b. 17 February 1948, England. With his no-nonsense approach and solid, distinctive voice, Smith remains one of the most unpretentious lead singers in Australia. Honing his skills via the blues and R&B bands early in his career (Adderley Smith Blues Band, Sundown and Carson), it was with the Dingoes (1973-79) that Smith found a vehicle towards national acclaim. His solo albums have since given some insight into his talent, but he has not acquired the fame he deserves. Following on from the demise of the Dingoes he has led a series of different bands, the Hired Hand, the Big Combo, Doors Of Perception and the Noveltones. All featured excellent musicians, and his own harmonica playing ensured that his name has remained in the gig guides for the Melbourne pub-rock scene. Unfortunately his excellent blues/soul voice has remained unrecognized in the mass market.
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