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Originally formed in Yorkshire, England, in 1966, Smokie} hit the British pop} charts several times during the late '70s with updated psychedelic pop}, influenced by the band's stay on Mickie Most}'s Rak Records} as well as the writers of most of the band's hit material, Rak}'s Nicky Chinn} and Mike Chapman}. Vocalist Chris Norman}, guitarist Terry Utley}, and bassist Alan Silson} had played in the Elizabethans}, but formed the band Kindness} in 1968, with the addition of drummer Pete Spencer}. The quartet recorded many singles during the late '60s and early '70s, but failed to show any chart activity until 1975. That year, signed to Rak Records} and billed as Smokey}, the band hit number three in the U.K. with "If You Think You Know How to Love Me."} After another Top Ten hit, "Don't Play Your Rock 'N Roll to Me,"} Smokey} became Smokie}; during 1976, the group scored with three Top 20 hits, including the number-five "Living Next Door to Alice."} Smokie} hit number five both in 1977 ("It's Your Life"}) and 1978 ("Oh Carol"}), but the band's chart run ended by early 1980, and following 1982's Midnight Delight}, they disbanded. Both Spencer} and Norman} continued to work at Rak} during the '80s, writing hits for several groups; they reformed Smokie} in 1988, resurfacing with the LP My Heart Is True}. Two more albums, All Fired Up} and Greatest Hits Live}, followed a year later, with the group remaining active throughout the 1990s, issuing new material as well as a number of hits collections. ~ John Bush, All Music Guide

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