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Adderley Smith Blues Band, The

Alongside Brisbane’s Bay City Union and Sydney’s The Foreday Riders, Melbourne’s Adderley Smith Blues Band is recognised as one of the first authentic blues bands Australia ever produced.

Blues enthusiasts Kerryn Tolhurst and Mark Dindas formed the band, taking their inspiration from the Chicago blues masters like Muddy WatersJunior WellsHowlin’ Wolf, and Sonny Boy Williamson.

The line-up shifted constantly. Broderick Smith joined in 1966 on vocals and harp, and over the years other members included Gary Collier (guitar), Fat Fred Bond (vocals), Joe Camilleri – aka Jo Jo Zep (vocals and sax), John O’Brien (vocals), Colin Graham – who would become Lighting Director for the Australian Ballet (bass), Ron Issac (drums), Paul Lever (vocals and harp) and Doug Stirling (bass).

The band played regularly at dances and blues clubs around Melbourne, and while Smith and Tolhurst were called up for the Army draft in 1968, Tolhurst kept a line-up running (with drummer Noel Herridge and bassist Mark Kozuch) until 1970.

Although the Adderley Smith Blues Band did not release any records, live recordings and demos are known to exist.

Tolhurst and Smith teamed up again in 1973 with The Dingoes.

Kerryn Tolhurst 
Mark Dindas 

Broderick Smith 

Vocals, harp
Gary Collier 

Fat Fred Bond 

Joe Camilleri 

Vocals, sax
John O’Brien 

Colin Graham 

Ron Issac 

Doug Stirling 

Noel Herridge 

Mark Kozuch