Bob Smith Profile

aka Robert Hooper-Smith
Glen Moffatt
23 Jan 2020

An uncanny knack for being in the right place at the right time meant Hawke’s Bay keyboardist Bob Smith was never out of a gig for too long. The night he quit The Dallas Four, he picked up a new band and a new residency just down the street; on another occasion his band Redeye left their regular haunt after it made the news for all the wrong reasons and immediately found another.

It was as part of Redeye that Smith appeared on the Mark Williams hits ‘Yesterday Was Just The Beginning Of My Life’ and ‘It Doesn’t Matter Anymore’ as well as on New Zealand music television shows Grunt Machine and Ready To Roll. The regular TV exposure and their distinctive look, especially Bob Smith’s jet-black mane, heavy beard and dark glasses, made Redeye one of the country’s most recognisable bands of the middle 1970s.

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Bob Smith and Sharon O'Neill.
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Mark Williams' third album Taking It All In Stride, EMI, 1977, produced by Alan Galbraith, and backed for the most part by Wellington soul-funk band Redeye, with arrangements by Dave Fraser. Other players include Alan Galbraith, Dave Fraser, Kevin Bayley, Beaver, Sharon O'Neill and Mike Booth.
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Bob Smith.
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Redeye, from left to right: John O'Connor, Frits Stigter, Tom Swainson, Denys Mason, Bob Smith.
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Karma - Rock 'N' Roll Circus (Zodiac, 1972)
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Karma at Granny's, Auckland, with Bob Smith on the Vox Contintental keyboard.
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Redeye - So Damn Fine, written/sung by Bob Smith (EMI, 1977)
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Redeye pictured with John Donoghue, from the back of the 1975 Timberjack-Donoghue album (Ode). From left to right: John O'Connor, John Donoghue, Tom Swainson, Bob Smith (standing), Frits Stigter, Denys Mason.
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Shotgun, with Larry Morris second from right.
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Redeye at the Cabin, Wellington, c 1974. From left to right: Denys Mason, John O'Connor, Tom Swainson, Frits Stigter, Bob Smith.
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Bo Diddley backed by Redeye at Slack Alice, Wellington, 1976.
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Redeye - Little Miss Lonely Heart, written/sung by Bob Smith (EMI, 1977)
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Back cover of the 1977 Redeye album (EMI). Photography by Catherine Palethorpe.
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Redeye bio promoting their 1977 debut album on EMI.
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Bob Smith at the Cabin.
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Advertisement for a Buck a Head concert with Redeye and the Country Fliers [sic], Opera House, Wellington, May 1975.
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Sharon O'Neill and Jon Stevens tour, 1980.
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Karma's Rock 'N Roll Circus, co-written by and featuring Yuk Harrison (1972)
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Redeye at Ray Johns' club The Cabin, Wellington, c 1974. Clockwise from top left: Bob Smith, John O'Connor, Tom Swainson, Denys Mason, Frits Stigter.
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The Dallas Four, 1970. From left to right: Bob Smith, Jimmy Ford, Dody Potter, John Kristian Flathaug.
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Redeye's self-titled album, produced by Rick White, EMI, 1977. Art work by Max Tilley.
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Redeye's John O'Connor and Frits Stigter on television show Grunt Machine, 1975.
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Bob Smith at Granny's, Auckland.
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Karma - Clear Water Revival (Zodiac, 1973)
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Redeye - So Damn Fine, written/sung by Bob Smith (EMI, 1977)
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Bob Smith - Sea Cruise (Rock Around the Clock, 1981 - NZ On Screen)
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Insert from the 1977 Redeye album, produced by Rick White.
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Karma - Ruby (Zodiac, 1972)
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Redeye - Little Miss Lonely Heart, written/sung by Bob Smith (EMI, 1977)
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Bob Smith in Redeye, 1977.
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Tommy Ferguson's Goodtime Band.
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Karma, left to right: Yuk Harrison, Johnny Banks, Bob Smith, Peter Timperley.
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The Squires. Left to Right: Derek Parker, John Lindsay, Bob Smith, Craig Alexander, Ali Zurcher.
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Redeye at Te Mata Hotel, Havelock North.
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