Scott Smith (musician)

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Scott Smith
Birth name Donald Scott Smith
Born (1955-02-13)13 February 1955
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Died 30 November 2000(2000-11-30) (aged 45)
Off the coast of San Francisco
Instruments Bass guitar
Associated acts Loverboy

Donald Scott Smith (13 February 1955 – 30 November 2000), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, was the bassist for the Canadian rock band Loverboy, best known for their hit singles "Working for the Weekend" and "Turn Me Loose", although their U.S. Top Ten hits were "Lovin' Every Minute of It" in 1985 and "This Could Be the Night" in 1986. The band won six Juno Awards in 1982.[1] Loverboy sold over 23 million records.[2]

Smith originally studied guitar, and at the age of twelve moved to bass. He was majoring in English at the University of Manitoba when he received a call from Paul Dean in Vancouver inviting him to join the band known today as Loverboy.

After Loverboy disbanded in 1988, Smith was part of the band Dangerous, along with Mike Reno and Brian MacLeod. He also worked as a late-night radio DJ at CFOX, albeit briefly.[1][3] Loverboy got back together for a benefit concert in 1991, and then reunited in 1993 and continued touring through the 1990s. Smith said in an interview, "We're back because we like to rock and simply because promoters want to book us."[4]

On November 30, 2000, he was sailing his boat, the 11-metre (36.09 foot) Sea Major,[5] with two friends off the coast of San Francisco near the Golden Gate Bridge, when a freak 8-metre (26.25 foot) wave swept him overboard in shark-infested waters. A Coast Guard search, and then one by a private company hired by friends and family, ended in vain.[6][7] Experts say Smith could not have survived more than two and a half hours in waters that cold. He was 45. The band toured in his memory the following year.

Smith lived near Vancouver, in Maple Ridge, and had two sons with his ex-wife.[1][5]


  1. ^ a b c Downey, Donn (16 December 2000). "An icon of Canadian rock", The Globe and Mail, p. F8.
  2. ^ (11 January 2001). "Loverboy holds auditions after loss of Scott Smith in boating mishap", The Canadian Press.
  3. ^ (January–February 2001). "Remembering Scott Smith", Canadian Musician 23 (1): 15.
  4. ^ Saxberg, Lynn (11 July 1996). "Vancouver's Loverboy proud of '80s sound", Ottawa Citizen, p. D8.
  5. ^ a b Austin, Ian (4 December 2000). "Loverboy rocker traded his wild life for smooth sailing: Rogue wave swept away Scott Smith's new riff on life", The Province, p. A8.
  6. ^ Uhelszki, Jaan (4 December 2000). "Loverboy Bassist Scott Smith Missing, Presumed Dead", Rolling Stone. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
  7. ^ Talevski, Nick (2006). Knocking on Heaven's Door: Rock Obituaries. Omnibus Press. p. 603. ISBN 1846090911

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