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Previous Band Members



9th June 1951-16th December 2021

Bass guitarist Terry Uttley, one of the founder members of the band SMOKIE back in the 1970s  sadly and unexpectedly passed away after a short Illness.

 Terry was a pupil at St. Bede's School in Bradford when the group was first formed and remained as the 'daddy' of the band throughout the decades.  Having been a professional musician for over 50 years, he dedicated his whole career to Smokie, both in the studio and on the road.

Terry Uttley playing bass guitar

If someone had said to me when I was at St. Bede's that I'd still be playing with Smokie, touring the world and recording new albums in the new millennium, I would have said they must be mad!'. But I can honestly say that I still get that same buzz on stage from playing live in front of a huge audience that I've always had.

'All of us in Smokie are genuinely grateful to our thousands of fans all over the world. They are the folk we do it for. Without their brilliant support we wouldn't be here, it's as simple as that. Smokie has been a complete way of life for me. I've had the joy of working with a great bunch of people as well as having a lot of fun along the way.’ Terry Uttley

Away from the spotlight Terry was a very proud family man.  He was a loving husband to his wife Shirley, who passed away shortly before Terry, and devoted father to his two daughters Lisa and Holly.   He was lucky enough to have grandchildren and great-grandchildren and simply adored his role as “Pops”- nothing gave him more pleasure than spending precious time with his family.

Formal portrait of Terry Uttley

Smokie all feel extremely lucky to have shared such a long lifetime and the stage with Terry. Peace and love to all who knew Terry, and those he touched. We will miss him dearly.”Smokie band members”

Photo of Mike Craft

Lead singer Mike decided to leave the band in 2021. He had been with the band 26 years, having joined in 1995 after the tragic death of Alan Barton. Mike had a huge pair of boots to fill at the time, and he did that job admirably.

His contribution to the legacy of Smokie will be written in history and deservedly so. Mike is widely recognised by many as an extremely professional artist and his dedication to the band was never in question. Mike was incredibly popular amongst Smokie fans far and wide, he could also be incredibly witty and he gave us many a laugh, on so many occasions.

Mike made a name for himself on his debut album with the band, “The World And Elsewhere”. In many ways, it is recognised that Mike injected a new energy into Smokie, especially with his energetic live performance and his gift of talking to any type of audience.

Mike made an incredible contribution to a further 7 studio albums as well as various compilations and live DVD’s.

Alan Silson singing

Alan had found constant touring considerably difficult after the tragedy. He bowed out at the beginning of 1996.
Alan has since recorded a solo album and also had a brief spell with Micky Finn's T-Rex. He now lives in Germany.


Alan Barton

The tragedy of Alan's death in 1995 is something all Smokie fans will never forget.
Alan made an immense contribution, which will always be recognised by band members past and present. He is sadly missed and never far from our thoughts


Chris Norman

Today, Chris continues to tour as a solo artist. He left Smokie after the success of his second solo album in 1986.


Photo of Pete Spencer

Pete's departure from Smokie came in 1982. He was the co-writer of "Mexican Girl" and has since played on some of Chris Norman's solo albums.


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