Smokie’s last original bassist Terry Uttley dies aged 70

Smokie’s original bassist and one of the band’s co-founders, Terry Uttley, has died at the age of 70, just four weeks after the death of his wife Shirley.

Terry was the last original member of Smokie. He formed the group with Chris Norman and Alan Silson in 1964 but died between 1966 and 1968. He returned in 1968 and has been the only original member of the group since 1995.

A notice on the Smokie website states: “It is with a heavy heart and tearful eyes that we share the news that our beloved friend and bandmate, Terry, has passed away after a short illness.

Steve, Martin, Mick and Pete are devastated and deeply saddened by his sudden and unexpected passing. Terry was a dear friend, a loving father, and an amazing person and musician.

We all feel extremely lucky to have shared such a long life and the stage with him. Peace and love to everyone who knew Terry and to those he touched. He will be sorely missed.

Management asks our friends and colleagues around the world to respect the privacy of family and group members at this time.

Smokie had seven Top 40 hits in Australia and 12 in the UK. Their biggest hit was “Living Next Door To Alice”.

“Living Next Door To Alice” got a second life in 1995 thanks to Roy “Chubby” Brown and “Who The Fuck Is Alice”.

Smokie’s other hits were “Lay Back In The Arms of Someone”, “Its Your Life”, “Needles and Pins”, “Oh Carol”, “Mexican Girl” and “Do To Me”.

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