The Real Who?
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Many a hopeful musical artist has nabbed a deal with a major label, only to find themselves very quickly back at square one, and probably at a factory job back in Cincinnati. In the case of Smokey and his Sister, who knows what became of them? No, I'd really like to know. If anyone out there does know, including Smokey and/or his Sister, please speak up.
Sometimes it's difficult to find any info about obscure artists via the world wide web, but if you don't know their surname, it can be really, really difficult. It struck me as kind of absurd to name your act "Smokey And His Sister", first off. What, his sister doesn't deserve to be called by name? At least the liner notes reveal her name is Viki, and she's 2 years Smokey's elder, but no where does it reveal their last name. Even the songwriting credits are simply "Smokey". If they wanted anonymity, they got it.
Actually Smoke & Sis had two major record deals. First with Columbia, where they released one single in 1967, Creators of Rain, which at least got them some notice because Claudine Longet covered it. I guess it didn't do as well as Columbia had hoped though, so they made the jump to Warner Bros, and cut an album's worth of material. My copy is a promo, and I have to wonder if it even made it to stores. Some of the songs are pretty good, and their whispery harmonies are charming, so what the heck. I just can't help but wonder what happened next?