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Smitty Smith
Smitty (* 19449 was a Canadian keyboardist and session musician. He had been playing together with Steve Kennedy, Eric Mercury, Eric "Mouse" Johnson, Terry Logan and Diane Brooks in a Toronto band called the Soul Searchers that was fronted by Mercury and Brooks. After the Soul Searchers broke up, first Kennedy and then Smith joined a group called Grant Smith & The Power. In 1969 Smith and Kennedy, along with Ken Marco and Wayne "Stoney" Stone, formed Motherlode and went on to have a U.S. #18 hit with "When I Die." The group broke up in 1970 and Smith fronted a second version of Motherlode that was soon to break up after releasing one single.
 
Smitty became a session musician and played on and contributed background vocals to recordings by artists such as Bob Dylan, David Clayton-Thomas, Billy Joel, The Pointer Sisters, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Etta James, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Richie Havens, Tracy Chapman, Rod Stewart, Bruce Willis and Brenda Russell. He also played with Eric Mercury on his Funky Sounds Nurtured in the Fertile Soil album, Marc Tanner Band on their No Escape album, Ricky Lee Jones on her Flying Cowboys album, etc. He also released a solo album Smitty which included a song "Sweetie Pie" that he co-wrote with Eric Mercury. In the early 1980s Smith played keyboards and background vocals in Mike Finnigan and The Right Band.
 
Smitty died in 1997.
 
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Brazilia
ABC Records AA 1116
released 1979
recorded in Hollywood, CA/USA
John Klemmer, tenor sax
Oscar Castro-Neves, guitar
Jorge Dalto, piano
Victor Feldman, keyboards
Abraham Laboriel sr., keyboards
Smitty Smith, organ
Bob Magnusson,, drums
Paulinho Da Costa, percussion
Airto Moreira, percussion

 
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