Mark Smith (musician)
|Birth name||Mark Alexander Smith|
|Born||25 February 1960|
|Died||2 November 2009
|Genres||Jazz, funk, folk rock|
|Instruments||Bass guitar, keyboards|
|Associated acts||The Waterboys
Mark Alexander Smith (25 February 1960 — 2 November 2009) was a British bassist and record producer, who played bass guitar in recordings and performances with The Waterboys, Leo Sayer, Gonzales, Percy Sledge, Terry Reid, Alvin Stardust, Chris Farlowe, Patricia Kaas, Bryan Ferry, Chris Spedding, Tony O'Malley, Barbara Dickson, Tim Cody, Shania Twain, Zoot Sims, Neneh Cherry, Lionel Richie, Ronan Keating, Malcolm McLaren, Charlotte Church, Van Morrison, George Michael and Javier Álvarez, and also produced records for young and up and coming British bands. Smith was the permanent bassist in The Waterboys in 2009, and a frequent performer with Tony O'Malley. He had his own music performance outfit, The Futility Orchestra.
The 1970s jazz funk band, Kokomo, was temporarily reformed in May 2008. With Smith were Tony O'Malley, Mel Collins, Neil Hubbard, Adam Phillips, Andy Hamilton, Bernie Holland, Glen Le Fleur, Paddy McHugh, Dyan Birch, and Frank Collins. There were also performances by Eddy Armani and Franke Pharoah.
Fellow record producer Robin Millar, who met Smith in 1990, and worked with the bassist and keyboard player on several Patricia Kaas recordings said he was one of the "true unsung heroes". Millar added, "Mark was one of the great people and players. He was one of those guys who never pushed himself forward, but was a great all round musician – a real musicians’ musician".