Originating in the early sixties in the City of Bradford, England, school friends Ron Kelly, Chris Norman, Alan Silson and Terry Uttley formed their first line up. After several recording contracts and name changes the name “Smokie” was decided upon. This signalled a period of worldwide success for the band (with Pete Spencer replacing Ron Kelly on drums) whose records have today sold in excess of 30 million.
In 1986 the band played their final concert and Chris Norman embarked on a successful solo career. This paved the way for a new look “Smokie” featuring two original members. They were joined by Dean’s father, lead singer Alan Barton. Alan’s voice, energy and drive for success re-established the name of “Smokie” as a worldwide touring and recording band.
Sadly, tragedy struck in March 1995 with the death of Alan Barton following a motorway accident in Colonge – Germany.
1996 brought the third incarnation of ‘Smokie’ with remaining original member Terry Uttley. Alan Silson had departed, to later form his own band with ‘Spirit of Smokie’ members including fellow original Ron Kelly, Andy Whelan and Graham Kearns.
In March 2008 a Memorial Concert was held for Alan Barton, fronted by his son Dean Barton and just like that “Spirit of Smokie” was born.
Dean’s undeniable “Smokie” voice and on-stage charisma completed what is now an established world class band.