Jerome Smith (musician)

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Jerome Smith
Born (1953-06-18)June 18, 1953
Died July 28, 2000(2000-07-28) (aged 47)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Genres Disco, pop, funk
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1973–2000
Labels TK Records, Sunshine Sound Records, Rhino
Associated acts KC and the Sunshine Band, Blowfly

Jerome Smith (June 18, 1953 – July 28, 2000) was a guitarist at TK Records in Miami, Florida, who was a member of KC and the Sunshine Band.

His rhythm guitar playing was a key part of the band's propulsive disco sound, first gaining international attention on George McRae's hit recording of "Rock Your Baby" (for T.K.) in 1974.

Smith's high-pitched, restless guitar solo on "Get Down Tonight", KC and the Sunshine Band's first US #1 single, resembled the sound of a synthesizer. It was achieved by speeding up the solo guitar track against a normal-speed rhythm guitar track in the studio.

With the group he recorded five No. 1 songs, including "That's the Way (I Like It)", "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty" and "I'm Your Boogie Man".

He was also sought after as a session guitarist, playing on 10 albums by the disco burlesque artist Blowfly In the 1990s, he contributed to the soundtrack of the television series Melrose Place.

He died on July 28, 2000, in an accident on a construction site in Miami where he was working as a bulldozer operator.[1][2]


  1. ^ Jerome Smith, 47, of K. C. and the Sunshine Band dies, New York Times
  2. ^ Other obituaries at "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 20, 2007. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 

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