Mike Smith (2)

Real Name:
Michael Robert Smith
Profile:
UK producer. Worked mainly for Decca & CBS labels. Born Barking, Essex 30 April 1935; died Camberley, Surrey 3 December 2011.
Do NOT confuse with the The Dave Clark Five's singer Mike Smith (16) who also worked as a producer.

Well known for turning down The Beatles and instead gave a recording contract to Brian Poole & The Tremeloes.
The first artist he produced was the Irish singer Bridie Gallagher. When Dick Rowe rejoined Decca as A&R (Artists and Repertoire) manager, he worked closely with him. One of Mike's early successes was Billy Fury. Here's a quote from Mike: "I really enjoyed being with Billy Fury in the studio," "and Halfway To Paradise sounded right from the moment it started. Dick Rowe had picked the song; Ivor Raymonde had written the arrangement; and my contribution was keeping everyone sober. Billy was managed by Larry Parnes and I remember Larry telling the bass guitarist to 'tighten his strings'. That became a running joke at Decca." When Brian Epstein became the Beatles' manager in late 1961, he invited Decca to audition the band. "Somebody had to show some interest in the Beatles," said Smith, "because Brian Epstein's shop, NEMS, was an important account for our sales people. I went to the Cavern and I should have trusted my instincts as I thought they were wonderful on stage. We arranged for them to come to London on New Year's Day, 1962 and in the studio they weren't very good. I think that we got to them too early but it was probably just as well as I couldn't have worked with them the way that George Martin did at EMI. I would have got too involved in their bad parts and not enough in their good."
As it happens, Dick Rowe had asked Smith to choose between the Beatles and another band he had recorded the same day, Brian Poole and the Tremeloes. Smith had been told about this band from Barking by his optician, who was managing them. Smith chose Brian Poole and the Tremeloes and, on other day of the week and at any other time, that would have been a fine decision. The group had many hit records, but it meant that Smith had turned down the Beatles: "I did meet them subsequently, and they gave me a two-finger salute, but that's par for the course."
Brian Poole and the Tremeloes had several hits for Decca including Do You Love Me (a No 1) and Twist And Shout (copied from the Beatles' first album), and Smith also produced hits for the Applejacks and Dave Berry. When Poole split with the Tremeloes, Smith moved with them to CBS and a long succession of mostly happy-go-lucky hit singles followed including Here Comes My Baby and Even The Bad Times Are Good. The Tremeloes topped the charts by covering a Four Seasons' B-side, Silence Is Golden, in 1967.
When the Tremeloes were unenthusiastic about releasing Yellow River as a single, he recorded it with the song's writer, Jeff Christie, and, as Christie, the single made No 1 in 1970.
Smith often worked with Georgie Fame, including an album of standards, Georgie Does His Thing With Strings (1969) and an album of duets with Alan Price, Fame And Price Together, which included the hit single Rosetta (1971).
In 1967 Smith produced Georgie Fame's No 1, The Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde. "When I took the tape into the studio to overdub the sound effects, I discovered an electrical fault. We had clicks all through the rhythm track. We had to add a new rhythm track and to this day, Georgie doesn't believe what we did. It was an outstanding record and the sound effects were wonderful."
When Love Affair was signed to CBS they made Everlasting Love with the producer Muff Winwood but their playing was not thought strong enough and the lead vocalist, Steve Ellis, was asked to remake the song with Mike Smith. The fact that Love Affair's hit single featured session men was a media scandal in 1968. Smith also recorded Marmalade with a song from the Beatles' White Album, Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, which went to No 1.
Smith later worked for GTO Records and in a record pressing factory, and he occasionally spoke at Beatle conventions. He was delightful company and self-deprecating about his achievements. He had emphysema in his later years.
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2058 645 Mike Smith (2) - Travelling Man album art David Lewis (5) David Lewis (5) - Travelling Man(7", Single) Polydor 2058 645 UK 1975 Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

Mike Smith (2) - Twist And Shout album art Brian Poole & The Tremeloes Keep On Dancing (as Smith) Brian Poole & The Tremeloes - Twist And Shout (Album) Decca UK 1963 Sell This Version
N.P. 1575, 1575 Mike Smith (2) - La Festa / Chi Sarà La Ragazza Del Clan album art Melenzo Chi Sarà La Ragazza Del Clan (as Smit) Melenzo - La Festa / Chi Sarà La Ragazza Del Clan(7") Melody (4), Melody (4) N.P. 1575, 1575 Italy 1965 Sell This Version
Mike Smith (2) - Everything I Touch Turns To Tears album art Brian Poole I Need Her Tonight (as M. Smith) Brian Poole - Everything I Touch Turns To Tears (Single) CBS UK 1966 Sell This Version
Mike Smith (2) - Good Day Sunshine album art The Tremeloes What A State I'm In (as M. Smith) The Tremeloes - Good Day Sunshine (Single) Epic Denmark 1966 Sell This Version
26.059 Mike Smith (2) - Don't Take Your Lovin' Away album art Kim Davis (7) Feelin' Blue (as Smith) Kim Davis (7) - Don't Take Your Lovin' Away(7", Single) Decca 26.059 Belgium 1966 Sell This Version
The Tremeloes What A State I'm In (as M. Smith) The Tremeloes - Here Comes My Baby (Album) CBS Germany 1967 Sell This Version
Mike Smith (2) - Be Mine (Mi Seguirai) album art The Tremeloes Be Mine (Mi Seguirai) (as M. Smith) The Tremeloes - Be Mine (Mi Seguirai) (Single) CBS Canada 1967 Sell This Version
202568 Mike Smith (2) - Tell It Like It Is album art Kim Davis (7) The Losing Kind (as M. Smith) Kim Davis (7) - Tell It Like It Is(7", Single) CBS 202568 UK 1967 Sell This Version
63-3102 Mike Smith (2) - Big Hits album art The Ravers (4) Everlasting, Love (as Smith) The Ravers (4) - Big Hits(LP) Tip 63-3102 Germany 1967 Sell This Version
Mike Smith (2) - The Everlasting Love Affair album art The Love Affair Tale Of Two Bitters (as Smith) The Love Affair - The Everlasting Love Affair (Album) CBS, CBS UK 1968 Sell This Version
DAS 2014 Mike Smith (2) - Soul album art The Wild Things (7) Be Mine (as M. Smith) The Wild Things (7) - Soul(LP, Album) Date DAS 2014 South Africa 1968 Sell This Version
KS 755 Mike Smith (2) - Jos Vain Voit Luottaa / Leijat album art Islanders* Jos Vain Voit Luottaa (as M. Smith) Islanders* - Jos Vain Voit Luottaa / Leijat(7", Single) Scandia KS 755 Finland 1968 Sell This Version
Mike Smith (2) - Apple Pie album art Mike Quinn (4) There's A Time (as Smith) Mike Quinn (4) - Apple Pie CBS UK 1969 Sell This Version
Mike Smith (2) - And Soon The Darkness album art James Royal I'm Going Home James Royal - And Soon The Darkness CBS UK 1970 Sell This Version
DB 8742 Smithy And His Gang This Is The Lydian Smithy And His Gang - White Christmas(7") Columbia DB 8742 UK 1970 Sell This Version
Robert Young (9) Robert Young (9) - There Must Be Someone (Single) CBS UK 1971 Sell This Version
Mike Smith (2) - Greatest Hits album art The Tremeloes Be Mine (Mi Seguirai) (as M. Smith) The Tremeloes - Greatest Hits (Comp, Album) CBS UK 1970 Sell This Version
S 67 299 Mike Smith (2) - The Golden Era Of Pop Music album art The Tremeloes Be Mine (Mi Seguirai) (as M. Smith) The Tremeloes - The Golden Era Of Pop Music(2xLP, Comp, Gat) CBS S 67 299 Netherlands 1972 Sell This Version
Mike Smith (2) - The More You Say album art Love Together Love Together - The More You Say (Single) Philips UK 1974 Sell This Version
9299 270 Mike Smith (2) - Saturday Scene album art Various Isn't It Good (as Smith) and 3 more… Various - Saturday Scene(LP) Philips 9299 270 UK 1974 Sell This Version
6006 416 Mike Smith (2) - Round Ev'ry Corner album art Love Together Love Together - Round Ev'ry Corner(7", Single) Philips 6006 416 UK 1974 Sell This Version
Mike Smith (2) - Copycat album art Sally James (Help Me By) Loving Me Baby Sally James - Copycat DJM Records (2) UK 1976 Sell This Version
REM 5 Mike Smith (2) - Remembering... Brian Poole And The Tremeloes album art Brian Poole And The Tremeloes* Keep On Dancing (as Smith) Brian Poole And The Tremeloes* - Remembering... Brian Poole And The Tremeloes(LP, Comp) Decca REM 5 UK 1977 Sell This Version
Mike Smith (2) - Quiet Riot album art Quiet Riot Glad All Over Quiet Riot - Quiet Riot (Album) CBS/Sony Japan 1978 Sell This Version