Smokie Bassist Terry Uttley’s Sudden Death at 70 Confirmed
We are sad to announce that the bass-wielding soul of SMOKIE, the bass guitarist Terry Uttley died at the age of 70. He passed away on Friday, December 17, 2021, and one of his friends confirmed his death news one day later, on December 18.
Sadly, nothing officially has been reported confirming Terry Uttley’s cause of death, but he reportedly died after battling a short-time illness. DJ Pete Best wrote on Twitter: “R.I.P. Terence David Uttley 9th June 1951-16th Dec 2021 It is with very heavy hearts and tear-filled eyes that we share the news that our beloved friend and bandmate, Terry, has passed away after a short illness. Thanks for the music Terry R.I.P. Friend – Pete Best @Smokie_music.”
US day News doesn’t confirm or refuse this reason for his death, but we are waiting for more official information, so stay with us.
When his wife Shirley had gotten sick, Terry dived into cancer-related charities, and after his wife, Shirley passed away on November 17, 2021, he followed his love, on December 17. Terry struggled to imagine carrying on living without the love of his life, despite the ensemble’s concert beginning to be lined up.
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More Details about Smokie Band
Smokie (Smokey) is an English rock band from Bradford, Yorkshire. The band started working after teaming up with Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn. It was composed of Terry Uttley (bass/vocals), Chris Norman (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Alan Silson (lead guitar/vocals), and Ron Kelly (drums).
Terry Uttley joined the group as a replacement for Arthur Higgins in June 1968, who had left the band in order to carry on his education. On December 9, 1968, the band had their first TV appearance on Yorkshire Television’s news and magazine show Calendar.
In 1983, band members Terry Uttley, Alan Silson, Chris Norman collaborated with Agnetha Fältskog, singing together on the track “Once Burned Twice Shy” from her first English solo album Wrap Your Arms Around Me.
The band claimed that it was on the flight to record this song in Sweden that they decided to part ways. Chris Norman started his solo career and Terry Uttley went on to play bass for several other groups including Peter Goalby and John Coghlan (ex Status Quo drummer).
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Reactions to Terry Uttley’s Death
Several fans, friends, and supporters reacted and stated their condolences on social media websites following this tragic news.
One of his fans tweeted: “Shocked to hear that Terry Uttley the last of the original Smokie line up has died today. We shared many pints of tetleys at the crown at Horton bank top Bradford back in the 80s.”
Another wrote: “Devastated to hear of Terry Uttley’s passing. Only saw #Smokie in @GlenINECArena in Killarney the end of October. He was in great form on the night and we had a great night. Condolences to the #Smokie band members and Terry’s family and friends. Rip Terry.”
An online user wrote: “I am so sorry and shocked that the former and bassist of Smokie has passed. Looks like he has followed his wife Shirley who passed away a month ago. Thank you for the music, Terry. It was an honor to know you.”
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