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Bev Smith's Tribute Gig

The gig took place on Friday 28th September 2007, it was a fantastic night & a fitting tribute to Bev, a much loved friend & talented musician.
 
Performing on the night were Shark Attack's vocalist Sally Haines, guitarist Elmer O'Shea, & Bill Gilbert on bass, who were joined by two young & very talented musicians, Blake Probert on keys, & Dave Small on drums.
 
Guest bands & musicians also playing were Billy Bowel & The Movements led by Johnny Bryant & including former Chicken Shack members Andy Silvester & Gary Davies.
Acoustic artist Dave Onions, & upcoming rock band Aura, whose set featured Robert Plant on guitar.
 
The line up was completed with the sounds of DJ PIG Style!
 
It was a truely wonderful night...pictures appearing here soon
 
 
 
 

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The service for Bev Smith took place at
 
St George’s Church
Radford Avenue
Kidderminster
DY10 2ES
 
2.30pm Thursday 16th August 2007
 
 

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Bev Smith 1956-2007
We can't find the right words for what happened
You'll always live on in our hearts.
 
miss you so much...
 
with all our love
maggie & vanida
 
Our dear friend Bev........Rest In Peace.
You will live on in our hearts.
.....the Sharks.
 
TO ALL SHARK ATTACK AND FANS.I JUST WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU FOR YOR TRIBUTES AND SUPPORT ON THE SAD LOSS OF MY BROTHER.HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BUT HIS MUSIC WILL LIVE ON IN SO MANY PEOPLES HEARTS.
THANK YOU TO ALL,GOD BLESS FROM SISTER KERRY AND BROTHER KEV
 
TO BEV'S FAMILY AND SHARK ATTACK BAND MEMBERS.
I HAVE GREAT MEMORIES OF BEV. HE WAS FUNNY, KIND, AND A REALLY FRIENDLY KINDA GUY.
HE MADE ME LAUGH AND SMILE EACH TIME WE CHATTED.
MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU ALL AT THIS VERY SAD TIME.
TONI-JAYNE (SALLY'S LITTLE SIS) X X X X X
 

may you rest in peace bev  and keep em rockin in heaven   god bless  you . such a shock my heart goes out
to his wife and family and the loss you all must be feeling, thank god we dont know whats round the corner.

love pat x
(shark fan)

A great man…Already sadly missed.

Mark

Blind Lemon

hi there.. i am sending this message on behalf of ade sheehy, drummer from wholelottadc.. i am so sorry to hear that bev has passed away.. i have many fond memories of seeing bev perform at the kidderminster police club .. he was a fellow musician whom i had great amount of respect and he will be sadly missed...
Ade sheehy.. wholelottadc..

Bev I will always remember the times we stood in your kitchen at family get togethers demolishing the Jack Daniels, your inspirational drumming which rekindled the dream I have always had to learn to master the art.  I am sad that you will not be able to hear, even on my shabby cheapo set,  how I have progressed.  I have always looked on you as a part of my extended family and I hope the promise I made to you that last Christmas we all had together to listen and be non judgemental about your fears about your mom, dad, Kerry and kev was met in full and although there have been times when I could have swung for you, I'll miss our talks. give your mom my love and your dad a slap. In my eyes you where never the daft old soak you always claimed to be. ROCK ON MATE

Clive

A much loved cousin will be sadly missed Love Karen, Paul and Alan xx

FOR UNCLE KEITH,YOU NEVER DID GET TO TAKE US FISHING BUT AT LEAST WE GOT TO HAVE A GO ON YOUR DRUMS.GOOD NIGHT GOD BLESS FROM LIAM,JOSH,JASMINE,AND JAIME X X X X

Very sad to hear of Bevs' passing. He was a really nice guy, always cheerful and seemed to live life to the full. He will be greatly missed. My sympathy to all his family and friends, With much love from Val Caldwell

TO A MAN I WILL ALWAYS HOLD DEAR IN MY HEART,I COULDN'T PUT IN WORDS WHAT I WANTED TO SAY,SO I SAW THIS VERSE AND IT REMINDED ME OF HIM.
DON'T GRIEVE FOR ME FOR NOW I'M FREE.I'M FOLLOWING THE PATH GOD LAID FOR ME.I TOOK HIS HAND WHEN I HEARD HIM CALL,I TURNED MY BACK AND LEFT IT ALL.
 I COULD NOT STAY ANOTHER DAY TO LAUGH,TO LOVE,TO WORK OR PLAY.
TASKS LEFT UNDONE WILL STAY THAT WAY,I FOUND THAT PEACE AT CLOSE OF DAY.
IF MY PARTING HAS LEFT A VOID THEN FILL IT WITH REMEMBERED JOY.
A FRIENDSHIP SHARED,A LAUGH,A KISS.AH YES,THESE THINGS I TOO WILL MISS.
BUT NOT BURDENED WITH TIMES OF SORROW,I WISH YOU THE SUNSHINE OF TOMMOROW.
MY LIFE HAS BEEN FULL,I'VE SAVOURED SO MUCH-GOOD FRIENDS,GOOD TIMES,A LOVED ONES TOUCH.
PERHAPS MY TIME SEEMED ALL SO BRIEF,DON'T LENGTHEN IT NOW WITH UNDUE GRIEF.
LIFT UP YOUR HEARTS AND SHARE WITH ME,GOD WANTED ME NOW,HE SET ME FREE.
GOODNIGHT GOD BLESS.YOU MENT SO MUCH TO ME DEEP DOWN.LOVE KATE X X
 
I knew Bev when he was a Keith. We had a little band in the 70's called Final Edition. Great times. He will be missed by every musician who knew him, as a great drummer and a lovely bloke.
 
Richard Riddell
 
TO A MUCH LOVED NEPHEW AND COUSIN-WHO WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN AND CERTAINLEY WON'T BE REPLACED.LOVE FROM KATH,CLIFF AND DAVID
 
Iam very sorry to hear this news, Bev was special ,and always had time for anyone ,He made us laugh and was a real Genuine Guy .I will miss Bev, Has I got to Know Bev the last several years. one of the best.
Mick Pini
 
 
We only got to know and appreciate Bev when he was drumming for Shark Attack. We arrived in his life late, he left our lives early. We just wish we had known him sooner for he was a true entertainer. Those trousers! Those shorts! Those legs!
We met and chatted with him in Bewdley the Saturday after the floods but it's Texas Flood that we will remember him for.
Our thoughts are with his family.
James & Julie x
 

Hi Keith,

came to see you today to say goodbye but what was I thinking? Time takes its toll and no doubt I will see you again in the future. Get the drinks in it must be your turn!

God be with you mate, lots of Love,

Steve and Sharon

 
Article from Worcester News 17.08.07

Moving tributes to a respected drummer

 

MOVING tributes are being paid to Worcestershire drummer Bev Smith who died earlier this month.

Smith, who died on Wednesday, August 8, aged just 50, was an incredibly experienced and respected musician who had played with the likes of Robert Plant, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Champion Jack Dupree.

In recent years he was drummer for the Wyre Forest-based blues and reggae band Shark Attack but his career went back to 1972, when he first received drum tuition from John Bonham of Led Zepplin. By 1983 Smith was a member of Honeydrippers alongside Robert Plant and in 1987 he joined Stan Webb's Chicken Shack and toured Europe.

Sally Haines, lead singer of Shark Attack, said Smith had given so much to so many people. "He was a great man and a great musician," she said.

"He gave me the best musical experience of my life. He was so full of life and fun, yet sensitive and respectful.

"He will be missed by many people."

A funeral service for Smith was held at St George's Church in Kidderminster earlier this month. To pay tribute to him visit www.sharkattack.tripod.com.

We are very sad to hear of the loss of Bev Smith and our thoughts go out to his family and friends. We knew Bev, he used to come and hear us play with his pal . Always generous with his compliments and modest when receiving them. A great sense of humour and very knowledgable about the music business.  Always ready to encourage and make those all around him happy and wanting to be in his company.  He was taken too soon.
 
Gary Oswell
Bluestack
 
It's hard to put into words how we are feeling at this awful time.  He will be sadly missed by all who knew him, he was always larger than life and a great mate to us.  Our thoughts are now with Maggie and his family.  Life for us will never be the same again, it's left a huge hole in our lives. 
Love you always Bev XXX Haze, Dave & Gaz.
 
Bev, I will not take up too much of your time as I know you are up there jamming with Bonzo and ganging up on Keith Moon as we speak. I will never forget the life changing advice you have given me and the life changing drumming I learnt from you! and I promise I will keep your techniques alive forever.
I will wear the Ludwig jacket and lay down the double handed shuffle with pride.
That candy stripe bass drum, beats the rhythm I live my life to.
Take care mucker you live on inside everyone of us xx
Dave Small.
 
One of the Greg's here from Rough-n-Ready. Holidays delayed the sad news till now, but from the whole band a quick note of consolation and respect to Bev. Great man, great character + great music - a sad loss to friends, family, and to all of us keeping the beat.
 
Great memories of great gigs Melvyn's Marauders and those legendary
Honeydrippers escapades. It was a privilege and a pleasure to have known
Bev. from Pete "the Feet" Baylis. a.k.a. BOOGIE from Nottingham
 

Dave Onions told me the sad news and though we only met on two occasions, when he did the Wolverley gigs, you struck me as a real character and a nice guy. It was a real pleasure to make your acquaintance and I’m sure you’ll be missed by a lot of people.

If only I’d known at the time that your name was Keith.

We ain’t that common, you know and now we’re one down!

Keith Miles

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