Fred Smith (bassist)

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Not to be confused with Fred "Sonic" Smith.
For other people named Fred Smith, see Fred Smith (disambiguation).
Fred Smith
Birth name Fred Smith
Born (1948-04-10) April 10, 1948 (age 67)
Origin New York
Genres Punk rock, new wave
Instruments Bass guitar
Associated acts Blondie, Television, The Fleshtones

Fred Smith (born 10 April 1948, New York) is an American bass guitarist, best known for his work with Television.[1] He was the original bassist with Blondie until he replaced Richard Hell when Hell left Television in 1975 to form The Heartbreakers. At the time, Television played at CBGB along with Blondie. According to Smith, "Blondie was like a sinking ship and Television was my favorite band."[2] Smith also participated in the solo albums of the Television guitarists Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd, and played with such artists as The Roches, Willie Nile, and Peregrins.[3] From 1988 to 1989 he played bass, recorded, and toured with The Fleshtones.


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  2. ^ Robbins, Ira (February 2001). "Television". Mojo Magazine. Retrieved March 25, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Television: Biography". The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock and Roll. 2001. Retrieved March 25, 2008. 

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