Thursday, March 27, 2014

“New” photos of Mick Smiley of “Magic” (from “Ghostbusters”)

I was happy to receive an email from a Phil Z., the guitarist of a late 1970s band out of Hawaii called Hamlet. The band also featured Mick Smiley…before he became Mick Smiley. (I’m not at liberty to reveal his original name.)

You may not realize that you already know Mick—if you’ve seen Ghostbusters, that is. And who hasn’t?

Mick was the mind and voice behind a distinctive song from its soundtrack and one of the more hypnotic songs you’ll ever hear: “Magic.”

After years of having the pleasure of listening to that song, I had the privilege of interviewing Mick.

Phil mentioned a few songs by Mick’s follow up band—the Mick Smiley Band: “Hello There,” “Big Brown Eyes,” Oh Linda! 461-7264,” and “Room at the Top.”

“I remember being a youngster backstage between shows in the green room with Mick Smiley and Lou Reed,” Phil wrote. “It was such a cool time! I was just a kid.”

And who wasn’t?





at the Troubadour in Hollywood, 1979

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