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Alan Smith
1970s NME editor Alan Smith, along with his assistant editor Nick Logan, was given the challenge of turning around the fortunes of the music weekly and to overtake the market leader of the time, Melody Maker. Under Smith's editorship, writers of the underground press, such as Charles Shaar Murray and Nick Kent, were recruited in order to change the writing style of the paper. As Smith's time as editor came to an end, NME was outselling all of its competitors.

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The Animals, The Bachelors, The Beatles, Cilla Black, Donovan, Dusty Springfield, Freddie & The Dreamers, Georgie Fame, Herman's Hermits, The Ivy League, The Kinks, The Moody Blues, The Rockin' Berries, The Rolling Stones, The Searchers, Sounds Incorporated, Them, Tom Jones, Twinkle, Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones et al: NME Poll Winners' Concert, Empire Pool, Wembley, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, Alan Smith, New Musical Express, April 1965

IT WAS THE GREATEST POP SHOW ON EARTH ...

Aphrodite's Child: Greek Chartsters

Profile by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, November 1968

'RAIN AND TEARS' is one of those songs with a prickle at the nape of the neck moving to a shiver down the spine, and ...

Winifred Atwell: Win Gets In Trim For Hit!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, May 1962

WINIFRED ATWELL is determined to bounce right back into the hit parade with her first disc for Pye, 'Game Of Chance'. ...

The Bachelors: Astor Club, London

Live Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, February 1963

Debut At Astor ...

Acker Bilk, Kenny Ball: Acker Bilk; Kenny Ball: Alan Smith Goes Sailing With Two Of Britain's Top Disc Stars

Report and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, August 1962

Acker's Happy With His Vocal Success ...

B. Bumble & The Stingers: Cavern Club, Liverpool

Live Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, October 1962

Thumper Bumble ...

The Beatles: "Beatles' Loose Habit Of Recording"

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, August 1968

Paul McCartney in a no-punches pulled interview with NME's Alan Smith ...

The Beatles, The Isley Brothers, The Tremeloes: The 'Twist And Shout' Battle Hots Up! (And How The NME Helped)

Report by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, July 1963

THERE'S A long and fascinating story behind the big come-back success of 'Twist And Shout' (now with three versions in the best-sellers) — and it's ...

The Beatles: Beatles Almost Threw 'Please Please Me' Away

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, March 1963

THE BEATLES opened a copy of the NME and gazed proudly at the Charts when 'Please Please Me' hit the top recently. It was a ...

The Beatles: John Lennon: 'A Subconscious Urge To Get Above People'

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, July 1966

Beatle Dreams by Alan Smith ...

The Beatles: Newcomers To The Charts: Liverpool's Beatles Wrote Their Own Hit

Profile by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, October 1962

MAKING THEIR NME Chart debut with 'Love Me Do' this week are the Beatles, a vocal-instrumental group who hail from Liverpool, the birthplace of such ...

The Beatles: Paul McCartney: 'I Get Caught Out In Street In Underwear!'

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, July 1966

Beatle Dreams by Alan Smith ...

The Beatles: Let It Be (Apple)

Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, May 1970

NEW LP SHOWS THEY COULDN'T CARE LESSHave Beatles sold out? asks NME's Alan Smith ...

The Beatles: John Lennon Slams The Critics

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, August 1965

JOHN LENNON shouted for food, then turned to me in the vast, near-deserted auditorium of Blackpool's ABC theatre. In two hours he and the rest ...

The Beatles: My Broken Tooth — by Paul McCartney

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, June 1966

I HAVE interviewed Paul McCartney travelling in a car at speed. Battling up a crowded flight of stairs. In a smoky billiards room. On the ...

The Beatles: Throat Sweets Keep Us Going Say Beatles!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, April 1963

A NEVER-ENDING supply of throat sweets is one of the secrets behind the continued success of the Beatles, who come crashing into the NME Chart ...

The Beatles: You've Pleased-Pleased Us Say The Beatles

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, February 1963

THINGS ARE beginning to move for the Beatles, the r-and-b styled British group which crashed back into the NME Chart this week at No. 17. ...

The Beatles: The Beatles (The White Album)

Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, November 1968

BEATLES CHART HISTORY BY GETTING DOUBLE LP IN. ...

The Beatles: Paul Recalls Inspirations Of LP

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, November 1968

PAUL McCARTNEY has been talking about The Beatles' new double-album and he is understandably and humanly chuffed at the cover versions of his songs. He ...

The Beatles, The Brook Brothers, Cliff Richard, Joe Brown, Mike Berry, The Shadows, The Tornados: Cliff Richard, The Beatles, The Tornados, Joe Brown et al: NME Poll Winners Concert, Empire Pool, Wembley, London

Live Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, April 1963

MIKE BERRY burst into the second half to the throbbing beat of 'La Bamba'. Close on its heels came his current release 'My Little Baby' ...

The Beatles, George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr: The Beatles: It's Open Warfare

Report by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, March 1971

Why Beatles ended in a sordid mudbath.It isn't coincidence that these solo singles have just been released, says Alan Smith ...

The Beatles, Billy J. Kramer: Billy J. Kramer Adds To Liverpool Chart Invasion!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, May 1963

FIRST THE BEATLES, then Gerry and the Pacemakers. Now a new Liverpool name, Billy J. Kramer, looks set to take the NME Chart by storm ...

The Beatles, George Martin: The Beatles: Ringo Played Cards As Others Sang 'Paperback'!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, June 1966

...reveals GEORGE MARTIN, the Beatles' recording manager, in an interview with Alan Smith. ...

The Beatles, Paul McCartney: Close-Up on Paul McCartney, a Beatle

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, August 1963

I WENT roof-climbing with the Beatles – up a rickety wooden ladder, over drainpipes, and past the huge chimney-pots of London's plush Washington Hotel. The ...

The Beatles, The Moody Blues: Odeon, Glasgow

Live Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, December 1965

Beatles terrific... and rest of bill ...

Madeline Bell, The Four Tops, The Merseys: The Four Tops, The Merseys, Madeline Bell, Remo Four: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, February 1967

FOUR TOPS HAD US ALL ON OUR FEET reports Alan Smith ...

Bob and Marcia: 'Why Marry? Our Way's Okay' says Bob Smiling While Marcia Frowns

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, March 1970

Reggae stars in London ...

Bobby Darin Is A New Man

Interview by Alan Smith, Hit Parader, April 1967

BOBBY DARIN is the singer who set out to become a legend in his own lifetime. He attacked life like a hungry man wolfing down ...

Pat Boone: Why I Became A Beatnik

Report and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, March 1962

PAT BOONE fans who saw last week's NME pictures of him at the Royal Film show won't see him looking so clean-cut in his latest ...

Joe Brown Joins Elite!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, October 1962

He talks to Alan Smith about having two albums in the charts ...

Glen Campbell – Former Beach Boy and Elvis Guitarist!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, June 1970

IT MAY NOT be generally known that Glen Campbell is a former member of the Beach Boys... that he was once a brilliant session guitarist ...

Cilla Black: The Girl Behind The Giggle

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express Annual, 1967

SHE'S EITHER LOVED OR HATED ...

Marty Robbins, Patsy Cline: Grand Ole Opry Show: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, December 1962

C-and-W invades the New York concert world ...

Dave and Ansell Collins: 'Double Barrel' — An Attempt To Create a Different Sound Say Dave and Ansell

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, May 1971

NME's Alan Smith endeavours to interview this week's chart toppers ...

Crosby Stills and Nash: Crosby Stills & Nash: Splitting Holly Graham Forms Group That Isn't

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, December 1968

TO THE MOSCOW Road, London W.2., where Mr. Graham Nash had news and views and also the company of Mr. David Crosby and Mr. Stephen ...

The Crystals, Phil Spector: The Crystals: New to the Charts — Six Girls With Two Names!

Profile by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, December 1962

SO VAST is the American disc scene that quite often an artist or group can get high into the charts without anybody here knowing much ...

Desmond Dekker: Sweetened Ska Beat Could Sweep The Country Claims Desmond Dekker's Producer

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, July 1969

ARE DESMOND Dekker's 'Israelites' No. 1 and his latest release 'It Mek' only flashes in the proverbial pan, man... or could a hybrid mix of ...

Lonnie Donegan: Lonnie takes 'Dustman' to U.S.

Report and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, September 1962

I MANAGED to catch Lonnie Donegan — but only just! — before he left this country for his third visit to America on Sunday. ...

Donovan Gambles On Anti-war Song About Vietnam

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, July 1965

DONOVAN doesn't wear his faded denim cap any more. But this isn't the only change in the life of the young curly-headed folk singer whose ...

Doris Day: Doris Looks Younger Every Day

Profile by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, March 1962

REMEMBER THOSE not so far off days when the charts were aglow with Doris Day numbers like 'Sentimental Journey', 'Que Sera' and 'Secret Love'? They ...

Lee Dorsey: Panel-Beating Gave Him Rhythm

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, September 1966

LEE DORSEY is a small, flyweight ex-boxer who always looks as if he doesn't know where his next dime is coming from. ...

The Equals: 'Black Skins' Could Be Equals' Biggest In The States

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, February 1971

LEADER-SONGWRITER Eddie Grant lives and breathes the Equals, whose fat, pumping 'Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys' single is at No. 19 in this week's NME ...

The Equals: Equals Stunned By No. 3 Hit

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, June 1968

EVEN THE Equals can't believe an old half-forgotten track like 'Baby Come Back' could have boosted them from nowhere right up into the big money-earning ...

The Everly Brothers: Phil And Don Everly Put Up A Fight

Report and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, June 1963

NOBODY could say the fortunes of the Everly Brothers have been at their highest just lately, but the boys are determined to put up a ...

The Foundations: Alan Smith Finds Foundations An Unusual 'Bunch'

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, February 1968

THE BEATLES had it. So did Gerry "Engelbert Humperdinck" Dorsey, the Four Tops and Tom Jones. I'm talking about faith — an artist's faith in ...

The Four Tops: Four Top A Week: Levi The Leader

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, May 1967

MUSTACHIOED LEVI Stubbs is the undoubted leader of the Four Tops — the man in front, the quiet man of influence, and a singer with ...

The Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes: The Supremes: Psychedelic Tamla!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, November 1967

Brian Holland, one of Motown's famous composing team, speaks to Alan Smith, and tells about PSYCHEDELIC TAMLA! ...

The Four Tops: NME Chart News Woke Up The Four Tops In Record Time!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, October 1966

THE PHONE rang eleven times in Room 3055 at New York's Hilton Hotel before Lawrence Payton roused himself from his slumbers and dragged it towards ...

The Four Tops: Four Top A Week: Easy-Going Abdul Fakir

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, May 1967

TOP ABDUL is the one the others call Duke — why, he doesn't quite know. Maybe it's his air of royal dignity. ...

The Four Tops: Four Top A Week: How I Got Out Of The Ghetto by Renaldo Benson

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, May 1967

TOP RENALDO is the most instantly likeable man I ever met. Happiness was made for Renaldo. It sparkles out of his honest eyes. It gleams ...

The Four Tops: Four Top A Week: Laurence Payton, The Quiet One

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, May 1967

LAURENCE the Top has a homely round face, honest, open eyes, and a liking for big shirts with big collars. He sits with his dark ...

Connie Francis: Connie Will Rock For Britain!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, August 1962

THERE'LL BE no more weepie-weepie songs from Connie Francis once her current hit 'Vacation' leaves the charts... for Connie is to record special future releases ...

Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra: Nancy Sinatra: Nancy Sets The Record Straight About Frank

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, May 1967

"I had to drag dad bodily into the studios to record 'Stupid'." ...

Aretha Franklin: Houseproud Aretha Loves To Get Home

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, June 1968

"SIDDOWN," said the Queen of Soul. So I saddown — on a plush settee in a room at the Dorchester — and Lady Aretha excused ...

Judy Garland: Judy Cried At Herself

Report and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, March 1963

"BRITAIN IS A home from home to me," said Judy Garland recently. "I remember my career was at a low ebb back in 1950 and ...

Gerry & The Pacemakers: Gerry And The Pacemakers Reveal Their Success Secret: 'We Let Go!'

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, April 1963

"UND JETZT," said Gerry (of the Pacemakers), "ein wünsche für..." The rest of his announcement was drowned by a burst of good-natured jeering from the ...

Gerry & The Pacemakers: New to the Charts: Gerry, Pacemakers from Beatle-land!

Profile by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, March 1963

CRASHING into the NME Chart this week comes another beat name from Beatle-land, Liverpool's Gerry and the Pacemakers. Gerry is featured vocalist on 'How Do ...

Gladys Knight & The Pips: Glad Loses Pip!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, August 1967

IT WAS ENOUGH to give Gladys Knight the pip, the tough struggle this attractive Tamla singer had in getting a hit in Britain. For a ...

Lesley Gore: Parties Are Lucky For Lesley

Profile and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, June 1963

MAKING HER chart bow this week with 'It's My Party', attractive Lesley Gore actually owes her disc success to the occasion she sang a song ...

Lesley Gore: The Singing Rebel

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, June 1963

IT'S THE BEATLES' favourite disc of the moment and it's sung by a 17-year-old American girl who had a genteel upbringing in the sedate neighbourhood ...

Françoise Hardy: Françoise Sweeps In

Report and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, June 1965

FRANCOISE HARDY swept into London's Savoy Hotel in a red jacket, boots and bell-bottom trousers. It had been quite a day for the French star ...

George Harrison: All Things Must Pass (Apple)

Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, December 1970

Loads of talent, and yet... ...

Jimi Hendrix Uncaged

Interview by Alan Smith, Hit Parader, November 1969

UP THE creaking stairs, past the accommodation agency up the stairs again, then to a hardboard door in the gloom. Knock on the hardboard and ...

The Jackson 5: Jackson 5: Jacksons Give Teenyblacks Hope

Report by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, May 1971

FROM THIS SIDE of the Atlantic it may seem somewhat difficult to appreciate the Jackson-mania — and there is no other word for it — ...

Jim Reeves: Jim's First Number One

Report by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, September 1966

From Tennessee Mrs. Mary Reeves says thanks for Jim's first number one ...

Cliff Richard, Eden Kane, The Shadows: Cliff Richard, The Shadows, Eden Kane: Our Friends The Stars Charity Concert, London

Live Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, May 1962

NEW SHADOW MAKES LONDON DEBUT ...

Kim Weston, Marvin Gaye: Marvin and Kim: Swingin' Twosome!

Profile and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, February 1967

SIX FEET high, aged 27, songwriter, athlete, ballad singer and rock 'n' roller — this is Marvin Gaye. Attractive, intelligent, married to a producer and ...

Billy J. Kramer: Singing Was Forced On To Me!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, May 1963

BILLY J. KRAMER sat back in his manager's London office and looked thoughtful as the bubbles settled on top of his cup of hot tea. ...

John Lennon: Imagine (Apple)

Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, September 1971

JOHN SINGS LONG TRACK ABOUT PAUL ...

John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono: At Home With The Lennons, Part 2

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, August 1971

In which
 John burns down the Beatles 'cause he loves 'em ...

John Lennon, Yoko Ono: John Lennon & Yoko Ono: Doing The Rounds For Publicity

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, July 1971

He knows it, I know it – the next Lennon album is the greatest says Alan Smith ...

Ketty Lester: New to the Charts: Ketty Lester Sang 'As Herself' To Notch Hit

Profile by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, April 1962

A SUDDEN decision to sing "in my own style" has brought instant success for chart newcomer Ketty Lester, whose 'Love Letters' stands at No. 27. ...

John Leyton Phones Alan Smith From Munich To Say: Filming In Germany Is Dangerous

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, July 1962

(But It Could Make Me A Star In America) ...

Little Eva: Alan Smith Says 'Welcome, Little Eva'

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, February 1963

THE GIRL who put a new twist into the twist – Little Eva – arrives in London today (Friday) for her first tour of Britain. ...

George Martin: The A&R Manager Behind The Comedy Successes Forecasts...

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, March 1962

...Cribbins, Drake, Sellers, Milligan, Bentine Have Bright Disc Futures ...

Paul McCartney: Paul And Linda McCartney: Ram (Apple)

Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, May 1971

Alan Smith assesses the McCartney Ram album and sums up with... PAUL, WHAT A MESS YOU'VE MADE OF IT! ...

The McCoys: McCoys Are America's Wildest Group

Profile and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, September 1965

...says ALAN SMITH ...

The Monkees: Bob Rafelson: Man Behind The Monkees

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, August 1967

Why I picked THESE four ...

Rick Nelson: Ricky Nelson: Now Ricky's Name Change Is Official!

Profile and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, April 1962

'YOUNG WORLD' is probably the last disc by Ricky Nelson you'll see in the NME Charts – but don't panic. At 21 Ricky has no ...

Anthony Newley: I'm Worried About My Discs: I Still Need Hits admits Tony Newley

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, July 1962

ANTHONY NEWLEY smoothed out a crease in the trousers of his tuxedo suit, sipped from a large mug of Shepperton film studio tea and looked ...

Nina & Frederik: Gaumont, Watford

Live Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, April 1962

New programme from Nina and Frederik ...

Patsy Cline Overcame Grave Car Crash Injuries

Profile and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, December 1962

PERSONAL tragedy is nothing to Patsy Cline, who sings of 'Heartaches' on her first big hit disc in Britain. Her fast-rising career was interrupted last ...

Elvis Presley: Paradise Hawaiian Style

Film/DVD Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, July 1966

Presley's usual (Hawaiian) style ...

Elvis Presley: More Old Songs: Tickle Me

Film/DVD Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, June 1965

Tickle Me isn't the GREATEST film Elvis has ever made, but it isn't the worst, either. ...

Elvis Presley: Elvis, Usually Surrounded By Girls, Is Now Encircled By Controversy

Report by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, July 1966

SOME Of Elvis' staunchest British fans want to boil me in oil again. Another suggests I lower myself into a spin-dryer and turn it on. ...

Procol Harum: I Knew Procol Would Be A Success

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, July 1967

says KEITH REID the man who created the group – to ALAN SMITH ...

Otis Redding: A Sad Reminder Of The Great Otis: Otis Redding: Dock Of The Bay

Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, May 1968

ALMOST EVERY TRACK of Otis Redding's new Dock Of The Bay album is a constant and sad reminder of the sheer soul — there is, ...

Otis Redding: Otis New Hit His Greatest Tribute

Comment by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, March 1968

DURING HIS all-too-brief lifetime, Otis Redding was respected by the world of music — and virtually ignored in his own home town of Macon, Georgia. ...

Otis Redding: A Talk With Otis Redding

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, April 1967

BIG OTIS REDDING tugged a comb through his wiry hair, wiped a trickling bead of perspiration from his glistening face, and sat edgily on a ...

Cliff Richard, Helen Shapiro, The Shadows: First It Was Mrs. Kenny Ball, Now Norrie Paramor's Wife Picks A Hit For Her Hubby

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, April 1962

PUZZLING, isn't it, that no one has thought of an award for the wives of hit parade stars — to be presented when they inspire ...

The Searchers: Searchers Paid £40 To Make LP

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, July 1963

THE SEARCHERS might not be in the NME Top Ten this week – making an amazing jump from No. 24 to No. 5! – if ...

The Springfields Think U.S. 'Stunning'

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, September 1962

SAID TOM Springfield (of the Springfields): "You've no idea how stunned we were when 'Silver Threads And Golden Needles' got into the U.S. Hot 100. ...

Tommy Steele, The Tornados: Alan Smith On Film Sets With The Tornados and Tommy Steele

Report and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, February 1963

A HAUNTING theme-tune echoed across the stage of a dingy London theatre on Tuesday morning, as film cameras turned on that "Globetrotting" hit group, the ...

The Supremes: Supremes Live It Up In London

Report and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, January 1968

THE SUPREMES didn't sleep for two days at the weekend, then they flew from the warmth of Cannes to the chill of London, after which ...

The Temptations: Can You Put A Name To The Temptations?

Profile and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, September 1969

I'VE ALWAYS had the feeling that although the Temptations have enjoyed good record sales in this country, they've never quite made it as people with ...

Bobby Vinton Replies To Ronnie Carroll

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, September 1962

...and reveals a secret to ALAN SMITH ...

The Who Use Force To Get The Sound They Want!!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, June 1965

HE SAT TENSED against a hard-backed chair, dressed in a Carnaby Street blue jacket and with a blond, Mod hairstyle that showed dark at the ...

Andy Williams Explains Why He Didn't Do A Palladium TV

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, May 1963

ANDY WILLIAMS settled back into a deep armchair at London's Dorchester Hotel. "I couldn't appear on Sunday Night At The Palladium," he said, "because of ...

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