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.
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.
Fat Fred Bond