A Rockapaedia Obituary

Jerome Smith

Bands: K C & the Sunshine Band,

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    Jerome Smith died aged forty-seven on 28th July, 2000, in an accident on aphoto of Jerome Smith construction site in Miami, Florida, United States of America, where he was working as a bulldozer operator.

    Jerome was born on 18th June, 1953 and was a guitarist at TK Records in Miami, Florida, and who was a member of KC and the Sunshine Band. Jerome's
rhythm guitar playing was a key part of the studio's propulsive disco sound, first gaining international attention on George McRae's hit recording of "Rock Your Baby" in 1974.
   Jerome Smith's high-pitched, restless guitar solo on "Get Down Tonight" by KC and the Sunshine Band; their first American number 1 single, resembled the sound of a synthesizer. It was achieved by speeding up the solo guitar track against a normal-speed rhythm guitar track in the studio.
   With the Sunshine Band, Jerome recorded five Number1 songs, including "That's the Way (I Like It)", "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty" and "I'm Your Boogie Man". He was also sought after as a session guitarist and contributed to the soundtrack of the television image of Jerome Smithseries 'Melrose Place'.


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music: KC & The Sunshine Band - Get Down Tonight (Live)