Aug/September Brian May, Tim Staffel and Roger Taylor form Smile. (Start Of Imperial College Autumn semester). Keyboards: Chris Smith (founder member?). Roadie Pete Edmunds.
October 26th First public gig supporting Pink Floyd, Imperial College.
October 1968 Various Imperial College gigs.
Bookings via the Rondo Agency, High Street, London
Tour of Cornwall including: PJ’s, Truro
Flamingo Ballroom, Redruth
White Queen: draft version written by Brian May (originally about a blind girl), Brian retains original home recording - but never recorded by Smile.
February Richmond Athletic Club supporting Yes.
February 27th National Council For The Unmarried Mother And Her Child, Royal Albert Hall, supporting Free, Joe Cocker, Spooky Tooth, and the Bonzo Dog Dooh Dah Band. Broadcast Live BBC Radio One, compered by John Peel. Video extract released Champions Of The World video. Set included:
If I Were A Carpenter
See What A Fool I’ve Been
April 19th Discovered by US producer Lou Reizner, Mercury Records, Revolution Club, London.
Pre-Mercury Unofficial Pye acetates cut by Terry Yeadon and Geoff Calver (disc cutting engineer) at Dea Lane Lea. Pre-Mercury recordings.
Step On Me/ Polar Bear
May (month of!) Sign deal with Mercury Records.
June Earth/ Step On Me: Recorded at Trident Studios. Produced by John Anthony.
August Earth/ Step On Me: Released 7” promo US only. Mercury 72977
August – Dec Booked into Dea Lane Lea Studios Wembley with producer Fritz Freyer.
Persuaded to record previously written April Lady, before own material. Polar Bear, Blag (semi stereo) and Doing All Right (stereo) complete the session. Doing All Right later re-vamped and featured on eponymous Queen debut album, as well as Tim's 2003 privately pressed Amigo CD.
December Final gig: Marquee Club, Mercury label Showcase, Wardour Street, London.
Supporting Kippington Lodge featuring Nick Lowe.
1970: Humpy Bong
Feb/March Tim Staffell joins Humpy Bong along with ex-Bee Gee’s drummer Colin Peterson, releasing Don’t You Be To Long/ All Right Till Then (Parlophone R5859). Tim Also appears on Top Of The Pops to promote the single.
1972: Morgan - Nova Solice
July 7th 1972 Nova Solice RCA Victor LISP 3454
Take – Off
Earth (Old Smile track)
May I Remember
1975: Kieran White - Open Door
1975 UK LP White Door: Gull GULP 1011
1993 Germany CD White Door: Repertoire Records REP 4361-WY
Open Up Your Door
Cold City Night
I May Be Wrong
Lay Your Love Down
1976: Morgan - Brown Out
1976 USA LP Brown Out: Import Record IMP 1006
1978 UK LP Reissue – The Sleeper Awakes: Cherry Red ARED 1
1999 UK CD The Sleeper Awakes: Angel Air SJPCD 049
Fire In The Head
The Sleeper Wakes
What Is - Is What
1977: UK 7" Tailfeather - Don’t Count Your Chickens
1977 UK 7" Tailfeather: RCA Victor PB 5030
Don't Count Your Chickens
1982: Smile - Getting’ Smile
1982 Japan LP – Gettin' Smile: Mercury 18 PP1 – M
October Mercury Records officially release Japanese Gettin Smile mini LP, but without band approval, the disc is deleted shortly afterward.
Getting Smile Mercury 18 PP1 – M Japan
Doing All Right
Step On Me
December 21/22 Smile re-union concert (Cross live at the Marquee)
If I Were A Carpenter,
2003: Amigo - Amigo
UK CD Private Pressing
Features: Brian May, Snowy White and Morgan Fisher amongst others. Available from www.timstaffell.com
Love Of The People
Earth (Old Smile track)
Just Couldn't Say
Why Can't We Be Free?
U 8n't Kewel
Doin' Alright (Old Smile Track)
Guest guitarist Amigo: Brian May.
Amigo can be ordere
"Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make."