Eugene Smiley and "The Visitors"
Floyd Smith

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It was the year 1967 that I decided to join the vocal group, "The Delmonties." At that time, we were the hottest young vocal group from the Midwest. Daryl Pinrice, Ray Forman, Wilbur Taylor and myself, Eugene Smiley came together and set our goals to become Recording Artists. We left Kansas City as "The Delmonties" and after arriving in Chicago, our new manager (Carl Davis) decided we needed to change our names. At the time there were two other vocal groups, "The Artistics" and "The Chilites" that were also hot groups. We became good friends. They were very talented, had great showmanship and had the kind of harmony that blended well and sounded like heavenly angels whenever they would sing.

I remember our first club audition. We performed at "The Regal Theater.” This is where most of the new talent auditions became stars. If your auditions were unpleasant, a guy with a long hook would pull the horrible acts off stage. This had no effect on me, because I was confident of my abilities as a singer and performer. And, our group performance was excellent.

 We were asked to do a couple more songs. No problem, the more the better. This was right down my alley. For me, it couldn't get any better than that. The more I sung, the more I got into the moment. The very next day, I signed my first recording contract as a group. It was Brunswick Records in Chicago that we signed with. This marked the beginning of my professional music career. After a couple of years, Carl Davis decided I should go solo. My contract was leased over to Atlantic Records. I had no control over what was going on and I didn't understand the music business well enough to object. I didn't like it, but there was nothing I could do, other than go with the flow.

After my contract expired, I decided not to sign another one. Not that I didn't enjoy what I was doing, but as I learned, when times are good, your money is good, but when times are bad musicians suffer. All these things I took into consideration. Being the type of person that I am, I decided to finish my education, develop a skill and keep my focus on the best things in life. To me, the best things in life are: (1) raising a family and being financially able to support them; (2) having sufficient job skills that are always in demand anywhere in the world, and; (3) enjoy life to the fullest, whether that means I am performing on stage or working a nine to five.

I believe you understand where I'm coming from. I love the recording business but I didn't like others controlling my life.

Eugene Smiley Sr.

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Eugene Smiley and "The Visitors"
F. Smith/G. Jackson

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Eugene Smiley Sr.
E. Smiley/ D. Pinrice/T.Osborn

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This song was written to honor the "American Troops". They're the ones that protect this great nation and keep us safe from the evil leaders that wish to do harm to all Americans. The attack on the "Twinn Towers" in New York. We remember that day and all the ones that died. We will forever recall this day as 911, a day to remember.

God Bless You.

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Eugene Smiley & "The Bluesmen"
Eugene Smiley Sr.

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Eugene was thinking about some of the mistakes he had made in life. Times were hard as he grew up in the South. He lived on a farm with his grandparents. They taught him how to survive.  He remembers those times he had tried using drugs, which did not work for him.  Eugene was never strung out, but he recalls how many of his friends were.  He reminisces over the girl he wanted to marry from high school. Years have past since then, and all of these memories are now blowing in the wind, so he decided to write a song about these particular experiences so as never to forget.

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Too late (Lyrics)

 Back when I was brought up,

Such a long, long time ago.

That’s the time that I carried,

I carried such a heavy load.

1st chorus:

That’s when I found out I was too late.

Then I tried to change my life but I was too late.

And when I tried to fall in love I was too late.

 

Back when I was searching,

I was trying to find the right way to go.

That’s the time I was strung out.

Lord knows I just didn’t know.

2nd chorus:

And when I found out it was too late.

Then I tried to change my life it was too late.

And when I tried to fall in love it was too late.

Guitar solo:

 

Back when I – I was looking

For someone to love that’s right for me.

There she was just standing there,

She’s the girl that could end this misery.

3rd chorus:

Then she told me I was too late.

When I found that special girl I was too late.

All my life , all my life, I was too late.

Eugene Smiley & "The Bluesmen"

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Eugene Smiley Sr.

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Stone Cold (Lyrics)

Stone cold, stone cold baby, stone cold in love with you

Stone cold, stone cold baby, stone cold in love with you

For your sweet love baby, ain't nothing I wouldn’t do for you.

 

Yes, I really love baby, from your head down to your toes.

Yes, I really love baby, from your head down to your toes.

How much I love you baby, Oh I guess you’ll never Know.

 

Chorus:

 

I’ll buy you fine things baby, pretty cars and diamond rings.

Yes I’ll buy you fine thing, pretty cars and diamond rings

Spending my money on you baby, to me don’t mean a dog gone thing.

 

Chorus:

 

I’ll take you around the world baby, just to fill your wildest dreams.

Yes I’ll take you around the world, just to fill your wildest dreams.

Making you happy baby, to me means everything.

 

 

Eugene Smiley & "The Essence Of Love"
Keith Montgomery

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E.Smiley/ A. White

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