Music today comes from Brett Smiley, the American Glam R’n’R star that never was. Taken under the wing of Stones manager/producer Andrew Loog Oldham, Smiley was going to be huge but it never happened despite the fey delivery, the look, and the heavy hitters. He released one single, Va Va Voom in 1973 and performed the song Space Ace (the B-side) on the then-popular Russel Harty talk show. His only album Breathlessly Brett was shelved due to lack of interest. It was eventually released on RPM Records in 2003. Smiley died in 2015. If you are into Glam you need this for the great covers of Sedaka’s Solitaire and I Want To Hold Your Hand (Plus The Four Tops’ I Can’t Help Myself going into Over The Rainbow and ending with Sinatra’s Young At Heart) and the classics Space Ace and the single Va Va Voom. After it all fell apart he returned to the US and acted, played some low-key shows. I can’t believe I missed him, I’m sure he was playing somewhere in New York when I lived there in the early 2000s. Too late, RIP Brett, at least we have this one album. (Brett on discogs | Buy the album)

Music Of The Daze

The musical musings in this post are an excerpt from my daily blog, TO WHERE I AM NOW, featured on my main website. See more pictures and read the full post here.

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