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Originally the band was called Essence. They were formed in 1965 at St. Bede Catholic grammar school in Heaton, Bradford. Members of the band were teenagers Chris Norman (vocals/guitar/piano), Terry Uttley(bass/vocals), Alan Silson (lead guitar/vocals) and Ron Kelly (drums). When they were called Essence , they gave performances yet in small clubs in Bradford and the surrounding area. In the heyday of the band played Pete Spencer on the drum at Smokie.
With their second album Changing All the Time got Smokie fame in Europe, mainly by the numbers If You Think You Know How to Love Me and Don't Play Your rock'n ' roll to Me ", which were a hit. Smokie's biggest hit was Living Next Door to Alice (1976).
|Single (s) with any charts in the
the Dutch Top 40
|If you think you know how to love me||1975||26-07-1975||15||6||Alarm Drive|
|Don't play your rock 'n' roll to me||1975||29-11-1975||25||4|
|I'll meet you at midnight||1976||30-10-1976||5||10||Alarm Drive|
|Living next door to Alice||1976||15-01-1977||1 (3 wk)||12||Alarm Drive|
|Lay back in the arms of someone||1977||02-04-1977||1 (2 wk)||9||Alarm Drive|
|It's your life||1977||09-07-1977||7||8|
|Needles and pins||1977||29-10-1977||8||10||Alarm Drive|
|For a few dollars more||1977||28-01-1978||14||7|
|Number (s) with markings
in the Radio 2 Top 2000
|' 99||' 00||' 01||' 02||' 03||' 04||' 05||' 06||' 07||' 08||' 09||' 10||' 11||' 12||' 13|
|I'll meet you at midnight||1611||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Living next door to Alice||642||878||898||1069||1087||1137||993||1031||1344||1114||1309||1406||1517||1898||1972|
|Lay back in the arms of someone||1365||-||1710||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Needles and pins||-||1516||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|