman / Spencer)  Wild Wild Angels (Chinn / Chapman)
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10 songs  33:22 Min.
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Charts:  UK  6   GER  1   A  1   FI  1   NO  1   SE  1
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not released on CD

 

     
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June 1977

Single

RAK 260 (UK)

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  It's Your Life  Now You Think You Know
   
  UK  5   GER  3   CH  5    A  4   NL  7   NO  2   SE 15   AUS  7
 
         
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September 1977

Single

RAK 263 (UK)

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  Needles And Pins  No One Could Ever Love You More
 
  UK 10   GER  2   CH  7   A  1   NL  5   NO  4   US 68   AUS  7
 
     
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October 1977

Album

RAK Records
SRAK 530 (UK)

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It's Your Life (Chinn / Chapman)  I Can't Stay Here Tonight (Norman / Spencer)  Sunshine Avenue (Norman / Spencer)  Think Of Me (Norman / Spencer)  In The Heat Of The Night (Chinn / Chapman)  Needles And Pins (J. Nitzsche / S. Bono)  No One Could Ever Love You More (Norman / Spencer)  The Dancer (L. Sayer / D. Courtney)  Baby It's You (Norman / Spencer)   Walk Right Back (Norman / Spencer)
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Produced by Mike Chapman     Charts: GER  6   A  6   FI  3   NO  1   NL  3
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Bonus Tracks: Now You Think You Know (Uttley)  Lay Back In The Arms Of Someone (Chinn / Chapman)  Here Lies A Man (Norman / Spencer)  -  13 songs  50:00 Min.

 

     
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January 1978

Single

RAK 267 (UK)

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  For A Few Dollars More  Goin' Tomorrow
   
  UK 17   GER  2   CH  5   A  2   NL 14   NO  2   SE 19   AUS 57
 
   
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May 1978

Single

RAK 276 (UK)

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  Oh Carol  /  Will You Love Me
 
  UK  5   GER  3   CH  2    A  5   NL  23   AUS  5
 
       
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September 1978

Single

RAK 283 (UK)

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  Mexican Girl  You Took Me By Surprise
   
  UK 19   GER  1   CH  4    A  2   NL 10   SE 16   AUS 19
 
    
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October 1978

Album

RAK Records
SRAK 6757 (UK)

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The Montreux Album
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The Girl Can't Help It (Norman / Spencer)  Power Of Love (Chinn / Chapman)  No More Letters (Norman / Spencer)  Mexican Girl (Norman / Spencer)  You Took Me By Surprise (Silson / Uttley)  Oh Carol (Chinn / Chapman)  Liverpool Docks (Norman / Spencer)  Light Up My Life (Uttley - Silson)  Petesey's Song (Norman / Spencer)   For A Few Dollars More (Chinn / Chapman)
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Produced by Mike Chapman  
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Charts:  Ger
 3   UK 52   A  6  NO  5   SE  3   FI 15  NL 26
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Bonus Tracks: Chris Norman & Suzi Quatro:
Stumblin' In (Chinn / Chapman)  A Stranger With You (Chinn / Chapman)  -  12 songs  42:20 Min.

 

     
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November 1978

Single

RAK 285 (UK)

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Stumblin' In
 
A Stranger With You
 
  UK 41   GER  2   CH  7    A  6    NL  3   US  4   SE  7   AUS  2
 
 
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July 1979

Single

RAK 293 (UK)

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  GER 10   CH  7   A  6   AUS 16
 
 
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November 1979

Single

RAK 300 (UK)

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  Babe It's Up To You  Did She Have To Go Away
 
  GER  8   CH  8   A  5   NL  41   AUS 60
 
 
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November 1979

Album

RAK Records
SRAK 539 (UK)

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The Other Side Of The Road
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The Other Side Of The Road (Norman / Spencer)  Do To Me (Norman / Spencer)  Belinda (Silson / Uttley)  Big Fat Momma (Norman / Spencer)  Don't Take Your Love Away This Time (Norman / Spencer)  London Is Burning (Norman Spencer)  Babe It's Up To You (Macari / Ferris)  You Don't Care (Silson / Uttley)  All Alone (Norman / Spencer)   I Can't Stop Loving You (Silson / Uttley)   Too Many Pennies In Hell (Norman / Spencer)   Samantha Elizabeth (Silson / Uttley)   San Francisco Bay (Norman / Spencer)
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Produced by Smokie   Charts:  GER 17   A  7  NO  7   NL 26
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Bonus Tracks: Cryin' (Uttley / Silson)  Did She Have To Go Away (Uttley / Silson)   You're You (Uttley / Silson)   Maybe I Just Don't Know (Williams) - 17 songs  57:38 Min.

 

     
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March 1980

Single

not released in UK

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  San Francisco Bay  You're You
   
  GER  9   A 10   NL 36  
 
 
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April 1980

Single

RAK 309 (UK)

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  Take Good Care Of My Baby I Wanna Kiss Your Lips
 
  UK 34   GER 18   A 10   AUS 48
 
 
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September 1980

Single
RAK 321 (UK)

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  GER 29   A 13
 
 
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Album

RAK Records
074 06451

UK
November 1980
RAK Records
SRAK 540 (UK)

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It's Your Life / Oh Carol / Mexican Girl / Stumblin' In / Needles And Pins / Do To Me / Babe It's Up To You / Take Good Care Of My Baby / San Francisco Bay / For A Few Dollars More / Run To Me

UK
23   GER 37

In UK "The Very Best Of Smokie" was released with the same artwork, but different tracks... see below:

 

     
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Germany

December 1981
Arcade Records
ADEG 143285013
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The Very Best Of Smokie
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Oh Carol / Living Next Door To Alice / It's Your Life / If You Think You Know How To Love Me / For A Few Dollars More / Lay Back In The Arms Of Someone / Don't Play Your Rock'n'Roll To Me / Something's Been Making Me Blue / Needles And Pins / Mexican Girl / Wild Wild Angels / Run To Me / I'll Meet You At Midnight / Take Good Care Of My Baby  -  UK-version

The German version boasted a total of 18 hits, including the new single "Little Town Flirt"

GER 16   A  5

 

     
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September 1981

Album

RAK Records
SRAK 545 (UK)

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Jet Lagged (Norman / Spencer)  I'm In Love With You (Uttley / Silson)  Everything A Man Could Need (Norman / Spencer)  My Woman Don't Like Rock'n'Roll (Uttley / Silson)  Take Good Care Of My Baby (Goffin / King)  Rock'n'Roll Woman (Norman / Spencer)  Your Love Is So Good For Me (Uttley / Silson)  Long Time Coming (Norman / Spencer)   Melody Goes On (Norman / Spencer)   Songs (Uttley / Silson)
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Bonus Tracks: I Wanna Kiss Your Lips (Norman / Spencer)  Run To Me (Norman / Spencer)   Look What You're Doin' (Uttley / Silson)   Little Town Flirt (Shannon)  Not Fade Away (Holly / Petty)

15 songs  51:12 Min.

 

     
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Single

not released in UK

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  Little Town Flirt  I'm In Love With You
   
  GER  30
 
 
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February 1982

Single

not released in UK

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  Jet Lagged  Your Love Is So Good For Me
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March 1982

Album

RAK Records
SRAK 546 (UK)

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Introduction (Traditional)  Love Remains A Stranger (Supa)  Falling For You (Uttley / Silson)  Yesterday's Dreams (Norman / Spencer)  Come On Home (Uttley / Silson)  Can You Feel My Heartbeat? (Norman / Spencer)  Two Strangers Falling (Snyder)  You'll Be Lonely Tonight (Norman / Spencer)   Mirror Mirror (Uttley / Silson)   Now It's Too Late (Norman / Spencer)  Long Way From Home (Uttley / Silson)  Strangers In Paradise (Norman / Silson / Spencer / Uttley)
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12 songs  40:06 Min.

 

     
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October 1982

Album

Repertoire Records
6 25 197

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Warm Nights With You (Norman / Spencer)  Hiding From The Night (Norman / Spencer)  One More For The Road (Uttley)  Time Keeps Turning (Uttley)  Midnight Delight (Silson / Wade)  Number On My Wall (Uttley)  Time Of Your Life (Uttley)  Winter's Day  (Silson / Wade)  You're A Lady (Uttley)  Don't Throw It Away (Silson - Wade)

10 songs  36:54 Min.

Produced by Smokie    Charts:  NO 24
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1982

Single

Teldec 6.13574

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  Number On My Wall  Hiding From The Night
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1982

Single

Repertoire

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  Don't Throw It Away Warm Nights With You
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1982

Single

Mean Records 101

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CD 1: Living Next Door To Alice - Something's Been Making Me Blue -
Don't Play Your Rock'n'Roll To Me - I Can't Stay Here Tonight -
Poor Lady (Midnight Baby) - It's Your Life - Changing All The Time -
Mexican Girl - Lay Back In The Arms Of Someone - Stranger -
Talking Her Round - For A Few Dollars More - The Dancer -
Now You Think You Know - We're Flyin' High - Needles And Pins

CD 2: Stumblin' In - In The Heat Of The Night - Baby It's You -
Oh Carol - Back To Bradford - The Coldest Night - Power Of Love -
I'll Meet You At Midnight - If You Think You Know How To Love Me -
Wild Wild Angels - Liverpool Docks - Petesey's Song -
When My Back Was Against The Wall - Goin' Tomorrow -
The Girl Can't Help It - I Do Declare

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BMG Ariola 353 923
  CD 1: 16 songs  58:51 Min.  CD 2: 16 songs  56:54 Min.
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