Broderick Smith, the celebrated frontman of The Dingoes, a beloved Australian country rock band from the 1970s, has passed away at the age of 75.
The singer died peacefully at his home, according to a statement released by his son Ambrose Kenny-Smith.
Despite never releasing any singles in the UK, The Dingoes enjoyed commercial success in Australia, including a top 40 hit in 1973 with their single “Way Out West.” Their three consecutive top 40 albums released on international record labels cemented their status as one of the country’s most prominent musical acts at the time.
Before his time with The Dingoes, Smith was a member of Carson, whose song “Boogie” and album “Blown” both reached the top 30 in 1972.
Born in England in 1948, Smith migrated to Australia as a ‘Ten Pound Pom’ in 1959 as part of an assisted migration scheme.
His son, Ambrose Kenny-Smith, followed in his father’s musical footsteps, becoming the vocalist, harmonica player, and percussionist of Australian psychedelic rock band King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard.
In a heartfelt statement, Kenny-Smith paid tribute to his father, expressing his love and admiration for him and describing him as a “beautiful lil weirdo wombat.”
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Throughout his illustrious music career, which began in 1966 shortly after his move to Australia, Smith worked with high-profile musicians such as Cat Stevens, Jimmy Barnes, and The Memphis Horns.
Barnes, in particular, shared a deep admiration for Smith, saying that he was his hero when he was just starting out as a singer.
It’s worth noting that King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, which features Smith’s son as a member, has also enjoyed incredible success in Australia, with all but one of their 23 studio albums (all released in the last 11 years) charting highly, with 13 making the Australian top 10.
Smith himself even contributed to the band’s 2013 album “Eyes Like the Sky,” where he wrote all of the lyrics and narrated sections of the record, making it a significant moment in the band’s artistic trajectory.
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