Michael "Smitty" Smith



Only a couple of days after Smitty's passing, Paul Revere launched a memorial guestbook on his site especially for friends, family and fans to post their thoughts and feelings.  People have continued to add their comments since.

Unfortunately, the original memorial guestbook has crashed, possibly leaving those hundreds of messages floating around in cyberspace somewhere, unaccounted for.  Since I've tried to document everything related to Smitty from Day One, I've saved as many of the original and current entries as possible and posted them here as an archive.  If your entry is missing, please let me know.  You can re-send your thoughts and they will be added post haste.

Name: Bob Phillips
Comments: I'm listening to "Just Like Us" right now. I love the Raiders music. One of my favorite songs is "I Know". What a guy Smitty must have been. I am a drummer myself and grew up in the 60's and 70's and long for the simpler, fun times and music. It's not so much that I mourn the loss of the times and the music as much as I just mourn the loss of my youth. Oh well...Keep rockin' Paul. I saw your concert in Shreveport and loved it. My best to you. Your humble servant. Bob
Date: 11/28/2002 10:35:12

Name: mark hilliard
Comments: the diving force gone to be with all the great players taken to soon
Date: 11/27/2002 20:24:50

Name: steve
Comments: what a wonderful thing to be remembered for a life well lived and a talent that will live on in sound forever
Date: 11/27/2002 16:56:56

Name: Cindy Brown
Comments: grew up with you friend one of most favoritegroups
Date: 11/25/2002 19:17:30

Name: JOHN
Date: 11/23/2002 01:55:05

Name: Doug Williams
Comments: Back in the 60's and 70's, I saw you guys play every chance I got Anytime you came to the Atlanta area, I was there. I didn't miss a note. From the old Atlanta Municipal Auditorium, to the Merchandise Mart Battle of the Bands, even on a stage set up behind Cobb Center Mall, I was there. In fact, I got a couple of autographs from you guys as you were about to leave in the limo. We never missed "Action" in the afternoons either. I was surfing the net today and came upon Paul's site and was very shocked that Smitty was gone. You guys had so much fun and it was so very infectious. I was drumming in a band at that point, and continued to do so for about 20 years. But the band during that period admired P.R. & The Raiders so much, we even went out and got revolutionary tri-cornered hats to wear when we played. And we did about 15 of your songs. Great memories that will always be cherished, as will the memory of Michael "Smitty" Smith!! Thanks for so much fun. That's a great legacy to leave behind! We love you guys!
Date: 11/21/2002 14:18:27

Name: June Cord
Comments: Smitty will be missed. He had a great personality! Whenever we hear thunder, we will think of him as playing the drums in a higher place.
Date: 11/19/2002 11:18:31

Name: Shelly Minick Kona Hawaii
Comments: Michael your always in my heart and on my mind! I miss you Brah! Keep smiling down on us. Until we meet again! I Love You!!!! Shelly& Chelsea
Date: 11/16/2002 05:54:06

Name: Margaret Street
Comments: Smitty always had a smile and hug everytime I saw them. I'm sorry to hear about this tragic lose. please know that our thougts and prayers are with his family. I'm sorry that I didn't know about this sooner. Margaret Street (a friend and fan in Phoenix, AZ. )
Date: 11/14/2002 16:19:39

Name: Mike, Leesburg, VA
Comments: Thanks for the music and good times on "Where the Action Is". You are missed. Now your music lives in immortality.
Date: 11/14/2002 15:52:07

Name: Art RazMiss
Date: 11/12/2002 14:56:48

Name: Steve Veldman (52)
Comments: I surely will miss him also I was always a BIG Raider fan He will always be remembered in heart and sole Sympathy to the family
Date: 11/12/2002 13:34:29

Name: Bob Karm
Comments: Lost a real part of the group that will be forever misste!
Date: 11/10/2002 19:34:48

Name: Dick Dale
Comments: Always enjoyed the music, his drumming and presence on stage, via the old black and white..
Date: 11/8/2002 20:24:29

Name: dianna woodard
Comments: i started watching them when i was young and he wasgood we willall miss the drummer from the very beginning of the greatest band
Date: 11/8/2002 12:23:32

Name: strat guitar
Comments: He was a great drummer..We shall miss Him..
Date: 11/7/2002 16:22:11

Name: Sweet Sue Ohio
Comments: Your still loved and missed.
Date: 11/4/2002 18:57:46

Name: Wayne Sandifer
Comments: It was sooo much fun..WHERE THE ACTION IS..the records and other TV in peace
Date: 11/4/2002 12:02:00

Name: Dean Mortis
Comments: I will never forget Smitty. How could anyone forget him. He was and still is loved by so many. My enduring memory of him will always be his zany antics on "Where The Action Is" back in '65. Rest in peace Smitty. See you there.
Date: 11/1/2002 19:19:03

Name: John Murray
Comments: I grew up with you guys and you will always be #1 in my mind. You use to play at the comunity cener in my home town Baker City Oregon and I loved it. You are the ones that made me pick up a guitar and learn and IM still learning. Smitty was the best and I will never forget how he used to cut up.God bless him
Date: 10/31/2002 20:46:47

Name: Carl Fisher
Comments: Grew up to Paul Revere and the Raiders and I realize Michael Smith was an integral part of the band.
Date: 10/27/2002 01:23:08

Name: Bryan Everitt
Comments: God Bless You Smitty
Date: 10/22/2002 19:42:13

Name: Kathy Goodwin
Comments: He will always be remembered with admiration for this fan from Texas! Forever young, Smitty
Date: 10/21/2002 12:32:06

Name: Peggy L
Comments: We will all always miss Smitty but he shall always be with us everytime we hear the music or see someone with a beautiful smile and laughing eyes. 10/21/02
Date: 10/21/2002 08:40:38

Name: Dan Morgan-Ruston, Louisiana
Comments: Enjoyed watching the Raiders on Dick Clark's show every day. Sure will miss Smitty.
Date: 10/20/2002 19:09:57

Name: Diane Macon Garner
Comments: Smitty was always the one with the quickest smile. I remember him from the old days when my bedroom was covered with Raiders posters I would kiss Smitty every night before I went to sleep. It's hard to have to say goodbye instead but I know he's smiling down on all us now. I will never forget when I got to meet him. He was so sweet. Love you and will never forget you.
Date: 10/18/2002 23:09:57

Name: Sam Triplett
Comments: The Raiders were one of my favorite groups while growing up in Vancouver WA. So sorry to hear of Smitty's passing.
Date: 10/18/2002 22:31:15

Name: William M Rafuse
Comments: I just want to remember Smitty as a true Raider
Date: 10/18/2002 15:21:06

Name: Carol Galati
Comments: I have adored the raiders and have been a "Raider Rooter" since the very beginning of the groups life. I did not know about Smitty. I feel like I lost a piece of my childhood. I had alot of fun with the guys when they performed in New York and I have so many photos of them. One I loved most was of me and Smitty in the hotel whwre they were staying. He was the most down to earth and wonderful guy, Peace be with you Smitty where ever you travel.
Date: 10/18/2002 09:45:38

Name: Gwen & Scott Matlock
Comments: We had previously seen your show in Mesquite at The Casablanca when we lived in Nevada. It was a show that we will never forget. We recently moved to Colorado and just saw your show Saturday night at The Riviera in Black Hawk. It's difficult to continue on when someone you love is missing, but you must. It was touching to see the plaque on the drums while Omar was playing. Rock on!
Date: 10/14/2002 11:35:06

Name: cyndie andrews
Comments: sorry to hear about smitty. you guys are all good but i have to admit smitty was my favorite when he was with the group. he will will be deeply missed. my heart and prayers to the remaining group members. sincerely, cynthia andrews-beverly, mass.
Date: 10/13/2002 06:39:48

Name: Don Henderson So Cal
Comments: I have been a Raiders fan since Like, Long Hair in 1961 I was in Viet Nam stationed out of Pearl Harbor and got to meet him and the band at a show at the Pearl Harbor enlisted club in 73 Keith Allison was in the band at the time. I was also a follower of Smitty when he was in the Brotherhood with Phil Volk and Drake Levin The Raiders and Smitty inspired me to play music and keep the Rock and Roll faith. Smitty remember this "Rock and roll never forgets" Thanks for the memories!!! Don Henderson
Date: 10/12/2002 16:23:36

Name: Cheryl Perry
Comments: You'll always be remembered. I used to love watching "Where the Action Is" back in the 60's. Peace.
Date: 10/12/2002 07:54:35

Name: Bud
Comments: I really used to dig your drumming from the mid-60's, listening to you on WVOK in Birmingham, Alabama. More than 30 years later, I had the privilege of jamming with one of your friends, Chris, who spoke highly of you. Hope to meet you one day in "Rock 'n Roll" heaven.
Date: 10/11/2002 15:18:20

Name: Larry Johnson
Comments: The Raiders were undoubtedly my favorite band of the 60's. I am really sorry to hear that Smitty has had to join his friends in that "Rock n' Roll Heaven". I'm sure he's up there keepin' time! I was fortunate enough to have seen the Raiders in concert a number of times and was lucky enough to meet Smitty and the rest of the group and spend the rest of the evening with them holed up in a room at a Holiday Inn in Louisville, KY in 1964 with an army of screaming young girls at the door! Rest easy, man!
Date: 10/10/2002 19:14:43

Name: Craig Johnson
Comments: I never had the opportunity to see the original Raiders in concert, but I have several copies of the original Raiders songs with Mark Lindsay singing lead vocals in my collection. In my opinion, the sound of the Raiders both old and new is wonderful. I only wish that I was a few years older and would have been able to see the original Raiders when they had their time in the 1960's!
Date: 10/10/2002 16:26:13

Name: Bob Spitaleri
Comments: of The Reminisants band from Boston. Saw you Wednesday Night at the Topsfield Fair. Your words for Smitty are just the best I have ever read. You are some special people in our lives and we wish you all the very best. Love Bob and The Reminisants
Date: 10/10/2002 10:16:40

Name: Delta Blue
Comments: I was just websurfing and stumbled upon this site and its announcement of Smitty's death. I was completely unaware and am saddened by this "news." I was a PR&R fan back in the mid 60s and was delighted to see Paul (albeit with an entirely different group of Raiders)many years later in San Francisco. So, to Paul, Mark, Drake, Phil, Jim, Freddy, and the rest, many thanks for so much fun music and good times. Godspeed, Smitty! Many blessings, DB
Date: 10/10/2002 09:34:12

Name: Debbie, Raiders # 1 FAN, Grapevine, Texas
Comments: My smypathy and heart goes out to Smitty's family and The PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS GRP. I grew up in the 60's with Paul Revere and the Raiders, love their music, energy and fun. In the 60's I joined your FAN CLUB (which I still have your 1960's 8x10 black & white glossy photos of each RAIDER and group picture). Thank you for the wonderful memories and your music will live on forever and have a special place in my heart. God Bless.
Date: 10/10/2002 08:59:48

Name: Janet Stanek
Comments: Sorry to hear about Smitty, he was awesome! What a cutie-pie! I've been a Raider fan since I was a young girl. I was at a Mark Lindsay concert when a fan told me Smitty was gone, that was so sad. Mark dedicated that concert to him. I'll never forget the lyric to his song, All my yesterday's are filled with thoughts of you. That's how I feel about Smitty, love you baby!
Date: 10/9/2002 18:00:50

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Date: 10/9/2002 12:18:23

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Date: 10/9/2002 12:17:35

Date: 10/8/2002 11:44:45

Name: Greg Freier
Comments: He was one of a kind. The true Raiders drummer.
Date: 10/7/2002 16:46:06

Name: Paul C. Davenport
Comments: I'll always remember your music from my youth!
Date: 10/7/2002 11:32:11

Name: Jett Lightning
Date: 10/4/2002 22:38:25

Name: allen elledge
Comments: gone but not forgotten
Date: 10/4/2002 20:47:40

Name: JOHN
Comments: REMEMBER!
Date: 10/4/2002 15:07:33

Name: Clifford Land
Comments: I am 48 years old now and it seems that all to often someone who contributed to many hours of happiness in my life is gone. I shall forever miss the great bans of the 60's that I grew up listening to and never got a chance to see live. I pray his family will find peace soon. Time really is a healer. I have found that to be true in my life many times.
Date: 10/4/2002 14:16:03

Name: Kevin Bierly
Comments: I was a big fan of the band,sorry to see him go.
Date: 10/1/2002 08:40:28

Name: Vicki Holloway
Comments: I loved Smitty from the first time I saw him with Paul Revere and the Raiders--they were "my" group in the 60's and 70's. R.I.P., Smitty, we'll all miss you.
Date: 9/30/2002 16:20:06

Name: Camille Wofford Solley
Comments: I am saddened to hear about Smitty! I hope that he has found peace and may God bless!
Date: 9/29/2002 23:38:11

Date: 9/28/2002 09:32:41

Date: 9/25/2002 10:31:52

Name: William Schaefers
Comments: You done good, me man. Rest well.
Date: 9/23/2002 06:14:32

Name: Lewis H.
Comments: My fondest memories of my teens in MIssissippi include Paul Revere and the Raiders. I listened to them on a Silvertone turntable trying to pick out the songs so I could play them. I saw them at least twice as a teen and will never forget the showmanship, musical talent of the group... and what great songs. My "kicks" weren't hard to find... I had the Raiders. I miss that era and Smitty.
Date: 9/22/2002 12:05:49

Name: Bradford Paulson
Comments: Smitty was one of the cooolest Raiders and he sure knew how to play those drums like there was no tomorrow. The greatest lineup of Paul Revere and the Raiders will never be the same because there will not be another or could there be someone who will take Smitty's place. Rest in Peace, Smitty I'll miss you. Keep on rocking.
Date: 9/21/2002 18:22:34

Name: Mark J Smith
Comments: My deepest sympathy.
Date: 9/20/2002 14:47:48

Name: Gayle Palensky
Comments: I saw these guys in Atlanta back in the 60"s even got Paul and Marks autograph and have loved them since the first time I saw them. They got me through my teen years with joy and laughter and music. They are still one of the coolest bands from the 60's. I bet Smitty is following them where ever they go and he'll always be a part of my life and memories.
Date: 9/18/2002 15:16:09

Name: Daryl Schafer
Comments: I remember the Raiders from the days of Kicks, Hungry and all of the shows where the action is and I to am saddened from the loss of one of the Raiders. GOD bless all of you and your families. I just returned from Owensboro,Ky from seeing the present Raiders and I have been and always be a fan.
Date: 9/14/2002 21:13:27

paula mcmahan
Comments: i met him in the 60 s in chattanooga tennessee.they were with dick clark.i was given a broken guitar neck and told steve alamo wanted to meet me and they would fix my friend up with smitty i think.needless to say it fell through as my dad was waiting in the car for us and steve wanted to meet me in his motel room.i refused ha ha .i am sorry to hear this.i thought you might enjoy this.
Date: 9/11/2002 22:22:19

Name: Curtis Westbrook
Comments: Smitty is truly "Where The Action Is Now'
Date: 9/11/2002 06:54:21

Name: CJ Baker
Comments: Sorry to hear about this, today is the first time I heard about Smitty. I hope to see the Raiders tomorrow night, last time I seen them was at Disneylands 25th aniversary in California. Went there for our honeymoon. Even though the Raiders have changed over the years we still have a place in our hearts for Smitty.
Date: 9/10/2002 18:45:26

Name: d.michael luther
Comments: your smile brough joy to so many of us who enjoyed watching you preform...... rock on smitty..........
Date: 9/9/2002 18:29:15

Name: Olivia
Comments: God bless and keep our "Smitty". He is missed. My prayers to his family and fans...........
Date: 9/9/2002 12:43:23

Name: Ryle Purdy ( )
Comments: You are Loved and missed as the best Drummer ever. Go with GOD.
Date: 9/8/2002 12:33:21

Name: Jerry Sprague
Comments: God Bless "Smitty" and his family. He will be missed by all ue true Raiders fans.
Date: 9/8/2002 09:06:02

Name: Mark Coons
Comments: At 50 years of age I am still a Raider fan and Smitty was one of the best.
Date: 9/7/2002 03:59:08

Name: Margo Devine
Comments: Paul Revere and the Raiders were my "Beatles". I have been a fan for 33 years. I went to the Raiders concert last night at the Soaring Eagle Casino and was transported back in time. Smitty was one of the best things about the group and I will miss him. Thank you for the hours of fun and good music that you provided to a lonely teenager. Sincerely, Margo Devine
Date: 9/6/2002 11:37:15

Name: John Mickel
Comments: I love you smitty for what you generated with the band in the beginning. Proud to have grown up listening to you and the Raiders.A big GOD BLESS to you,your family,Paul Revere and the Raiders. Thank you!
Date: 9/6/2002 05:44:04

Name: Scott Shelton
Comments: With respect and appreciation for his musical artistry, and condolences to those who knew and loved him best.
Date: 9/5/2002 13:13:24

Name: Al Jackson
Comments: You helped give me many hours of enjoyment in my youth, playing in a neighborhood garage band, imitating you and the guys. RIP
Date: 8/31/2002 19:25:08

Name: Fran Villella
Comments: As a teenager Paul Revere and the Raiders were IT to me and a girlfriend of mine. We took on names of the Raiders to write secret messages to each other. She was "Smitty". He will always be Baby Raider to me.
Date: 8/27/2002 19:56:57

Name: Dave Wicken
Comments: Cool Man, Cool drummer, Someone I would have liked.He is surely in Gods hands.
Date: 8/27/2002 13:55:05

Name: Dave Wicken
Comments: Although I did not know him personally, He is someone I would have liked.He will forever be remembered through music and is surely in Gods hands.
Date: 8/27/2002 13:49:39

Name: Colleen Hendrickson
Comments: Even though I did not know Smitty, I still feel an attachment to him through the albums and songs of Paul Revere and the Raiders. He was an awesome drummer. He will be missed by all who knew him and loved him. Keep playing them drums Smitty for all those in Heaven. Rock on!!!!!!!!!!! My prayers and thoughts are with those who knew and loved him. Again my deepest sympathies to everyone.
Date: 8/27/2002 05:38:56

Name: Mike
Comments: Smitty was cool, a great drummer and integral part of the Raiders, he'll be missed....Rest in peace dude...
Date: 8/27/2002 00:15:01

Name: Tammy Nadeau
Comments: A Poem for Smitty, The Comforting Spirit Whatever the need in the sorrowing heart, such groanings of spirit defend their own part. When thoughts are unsettled and teeming with fear, and grieving moods plagiar the mind of its cheer; When self would abandon its faith,in the night, The sentry of mercy is armed for the fight. An indwelling Presence moves into control: From pain in the spirit comes peace in the soul.
Date: 8/26/2002 19:06:39

Name: don nadeau
Date: 8/26/2002 17:57:59

Name: Steve Keiser
Comments: The Raiders were never the same after Smitty, Doc & then Fang left. The sounds, energy and that mischevious Red Skelton "mean widdle kid" look and attitude will always be with me. Thanks for all of the positively passionate memories of a youth gone by... Just a Gray-haired Fan
Date: 8/26/2002 16:37:46

Name: Kathy D.
Comments: Remembering Smitty fondly.
Date: 8/26/2002 12:02:54

Name: Ray J. Grubbs
Comments: I was just a teen when I first heard - Just Like Me - on the radio. That was the next record I bought. After that, I was hooked on Paul Revere & The Raiders. I waited impatiently for each new song to be released. I played them almost daily for the next 8 or 10 years of my life. Present time, I still have'nt grown tired of those songs. I still have most of the LP's and recently bought a couple of greatest hits on CD. I just discovered this web site today 8-25-02, and this is the first I've heard of our lose of Smitty. I will miss him much, and my heart goes out to all his family and friends.
Date: 8/25/2002 15:07:48

Name: charles b hill
Comments: i loved this gentelmans ability in the old super group the raiders may gods love always cherish him.
Date: 8/23/2002 09:09:30

Name: Roger Gilbert
Comments: smitty was one of the greatest drum players of the 60's, he sure could rock with the rest of the RAIDERS.smitty will be greatly missed.
Date: 8/22/2002 16:40:06

Name: ibrahim
Comments: 2002 email addresses farmers australia
Date: 8/20/2002 07:15:38

Name: the SHADOW
Comments: Here's to our fallen bro---. I have to believe he is with the others in rock n roll heaven playin in one big show. THANKS for the memories.
Date: 8/18/2002 12:50:03

Name: Jim G.
Comments: I didn't know Mike vety well. He was my landlord in Lincoln City, Oregon. He and his girl friend had me up to the house a number of times and they and their other friends would jam. Mike liked the keyboard and was very good on it and they would play into the wee hours. I just found out about Mike's death on this site and was shocked and will miss him very much
Date: 8/18/2002 05:58:47

Name: perry sweeney a.k.e. DBcooper $$$$$
Comments: Thanks for all the good times we had playing the band songs. Yall {the band} alwasys seemed to be haveing a Blast and Man were to. Thinging of you and let the Band play For ever.
Date: 8/17/2002 07:59:59

Name: Gwyneth Anderson, Victoria, B.C.
Comments: I would like to pass on my condolences to his family & friends. I met him once in Vancouver, B.C. and he was super with the fans...always took time to answer questions and sign autographs. The Raiders were a big part of my growing up years...sorry to hear he's gone.
Date: 8/15/2002 23:10:39

Name: harold cloud; boxtops bassist 1969
Comments: ....joe carrero was one of our locals whose jump to a place of prominence we applauded, but, i always missed smitty whose natural humor, appeal and reluctance to be the star made him a favorite...he added so much in an offhanded, awshucks manner....
Date: 8/14/2002 11:28:56

Name: Jim and Barb Majerus
Comments: We have followed the Radiers for a long time. God's speed!!
Date: 8/12/2002 09:46:58

Name: Laura Mcdill
Comments: I thought "Smitty" was the greatest!!!!!I feel lucky that I got to meet him once at Knott's Berry Farm in California.I will never forget that moment.I know Smitty will be alive in every Raider's fans heart, forever!!!!!!!!!He will be in mine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date: 8/10/2002 19:53:07

Name: Lynn C
Comments: As a loyal fan to the original Raiders I will miss Smitty! His ready smile, dimples, and wonderful sense of humer will be missed!
Date: 8/10/2002 13:47:21

Name: John Damion
Comments: Cool guy, cool band, a real star in a time when I needed real stars in my life to admire. "Where the Action Is" was what I looked forward to every weekday after 6 long hours of school. Smitty and the boys helped me survive my senior year!!
Date: 8/9/2002 22:40:59

Name: carole g
Comments: you will always be part of the great memories i have of my happy carefree teen-age years of the 60's. to us, no one ruled like paul revere & the raiders......thanks for the great times. i can only hope you realized how much you were loved by so many....
Date: 8/9/2002 10:09:43

Name: Laura
Comments: I remember you from the "old days" Harrah's Reno and Kicks - God speed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date: 8/8/2002 07:21:52

Name: Tintin
Comments: Good Times
Date: 8/7/2002 06:14:05

Name: Aaron
Comments: You are missed my friend....
Date: 8/5/2002 13:14:46

Comments: Well I know I dont have to type on a website to let you know how much we miss you!!!But WE DO !!! Bigtime...All of us Every minute Every day..only to share another sunset,bbq,stories,ETC. You are one of of a kind, And we Love You!!! THOMAS(KONA)
Date: 8/5/2002 03:35:46

Name: mary brewer aka wheel qn
Comments: thanks smitty at least omar let me shake his hand in your memory. x.x.x.ooooo
Date: 8/3/2002 23:14:12

Comments: As I lool at the photos and remember the energetic one. I was sorry to see that he had passed on. Your tribute is terrific.
Date: 7/29/2002 21:22:41

Name: Katie Dwyer
Comments: Smitty - I salute you & and all those we've lost before! But as importantly I also salute all of us you've left behind!
Date: 7/28/2002 17:09:40

Name: Jim Simmons
Comments: You and your band were, simply, great.
Date: 7/20/2002 22:03:45

Name: barb cox
Comments: Yeah, you were 1 of the best lookin'. Can't believe there was so much hair back then! God be w/you and yours. You'll never be forgotten!!!!!
Date: 7/19/2002 13:18:59

Date: 7/16/2002 04:47:24

Name: Wil Willis
Comments: In searching for the lyrics to 'These are bad times for me and my baby" I found your site and the notice about Smitty. I am from the Caldwell, Idaho area and have dug the Raiders since I was a little boy. Smitty is missed. regards, wil
Date: 7/15/2002 08:56:24

Name: Diane Chmelar
Comments: May Rock 'n Roll Heaven welcome you with open arms and play forever. We'll all miss you down here.
Date: 7/10/2002 11:52:29

Name: Donna Miller
Date: 7/8/2002 10:12:06

Name: Brenda Pearson
Comments: He will be missed by all his fans
Date: 7/8/2002 08:43:06

Name: Larry HInze
Comments: Anytime a Raider leaves the earth, it is not a good day. Sorry...
Date: 7/7/2002 23:01:25

Name: Charles Newman
Date: 7/6/2002 11:40:21

Name: Jimmy Stewart
Comments: I loved the Raiders and Smitty was a big part in the sound and the show. A great drummer and a very funny guy. I was hoping for a reunion tour before this tragedy. I know he's still smiling.
Date: 7/5/2002 00:38:49

Name: Jean Redmon
Comments: I like to send my love to his family and Peace and love and happiness.
Date: 7/1/2002 16:31:00

Name: Steve Hendricks (
Comments: I have followed Paul and the gang since the mid sixtys with "where the action is" and Smitty was and is one of my favorites, as I play the drums. When I was younger I wanted to be him or at least like him, he was a true inspiration for me then and will always be.I just hope he's at peace, for he will be dearly missed.
Date: 7/1/2002 13:23:05

Name: brigette waddell krevanko
Comments: sorry to hear that smitty will not be keeping the beat any more I knew you long ago in the bandstand days with mark, harpo and paul you will be missed. the beat goes on brigette
Date: 7/1/2002 12:59:51

Name: Bill Lawhorn Akron Ohio
Comments: God Bless all you guys! I am sorry you are gone "Smitty". I never got a chance to meet you, I had a lot of fun playing in a lot of bands over the years. You guys gave me the inspiration to learn to play Bass, and get up on stage and earn a few bucks, while having a ball. I truly hope you knew my LORD JESUS, Mike, if ya did, I'll meet you someday in heaven, maybe we can jam! Bill.
Date: 6/28/2002 19:05:52

Name: Marty
Comments: I read all the wonderful words that have been posted here about Smitty and all I can say is: Smitty you were loved still loved and remembered by all. I will miss you just like all the others here. Prayers for you sweet adorable little guy........
Date: 6/28/2002 09:09:11

Name: Pelham Staples
Date: 6/27/2002 08:06:04

Name: Pam Kudna
Comments: Smitty, you are missed.
Date: 6/25/2002 14:10:21

Name: Lenny Heil from the group The Shadows
Comments: I really loved The Band Paul Revere and The Raiders and I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Smitty. See our commerative website we played at few of your songs in our jobs of the early and late 1960's
Date: 6/25/2002 14:08:29

Name: ron kutchen
Date: 6/25/2002 10:02:57

Name: Ron Kinder
Comments: I remember him well from the early Raiders
Date: 6/25/2002 04:13:24

Name: kevinhartmann
Comments: a wonderful guy. the best looking of the bunch. miss him dearly
Date: 6/24/2002 14:14:27

Name: Jerry Craft
Comments: "Smitty" was an important part of my life twice. When I was younger and watched The Raiders on "Where the Action Is" as a young man and later on when the Raiders would play at the Chinook Winds Casino. I feel sad at his passing.
Date: 6/24/2002 02:31:14

Name: Glen La Bella
Comments: I saw Paul Revere at Disney World. He gave Smitty honary mention that was a touching memory.
Date: 6/23/2002 17:00:27

Name: Ives
Comments: WAt up youngin
Date: 6/20/2002 18:49:09

Name: James Swafford...Stockbridge Ga
Comments: My sister was crazy about smitty, she would litteraly run a sprint home from school every day to watch Where the Action Is..Just to see Smitty...And Only SMITTY...Fantastic Drummer..I think also with his angel wings.....He will still be holding his drumsticks...Much Love////
Date: 6/19/2002 21:41:19

Name: Brian McMahon
Comments: I saw Smitty during a Dick Clark interview in the mid-60's off a bootleg "Where the Action is" video tape. Even then he was commenting on how cool and laid-back the people were in Hawaii, and to-date it was the best place he had been (and he had been to many places at that point). Glad to know he ended up living there. He was very down-to-earth and in touch with the "kids", and shot the occasional insane man's glance during the guy.
Date: 6/19/2002 13:32:05

Name: Darlene Dennison
Comments: From the 60s on, his smile was always such a charm. I really liked him. My heart felt sympathy to his family and friends.
Date: 6/19/2002 11:18:29

Name: Vickie Brown
Comments: Growing up in Seattle wstching "Where The Action Is" was just part of my Junior High life. To see the whole gang acting out the songs and having so much fun made my day. It is sad to think of Smitty never playing drum again. Will miss you alway. My thought and prayers go to your family
Date: 6/18/2002 14:21:35

Name: John Moore
Comments: You will be missed. My prayers are with your family.
Date: 6/17/2002 09:16:44

Name: David Sassic
Comments: You brought beauty and joy to all of us through your music. We will miss you...may you share GOD's peace and live forever in HIS love.
Date: 6/15/2002 17:38:56

Name: Alan Carmichael
Comments: From Adelaide South Australia. I became acquainted with Paul Revere & The Raiders via "Hungry" "Just Like Me" etc. via a cover band here in South Australia called "Five Sided Circle" they loved The Raiders as I do and it it is sad when a member passes. Condolenscenes to those connected with Michael Smith and I am still Hungry for those good times through and through. Sympathies from Alan Carmichael, Para Vista, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. the
Date: 6/14/2002 19:29:57

Name: Wayne Tittsworth
Comments: In learning of this loss to the band and to music itself, it leaves a loss of words. However, as a collector of Raider vinyl, I will persue it with a different perspective now ~ in his memory of how much he contributed to a band that I've grew up with and is a part of me. God Bless...
Date: 6/11/2002 21:08:26

Date: 6/11/2002 18:59:00

Name: kevin
Comments: Another great one gone to rock and roll heaven
Date: 6/10/2002 21:26:40

Name: Michael Winston... a long time fan
Date: 6/10/2002 00:49:50

Name: Rick Onstad
Comments: Thanks for selling me my first drum set back in 1964. You were alway an inspiration to me and a great role model. You will be missed!
Date: 6/9/2002 20:28:12

Name: shellys
Comments: I grow up as a teen in the 60"s Paul revere and the raiders were always my favort group.I miss the 60's and the pr&r alot.Smithy was one of the cutest and funnest people to watch.I watched "Where the Action is everyday and couldn't wait until Smitty came on.Going to miss him alot.
Date: 6/8/2002 22:23:09

Name: Nancy
Comments: I somehow missed the news that our beloved Smitty had died. The Raiders were one of my favorite groups when I was a teen, and I just can't believe that Smitty is gone! He shall be missed!
Date: 6/7/2002 10:20:49

Name: Penny
Comments: So sorry to hear of 'Smitty'passing on! He will truely be missed but will live on in the music and in our hearts!
Date: 6/6/2002 07:58:54

Name: ginger o'connell
Date: 6/5/2002 18:55:37

michael e cropper - Stafford Texas
Comments: I remember the Raiders from their appearances on "Where the Action is". Smitty always put a smile on my face whether he was acting stupid or making idiotic faces. He was definitely a favorite I enjoyed seeing every week - possibly my most favorite. I still go see the Raiders when they are in Houston TX and that is why I am scannning the website. I pray the Lord will comfort his family and touch their lives.
Date: 6/5/2002 12:23:49

Name: sisten of a down
Date: 6/2/2002 13:38:23

Name: Dot Hayes
Comments: I loved the Raiders and have all of their original albums. I thought Smitty was the greatest drummer in the world than and still do now. I am so terribly sorry that Smitty has left us and gone to play with the angels but he left alot of fun memories and wonderful music behind. I will miss him greatly and now when i play my albums I know that he will be smiling.
Date: 5/31/2002 20:12:06

Name: Delilah Earnest
Comments: I have played Indian Resevation for many, many years and lost my LP. I finally found it on CD. Thank you DE
Date: 5/31/2002 20:04:02

Name: Greg Overton
Comments: I never knew him but his face brings back so many memories of my youth. God Bless him.
Date: 5/29/2002 09:06:09

Name: Billy Wolfe/Sonny Til's Orioles/Rock & Roll Hall of Famers/Class of 1995
Comments: When I first heard the news about Smitty, I was broken apart because he always had a laugh for even the hardest moments on tour. This business that we call entertainment, does have its special moments and one of those was the day that I first met and got to know Mike "Smitty" Smith! I know that a grown man is not to cry, but when I heard that Smitty was was like my brother had been taken away from me! I still ask myself why? What did he do to leave us so soon,in a life that brought happiness to so many through his talents! Smitty I miss you so much, and I have so many fond memories of the fun that you brought and gave to so many that had the pleasure to meet and know your real love for life! God bless, Paul "Billy" Wolfe Sonny Til's Orioles Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 1995
Date: 5/26/2002 22:40:06

Name: Dennis Schneider Tacoma Washington
Comments: i've been a raiders fan for years . Years ago I was playing drums for a group called the fragile lime and had a chance to meet smitty. What a wonderful person and a great drummer. Sorry to see that he has left us. But he is in a safe place and we will all see him again. What a jam session they must be havin.
Date: 5/25/2002 15:11:22

Name: Nancy Heller
Comments: What a shock! He was a major part of my youthful memories...I am sorry to hear he is gone from us....all my sympathies to his family and loved ones...
Date: 5/25/2002 08:36:47

Name: Gordy Partridge
Comments: Smitty was one of my Heroes. Drummers, back in the 60's and 70's were always in the background unless your name was Keith Moon or Michael Smith..Smitty was as much fun to watch on stage as Mark, Freddy, Paul et al You will be missed Dude! Condolences to your Family..Wondeful memories... Gordy
Date: 5/24/2002 22:57:51

Name: Chuckles the Bass Man
Comments: I played bass in a rock band for many years. I always loved playing Raiders songs, they really rocked. Thank you Smitty for your contribution to rock music and good times for young people during the 60's and forever.
Date: 5/24/2002 18:40:09

Name: Lindarae Lewis
Comments: Thank you for sharing a part of your life that has become part of mine.
Date: 5/21/2002 11:01:33

Comments: A true drummer who inspired me to play drums in my high school days We did all the Raiders music in my garage band.He will be missed.
Date: 5/19/2002 20:04:25

Name: Kozetta Thomas
Comments: I watched "Where The Action Is" every day after school as a little girl while all of my friends were watching cartoons. It is difficult to believe that those I looked up to can pass. My thoughts and prayers are with Smitty's colleagues and family.
Date: 5/18/2002 18:33:33

Name: San-dee Baker
Comments: i only saw Paul Revere and the Raiders one time in 1966, but they have always been one of my favorite groups of the 60's...I always enjoyed watching Smitty perform and today for the first time, i met Paul Revere and found out that Smitty had died a year ago...I will always treasure the time i saw them perform and of course today meeting Paul himself...All my love goes out to Smittys family...He will be in my prayers always......GOD BLESS YOU SMITTY AND KEEP PLAYING THOSE DRUMS !!!!!!!
Date: 5/16/2002 20:41:45

Name: Karen Sturkie
Comments: I just love Smitty. He was one of the best, He will surely be missed by everyone.
Date: 4/10/2002 09:27:54

Name: David Higginbotham ( Woodburn, Oregon
Comments: Well...I'm in great company here! So many memories. Our band (Johnny Fair & The Soulsearchers - 1966) opened for PP&R once at the Salem Armory and I did meet Smitty briefly. Of course I worshipped them as a band. They totally dominated the stage. Saw them at the Portland 'Teen Fair' too, in 1965. A later band mate of mine, John Huff, lived on Maui for a while and gigged with 'Smitty' and spoke highly of him. A friend locally invited me several years ago to do a private party in Lincoln City with 'Smitty' as a special guest. Boy, do I regret passing up THAT opportunity. Anyway....the best I can say is...."When I pass on, I'll count myself fortunate to have a fraction of the love and out-pouring I see here for 'Smitty'". He's riding the NIGHT TRAIN now. What a guy. Bravo, Smitty! Adios!
Date: 4/9/2002 23:45:48

Name: Cyndi & Calvin Tyler, Lockport, Louisiana
Date: 4/8/2002 18:26:39

Name: Roxanne Loughlin
Comments: As Paul put it so eloquently, we are grieving our loss, while rejoicing at what we are blessed to remember.
Date: 4/6/2002 18:57:22

Name: Jerry Feigelson
Comments: Smitty was the soul of the band..a reunion of surviving members of the band is long overdue!Fang! Art Raz wants the reunion!
Date: 4/4/2002 08:06:17

Name: Jerry Feigelson
Comments: Smitty was the soul of the band..a reunion of surviving members of the band is long overdue!Fang! Art Raz wants the reunion!
Date: 4/4/2002 08:06:09

Name: Gregory Payne
Comments: To a GREAT MUSICIAN from my neck of the woods, who helped to play a great roll in the music trend of the 1960's! May he be remembered forever as the rock n' roll ledgend of his times as he was! Gregory Payne Oregon Veterans Home 700 Veterans Drive The Dalles, Oregon 97058
Date: 4/3/2002 20:42:36

Name: tim kuta
Date: 4/3/2002 18:59:48

Name: Vicki Olson ( Raz)
Comments: Happy Birthday Michael Leroy Smith. Think of you every day. Really miss our visits. Will never forget you.
Date: 3/27/2002 21:53:41

Name: Joe Cuadrado
Comments: Always a fan of yours. !God Bless you!
Date: 3/27/2002 17:57:49

Name: SmittyGirl (
Comments: Happy Birthday, Smitty... You were young at heart, so young you'll stay. I plan to celebrate today completely in your honor! Still miss you and still love you, little guy. *sending kisses*
Date: 3/27/2002 13:35:18

Name: Liz Hirsch (aka
Comments: Smitty was vibrant and energetic. He was handsome and a wonderful addition to the wonderful group we all knew and loved. He WILL indeed be missed. I am so sorry to hear that he has left us, but we have our vivid memories to sustain us. He cannot be replaced and rightly so.....because he will remain our collective memory.
Date: 3/26/2002 01:23:29

Name: Les Toil
Comments: Having just discovered this great Raiders website, I was shocked by the first thing I read on its homepage regarding Smitty's passing. I just recently purchased a video tape compilation of the Raiders on Where The Action is. I saw the entire tape tonight and was thrilled by so much great material ranging from songs to silly bits to interviews with each Raider conducted by Dick Clark. This tape put personalities to one of my all time fave 60s groups and one of my fave childhood memories. And it was a treat to see Smitty contribute lead vocals on a couple of songs (most notably "The Candidate"), which showed me that Paul Revere & The Raiders were a group of musicians that wanted each and every member to shine in the spotlight. That attitude seems to be shared by all of the great rock and pop bands of past and present. So yes, it's a little bittersweet that this night of great Raiders music and antics would be capped off with such news. Smitty's contribution to The Raiders and to pop music will always be with us, and as far as I'm concerned, so will Smitty.
Date: 3/25/2002 02:09:42

Name: Collette
Comments: God Bless
Date: 3/21/2002 18:17:38

Name: AL
Comments: THE BEST
Date: 3/21/2002 09:32:53

Name: Patty
Comments: I still can't believe you are gone Smitty. When I watch the videos of you and the guys it makes me smile. You are truly missed but I know we'll see you again.. Sometimes we wait until it's too late to let someone know how we truly feel.. Luv ya Smitty!
Date: 3/21/2002 08:20:24

Date: 3/15/2002 06:07:55

Name: christine
Comments: i grew up with the raiders in the 60"s watching "where the action is" and smitty was always a fun guy to watch and talented too! i am very sad to learn of his untimely death. but i also found it interesting to learn of his life and times and how he felt dedicated to making this world a better place to live. long live smitty!!! god bless
Date: 3/14/2002 09:58:23

Name: Carol Cox
Comments: Smitty, you were very special to me when I was growing up. Your photo was in my locker in high school and I looked forward to seeing ACTION every day. I finally got to meet you in 1998 and tell you about the photo. You gave me a sweet shy smile when I mentioned it. Good things do indeed come in small packages, you were proof. Please keep sending those beautiful rainbows this way. They brighten the days just like you did so many times when you were on this earth.
Date: 3/7/2002 21:47:08

Name: SmittyGirl
Comments: I can't believe it's been a year, Smitty. You left much too soon. Not a day has gone by that I don't think about you--and I've dwelled rather heavily on you as of late, especially considering the date and its circumstances. My hope is that somehow, via all those great mystic vibes, that you know just what you meant to me and what you got me through. I *still* appreciate you and love you very much...and I thank God every day that you stepped into my life. You were a blessing. No wonder I miss you so. With eternal, heartfelt love... Jaime (SmittyGirl)
Date: 3/7/2002 18:22:03

Name: Sweet Sue Ohio
Comments: Everytime I think of PAUL REVERE AND THE RAIDERS I think of "Smitty". You may be out of sight, but your never out of our minds (or hearts)
Date: 3/7/2002 05:32:00

Name: Larry M. & Denise L. Ball
Comments: Smitty you are loved and missed !! The era of Peace, love and calm, and of course, "Kicks" is what we think of the most about the 60's and your contribution to that time was a joyous, talented one. But for us here, remembering him and his talent and many good times in life, is his memorial!! God Bless Us all, On this Anniversary day
Date: 3/6/2002 10:57:37

Name: JR Wolfe
Comments: A year ago today,Smitty passed away. God Bless ya "Smitty" and thanks for having spent some time entertaining us.
Date: 3/6/2002 07:52:37

Name: Mike Sampier
Comments: Gonna spend some time today on the anniversary of his passing away, reminiscing back to when Smitty's drumming was the driving force behind those classic Raider songs, especially my favorite, Smitty's and Drake's "There's Always Tomorrow", in which Michael Smith sang with such passion...R.I.P. This Guestbook is a testimony to how much he's missed by family and friends from around the world! (Galway Ireland).
Date: 3/6/2002 05:38:27

Name: roger gilbert
Comments: smitty was one of the greatest drummers from one of the greatest rock groups from the 60's.
Date: 3/5/2002 15:41:24

Name: Bill Western
Comments: Just checked in to the page to see how the guys were doing. Working with Paul and the Raiders are some of my favorite memories. The food fights on the highway between Portland and Idaho comes to mind. A great band member and a really fun guy, he is missed, Bill
Date: 3/3/2002 08:01:33

Name: dianne lee
Comments: I grew up in the 60's listening to the Raidwrs I'm 47 now and will never forget the joy they brought me.Smitty was one of my favorites and he will be missed.God bless
Date: 3/2/2002 22:00:24

Name: Bobby McSpadden
Comments: Hard to believe! Man,if there was anyone who looked like rockin' was fun,it was smitty! He made rock & roll a party-as it should be.I've got lotsa great Raider memories. Prayers go out to family.God bless ya,Smitty.
Date: 3/1/2002 19:09:19

Name: Lee Joseph DaVito
Comments: I was just reading the liner notes from "The Spirit of 1967"...and Smitty's personal goals being to "promote peace and niceness" corny as that's truly a shame that there aren't more people like him in the world...maybe the world would be a more enjoyable and alot safer place in which to live.
Date: 2/26/2002 14:53:19

Date: 2/23/2002 09:17:45

Name: Larry Barnes
Comments: He was the perfect fit for a Raider drummer.
Date: 2/21/2002 20:37:14

Date: 2/19/2002 13:59:48

Name: John Mears
Comments: I sat and had dinner with Smitty's mom and dad about a year before he pased on. We had a lot of fun remembering his days as a raider. They were great people and so was Smitty.We will all miss him.
Date: 2/19/2002 12:56:23

Name: Rick Prenosil
Comments: My favorite band of the 60's. Saw you guys in Lincoln NE.Met you back stage. Had a great time. Still love your music. Smitty always had a smile and a good thing to say about everyone. Will miss him .
Date: 2/19/2002 00:25:42

Name: Holly Knowles
Comments: It seems appropriate somehow that I just got a copy of Midnight Ridge on CD, even more reason to play the heck out of it. I also loved Our Candidate from Spirit of '67. Condolences to all Raiders past and present.
Date: 2/18/2002 13:04:01

Name: Sioux Lucas
Comments: I, like many others, cannot believe it's almost been a year.....I still grieve and miss you, Smitty. I don't really think it will get any better. I got the chance to spend some time with Paul Revere and Mark Lindsay this year, and we spoke of you.....A friend made me a tape of the Brotherhood and Brotherhood/Brotherhood albums.....I was extremely impressed. What an influence you've been on so many people. My heart just swells when I read these moving and sincere tributes to you.....Love you and miss you always....Sioux
Date: 2/16/2002 13:44:37

Name: Kevin O'Grady
Comments: So long brother the music you made will live on...Listening to you and the guys got me thru some tough times whenever I was down I would put a Raiders LP on and smile and think things can get better. Thanks Smitty for that.......
Date: 2/15/2002 08:03:39

Name: Glenn Sheppard
Comments: music is part of life and you will always be a part of music ,so you will be part of life, music and The Raiders. To A fan of rock @roll the band up there just got better
Date: 2/8/2002 15:08:51

Name: Terri
Comments: Smitty was my favorite, I used to watch them on Where the Action is every day after school. I was only 13.
Date: 2/8/2002 09:26:40

Name: Ray Anderson
Comments: It was a different world back in the sixties when I finally got to see the Raiders live - it was at the Cotillion Ballroon in Wichita, Kansas. I was a drummer in one of the many local bands that seemed to exist in every neighborhood in every city in America. I remember what a "tight" drummer Smitty was, but was most impressed by his seemingly native personality and stage presence. I had no idea that over thirty years later I would still find moments to play those great Raiders tunes and find pleasure in the young ones who listen and know many of the Raiders songs. I was never in a position to know Smitty personally, but I hope he understood the impact he had as part of the Radiers. I hope he was able to grasp how he made a major contribution to popular music all over the world. Surely he knew that for years to come there would be many, many people who would remember remember "Smitty" and still name almost every hit the Raiders had.
Date: 2/3/2002 20:27:29

Name: carol
Comments: So very sorry to hear about Smitty!
Date: 2/2/2002 14:49:57

Name: sandra
Comments: We will miss you forever.
Date: 2/1/2002 17:46:28

Name: Steve Parker, Keene, New Hampshire
Comments: Thanks, Smitty, for being part of the music I loved in that unique time known as the 1960's!
Date: 1/31/2002 18:19:38

Name: Shelly Minick (Kona Family)
Comments: Like Jenna, I to can't believe it's been almost a year since I've seen my good friend Michael, I pass by his house in Kona and I want to turn in to see if he's home!! Michael I will always miss you and Love you forever!!! Jenna if you see this call us! New # 322-5110, Rock and Roll
Date: 1/31/2002 01:55:03

Date: 1/30/2002 02:42:14

Name: Marshall Douglas Hepner
Comments: You have no idea the impact that you have had on my life. Or maybe you do!
Date: 1/27/2002 16:46:51

Comments: I am very sorry to hear of the the "passing of a Raider". I have not looked at the Raiders home page in sometime because when I did look, it was to see when the Raiders would be in Wisconsin again so that I could take my wife, who along with myself enjoyed them so very much. My wife also passed away in early 2001 and I can't believe it's taken this long for me to learn of "Smitty's" passing..."Smitty, if you would, please give my baby a hug and tell her that someday, we'll rock with the Raiders again, together"....(PS, not too big of a hug....she's a married "chick" you know! Rest in Peace and Rock on.........Gary)
Date: 1/27/2002 09:52:33

Name: Laura McDill
Comments: I remember the concert at Knotts Berry Farm in the early 70's, where I took note of Smitty's vans license plate number, in my autograph book. The news of his passing is shocking. I had no idea. I express my sympathy, to his family, and Paul Revere and the Raiders. I am still a fan after all these years, and will always remember all the great concerts Smitty was in.I know he is in Rock and Roll Heaven with the rest of Music's greatest,watching us all. Sincerely, and grieving, a Smitty fan forever, Laura McDill
Date: 1/24/2002 13:09:46

Name: Bradford Paulson
Comments: "Smitty was quite a guy and he was very good drummer as well. I am sure that all Paul Revere and the Raiders fans will miss him and sure will all the other Raiders such as "Fang", Drake, Harpo and Mark are minus one Raider. Smitty was not one of those wild drummers like Keith Moon, Dennis Wilson and John Bonham who ended their lives with the bottle. Smitty was fun to watch and to listen to on all the great Paul Revere and The Raiders albums and singles. There will not be another Smitty but his memory will live on forever in the hearts of all Paul Revere and The Raiders fans alike.
Date: 1/18/2002 12:08:00

Name: susan j. crook
Date: 1/16/2002 11:19:32

Date: 1/15/2002 12:00:46

Name: Jerry Howard
Comments: There was only one Smitty and he was one of my favorites, He will really be missed
Date: 1/12/2002 00:38:24

Name: Lou Magliente
Comments: Check out the end of NEW ORLEANS on the album JUST LIKE US. Smitty was working his butt off!Look at Smitty work!You will be missed.Long live the Raiders!
Date: 1/10/2002 16:57:41

Name: Jim Streckenbach
Comments: When I was a kid in the 1960s I first found out about The Raiders from my older brother who would attend dances that they played at locally here in the Seattle Tacoma area. I remember enjoying "Where the Action is" after school when it came on. There were a lot of great songs that they had on the radio at that time. Smitty was the one my sister went wild for "sorry Mark". I myself like the Vox bass guitar that Fang played. I eventually made enough money cutting lawns etc. to get myself an electric guitar and amp. I wish the best to Smitty and his family and all that held him dear.
Date: 1/10/2002 15:22:30

Date: 1/9/2002 19:51:27

Name: John Hall
Comments: Very sorry to hear about Smitty- The Raider's albums he played on had a BIG influence on me when I was growing up, I'll always love them. Wish I could find the Brotherhood album he did with Drake and Phil. Rock on guys.
Date: 1/9/2002 18:17:42

Name: Phyllis Mikulik
Comments: I remember one rainy day when we went to a filming of where the action is. It was in san Francisco. I am glad I did that. Phyllis
Date: 1/7/2002 20:09:48

Name: Jenna Smith (daughter)
Comments: Its almost been a year, and I still can't beleave it. I hope I can get in touch with the people who loved him again, to share good times and play music. I just want everyone to have fun remembering him. so to everyone out there, have a blast. love ya dad. Aloha peace&Love, Jenna Smith
Date: 1/6/2002 18:01:05

Name: Beth Miller
Comments: Just saw you Paul last nite at Isleta Bingo for your New Years Eve concert . Was so sorry to hear that " Smitty " is gone . I grew up watching Where The Action Is & remember how great you all got along together . You & " Smitty " always made me laugh . Again sorry for your loss, Beth
Date: 1/1/2002 21:05:40

Name: Robert
Comments: Smitty was truly one of a kind. He gave one of the best 60's rock & roll bands the strong beat that it so richly deserved. We can only hope he is somewhere playing the kit for the other talents that we lost at too early of an age.
Date: 12/29/2001 13:10:25

Name: Mike "Doc" Holladay
Comments: I love you "Smitty". I did then and I do now. You have always been, as you will always be........ In my heart. "Doc"
Date: 12/27/2001 22:48:41

Date: 12/27/2001 05:19:52

Name: Pamela A. Cooper
Comments: I love them all!
Date: 12/25/2001 17:54:20

Name: ken anderson
Comments: rest in peace
Date: 12/22/2001 08:07:14

Name: Frank Oliver
Comments: I am astonished to learn that the vet of the group was the first to go to the rock land with Elvis. He was the cooliest of the Raiders as well as Mark Lindsay. May he enjoy the serenity of tranqulity forever.
Date: 12/19/2001 17:19:11

Name: Joe Potter
Comments: Adios
Date: 12/15/2001 17:17:39

Name: Shelly Minick (Kona Family)
Comments: Merry Christmas Michael!! I Miss you so very much!!! Had a Christmas party and just wasn't the same without you. everyone left so early not like the good old days we could depend on you staying the week. I Love You Michael! Forever
Date: 12/13/2001 14:15:27

Name: RonR (Pierre South Dakota)
Comments: You and your group was the first band that I saw on stage and have forever enjoyed when listening to your songs. Your group was one of the best, both in quality of song and instrumentation, but spirit. I am so sorry to hear about Smitty, it is all of our loss.
Date: 12/11/2001 18:06:11

Name: Peggy Laz Recknagel
Comments: I was fortunate to have the opportunity to meet and get to know Smitty in the early 1970s when he was touring with the Raiders. He was a free-spirit, and had a sparkle about him that was utterly contagious. In many ways, he was the heart of the Raiders. I will always carry fond memories of those happy conversations and performances.
Date: 12/8/2001 15:21:34

Name: janelle cary
Date: 12/7/2001 09:11:53

Name: Bill Tennant
Comments: I remember watching the boys play out in Sylvan Lake, Alberta CANAD back in the sixties when you Gents were ROCK N' ROLL. I will miss Smittys smile and showmanship. The end came too soon. God bless.
Date: 12/5/2001 16:51:53

Name: Sam Hawkins
Comments: Smitty was really "COOL" Full of Life & Lots of Energy ! I remember the band when we were in the 8th grade back in the 60's We just loved to get back home from school going "Crazy" to see "Where The Action Is" With the "Raiders" and "Smitty" . He is missed so "Much" by so "Many" . God Bless, SAM
Date: 12/3/2001 15:35:19

Name: Garey Stimpson
Comments: I remember the old days, before the Raiders ever left Idaho. The group used to play at the National Guard Armory in Twin Falls once in a while. While I don't remember if you were with the group then, Smitty, I do know that I followed you and the boys when you made your rise to stardom!!! May God bless you wherever you have landed, and may you make your own brand of music in your own way, forever.
Date: 12/3/2001 03:23:35

Date: 12/2/2001 19:56:03

Name: paulh
Comments: the raiders were the greatest.smitty will live on in our memeory forever.thanks for the memories.
Date: 11/30/2001 19:12:35

Name: jon osborn columbus, ohio
Comments: I didn't grow up watching "Action". I started listing to the raiders around 1970. But I could tell that Smitty was a very special person. I hope that Smitty has found peace and love that he always was in search of. He never even knew me, and I miss him. May God bless you and keep you, thank you, Smitty.
Date: 11/30/2001 00:34:37

Name: DocFItz - Chicago-
Comments: I grew up with the Raiders, and I am saddened with the passing of Smitty. God rest his soul. He now joins the band in Rock & Roll Heaven
Date: 11/25/2001 22:49:22

Name: Kim F.M.
Comments: Another note You and your music drove my sisters and brothers home from school never missing your TV Show! You will remain in our harts forever. Thank you for being you! Your music lives forever! and so will you!
Date: 11/24/2001 18:27:24

Name: Kim F.M.
Comments: You will be deepley missed. I still sisten to your music and it fills my hart.listen to in fla and you are on the top list. I will miss you!
Date: 11/24/2001 18:21:26

Name: dale
Comments: Sorry to hear we lost Smitty. Will never forget him in concert or his antics in other places that I have seen him
Date: 11/19/2001 12:22:53

Name: Michael Monreal
Comments: I remember when I was growing up and seeing your group on tv and the things that your drummer Smitty always made me laugh.
Date: 11/17/2001 17:55:36

Name: Patricia
Comments: Smitty was the other "WILD MAN".He was crazy.I have movies of them in Denver and he was something to watch.He was a very very funny man. He's missed,but their rockin' in heaven.
Date: 11/16/2001 06:25:10

Name: Sue Holtz
Comments: I miss you Smitty----- Over the years you and your friends bought so much joy into my life through your music and gave many a span of time where we could get lost in your music and forget about our problems. I attended the Raider's concert last nite in Keshena , Wi and enjoyed the band so much - In fact my gut still aches from laughter. I know you were there in spirit ..... thank you for all the years of great entertainment you gave all of us.
Date: 11/11/2001 19:27:07

Name: Ricky
Comments: Loved the Raiders and Smitty. We'll miss you.
Date: 11/11/2001 15:57:37

Name: lynn west
Comments: It's sad to hear that someone that you have seen in the past has passed away, but you always the joy and the fun Mihael "Smitty" Smith brought to us in concerts and seeing him on Action. Thanks for the ride to true Raider.
Date: 11/10/2001 23:27:04

Name: M.Keith Golden
Date: 11/10/2001 22:00:08

Name: Susan Millerd
Comments: We are going to be seeing the Raiders tonight. Sorry that you won't be there Smitty. We'll miss you.
Date: 11/10/2001 16:07:22

Name: Anne Bowman Email
Comments: I was just a little girl when Paul Revere and the Raiders were out my babysister loved you guys. So she would bring her LP's to play on our Turntable. What made Michael "Smitty" Smith Die? I have you old LP"s. If you to know my age 41 yes that many years ago. He was young for me still. What made him pas away?
Date: 11/9/2001 11:09:10

Name: mike shaw
Comments: his body may be gone but his spiret wil live on fover in the pages of rock history
Date: 11/6/2001 21:33:46

Name: Chris W. McClendon
Comments: It is with much sadness that I sign this guestbook for Mike "Smity" Smith. During my teens in the mid 60's, there was no other band in the world in my eyes except "Paul Revere & the Raiders". I couldn't begin to count the number of hours that I and my girlfriends listened to and daydreamed about "the Raiders". This was during the time when "Smity" was their drummer. I was truly lucky to be able to see them in person three times during the summer of 1967 and those days will always be with me in my heart. My deepest sympathy goes out to Smithy's family and all of his friends. I"m sure he is in heaven making great music with all the other great musicians who have gone before him..
Date: 11/5/2001 07:01:01

Name: Bob Henry (
Comments: My deepest thoughts and sympathy for Smitty, as well as family, friends and the rest of the band. It's always tuff when we loose someone like him. I was just rediscovering the group when I learned of his loss. This is indeed a grief! I will mourn the loss of him, as I'm sure most of us will.
Date: 10/29/2001 14:26:40

Name: Rich Campbell
Comments: I would like to express my condolences to Smitty's family and friends. Some of my favorite times were spent listening to Raider songs. I know my mother Adrianne would also like to express her sympathies. The Raiders are one of her favorites. Thanks Guys.
Date: 10/24/2001 20:32:24

Name: Sue
Comments: Remembering my better days is remembering the Raiders. They brought such fun and warm in their music they made you want to be a part of it all. Smitty was such a talented drummer. He enjoyed it so. To bad the times have to change the music we love must make way for changes. I think I have just about all their albums and listen to them often. Life is way to short. My sympathy goes out to Smitty's family and friends. Smitty you will be missed but in our hearts and music. Thank you for all you gave!!
Date: 10/23/2001 18:58:55

Name: martin miller (
Comments: just saw your tremendous show up in the mountains at hiawassee,ga. and I now realize how important the people that are around you and close to you, mean to you. you have my deepest thoughts and prayers for your friend. I have never thought about my age, being older, etc.,etc. and your band proves that I'm right! my best, m.m.
Date: 10/23/2001 10:58:07

Name: Romper Renwick
Comments: Just a short note to express my condolance's to Smitty's family & friends.As a youngster both my brother and I would rush home from school I would grab my drumsticks,my brother would grab his bass and we would crank up the volume on the old RCA(B&W) and rock out to Where The Action Is.Them were the days friends,thanks for the Kicks! RIP.
Date: 10/22/2001 06:47:45

Name: Tommy Kyle
Comments: A great musician and singer! A very special person. Fun to watch and listen to. Saw him on TV. Would have liked to met him in person. Definantly a 60's person. He will not be forgotten!
Date: 10/21/2001 12:02:45

Name: steve l taylor Victoria B.C. Canada
Comments: to one of the greatest you WILL be missed
Date: 10/20/2001 17:19:58

Comments: hello i love tohave someone to do some buisness with,intrested party should use my e-mail to contact me"THANKS PRINCE CHARLES.
Date: 10/17/2001 02:42:47

Name: Jim Rohrbach
Comments: I was out on a date in '67 in the San Francisco Bay Area and went to the S.F. Airport after the dance to walk around with my date. We saw the band's instrument cases in the departure area and found the group inside one of the coffee shops in the airport. My date and I had a nice conversation with "Smitty" and "Harpo". Seeing the announcement of Mike's passing was a surprise to say the least. I remember watching "Where The Action Is" daily and purchased most of the groups albums. I always thought that "Money", with out all the extra screams ws the best rockin hit the group did. I still enjoy it and all the other hits today. We'll miss you Mike.
Date: 10/15/2001 22:22:27

Name: Denny Smothers ...from Iowa
Comments: You were loved and appreciated. Thank you for your contribution to my youth.
Date: 10/13/2001 22:43:55

Name: Thomas U Vorce
Comments: Thank you for the very best in music and thank you for the very best in pure and real entermainment. You all were the best in the best of times. God bless each and every one of you forever and ever. Hope to hear and see you sometime in the future.
Date: 10/12/2001 15:14:15

Name: charles hill
Comments: Ah the good old days, When I bought all your records, You were at the top of your game! What a time we had, even if we never formally introduced! Smile On
Date: 10/12/2001 13:31:54

Name: JOHN
Comments: I learned how to play drums from playing along with Beatle, Beach boys, and Raider records. Smitty had a great personality and was so much fun to watch. The Raiders were my first concert to see in 1967. I guess Heavenly rock n roll needed a new "skins man". Thanks for the memories, Smitty.
Date: 10/11/2001 10:17:51

Name: Garry
Comments: Smitty, You are a wonderful drummer. I will miss you here as you move on to the next reality. Thanks again my friend.
Date: 10/10/2001 19:26:04

Name: Elaine
Comments: I was a huge fan of the Raideres when I was just ten-years-old. I saw them in concert at the Oklahoma State Fair Grounds. It was my first real rock concert with a large line up. Sometimes I still pull out an old piece of vinyl and spin it. It's to bad someone so young has left us. My heart felt condolences go out to his family.
Date: 10/10/2001 08:50:19

Name: Ann Atkins
Comments: Thanks for the wonderful memories. I have such sweet sweet memories of the music and the Raiders. When life gets tough like it has been the last few weeks, I go back to those calmer, safer and sweeter times. Thanks for sharing Smitty with the world. You are in my prayers. Thanks Smitty for the music, your humor, your caring....for being you.
Date: 10/9/2001 11:50:42

Name: marie raburn
Comments: smitty, you brightened the life of a shy teenager oh so many years ago. you will be long remembered and sorely missed. God bless you.
Date: 10/8/2001 18:38:56

Name: Dianna Karem
Comments: We will miss you.
Date: 10/7/2001 21:33:48

Name: Charles Beasley
Comments: I watched the Raiders on T.V.when I was 10. afterschool and Summer. I wondered what happened to them from time to time through the years .When I rediscovered them at 44, through Cyber space ,I was fascinated.I'm saddened at Smittys passing yet happy that this guy seemed to have such a freespirited and nice life it seems.Mark Lindseys farewell to a friend was inspiring.What times Smitty must have had!What great friends he must have had! A nice life.
Date: 10/6/2001 19:29:53

Name: Frank L. Tonnema Scottsdale, Az
Comments: saw Smitty & Raiders in Bend, Or Armoury.. 1963... been a friend since then... Pax, my brother...
Date: 10/5/2001 19:28:09

Name: fjul
Comments: I can't believe the grief I feel for someone I never knew......then I realized that, the Raiders have been part of my life, for over 30 years. Music is wonderful! It has ever lasting effect on you individuly. I can hear a song today, and my memories come alive from my youth. The musical memories we keep are presious. Those memories will live with us all until forever. There is no greater gift. I will miss Mike. I DID know him, just like he would have wanted me to. Thanks for that Midnight Ride that lasted a lifetime!!
Date: 10/5/2001 02:03:17

Name: Thomas Kindle
Comments: I am so very sorry.
Date: 10/4/2001 14:41:54

Name: Janice Campbell
Comments: I grew up listening to the Raiders and I enjoyed them so very much.Smitty will be missed.
Date: 10/3/2001 17:19:58

Name: john&belinda goclik
Comments: one of the greatest drummers of all time
Date: 10/2/2001 11:04:37

Name: Randy Hughes
Comments: We miss you, buddy. Thanks for the memories.
Date: 9/29/2001 17:07:09

Name: hooper
Comments: as a high school student in Coos Bay, Oregon EVERY TIME there was a P R&R dance in Coquille I would hitchike there so I could be among the first in line to see the band. Smitty was always one of my favorites and he always had that devilish little grin on his face. P R&R were the biggest influence on me to become a professional musician. Smitty and his antics had a great deal to do with this..How can a person have so much fun and get paid for it!!! my deepest sympathy and condolences to Smitty's family and the rest of the Raiders.... Rock on Smitty in that Rock and Roll Heaven!!!!! Thanks for many many great times and memories....You are missed.....
Date: 9/29/2001 08:32:43

Name: Timothy Tyrrell
Comments: So sorry to here the bad news. The Raiders were the first group that inspired me to pursue rock and roll. Please continue to rock on Paul
Date: 9/27/2001 10:10:00

Name: Jack Masterson
Comments: Although "Fang" was my personal favorite, I was a great Raider fan and was totally entertained by all the Raiders. I was fortunate enough to see you "live" in Evansville, In. in 1966. This was my first rock concert and I'll never forget it. I'm deeply shocked and saddened to learn that Smitty is gone. It,s like losing a part of my youth. My condolences to his family and to the rest of the Raider family. Sincerely, Jack N. Masterson
Date: 9/26/2001 18:56:38

Name: Rita
Comments: Loved the Raiders, sorry to hear about Smitty.
Date: 9/25/2001 12:09:26

Name: lance blair
Comments: enjoyed his work in the 60s and 70s-many happy memories Rest in lance blair
Date: 9/24/2001 13:16:57

Name: Lamar McClure
Comments: I used to rush in everyday to see "Action" just because of the Raiders. I also saw them live a two occasions. Smitty ,Fang, Harpo and of course Mark and Paul. Their comedy was as cool as there music. Being an old drummer myself I have to count Smitty as one of my influences along with Ringo, Keith and Charlie. Rock on Smitty. Rock n' Roll Heaven has added a new member to the Hall of Fame.
Date: 9/24/2001 11:09:06

Name: Tina
Comments: I remember seeing Smitty as a very young girl and completely falling in love at that instant. As I've gotten older, I've never forgotten that first crush. Thanks Smitty.
Date: 9/23/2001 23:24:53

Name: Larry Halpin
Comments: I first saw Paul Revere and The Raiders in 1967 in Seattle when I was in 7th grade my first concert ever and Smitty was the drummer then. He always made those funny faces and had a great humour about the band. It's very sad to hear of him passing on but he is in a better world with out crime and terrorism and all the problems in this world.........God Bless you all!!!
Date: 9/23/2001 05:34:31

Name: Davina
Comments: I know that there are people who love and miss him.
Date: 9/20/2001 14:00:21

Name: Ricky
Comments: Just looking at some old 16 magazines ....seems like only yesterday. Why couldn't it had been Ginger Baker?
Date: 9/18/2001 22:14:35

Name: Sandy
Comments: I remember as a young girl listening to Paul Revere and The Raiders and tapping my toe to the crazy beat of Indian Reservation. It was a great time!
Date: 9/18/2001 22:09:03

Name: M.L.Roberts
Comments: I'm just sitting looking over the music of my youth. In this time when I feel that America has lost so many young Americans,and stand to lose so many more. I know the events of 9-11-01 first hand and now to find that a fellow drummer and one when I was trying to be a Rock was one I watched and tried to get ideas from is now gone I know Smitty is Rocking Hard with what is a ever growing comunity. Best M.L.
Date: 9/16/2001 01:00:07

Name: n j hood
Comments: Life is short they say. Hearing about Smitty makes my life seem short cause it was only yesterday he and all the raiders were a moving part in my life. I miss you all
Date: 9/14/2001 18:20:05

Date: 9/14/2001 13:59:03

Name: Bruce Maland
Comments: Hey Smitty, I'm sure you're playing with Angels, thanks so much for the Rockin' good times. Remembering your rythmn & chops always...
Date: 9/13/2001 12:30:12

Name: Keith Holznagel
Comments: From one ol' Beaverton boy to another... We will miss all that you were.
Date: 9/10/2001 22:18:49

Name: Jim & Cheryl Boyd
Comments: May God watch over your family, and friends. You will be missed, we know you are in a better place. Until we meet again. Jim & Cherly Boyd
Date: 9/10/2001 18:31:24

Name: J.KATT
Comments: Smitty definitely had a style all his own. The release of "Mojo Workout" confirms that he was the best straight-ahead rock'n'roll drummer, of any of the honest-to-god working bands, ever....he was an early influence on my rock drumming style (after I got my jazz chops from Joe Morello, of the legendary Dave Brubeck Quartet), and Smitty could play any style, clearly. In addition to the early (and only real) Raiders material, I've also been listening to the first "Brotherhood" LP, as well, in memoriam . . . all I can say is this, especially to Paul, Mark, Phil, and Drake: LIFE IS TOO SHORT. PLEASE PUT ASIDE WHATEVER NONSENSE MAY STILL EXIST BETWEEN YOU ALL, GET BACK TOGETHER, AND MAKE US ALL HAPPY.....OKAY????? "MOJO WORKOUT" DEFINES NOT ONLY WHO YOU "WERE," BUT WHO YOU ARE: THE GREATEST WHITE SHOW BAND IN HISTORY.
Date: 9/9/2001 19:54:54

Name: d.g. koval
Comments: You will be missed.....I feel fortunate that I was able to see "Smitty" in a rare concert appearance along with Mark, Fang, and Drake, at the Oaks Park in Portland, OR. ...also enjoyed when "Smitty" was a featured vocalist(such as on the 'Spirit of '67' album)... be at peace.....
Date: 9/9/2001 18:55:35

Name: Sheila M. Roberts
Comments: I am too young to know about Smitty. But I did go to the Kisn the Summer goodbye concert and that is where I heard about him. So, I came to pay my respects to a seemingly memorable man. GOOD JOB AT THE CONCERT.
Date: 9/9/2001 18:39:13

Name: Dean Horn
Comments: I am a Raiders fan from the 60's. Sorry to hear about Smitty.
Date: 9/6/2001 17:48:59

Comments: Rythym is the heartbeat of a drummers life,and sometimes it goes unacknowledged until its gone,drummers are of a speacial tribe,Bang the drums loudly!SMITTY!! were listening!
Date: 9/5/2001 02:05:13

Name: Tony Clancy
Comments: He will be missed. God bless him.
Date: 9/4/2001 10:45:43

Name: Patricia Thivierge
Comments: Smitty will always be a part of us as long as the music plays.
Date: 9/4/2001 08:52:39

Name: Shelly Minick ( Kona Family) Hawaii
Comments: Just want to say Michael, not a day has gone by that I don't miss you! I know Heaven is Rockin out! That's why I'm sure God called for you! He or she needed a guy like you full of Love and could play Drum's. Rock in Roll my friend, it's not the same without you down here!! I miss ya buddy!! Love and alot of Aloha, Shelly
Date: 9/3/2001 04:51:57

Name: Marjorie Rodgers
Comments: I never got a chance to see Smitty with the raiders but i know that he is truly missed and i send my thoughts and prayers to his family.I got to see the concert Paul and the Raiders gave Sept the 1st 2001 in Montgomery Ala and they spoke about Smitty with lots of good memories .
Date: 9/2/2001 22:10:43

Name: Dick Bowne
Comments: First saw Paul and the boys at the Eugene, Or. amory in 1964. The band included Paul, Marcus, Doc Holiday, Drake Levin and Smitty. Always the mischevious one, Smitty carried the banc with his beat. In 1966, our band played with the Raiders at the Cascade Club in Eugene. What a blast! Smitty was one of the good guys, I'll miss him! Dick
Date: 9/1/2001 14:35:46

Name: Brenda Mattson, Nampa Idaho
Comments: Paul Revere & the Raiders were a big part of my life growing up near Paul's hometown of Caldwell, Idaho. The original group was so great, always fun and they have given me terrific memories. My heart and prayers go to Smitty's family and the band.
Date: 8/31/2001 22:03:22

Name: Beverly Kindhart
Comments: I am so happy I was able to get to see you so many years ago in Boston when the Raiders played. Sorry to see you go.
Date: 8/31/2001 08:38:05

Name: Nancy J. Little
Comments: My heart goes out to all of "Smitty's" family member and friends. Another star shines bright in the heavens because we lost one on earth. Be at peace.
Date: 8/29/2001 12:54:27

Name: Alan Wardell...Flower Mound (near Dallas), Texas
Comments: Micheal was a big part of the "life spirit" of the mid sixties version of the band. He was to the Raiders as his contemporary Ringo Starr was to the Beatles. After Paul and Mark, "Smitty" had the next most recognizable face in the band. I had the privilege to see Smitty and the band play at Oklahoma City in 1966...he was a great drummer for a great band. You all made us feel good in troubled times. Thanks Mr. will be missed.
Date: 8/29/2001 01:51:27

Name: Larry Prohaska
Comments: Just found the site and the news of Smitty. Too sad, too young. Rock and Roll Heaven just got another great drummer. God Bless You. LP
Date: 8/28/2001 12:45:59

Name: James Jankowski
Comments: I was sadden to hear of "Smitty's" passing. I will remember him as one who, if he wasn't smiling, he was doing something to make others smile. My regards to his family and to those who knew him and who "jammed" with him.
Date: 8/27/2001 17:30:04

Name: Randolph Lund
Comments: I saw the raiders on 8/24/01.Sorry that SMITTY has gone to the big rock group in the sky.It was a lot of fun seeing you at Santa Cruze I had a real trip back to the past.SMITTY is proud of you I know. It showed in the way you played.Long live America and the Raider's
Date: 8/27/2001 10:36:04

Name: Debby
Comments: Sorry to hear of Smitty' passing how sad. May your family and friends have peace from above.
Date: 8/26/2001 16:09:36

Name: joyce everett
Comments: I remember meeting the group at "where the action is" I dont remember the year anymore. They all had such a great time doing what they do best. They really had the touch to put the audience at ease. He will be truely missed.
Date: 8/26/2001 08:58:13

Name: Ed and Debra McIntire
Comments: If Smiiy were alive now he would feel a tremendous pride for his fellow raiders and their success for the " Ride To The Wall" cd. I only hope he has found his "paradise". To all the rest of the Raiders, thanks for the past {hits} and thanks for your help to the vets. See you at your next concert in Vegas!!!!!!!!!
Date: 8/24/2001 18:23:02

Name: Don Roberts
Comments: I watched "Where the Action Is" after school when I was a kid. I always liked the Raiders and their "antics". They're a part of northwest history. "Smitty" like most of the other Raiders will always be remembered. Later "Smitty".
Date: 8/22/2001 08:15:11

Name: Dale Gabriel
Comments: Although I cannot say I specifically remember Smitty, I still am saddened to read about this loss or any loss of someone who is missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to him and all his friends and family.
Date: 8/22/2001 06:34:47

Date: 8/21/2001 22:26:40

Name: corrine bostrom
Comments: we had sooooo much fun, with all of the raiders,,,,,, but smitty was the one I was closest to.....sadly missed
Date: 8/19/2001 20:33:07

Date: 8/19/2001 03:05:23

Name: Barbara Dixon: Lakeland,FL.
Comments: I loved watching the raiders for years. Smitty will be missed. He is in Rock N Roll heaven. God Bless
Date: 8/18/2001 12:12:44

Comments: Like Paul says, I don't grieve for Smitty, he's gone on to a better place. I grieve for those of us left behind. You'll be missed bro. Thanks for all that you've given us. See you on the other side.
Date: 8/17/2001 19:13:01

Name: glenn
Comments: To the family of Smitty, our best wishes for the future and the best of memories, forever. The past stays alive in our heart and minds, it never ages, it never hurts, it is warm and comforting.
Date: 8/16/2001 02:13:58

Name: John Hart
Comments: When I think back to the Raiders of the "Where The Action Is" era, I just can't overlook Smitty. How could anyone overlook Smitty? He was a more than competent drummer, could carry a decent tune, and certainly appeared to be having a great time. Smitty was truly a fun-loving guy and it definitely showed to Raiders fans. I can't help but remember the final bars of "New Orleans" which featured Paul on lead vocals. "Look at Smitty work," he shouted! Yeah Smitty was really getting into it. I also remember Smitty getting some encouragement to raise his octaves on "I Know." "Do it Smitty," he was encouraged by the other Raiders. "Higher, higher!" And one more time, how about some cheers for "Our Candidate!" Yes Smitty was special. It's hard to imagine he's gone. His humor, his charm, his youthful energy. I look at the pictures of Smitty as I remember seeing him. There will be good memories of the time, the era, the music, the Raiders..... with Michael "Smitty" Smith. Peace and love eternal Smitty..... within the hands of God.
Date: 8/13/2001 13:31:27

Name: Linda Cantrall
Comments: I will always remember when Paul Revere and the Raiders came to my town of Fort Smith,Arkansas. Smitty was one of my favorites. I always will enjoy their music,
Date: 8/8/2001 15:18:25

Date: 8/8/2001 13:38:36

Name: Carol Cote
Comments: Our time on mother earth is not long if you count one of her days as spring being her dawn and winter being her night. You did not spend much time here before returning home, but that time was spent sharing your talent with millions of people. The glint in your eye and your boyish grin made them happy. Thank you for sharing your life with us.
Date: 8/6/2001 14:18:11

Name: Charles and Pat Garman
Comments: Smitty! Keep playin man, keep playin! Charles and Pat Garman,Independence, Kansas
Date: 8/4/2001 16:35:22

Comments: Its amazing, that as I think back 30 yrs., when I used to watch the raiders on TV., Smitty`s face, is the first face, that comes to mind. He had that great big smile, and you knew he really loved doing all that stuff, the raiders brought to music and TV.Some people exude happiness and inner peacefulness, Smitty was one of these precious types, few, and far in between. I will personally miss you Smitty, especially since the raider`s are touring again. As a guitar player myself,I have begun to appreciate the brillance of your lyrics, as well as the hipness of your musical interplay, which at the time got a little under rated I think! Well if any one reads this(Mark Lindsay), I just wanna say THANK YOU for the good times you definitely brought millions of us baby boomers. I will never forget you Smitty! Love from an old fan. LONG LIVE THE RAIDER`S! XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO
Date: 8/2/2001 22:15:06

Name: Barbara Baker
Comments: Emily Dickinson wrote: "Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality." Smitty lives on in the memories and affection of all who knew him. I was a battered child, and as a teenager desperately sought love and kindness, humor and honor. I was fortunate enough to meet Paul Revere and the Raiders when I was 16, and spent several years chasing around the Midwest to spend time with them. Smitty was always kind to me, understanding, accepting, quiet and shy much of the time, wild and funny on occasion. I will cherish my memories of him forever.
Date: 8/2/2001 07:10:26

Name: Jeff Smith (
Comments: I will always remember Smitty. It is always sad to lose someone who has been a part of your life. Paul Revere & The Raiders were and are a key part of my life.
Date: 8/1/2001 13:49:12

Date: 8/1/2001 12:51:59

Name: Richard Balaban
Comments: Just found the web site.Sorry to see Smitty is gone.
Date: 7/31/2001 18:43:12

Name: Evan Foster
Comments: A LEGENDARY NORTHWEST ORIGINAL! His drumming was the COOLEST ever! He and the rest of the Raiders have been a huge influence of so many of us - long live Smitty!
Date: 7/31/2001 17:56:02

Name: Danny Croker
Comments: I was also a 60s drummer. I loved smitty and all the raiders.
Date: 7/31/2001 17:14:04

Name: Rebecca Dice
Comments: We will miss you very much.
Date: 7/30/2001 11:10:51

Name: Domenico Bollito from Italy
Comments: Bye Smitty
Date: 7/30/2001 03:45:11

Name: larry abendroth
Comments: we were fortunate to get to see the original band many many moons ago. all the members were great performers which definately included smitty. it was indeed unfortunate to read of smitty's demise on the internet. so young, so talented. we recently seen the raiders perporm at a casino in omaha. what a treat. the current drummer is great as is the new lead singer. however, there is still something missing when the originals like smitty and mark are not present. smitty was a talented professional and a major chapter of raider history. truly a loss to freinds, family, and the entertainment industry.
Date: 7/29/2001 06:57:56

Name: Steve Clark
Comments: In 1966, as a young up and coming drummer, my bandmates and I saw Smitty perform at The Hullabaloo Club in Hollywood - needless to say, Smitty (and the band) were absolute true pros, and were an inspiration for us to believe it's all possible. Smitty, I know you're still keepin'those skins warm in the big band upstairs.
Date: 7/27/2001 17:51:54

Name: Vince Holvik
Comments: I had the chance to see 'Smitty" perform in 1965 and will never forget the experience. Our loss is someone elses gain. He will be missed.
Date: 7/27/2001 11:15:08

Name: Henry Quinn
Comments: I always enjoyed watching Smitty play. It seemed that he had a great time while doing it.
Date: 7/24/2001 18:56:33

Name: Zolaire
Comments: You were part of my teenage life..I'll remember you forever. Thanks for the ride!
Date: 7/23/2001 13:30:55

Date: 7/23/2001 11:04:28

Name: martha gumm
Comments: to smittys nuclear family I am so sorry for your loss. I feel like smiity was a brother to me. I remember running home fromschool each day to watch WHERE THE ACTION IS STARRING MIKE SMITH
Date: 7/22/2001 20:25:44

Name: Ed Bohn Altoona Wis.
Comments: Thanks for all the good times Ed
Date: 7/22/2001 19:26:24

Comments: I've been "ridin-high" with the Raiders since '66....loved every minute! Will miss Smitty & all his crazy antics!!! Love ya! Sandi
Date: 7/21/2001 11:07:29

Name: Lisa A. Lijoi
Comments: "SMITTY" will be missed. Although I never had the pleasure to meet him or see him in person, I was too young to go to a concert in the sixties, I watched him on "Where The Action Is" and enjoyed every minute of it!! He was one of a kind, funny, witty and a pleasure to watch. God Bless, and please play the drums for us in heaven!!
Date: 7/21/2001 00:35:53

Name: Valerie Winters
Date: 7/18/2001 23:10:51

Name: Nydia Brooks
Comments: What a terrible loss -- and so young! The Raiders have lost part of their heart and it broke mine!
Date: 7/14/2001 21:30:55

Date: 7/14/2001 14:51:57

Name: Tom Andes
Comments: I had no idea Smitty was dead. I am 49 now myself and grew up with paul revere and the raiders and loved every minute of it. They not only had good music,but were a very fun group also. My thoughts and prayers go out to the familey. Gods speed...
Date: 7/13/2001 18:53:17

Name: Tom Frenzel from Chicago.
Comments: Watching Smitty and the other Raiders is a special memory for many. Like when he used to play the drums from every conceivable angle. I'm saddened to learn of his passing. God Bless him and his family. I'll be saying a prayer.
Date: 7/12/2001 21:09:33

Name: Chris R. Hansen
Comments: My best wishes go out to the family and friends of Mike Smith. With all due respect to the many talented Raiders who followed, my intro to the band came with the "top forty" group w/ Phil, Drake & Smitty. They were something special. May Paradise be eternal!
Date: 7/11/2001 21:55:17

Comments: We have another beautiful angel to watch over us.
Date: 7/11/2001 17:37:15

Name: Bob Rotondo
Comments: I'll never forget Smitty on "Where the Action is" it was a great time to be a teenager.
Date: 7/10/2001 14:10:51

Date: 7/8/2001 01:54:48

Name: CYndy
Comments: Nice things come in small packages. Smitty was a real gem. I'll miss him.
Date: 7/7/2001 19:20:38

Name: Donna Snow
Comments: I am so sorry to hear of his passing - Smitty was one of my favorite Raiders.
Date: 7/7/2001 15:15:11

Name: Sherry and Mimi
Comments: We loved you Smitty!
Date: 7/6/2001 13:57:22

Name: Paula Stapleton
Comments: I loved them all. I didn't even know about this, until I was in the Phil Volk homepage. I am a big big fan of ALL the Raiders!!
Date: 7/6/2001 10:32:26

Name: Steve Roberts
Comments: I was a dj at WECU (East Carolina University) when Paul Revere and the Raiders hit it big on vinyl and "Action" (which always played every afternoon on the college union tube). The station played every Raider release (with the exception of "Airplane Strike"...we won't go into the monitor was always cranked way up! Truly one of rock's underrated bands. How did that flip side instrumental end with that voice from the booth?..."You guys have got to be kidding!" Damn...RIP Smitty.
Date: 7/5/2001 23:25:44

Name: Jeannie B.
Comments: I just learned of Smitty's passing and am shocked and saddened. Whatta guy! Each Raider had personality traits that set them apart, and Smitty's was definitely his humor and craziness. And he just looked so huggable! I'm a Raiders fan from *way* back and still picture Smitty as the cute little crazy but lovable drummer that kept me laughing even as I swooned over Fang! It's hard to believe that Smitty no longer walks the same earth as we do, but I hope to see him in Heaven some day! I lost my own precious Dad in January, and I empathize with how Smitty's friends and family are feeling. I will be praying for you all.
Date: 7/5/2001 22:28:01

Name: Mike Hagan
Comments: This was like losing a good friend, yet I never knew him personally. That's the kind of entertainer he was. M.J.H.
Date: 7/5/2001 18:30:38

Name: Steve Alva, Bay Area California
Comments: So sorry to barely hear of Smitty's passing. I must have been asleep at the controls to have missed this sad news. Paul Revere and the Raiders takes me fondly back to the mid-60s when this music was truly appreciated, but fortunately Smitty and all the rest will live on forever!!!
Date: 7/5/2001 14:57:09

Name: bill h.
Comments: I am a big raiders fan from the 60's. I am very sad to find out Smitty passed away .He will be missed but not forgotten.
Date: 7/4/2001 19:48:42

Name: jack sackris
Comments: he was a great drummer
Date: 7/3/2001 07:19:18

Date: 7/2/2001 21:25:35

Name: Ginger Jones
Comments: I'm an orginal Paul Revere and the Raiders fan, so I remember Smitty well. He was the best drummer ever! I found out that he had passed away when I went to see Paul Revere and the Raiders here in Louisiana at the Treasure Chest casino. I was sorry to see that he had passed away, there was a rememberance for him on the drums. I cried then, he was a cute and happy guy. I wish that I would have had the chance to meet him, but I can still listen to him play on the Raiders LPs I have. Smitty, you are sadly missed by me, but my loss in God's gain. For now he is in heaven playing drums in God's band! Some day we'll meet again, so it's not goodbye, just 'see you soon.' I love you, Smitty!!
Date: 7/2/2001 19:40:28

Name: Debbie Fradera
Comments: I was so sad to hear that Smitty passed away. I remember this bad so well. I couldn't wait til I got home from school in the 60's to watch ya'll on t.v. Smitty is an "Angel" watching over all of us. Love, Debbie
Date: 7/1/2001 21:29:46

Name: mike&connie miles
Comments: A man that will be missed by many!
Date: 7/1/2001 19:08:56

Name: jay babin
Comments: God bless him and you for your special music.
Date: 7/1/2001 11:21:10

Name: Dannell McGowen
Date: 7/1/2001 09:28:47

Name: Scotty Wright
Comments: I graduated from Beaverton HS (1961) and knew Mike pretty well although he was a year older. Used to go to Headless Horseman and see the band there and be up at the crack of dawn for traffic reports for KISN Radio in the Aerocar. Over the years I've always been able to say that I went to school with the drummer and I guess I still can. He brought lots of fun into our lives. Wayne Nutsch
Date: 6/30/2001 12:40:17

Name: Bob Comeaux
Comments: Thanks for helping to make PR&R the greatest group ever! You'll be missed ...
Date: 6/30/2001 11:31:23

Name: Sharon Eckart
Comments: You shall be remembered in our minds and hearts forever
Date: 6/26/2001 16:23:49

Name: Marlene Griseta
Comments: God and I are thinking of you.
Date: 6/26/2001 06:28:32

Name: Katie Noga
Comments: Remembering all the great days of rushing home from school just to see Smitty, Paul and the other Raiders on "Where The Is." Here's hoping Smitty has found eternal Paradise and is now drumming away as part of that great Rock and Roll band in Heaven. We'll always remember and love you Smitty!
Date: 6/25/2001 11:50:10

Name: Pam Scott (
Comments: We will all miss Smitty. I hope he has found Peace with god. My prayers go out to his family and friends. I was really sad to find out about Smitty at the Carol Stream ILL. concert. I'm sure Smitty was looking down and singing along with the guys.
Date: 6/24/2001 17:41:18

Name: bob wright
Comments: may he remain forever young. it's just so sad, to miss one who gave so much. God bless his soul and may he keep the good times rolling in the great beyond. peace to his family and friends.
Date: 6/24/2001 10:06:23

Name: rob leary
Comments: The raiders were my favorite group when I was growing up, and to this day I try to make all of there shows when they are in the chicago area. It saddened me greatly when I heard "Smitty" passed amay. I felt another part of my childhood went with him. Long live the raiders who gave us all some great music and memories.
Date: 6/24/2001 08:15:04

Name: Leonard Joesten
Comments: One measure of success is to impact the future after one is gone. Smitty's gift is to always be a part of the music legacy of the Raiders. Music of Smitty and the Raiders' makes us "feel good". Feel Good is the very essence of music.
Date: 6/23/2001 20:55:09

Name: debbie wirth
Date: 6/22/2001 22:36:36

Name: Lynn L. Sowinski
Comments: I was so sorry to learn of his passing at the concert tonight. My heart and best wishes go out to his family and friends.
Date: 6/22/2001 21:21:44

Name: Calvin Meredith
Comments: I'm sorry to hear of Smitty's passing. He is one of the "mentor's" I remember from wanting to play drums.
Date: 6/22/2001 10:11:30

Name: Linda Aberle
Comments: Smitty gave true meaning to "Where the Action Is" in life, as well as beyond! Music has been missing something for a long time, and now the bright spot will never be recaptured. One more for "Rock & Roll Heaven - God Bless You Smitty!
Date: 6/20/2001 08:58:54

Name: SmittyGirl (Jaime)
Comments: Gads, Smitty, today marks when we first got in touch. I still miss you, you handsome devil.
Date: 6/16/2001 10:31:26

Name: Scott_Miner
Comments: A driving force in one of rock's best groups. A real original!
Date: 6/15/2001 20:52:45

Name: Tim Charles
Comments: Just a big fan from the 60's
Date: 6/15/2001 05:34:52

Name: AC Walker
Comments: Smitty, you're awesome. Play some mean drums wherever you're at!
Date: 6/13/2001 14:44:39

Name: Marie---CALIF.
Date: 6/12/2001 20:01:05

Name: John A. Emmons
Comments: As great as the current band is, I love running across old clips, stills and videos with the old faces present, especially Smitty.
Date: 6/10/2001 08:32:38

Name: Monty Smith
Comments: thank you smitty you were an inspiration to a whole generation by being a part of the beginning.
Date: 6/10/2001 07:53:52

Name: ricky thomason in cols ga.
Comments: ive have been a big fan of the group. im so sorry to here about smitty, we will all miss him.
Date: 6/9/2001 18:37:25

Name: Steve Marinucci
Comments: Paul Revere and the Raiders were one of the best groups America gave us during the '60s. Thank you, Smitty, for being such a great part of it. Thank you and the rest of the Raiders for all the wonderful music that still so much fun to listen to today.
Date: 6/9/2001 15:13:55

Name: Wayne
Comments: I always like the Raiders. I was just checking out this website after I bought the remastered hits CD and was shocked to find out that one of the Raiders has left long Smitty...miss you. wayne
Date: 6/8/2001 13:10:45

Name: Bruce Herndon
Comments: He was my favorite Raider all those years ago. I hadn't heard that he had passed. It's truly a sad time for Raiders fand.
Date: 6/8/2001 06:24:13

Name: Doug Gibbs Glen Clark
Comments: All the best in this time of grieve..
Date: 6/7/2001 23:51:21

Name: Neil Palmer
Comments: I guess I'm too young to remember Smitty actually in the band but I LOVE the music. Shame that his sad death didn't get acknowledged here in the UK but I think I speak on behalf of all British Raiders fans when I offer my condolences to his friends and family.
Date: 6/7/2001 08:06:05

Name: joseph e. davidson
Comments: i have enjoyed your music for my entire lifetime.
Date: 6/5/2001 08:43:14

Name: Cathie Licht Jannetto
Comments: I was just a kid (born in '53) but I LOVED the Raiders as soon as I heard them on the radio (in '66). Then when I saw them on Where The Action Is, I flipped for Smitty, the cute, short drummer with the over-bite like mine! Now he's been gone 3 months, & I only just heard. How terribly sad, FAREWELL, no more to say -----
Date: 6/3/2001 21:45:49

Name: Al Sprenger
Comments: Smitty, You are definitely "Where the Action Is" right now. God Bless You and your family/friends. Keep on Raidin'!
Date: 6/2/2001 15:38:48

Name: Lance Suminski ,Toledo,Ohio
Comments: Thanks Smitty!I can remeber watching "Where the Action Is"after school,and I remember Him singing"Our Candidate",and to this dayit still makes me smile when I put "The Spirit of 67" and hear him belt it out.I had a near death experience several months ago,and I went to the other side,it was very beautiful,and the people that were very close tome,and a couple whom I had never met in my time,but were still family members were there to greet me,and even my dogs.The other side was very peaceful,but I was told it was not time for me to be there,but that when my time comes they would be waiting for me.I am sure Smitty is enjoying this place,and I bet he has the baddest Drum kit,that he never has to change the heads on,and his sticks never break.He will be watching for his friends,and making room for them on that stage with all the Vox amps,and Epiphone Sheratons that don't break strings. I'm sure he is happy,and would want all of us to rejoice,and smile,when we think of him,and where he resides,because he truelly is "Where The Action Is".
Date: 6/1/2001 03:38:11

Name: janet foos
Comments: the first rock drummer i remember,,,,,the first concert i remember he played well and was very funny and exuberant on stage. thats one reason i became a musician thank you bye smitty honey
Date: 5/31/2001 11:19:33

Name: Bill Turley
Comments: I first started playing the drums in 1964 and I always played along with Smitty and the Raiders. I watched "Where The Action Is" everyday and Smitty was always my favorite Raider. Though I got to see the Raiders in the 60's it was after Smitty left. I wish I had gotten the chance to see him live and I always used to wish they would get back together for a reunion tour. Smitty was a big influence on me as a young musician and was the American version of Keith Moon without the hotel wreckings. Anyone who likes humour in their music will never forget Smitty and the world is an unhappier place without him.
Date: 5/30/2001 21:32:23

Name: Cableman, Rolling Thunder, Inc.
Comments: The sign on the drum kit during the show at the Wall was fitting. An "In memory" patch should be made for your vests.
Date: 5/30/2001 11:13:22

Name: Debbie Ames, Reno, Nevada
Comments: Thanks for the lovely memories, Smitty...all of that great music while I was growing up in the 60's, a true "California Girl" at the time...even now, whenever I'm depressed, I listen to that music and everything is "OK". Fly high, my friend, and God's speed to you.
Date: 5/29/2001 00:04:53

Name: Rebecca Dice
Comments: You will be missed. Every time I play a Raider's tape, I'll think of you. Remember God only takes the best.
Date: 5/28/2001 10:44:19

Name: Patricia Bertram
Comments: I remember watching "Where the Action Is" all those years ago. I loved their music, and when it came to "Smitty", what was not to like? I had no idea that he was gone until a few minutes ago. He will be missed.
Date: 5/28/2001 08:42:02

Name: Don Lenaghen - Boise
Comments: I have long lasting memories of "Smitty" during the days of "Where The Action Is". He was a Class Act Musician and a Super Performer. He will be missed by all.
Date: 5/27/2001 20:01:13

Name: DAN2964
Comments: You were one the best.We will all miss you.
Date: 5/27/2001 19:48:31

Name: Sharon Wilkerson
Comments: You will be missed greatly and we truly believe you are now in paradise.
Date: 5/27/2001 10:38:56

Name: Bill MacMillan.........Toronto,Canada
Comments: That music was magic....I listen to it now and appreciate it more and more..The vocals were great ,the guitar hooks were great,..but if for some reason ..if the the drummer isn't into won't work.Smitty made it work.It's a good to feeling to sneak a peek and see Smitty working those drums.......It is a sad time.....
Date: 5/26/2001 10:44:17

Name: Luis B. Alcivar
Comments: I am honored and grateful for having the oportunity of saying anything about this very special man. Mainly he is a hero in my mind because of the way he played the drums on "I can't get no satisfaction" but also as music fan, I was the recipient of a huge uplift anytime I heard him on drums. Smitty, if I may say so, I thank you for being a special something in my life.
Date: 5/26/2001 01:32:29

Name: Walter Myers
Comments: I never realized until today that Beaverton High School had such a famous grad. I grew up and have lived in Beaverton all of my life. I loved the music when I was a kid. My older sisters would play the music over and over again. Was sorry to hear about Smitty's passing. Your old hometown of Beaverton misses you very much.
Date: 5/25/2001 19:36:03

Date: 5/25/2001 12:58:57

Name: Mike Sonnessa - New York
Comments: Sorry to learn of Smitty's passing. I used to spend hours playing "drums" the Raiders albums. I would use my old man's brushes on a tin sewing can and Smitty was solid. He, along with Ringo, and the guy in the Kinks, Mike Avery, I believe taught me the value of solid rock drumming - even though I'm a guitar player! But to this day, I can't play with a drummer who won't be simple, yet solid and creative, like these guys. Smitty - peace and love to y'all, and sorry we never met, although you were an important part of my musical education.
Date: 5/25/2001 08:51:52

Date: 5/25/2001 08:07:39

Comments: I will miss you.
Date: 5/24/2001 15:47:43

Date: 5/24/2001 07:01:47

Name: cheryl delossantos
Comments: was at epcot and saw the sign on omars drums. sorry to hear of the loss
Date: 5/23/2001 17:31:50

Name: Jel E.
Comments: rule!!!
Date: 5/23/2001 06:11:58

Name: Don Prosser
Comments: God speed Smitty.
Date: 5/20/2001 14:19:22

Name: Vincent Lehotsky
Comments: I had always liked the video version of I Know, where Smitty gets takened away in a straight jacket. Well that's how I remembered it. To this day, whenever I sing that song, I sing it in his style. That is to say You Don't Wuv Me No More, No No More. I guess one can say that Mike had influenced a small part of my life. He was truly Wuvved by everyone. Bye Mike, I Wuvved ya as well
Date: 5/20/2001 13:36:40

Name: Loyal Truedale
Comments: He beat us all to Heaven. Mike was my best pal from the time I was six years old. He live down the road from our house in Beaverton on Lang ave. We rode our bikes together everywhere all over the country side. He had an old Austin without a motor we would tow with my sisters horse up a hill and then coast it down. His father Howard owned Beaverton Transfer and my dad, Harry Truesdale, owned Harry's, Beaverton's top resturant. They were close friends too. I sold Mike my '33 Plymouth for $50.00 when I couldn't get it to run and he replaced the distributer cap that he paid .50 for and the car became our transportation for the next couple of years. I went in the Army in '58 and didn't see him again until I was in a club called something A Go-Go where Paul and the band were playing in 1965. I kept staring at the drummer who looked familiar and it was "Smitty." I spent the next couple of days hanging out with the guys while we caught up on our lives and re-living tales of our youth. I visited with him in his place up in Carmel around 1969/70 and somehow stayed intouch by mail or phone over the years. Last time I talked to him he had got his pilots license and was going to sea. I stopped at his old house on Lang Ave a couple of years ago while I was driving through Portland. His dad Howard was out that day taking a "dance" class or something but I left a message to tell my Pal, I said hello. I'm going to look for some pictures of us as kids and will pass them along. Best to all of his other friends. Loyal
Date: 5/20/2001 11:31:07

Date: 5/20/2001 08:44:15

Name: Michele L.
Comments: What can I say? Smitty was one of my favorite entertainers and I faithfully and lovingly watched him with Paul Revere and the Raiders for many years! This was truly a sad discovery for me today, 5/18/01. I had no idea! A pure spark of goodness is gone from the world; hopefully he will still watch over us and continue to promote the peace he so exemplified. Love you Smitty!
Date: 5/18/2001 13:43:11

Name: Royce Mitchell
Comments: Always a pleasure, music that lives on, can never be forgotten. Kicks Man!
Date: 5/17/2001 21:23:08

Name: Doug Hamilton
Comments: Thank you for your life and the music you made. I will always have your music to help me remember the great times in my life and the greater times yet to come. And to your family and friends I share this: You have the memory of a beautiful life and the hope of immortality. Sincerely: Doug Hamilton
Date: 5/16/2001 15:55:05

Name: Bill Heathman
Comments: Smitty you are indeed missed, and have most certainly joined "one hell of a band."
Date: 5/16/2001 13:18:07

Name: Lavonia McCarty
Comments: I remember "Smitty" as the zany drummer of PR & the Raiders. It's hard to believe that he has passed touches on the mortality that we all have. He was too young, just too young.
Date: 5/16/2001 10:22:27

Name: Moises Gomez
Comments: Rest in peace. In the 60's we as a band in Puerto Rico played all Raiders recordings. Today I still remember those Peace & Love numbers. You will be always The Candidate.
Date: 5/16/2001 10:18:53

Name: Butch and Roberta Larson
Comments: To Smitty's Family and Friends our Hearts are heavy for your loss.
Date: 5/15/2001 21:42:23

Name: toni dupin
Comments: to the family of mike smitty smith, smitty made alot people out there happy. i'm one of them. he will be missed.sincerely toni dupin kentucky
Date: 5/15/2001 17:18:22

Name: Steve Andrisevic
Comments: Ive always been a fan of The Raiders. My first exposure to them was their best album( in my opinion)Just Like Us. I was obsessed with this album and would listen to it for hours. Smitty was a very under rated drummer and just like another drummer named Ringo he was no fool. One of the funniest songs on the album I mentioned before was a take on the song called "I Know". Rest in Peace Smitty. Tell John Lennon and Frank Zappa hello :)
Date: 5/15/2001 13:02:38

Name: Janelle Ray
Date: 5/15/2001 08:55:43

Comments: Goodnight friend. I look forward to seeing you at the reunion, whenever that time may be. God bless you
Date: 5/15/2001 00:01:37

Name: Joanne C.S.
Comments: Sorry I'm so late in sending my thoughts, but I wanted to send them along anyway. I lost my Dad when I was 12 and was searching for answers and the positive in life. My Dad's legacy was of kindness and light. Some friends in the 60's were going in all sorts of directions, but my dearest friend and I wound up going to many live Action tapings. It was fun, exciting and interesting, but it also was the time when I discovered the positive and happy "Smitty". Although I knew he was married, I couldn't help a school girl crush. After that I saw futher into the value creating and fun loving nature of this man and that attitude assisted me in my search towards value in my life. He too was full of kindness and a shinning spirit which touched everyone with humor and innocence. While I share in the sadness of the loss as all others who knew Mike, I believe that his essence will live on in another form and place and especially, that his spirit will live on and continue to create value. I feel strongly, through my personal experience, that his children and loved ones will find him living on in their own lives and how they live it---bolstered by his smile and robust spirit. The universe is a better place due to his legacy of kindness and light!
Date: 5/14/2001 15:30:28

Name: Paula Higgins, Newark, Delaware
Comments: I was fortunate to be able too see the Raiders in concert twice in the mid 60's (although I was w-a-y back in the cheap seats). Although I haven't kept up with the comings and goings of the former members I do still listen to their music and recently bought the CD of Goin to Memphis. I was sorry to read - while checking out Mark's website - that Smitty had passed. I was just curious - he was so young - was he ill?
Date: 5/14/2001 06:23:50

Name: Sally Leishman, San Jose, CA
Comments: When I think of Smitty, I just SMILE. I had the pleasure of meeting him several times. He was always so kind, funny, and loving toward me, and my friends. He always took time to talk to us, and made us feel special. As a founding member of the Art Raz Society, I remember how thrilled we were when he asked us to start a friendship club. The letters we received from Art Raz and Smitty are cherished to this day and still in our secret place as well as all of the copies of the Art Raz Society newsletter. I have been very touched by all the notes in this guestbook, and it has taken me awhile to come to terms with Smitty's passing, and to put my thoughts down. Anytime I want to SMILE, I just think of all of the goofy things he did on stage, and it makes me very happy to know that I was part of his legacy, and can say I was a friend of his. God Bless you Smitty until we meet again. Love and friendship, Sally Leishman
Date: 5/13/2001 19:50:34

Name: Cathy Reed Ashley
Comments: Met "Uncle" Paul today in Birmingham,Al. Found out that Smitty had passed away. A sad moment me and thousands of Smitty and Raiders fans,they gave us some really good songs and concert shows .Paul Revere and the Raiders will always be my favorite band....
Date: 5/13/2001 16:37:55

Name: Julie Lacher
Comments: He was my favorite Raider when you first started out. Even named a hamster after him. He was missed when he left the group and will be missed even more now.
Date: 5/12/2001 19:42:26

Name: Pete McChord
Comments: Just saw the Raiders the other night and didn't know Smitty was gone. It's a very sad thing to hear.
Date: 5/12/2001 16:52:07

Name: Mary Baker
Comments: I was at your concert in Spokane last night (5/11/01)and am so sad to hear of the untimely passing of Smitty....I remember the first Raider concert I went to in 1965 in Portland,OR and the fun you all seemed to be having particularly Smitty. Condolences to his family and the band. Mary Baker --- Cheney, WA
Date: 5/12/2001 13:36:17

Name: Deborah (Cruze)Molenda
Comments: I have many wonderful memories and pictures of Smitty. Back in the late 60's and my friends and I would have our Mom's drive us up and down the California coast following "Where the Action Is" TV show taping locations. I got a chance to talk briefly with Smitty years ago. While attending a recent Concert here in Tacoma Wa. I was suprised to hear about Smitty's passing. He had a great personality for sure. He will be missed by many.....
Date: 5/12/2001 08:57:59

Name: Mike J.
Comments: I just attended your concert last night in Spokane. I'm sorry to hear about Smitty. The great music goes on even if the great ones don't. Thanks to you all and thanks " SMITTY "
Date: 5/11/2001 23:59:14

Name: Keith Haynes
Comments: Hell of a player!!!!! May God Bless! --Keith(Peak Records Intermountain productions)
Date: 5/11/2001 20:16:45

Name: Joyce Konya
Comments: I'm am so sorry to hear the news about Michael "Smitty" Smith. He will be truly missed. I've been a long time fan of Paul Revere and the Raiders. It will never be the same without him. My heart goes out to his family, friends and fans. He will be our hearts forever. Joyce Konya, Covington, WA
Date: 5/11/2001 11:41:48

Name: David M. Pratt
Comments: Smitty will be greatly missed. Thanks for the music and fun.
Date: 5/11/2001 11:23:45

Name: Kimiko Ann Percival
Comments: I first saw PR & Raiders back in '65 - I don't remember where or when. He may have been in the back with his drum set but who can forget that wonderful, wonderful smile of Smitty. And that maniacal look he would get when he was plotting who knows what. But it's his smile I remember the most. His smile conveyed what he was....a man who truly enjoyed life and people. I am so very sad and sorry he's not with us anymore but I can't help smiling when I think of his smile. Thanks, Smitty, for all the great memories.
Date: 5/11/2001 10:26:21

Name: Leroy Webb
Comments: I'm one of the old Tacoma crowd, and the world just got smaller and more boring. Bye, Smitty. (Great show at the TacomaDome last night, guys!)
Date: 5/11/2001 07:56:40

Name: Evan Sheeley (Bass Northwest - Seattle)
Comments: I am sorry to hear about Smitty. He put many a smile on my face when I used to watch him with Paul Revere and the Raider years back. He always had a great sense of humor and was also a VERY solid drummer. My heart goes out to the remaining members of the band and Smitty's family.
Date: 5/9/2001 16:31:46

Comments: I'm very sorry to hear of the loss of Micheal. He was one of my dearest friends. My love goes out to his friends and family...RIP Micheal.
Date: 5/8/2001 12:24:13

Name: Rick Knutson
Comments: I was sad when Smitty left the group way back,but not as sad as I am now,because,back then I always thought he could come back. We'll miss him. "I'm sorry" to all his family,The Raiders,former Raiders,and All the Raider fans everywhere.Goodbye Smitty!
Date: 5/7/2001 20:46:06

Date: 5/7/2001 15:52:51

Name: Dan Mitchell
Comments: Just good memories
Date: 5/6/2001 19:54:48

Comments: I grew up and still live in Emmett, Idaho. I spent many afternoons watching "Where The Action Is" and listening to Paul Revere and The Raiders. I think I bought every album that came out. I still travel to Jackpot every weekend they're in concert there. Smitty will be missed very much. My best wishes go to his family. It's hard to lose a loved one.
Date: 5/6/2001 15:49:35

Name: Jan Hearne
Comments: I talked to Smitty before a concert in Atlanta at the Merchandise Mart around 1965. I was 14 years old. He was very friendly, polite and not the least put out by the silly ramblings of a teeny-bopper fan. I am so sorry to hear that he has left us. I can remember the first verse of a poem I wrote about him in '65. It went like this: To tough little Smitty whom we adore Each time that we see him, we love him much more Just teen-age stuff, but it's stuck with me, because his kindness to a goofy, skinny, 14 year old with braces has stayed with me. Thanks Smitty for taking the time. You didn't have to.
Date: 5/4/2001 21:21:23

Name: Denise D.
Comments: I just now ran across this page to find out about the loss of dear Smitty. Having grown up on the Raiders in the 60's, I feel as if a part of me has died with him. I hope some day to finally meet him when I'm called home.
Date: 5/4/2001 19:34:54

Comments: you were a large part of the sixties and will be missed
Date: 5/4/2001 18:57:02

Name: Cliff Phillips
Comments: When I first started drumming back in the 60s, Smitty and the Raiders were at the top of my "must listen to" groups. I tried hard to copy everything Smitty did in every garage band I was in. Still playing now at age 50. Thanks for the inspiration Smitty!
Date: 5/4/2001 07:49:53

Name: Glenn Norman Cedarville, Canada
Comments: During the past 35 years, there have been times when my life got so jammed up I couldn't see how I was going to get through another day. But the simple solution was always there ... just bang "Midnight Ride" onto the record player ... then tape machine ... then CD player ... and there was good ole' Smitty with his infectious optimism reminding me not to worry if it didn't all get done today, cause "... There's Always Tomorrow." I can't believe there will be no more tomorrows for Smitty. Sleep well, friend I never met, and know that your voice was part of the "theme music of my life" for which I will be forever grateful.
Date: 5/3/2001 15:15:44

Name: Brenda Renfroe
Comments: I will miss you Smitty. As a teenager in the 60's I fell in love with Paul Revere and the Raiders as did my friends. My favorite was Phil and my friend Micki, Joyce and Gail all liked Mark, Drake, and Smitty. We lost Joyce over 16 years ago to cancer. It is somewhat easier for me to accept the loss of Smitty because I know he and Joyce will get together on the otherside and there will be a lot of laughter there because of those two spirits. Thank you for sharing Smitty with all of us.
Date: 5/2/2001 11:55:08

Name: Dennis Yager
Comments: I loved to watch smitty back in the days of Where the action is he will truly be missed by all. God bless you smitty and my friend.
Date: 5/1/2001 17:53:31

Name: tom swatkowski
Comments: From the first time I saw the Raiders,Smitty seemed to have the most energy.His steady drum beats were a big part of the bands hits.When he re joined the band they just seemed to take a better aproach at their recordings.Always hopefull for a raiders reunion,it would never be the same anymore without his gusto for fun.
Date: 5/1/2001 16:08:22

Name: Russ Creath
Comments: My heart and prayers go out to the band and family of Smitty. Of all the times I saw him with the Raiders during appearances or photos, I can't recall any time seeing him without a smile. May God comfort his family and Raider family.
Date: 5/1/2001 07:08:38

Name: Kay McCullough
Comments: It was with great sorrow that I heard of Smitty's death. I, too, was first drawn to the group on "Where The Action Is," and Phil was my favorite Raider, but I loved Drake, Michael, Mark and Paul with all my heart and they helped me through my teen years more than anyone else. I hope that he enjoyed living in Hawaii and, all things considered, Hawaii is a lovely place to end a life well-lived. Best wishes and loving thoughts to his family and friends. Thanks to the Webmistresses for such great, memorable photos and wonderful words from other fans of one of the greatest American rock bands.
Date: 4/30/2001 21:54:58

Name: Denny Pine
Comments: Godspeed to one of the most talented drummers of the 60's! Smitty, you will never be forgotten.
Date: 4/30/2001 19:06:38

Name: diane verdegan
Comments: the raiders have been a part of my life as far as can remember.losing one of them is like losing famly. he will not be forgotten!
Date: 4/29/2001 19:33:47

Name: Darryl Low
Comments: I grew up watching Where The Action Is, And like many became a Paul Revere and the Raiders fan. Smitty will be missed but never forgotten. My condolences to his family.
Date: 4/29/2001 01:01:24

Name: Patrick Kersteter
Comments: You were and are one of my inspirations in my drumming. I will miss you and your contrubutions to the music world. I only wish I could have talked to you sooner.
Date: 4/28/2001 13:27:16

Name: linda rivera
Comments: Smitty ,thank you for the fun,laughs,and of course the music. I'll never forget you.
Date: 4/27/2001 22:38:37

Name: Shirley Combs
Comments: Sorry to hear about the loss of Smitty. We will all miss him
Date: 4/27/2001 19:24:14

Name: Karen Stepp
Comments: I have loved Smitty since 1966, since I "met" him, when Paul Revere and the Raiders came into my life. Every member of the and became like family to me. My best friend and I wrote stories about them, and they were our dearest friends, giving us many hours of laughter, joy, and fun. I will always love Michael "Smitty" Smith...I even named my dog "Rory", which was Smitty's first son's name. I will just always love Smitty, and he will always live in my heart, like one of my own family. Michael "Smitty" Smith, you are always loved, and alive in the hearts of those of whose lives he touched.
Date: 4/27/2001 11:40:14

Name: Wild Jim Streckenbach
Comments: Paul Revere and the Raiders were a big influence to me getting my first guitar in 1966. Me and my friends loved to watch "Where the Action Is" to see our favorite bands. Music was just about the Best in my opinion during those years. There is this one picture I remenber of your band posing for a picture were Smitty had his boots off. He was shorter than the others but he was huge on those drums. We will all miss him. He was a important part of the vital Northwest rock scene that influenced me and my friend in the Seattle area. Keep on Rockin!!!
Date: 4/26/2001 15:16:08

Name: Ken Willard
Comments: I met Smitty years ago at the Salem Armory when my band had the privilege of playing before you, Mark, and the rest went on stage. We always enjoyed wathcing Smitty do his part to add to what was in our opinion the best rock-n-roll band in the country. I still do feel that way, and though the current Raiders are a great bunch and terrific musicians and people, I will never forget the originals-Smitty, Mark, Fang, and you---keep on rockin"!!
Date: 4/26/2001 10:13:25

Name: Julie Meisner
Comments: Smitty will be missed by all who loved "Paul Revere and the Raiders." This group was a big part of my teenage years and will always be remembered as "special", maybe even more so then the Beatles, to me because they were the first famous people I ever saw in person. It was on a baseball diamond in Saginaw, Michigan.
Date: 4/26/2001 08:14:49

Name: Julie Meisner
Comments: Smitty will be missed by all who loved "Paul Revere and the Raiders." This group was a big part of my teenage years and will always be remembered as "special", maybe even more so then the Beatles, to me because they were the first famous people I ever saw in person. It was on a baseball diamond in Saginaw, Michigan.
Date: 4/26/2001 08:14:28

Name: wade s miles
Date: 4/25/2001 12:28:22

Name: Anita E. Smith
Comments: Smitty was unique and truly wonderful. He will always be one of my favorite memories of the Raiders. I will miss him always. May Jesus bless and comfort his family.
Date: 4/25/2001 02:57:31

Name: Dean Hegerty
Comments: "Just Like Us" has always been my favorite Raiders album 'cause, in addition to conjuring up images of "Where The Action Is", it really shows how talented each member of the band is. Many people don't even remember Brotherhood, the group Drake, Fang & Smitty formed upon leaving the Raiders. However, I've got a copy of their single "Jump Out The Window" and have always thought it was a great song that should have been a hit for them. I would like to offer my sympathy to Smitty's family, friends, fans & fellow bandmembers.
Date: 4/24/2001 21:20:00

Name: cam atkinson
Comments: the raiders were the first band that influenced me. there showmanship was second to none. smitty was an important part of the show in the sixties, he will surely be missed. a canadian raiders fan
Date: 4/24/2001 19:21:22

Name: Bob Wooley (Raider keyboard 1971/1977)
Comments: I came to know Smitty in 1971, when Revere added me as a back-up keyboard player. Mike was already looking forward to Hawaii and what he would do after the Raiders. He impressed me with his spritual calm, and his relaxed but joyful manner. During the days at the Flamingo in Vegas I always enjoyed his part of the show. I'm sorry to hear of his passing, but I'd bet he felt good knowing his place in the band went to someone he knew and respected- Omar Martinez. My condolences go out to Smitty's family.
Date: 4/24/2001 14:51:23

Name: Mark Edghill
Comments: Bummer! He was one class act of the Raider's famous five. (Mark Lindsey, Phil "Fang" Volk, Drake Levin and, of course, Paul) Smitty, Thanks for your greatest contribution to the Raider's legenary history. We will miss you.
Date: 4/23/2001 19:43:22

Name: Kelleigh Lockett
Comments: My mother loved Paul Revere and the raiders. She has told me so many stories of her hopping the Oleander bushes at Marine land to watch them film "where the action is". She says he had the greatest sense of humor and he will be missed greatly. His family and friends are in our prayers.
Date: 4/23/2001 18:14:07

Name: Mona Barkauskas / Littleton Colorado
Comments: A great guy, who will always be with us in spirit. He lives in our music, and our desire to always be "young". The best to you in Paradise!
Date: 4/23/2001 17:51:05

Name: Lee Ann
Comments: His legency will live in the hearts of those who love rock and roll as much as I do. Where ever you are Smitty rock on!!!
Date: 4/23/2001 17:06:52

Name: Lauren Love
Comments: I remember your group playing at Capital Skateland in Olympia Washington. Olympia never did have much for the young to enjoy, however your group was my favorite to play at the skating rink. I remember Mark Lindsay hanging from the rafters singing "FEVER". Smitty always seem to have a great deal of fun when he was entertaining. Sorry to hear of your band's loss. We will all be there some day to be once with him again.
Date: 4/23/2001 15:11:59

Name: Stan Kennedy (
Comments: I grew up with Mike in Beaverton, and lived down the street from him and his brother Jerry. Even swam a few times in his damed up creek at his dad's house. I remember playing a Rose Festival Parade with him in the mid 50's. He warned all of us to not drop our sticks. Then if we did, to not pick them up. Only one who did was Smitty ;) I also remember hearing him practice those drums every night. Could hear him as I passed his house. I had lost track of him over the years but have thought about him more then once. My brother Ron, who died in the early 60's in a motorcycle accident in Hawaii, saw him playing with you all in Hawaii, just before he was killed. He was in the Navy at the time. I think he even talked to Smitty and maybe you Paul. I always hoped that I would run into Smitty again. Thanks for doing this in honor of his memory and giving us a chance to add to it. I add my prayers and sympathy to his family. Stan Kennedy. BHS Class of 61
Date: 4/23/2001 13:46:56

Name: Bev
Comments: I have never met him, but I have a lot of memories of him with the band. He always seemed to enjoy what he was doing and he will be sadly missed. He made me smile.
Date: 4/23/2001 10:56:10

Name: gary p wisner
Comments: thanks for the "smiles"
Date: 4/23/2001 09:37:17

Name: Samantha Collins
Comments: Smitty, May you rest in peace and find true peace wherever you are.
Date: 4/23/2001 06:40:47

Date: 4/22/2001 22:05:32

Name: Jim Ahrens
Comments: Smitty to me was the little kid in all of us showing off and being true to his belief that good will always win over bad. He makes you a agent in his army at war over hate and anger. I can close my eyes and see that little man running all over the set of Where the Action Is knocking things over adlibing his lines. God you I hope you hold him close to your side for we lost him to you. I`am sure his running all over heaven now we know were all that thunder comes from. Look up some day when you hear thunder and you will never be scared for you know its Smitty. All my best Smitty. Jim Ahrens
Date: 4/22/2001 18:30:23

Name: Austin Grimes
Date: 4/22/2001 18:16:42

Name: Renee Nillen
Comments: I discoverd the Raiders when I was only 9, and my fav was Mark Lindsay, but I adored Smitty and his antics.....when I saw the Raiders in concert, Smitty was the drummer, and what a card and fun he made it!!!!! The next year he left the band and I saw the band with Joe Correro Jr. was drummer///good in his own right, but not Smitty. Mr. Smith, I will miss you, but have your memories to keep me young!!!!!!
Date: 4/21/2001 19:33:26

Comments: Sorry to see him go. I remember him from the "Where the Action Is" days. He was great. May GOD bless you family Michael
Date: 4/21/2001 14:35:01

Comments: Since the 60's and 16 Magazine, I have loved the Raiders. It is so sad that Smitty has passed.
Date: 4/21/2001 09:28:47

Name: Kent Beedle
Comments: My wife and I have our Grandkids living with us. They have become fans of the old Raider Music and are constantly handing us Paul Revere CD's in the car. Our whole family was saddened to hear of Smitty's passing and his family and Paul are in our prayers.
Date: 4/21/2001 09:13:26

Name: Shari Allison
Comments: I remember going to se Paul Revere and the Raiders in Sioux Falls , South Dakota back in the late sixties during The Summer Happening. We loved watching him with his unique smile and such professionalism as the rest of the band. They were truly our favorite group. We will miss you Smitty.
Date: 4/20/2001 23:36:17

Name: Mary Lou Burnett
Comments: My heart goes out to to his family and the group. I grew up with all of the Raiders. May God be with you all and watch over you "I know Smitty is"
Date: 4/20/2001 22:43:38

Name: Thomas "T-Bone" Filip
Comments: Sorry you had to go, Smitty-you'll always be the Raiders #1 drummer!
Date: 4/20/2001 20:26:22

Name: Bob and Yolanda Kiepprien from Meridian Id
Comments: A great loss to the music world. Codolensces to the family and THE RAIDERS.
Date: 4/20/2001 19:28:02

Name: Mary Lou Mejeur
Comments: I had to listen to my favorite group with my ear pressed against the console stereo so not to interrupt my dad's tv programs. "Spirit of '67" was the very first album I ever bought and recently have begun listening to all the Raider albums again after seeing them in concert last year. Paul, Smitty, Fang, Harpo and Mark are the "Raiders" in my book and it is very sad to hear of losing someone you "grew up" with via Where the Action Is, Tiger Beat, 16, etc. Think of the good times.
Date: 4/20/2001 19:08:59

Name: Gary L. Grant
Comments: The Raiders have always been 1 of my favorite bands of all time (Im 45) and Smitty was my favorite Raider.Smitty will add to that rock & roll heaven and put a smile on some faces.May God bless you Smitty........
Date: 4/20/2001 18:01:28

Name: Rick Klein
Comments: My condolences,to his family.Another one of my rocknroll heroes is gone,sad day.
Date: 4/20/2001 16:25:32

Name: William K. Bonilla
Comments: I would like to offer condolences to his family at this difficult time.
Date: 4/20/2001 16:00:57

Name: Sharon Lea Schulte
Comments: I remember Smitty back in the 60's when I was in High School and I always listen to Paul Revere and The Raiders and I really liked the drummer. He was so cute and I always wished that I could meet him in person and give him a great big kiss, I know that I would never wash that kiss away no matter what. He played so good and knew exactly what he was always doing with the drums. I will miss him dearly, he was one of the finest guys besides Paul Revere.
Date: 4/20/2001 15:43:41

Comments: For all Smitty fans, just sent a note of condolence, Great lose , my only confusion regarding the song he composed for the album Spirit of 67 (one of my all time favorite albums)his song was "Our Candidate". Thanks again for all the wonderful moments and music. Hope he keeps on drumming somewhere up there for all of us.
Date: 4/20/2001 15:38:00

Comments: sad news im a raiders fan i have a lot of cds, special favorite "In my Community" from Spirit of 67 written by Smitty. Thank you for all the great music from all the raiders past and present. Many Cheers for M. Smith. Juan José Galatas (Lanzarote-Spain)
Date: 4/20/2001 15:25:16

Name: Bernie Perusse
Comments: I am 46 years old. For me, Paul Revere and the Raiders defined garage-band rock and roll. My kids (aged 14 and 17) go nuts when they hear "Steppin' Out", "Louie Go Home" or "Him or Me" on the car CD player. The Raiders are immortal and Smitty was a crucial part of the legend! Paul: Keep bringing the music out on the road!
Date: 4/20/2001 13:52:45

Name: Betsy Cockriel
Comments: I had the priveledge and the pleasure of going to a number of Raiders concerts and getting to meet the band on several occasions. The first time was in Baltimore, MD, in August of 1966 when Tiger Beat Magazine was following the Raider Tour. I have my photo in the December '66 issue of the magazine. It was one of the most exciting days of my entire life. Years later, for my 20th birthday, I went to a Raider concert at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in October 1971. I was able to get a photo of the 1966 visit to Smitty and he remebered me and invited me back to the hotel after the show where my parents, my boyfriend and I had dinner with Smitty. We had him all to ourselves for over an hour and he was a charming, entertaining and genuine individual. Our converstions ran from silly to serious and he was as natural and unaffected as anyone you would ever meet. I cannot believe he is no longer with us. I am sure anyone who ever got the chance to meet him, or just see him perform and enjoy his music, will feel a void of emptiness and sadness that no one else can fill. Thank you, Smitty, for all the joy and music you gave to us. We will miss you always and certainly never forget you!
Date: 4/20/2001 13:07:06

Name: indian reservation listener
Comments: I don't know well about him but, music is forever....sorry...(speak broken english..I'm not American)
Date: 4/20/2001 10:38:35

Name: Mike Masitis
Comments: Growing up with "the band" when you were a local group playing local gigs, you are a part of my life I will alway fondly remember and cherish. I am saddened by this loss, but your music will always warm my heart. My hat off to you and carry on. Sincerely, Mike
Date: 4/19/2001 23:39:54

Name: John Hyer
Comments: I just bought on CD what my brother Jim had on vinyl in the late 60's, with ALL the hits, opening with Louie Louie, then Louie go home etc. A white album with the Raiders in photo. AWESOME! And now, Smitty gone. A tremendous loss. Thank you Smitty. Though you stay go, you go stay in our hearts. You broke da mouth for us and now we get leaky eyes cuz you pau. Aloha. Peace. Love. JDH
Date: 4/19/2001 20:21:31

Name: Jenna Smith..(Daughter)
Comments: There is so much to say, and too many people to thank. My father, even though I didn't get to know him that well, was my romodle. For a few years all I have been able to do was talk to him on the phone. I loved our conversations, most of all I loved his voice. It was aways calming to me. Since this whole thing started I have been able to meet many careing people, and do a lot of wonderfull things that I don't think I would have done under normal sercomstances. The whole thing has been very inspiring, and has changed my goals just a little. I am now determined to dedicate as much of my life as I can too my family,(all band people included.) and too music.I would give anything to have my father back, But I'm glad that something posetive came from all of the sadness. All I can say, is that I hope everyone who was touched by him can try to let a little of his love into there hearts, And try to love more than hate. Because I know that if you do he will be very proud of you. I can't think of anything else to say, so I will leave you with the one thing that "smitty" would have tatoo'ed all over his body,(if it didn't hurt so much.) "PEACE" Thanks to everyone Aloha Peace&Love Jenna Smith*
Date: 4/19/2001 19:45:21

Name: Diane McGlauthen
Comments: I had the privilege of meeting him quite a few times and he was always one of the most peaceable and kind persons you would ever want to meet or have as a friend. He was a treasure! We'll truly miss him..
Date: 4/19/2001 19:36:58

Name: Rick Hollander
Comments: He seemed to be so full of life and upbeat every time I saw him perform with the Raiders, really and truly enjoying himself and living every moment for all it was worth. He had great stage presence and made it look like such fun. Probably was one good human being and great friend and son etc.
Date: 4/19/2001 11:48:43

Name: Martha Jones-Rose a.k.a. "Nikki Hagrid"
Comments: Loike another comment made here, my teenage years have long since passed; however, I remember Mike's (and other group members terrific smiles. My condolinces and prayers go out to the family and friends of "Smitty", whether those friends and family were blood-related, part of the group, fans, or ? ? ? You will be GREATLY MISSED. The group won't be the same without you.
Date: 4/19/2001 11:01:51

Name: Dianne Aspitarte Davis
Comments: My condolences to Smitty's family and friends, he will be missed by many. I met Smitty when the Raiders were playing at the Crazy Horse in Boise, Idaho, what fun times and great memories.
Date: 4/19/2001 07:14:21

Name: Bruce A Sher
Comments: Straight out you guys gave me and my frinds the biggest laughs and best music. Really got my kicks seeing you in Boston a few years ago, and hearing some of your vignettes. Sorry to hear about Smitty. Paul are you & the raiders coming to New England this summer? Still have a Raiders fan club? Good luck with the Vets program.
Date: 4/19/2001 06:59:54

Name: Fred Williams, Las Vegas, Nevada
Comments: Time stands still for none, however, those that make an impression on our lives are not forgotten. Smitty was the "beat" of the band.
Date: 4/18/2001 19:26:35

Name: OwlPhoenix
Comments: "Rain, sleet or snow . . . . . mail goes through . . . " God Bless you. Fay
Date: 4/17/2001 18:02:10

Name: Kathy
Comments: I'm in shock over the news. I grieve not for you, dear Smitty, as you are in a far better place, but for those of us who are left behind. My God give strength and comfort to your family.
Date: 4/17/2001 17:52:39

Name: Deborah Holloway
Comments: I have vivid memories of Fang and Smitty in the "old" days. In my mind, we are all still that same age. My deepest sympathy to his family. I was only a fan.
Date: 4/17/2001 16:14:21

Name: Jerry Hofmann ,alias Johnny Limbo
Comments: I can remember driving almost 300 miles one time just to see the Raiders, and there you were Smitty, part of one of the zaniest, crazy bands ever. Of course, as a kid, we all wanted to be rock'n'roll stars just like the Raiders. Little did I know then that I would get to experience some of that same excitement later in life with a band that I helped form, Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts. Once, when I had the honor and pleasure of meeting you, I saw the kind and gentle spirit that was a wonderful part of "Smitty", and in the same man there was that adventurous, fun, free spirit that made you a part of one of the best bands to come out of the Northwest. You played your part well. Friends, family and partners in the fraternity of rock'n'roll will surely miss you, but most importantly, we will remember you! Rock on-- Jerry, "Johnny"
Date: 4/17/2001 01:19:40

Name: Diane Rinella
Comments: It has taken awhile to write this. Sometimes words can be so hard to find. Smitty, I am happy for you. You have always prayed for peace and love and now you are face to face with the ultimate source of it. I no longer cry for your passing but rejoyce in your finding light. Your music and smiles have gotten me through so much. Thank you. The light I saw in your eyes will stay with me for all of my years. My love goes out to you. I look forward to our meeting again.
Date: 4/16/2001 20:46:23

Date: 4/16/2001 20:24:07

Comments: I will always remember Smitty. I always thought he was so cute. I never missed Shindig or Where the Action Is and he was so good. God bless you Smitty - - thanks for all the memories.
Date: 4/16/2001 17:23:16

Name: Suzanne Parvey
Comments: My thoughts will be with Mike's family and close friends tomarrow as they celebrate his life. He was indeed a blessing and all of us fans truly miss him. God Bless ya "Smitty" for all the wonderful memories of watching "Action" and seeing you perform here in concert. It was wonderful to meet you too several years ago at the Portland reunion concert. Thanks Roger for our phone conversation the other day. Brotherhood to all.
Date: 4/16/2001 05:57:04

Name: Walter
Comments: Smitty was one of the key inspirations to me taking up the drums during the Raiders boom years. I suppose if compared to some of the great technical artists (Rich, Kruppa, Bellson, etc...) his drumming was not truly exceptional. But to me it certainly was. Everything he played fit perfectly with the music of the Raiders. In his own rite, Smitty was superb. Keep rockin'... Walt
Date: 4/15/2001 19:10:22

Name: Rita S. DeFlorville
Comments: A successful man has been described as one who "lives well, laughs often, loves much." The tributes and memories shared here by his family, extended family, and long time friends attest to the success of Michael's life. He was a son, brother, husband, father, friend, soul mate, and musician. Smitty lives on in the hearts of all of us.
Date: 4/15/2001 19:02:50

Name: Rick Eller
Comments: I have only to say that I too will miss Smitty very much. My sympathies togoes out to his family and to all his close friens that new him on a personal basis.
Date: 4/15/2001 13:11:52

Name: Francy Cline
Comments: My favorite Raider, God bless you
Date: 4/14/2001 18:24:15

Name: Gary Borress
Comments: Although I never met Smitty, we did talk on the phone a few times and he was just great to me. He was truly part of a great band and brought a lot to the table. If there's a band in heaven, Smitty's already laying down the 2 and 4.
Date: 4/14/2001 15:29:26

Name: Chuck Schauer
Comments: I just heard about Mike Smith's passing yesterday. I was very saddened by the news. I recently renewed my interest in the group and saw Paul and the current band members twice last year while they were touring. They were and still are an underrated group of musicians who play great music and entertain while doing it. Smitty's terrific drumming on their 60's hits is as solid as any of the popular groups of that era. I was touched by Paul's comments about one of the original band members. It won't be the same knowing he's gone.
Date: 4/14/2001 05:56:39

Name: Dan Gordon
Comments: I am very sad today to read about smitty's passing.. He was a special person who made the Raiders the great group they were.. I will always smile when I watch my video clips from way back when smitty was was just a young man in the sixties!!! I miss you Smitty!!!!!!!
Date: 4/13/2001 17:08:47

Name: H. K., Norway
Comments: Thank you, Smitty. You and the rest of the group were really something. You meant a lot to me. And you still do....
Date: 4/13/2001 12:00:33

Name: Barrett Andrews
Comments: This truly hurts my heart. My band in the 60s covered Smitty's "Our Candidate" along with other Raiders faves. Now at a time when I am lost for words, I can only say "God Bless Smitty". We were blessed to know him and love him. Now we can remember him, miss him and hope for his eternal return.
Date: 4/13/2001 06:03:07

Name: Beth
Comments: Now that I have just rediscovered Paul Revere & the Raiders and drums have always been my favorite instrument, I also grieve for myself that you are gone. It would have been too cool to see the whole group together again. You will not be forgotten by your fans anymore than by your friends. Peace.
Date: 4/12/2001 12:02:40

Name: Coleen Newell
Comments: Mike,we had so many good memories of you,I am honored to be going to your memorial service,invited by your loving father. Your parents loved you dearly,I have just spoken to them a couple of days ago and they miss you so much.
Date: 4/12/2001 05:28:22

Name: Darryl Saitta
Comments: Thank you Smitty for all the "GOOD TIMES" and all the other Raider hits. Your smile was contagious,you certainly will be remembered in GOD"S Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. May our Lord bless you for all eternity......
Date: 4/11/2001 17:19:11

Name: Dave Smith
Comments: To a person that I have known and loved. God bless and Peace be with you.
Date: 4/11/2001 16:19:09

Name: Craig M. Turner
Comments: Everbody likes Smitty, especialy when you started out in "62". God bless Smitty.
Date: 4/11/2001 11:28:41

Name: lee ann d. foster
Comments: i was a mark lindsay fan but mike was number 2 with the raiders. i loved him too. i still play records and sing with smitty and mark.those were the days. mike you remember scotty? im from miss. love you always. lee
Date: 4/10/2001 19:47:45

Date: 4/10/2001 08:13:48

Name: A NONI Mouse
Comments: I was sadly surprised to hear the news that Smitty is no longer among us. I remember him and his "smile" to this day, all these years past after seeing him on Where the Action is. I met him briefly so many years ago, and his spirit and enthusiasm were so infectious, you couldn't help but get caught up in his joy of life. We are the ones who are the losers, the heavens have now got another member of the greatest rock and roll band! We love ya over us!
Date: 4/9/2001 19:25:14

Name: Steve Carpenito (
Comments: Growing up int the 70's & early 80's(born in 1966)I often clashed with my friends about our musical taste.From my pre-teens to now,I am an avid fan of 60's music.Paul Revere & The Raiders always stood out for me.I just found out about Smitty's passing last week.I took the news real hard which is rather unusual for me,but there is a special place in my heart for The Raiders.As a Jersey resident,I am a far ways from Idaho,and I was upset to see that the fella's only reunited in that area.Paul plays with the current lie-up in Atlantic City,but for me it would not be the same(no offense please)Through the magic of video,I at least got an idea of what it was like 35 years ago.It must have been awesome.Last year a friend of mine came up with the concept of a magazine about the 1960's music scene that he will title Goodbye Hello.I tried my best to get interviews with some of original Raiders,but sadly that did not happen.But with all dissapointment aside,I have a couple of people that I would like to thank for sharing their time,and memories to make websites,and see that CD's get reissued for the people like me who were not there first hand.First,I thank The Raiders Paul,Mark,Drake,Fang,Smitty,Harpo,Freddy,Charlie,Joe Jr.,Keith,and everyone else involved for providing me with some of the best music I ever listened to.Second,I thank Brotherhood for releasing two great LP's that I feel were far overlooked in terms of musical quality.Those tracks were great,and I am still trying to locate the Friendsong LP.I would also like to thank Susan Smith Finn,Janice Klemme(who was kind enough to get Phil to sign my Him Or Me picture sleeve),and Carol Cox.These ladies not only provide great web sites,and current photos,but they were the ones who tried to help me get interviews with some of the original Raiders.I can't forget smittygirl.Although we never met,CHEERS! to a person who is into almost all of the same music I am into.You also have a wonderfull website.But most of all CHEERS to Smitty.For making me laugh,and for giving me the pleasure to hear I Know,There's Always Tomorrow,and Our Candidate.Also for the great Action versions of My Generation,and Try Too Hard.You were awesome,and you will never be forgotten.And let's face it,The Raiders belong in the Hall Of Fame.If they have the balls to induct Richie Valens,The Mamas & Papas,The Lovin Spoonfull,and others who were great,but in my opinoion not legendary,than where the hell are The Raiders!!!!!.On a final note,and this is a wish that I hope comes true.To Paul,Mark,Phil,Drake,Harpo,Freddy,Charlie,Joe Jr.,and Keith please get back together.You guys would make alot of people happy if you did.Even if you video taped it from Idaho,or Portland.Share the Raider magic with a new generation.If I was around in the 60's,I would have been there.My best to all of Smitty's family,and friends as we lost a true winner from a magical era.
Date: 4/9/2001 17:19:05

Name: Tom Calhoun
Comments: I spent many hours jamming to the Raiders records. Paul, Mark, Fang, Drake and Smitty were one hell of a band. Many years have passed, but I still love the pure music pouring from those grooves. Thanks Smitty, best wishes as you ascend to the greatest hall of fame of all.
Date: 4/9/2001 13:08:28

Name: William Bates (Oceanside Design
Comments: Smitty was well known within my family as with the Raiders, and will be remembered for his smiles and laughter that he brought to us. May God bless him and You all!!!
Date: 4/9/2001 08:10:17

Name: Joe Pawlak
Comments: Found out about this tragedy at a concert where Mark Lindsay performed. He had great things to say and urged fans to sign the guestbook here. Anyhow, thanks for the memories...
Date: 4/8/2001 21:15:57

Date: 4/8/2001 18:58:28

Name: Michael Patoray, KPBX Spokane Public Radio
Comments: It is only now at this late date that I have learned of the passing of Michael "Smitty" Smith. My belated condolences to his family and friends. I've never forgotten the joy and excitement I used to feel whenever I heard that Paul Revere & the Raiders were coming back to town - or of seeing this group of cats wailin' at places like Del Chapman's TROCADERO, or the MIRAMAR BALLROOM in BOISE in 1963-65. Caught them a time or two at THE CRAZY HORSE as well. Rhythm & Blues & Rock n'Roll at its best - pure, sweet and simple!! My only regrets are that I didn't get to see the band more often and that I never got to see them at CASEY'S in LEWISTON. Years later, while living in SAN FRANCISCO I saw every great band I possibly could - The Dead, The Stones, Janis & Big Brother, Traffic, The Doors - & on & on. None of these groups had anything musically on the RAIDERS. Their consistent cohesiveness and precision were unmatched as they soulfully rocked the rafters above, and the only groups that I recall that came close to the RAIDERS in that respect were The Ike & Tina Turner Revue, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Lonnie Mack. As the timekeeper for this band of merry madmen, Smitty, you and your mates touched millions of us with your individual and collective gifts of talent, exuberance, energy, and apparent love of life. Although I never met or spoke with you, I am saddened by the news of your premature transition, but you will always elicit a smile from me whenever I hear your distinctive and rhythmic "ringing of the bell." So "Shake It Up" Mr. Smith, and rock on!! And say "hello" to Pat for me.
Date: 4/8/2001 16:27:25

Name: Jeff Levin
Comments: It is difficult to add anything to the moving and accurate tributes that are found here... Smitty was as you saw him- and more. Kind, gentle, zany, intelligent. He gave of himself to everyone around him, he made everyone he met feel special and a part of his special family. We are all diminished by his absence, and enriched by his presence. Smitty, thank you, you will always live on in the hearts of your fans. God Bless.
Date: 4/8/2001 09:42:56

Name: Connie Colvin
Comments: I just surfed on and found out about this very sad event. The original and best Paul Revere and the Raiders band with Smitty, Fang, and of course Mark Lindsey were great and Smitty was a great part of that band. I think they were unsung heroes and great musicmakers of Rock and while I didn't know him well, I mourn with all his loss greatly. If anyone has any details about this please let me know at Love you and I send sympathy to his family at this sad time for us all.
Date: 4/7/2001 22:07:10

Name: mike peters fdk usa
Comments: nothing like the raiders, smitty on the skins, way back in '61, God bless ya man...
Date: 4/7/2001 21:30:02

Name: Kip Walton, "Action" Director
Comments: Although I have already written an earlier message to Smitty, I checked this website again and was overwhelmed by all the notes of love and affection for Smitty and the Raiders. Over all these years, Paul and his gang have brought 1000's of hours and fun and happiness to 1000's of people. If you feel as I do, it's about time for their nomination to the Rock&Roll HALL OF FAME. In SMITTY'S HONOR, I'd like to suggest that everybody who's written to this list, nominate Paul Revere and the Raiders to the Hall of Fame. Check the Hall of Fame website:,or write them @ ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME FOUNDATION, 1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10104. You can also write: ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME, One Key Plaza, Cleveland, OH 44114. If you really want to help make this happen, contact ALL addresses. Enough time has gone by without the Raiders being honored as they should be. Let's all jump on board, tell your friends, and start our campaign and MAKE this happen. Thank you.
Date: 4/7/2001 19:10:32

Comments: MY prayers and condolences to your family..MIKE..YOU will be missed by all...PLEASE. ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME its TIME to put the RAIDERS IN NOW !!! Before WE lose more!! SHAME ON YOU !
Date: 4/7/2001 15:06:44

Name: Denise Lamkin
Comments: Prayers for Michael and condolences to his family. I interviewed him years ago and he was so kind and patient. I remember him as a peaceful soul who loved to have fun. I would like to take this time to thank his wonderful family in helping me with information about Michael. Everyone was supportive of Michael and thrilled to share their stories about him. Thank you to Paul Revere for sharing the good times. Rock On Smitty! God Bless
Date: 4/6/2001 21:43:09

Name: j. black
Comments: i will miss him
Date: 4/6/2001 11:30:32

Name: Charle Howard (Drake's mom, and an old friend)
Comments: My condolences to the family and to the band. Smitty will be sorely missed here. Unless you knew the man, describing his gentle manner, his insight, spirit, wisdom and of course his humor, may be lost on you. Just thinking of him makes me smile. Drake and Mike were in our backyard one day, bantering back and forth in such a way that it made me laugh so hard, my face hurt. They could have kept it up all day! Smitty, your place here is empty, no one can fill your shoes. God keep you safe till we meet again.
Date: 4/4/2001 14:50:45

Name: Herbye & Jeannie Mitchell
Comments: Our thoughts and prayers be with the band, its current and former members.
Date: 4/4/2001 14:36:01

Name: richard palmer
Comments: what a great performer and live band...god bless
Date: 4/4/2001 07:34:45

Name: Rachel
Comments: When I was a young person and so in love with music, this group was one of my top picks. For some odd reasons, girls always have a favorite member out of a group, I was no different ! "Smitty" was my choice. I hope he realized everyday how much he and his group were loved.
Date: 4/4/2001 04:49:03

Name: Charity Reavis
Comments: I have been a friend of the family since around 1960.We met when my husband Glenn went to work for Mike's father.Mike's mother is my dearest friend in the world.When PR&the Raiders were just starting out we went to every place they performed at. I was very proud of Mike he was always like a son to me. Words cannot express the sorrow I feel for the loss of such a great person,I will never forget him! Aloha, Mike
Date: 4/3/2001 05:56:56

Name: Jon Boudreau
Comments: First let me say I am sorry for your loss. We as fans lost a talented musician, but you lost a personal friend/family member. I'm truely sorry. I play in a cover band in Seattle and many years ago we had the pleasure of being on the same bill as P.R. and T. R.'s. The best part of the night for us was being back stage and listening to all the old stories. Thank you for so many wonderful memorys.
Date: 4/3/2001 00:01:22

Name: Jerry Feigelson
Comments: Now,we must have a Raider Reunion Tour!!
Date: 4/2/2001 09:57:20

Name: Coleen Newell (Reavis)and the Reavis Family
Comments: Mike will be missed terribly by my family as his mother,father Mike and Jerry were friends of the family here in Beaverton. It was enjoyable to see the Raiders when they first got started here in Portland at the Headless Horseman,that is a time of my life that I will never forget as I was just becoming a teenager myself. I will always cherish those days,I still have a scrap book of articles and pictures of the Raiders Coleen Newell 16065 S.W.Bridle Hills Dr Aloha,Oregon 97007 503-642-5979
Date: 3/31/2001 20:13:12

Name: victor robinson
Comments: learned to play the drums listening to Smitty and the Raiders will always enjoy the great music. Thanks for the drum lessons Smitty I will miss you.
Date: 3/31/2001 12:57:41

Name: Jan Coe
Comments: "Smitty, you brought me many hours of enjoyment and I will always be grateful.
Date: 3/31/2001 08:52:11

Name: Kevin Bahr
Comments: Through his music, he brought joy in life to many. My sincere sympathy to all his friends and family.
Date: 3/31/2001 07:08:09

Comments: WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM? As they say, only the good die young
Date: 3/30/2001 12:25:17

Name: Jerry Feigelson
Comments: Art Raz----I loved Smitty...
Date: 3/30/2001 10:33:21

Name: Debbie Fossan
Comments: Way back in 1965 I picked up a copy of a teen magazine and on the back cover was a pinup of a group of guys. But, there was one in particular that reached out and grabbed a piece of my ten-year old heart. Smitty was my introduction to Paul Revere & the Raiders. And, they have been a part of my life since then. Smitty always was doing something in the photos or on the TV shows to make you smile. I was never fortunate enough to meet him in person, but he will always have a very special place in my heart. He was, it is evident from all of the comments in this guestbook, a very kind, and concerned man. To his family,friends and his "brothers" Paul, Mark, Drake & Fang, my thoughts and prayers go out to you. We are all so sad, but have some comfort in the knowledge that we all will miss him and remember him fondly together. Sleep peacefully Smitty.
Date: 3/29/2001 22:35:28

Name: Gary Cotton
Comments: The First time I met Smitty was in Houston when " Where the Action is" tour had come to town. My brother, Mike and I went up to see our cousin Keith Allison. After Keith's performance we jumped up on the stage and followed Keith off stage. Backstage we met the Raiders and Steve Alaimo. This was probably 1965 or 66. In 1970,I was visiting in Keith and his families house and Smitty came through. He spent the night and after supper he and I had quite a long conversation about life. You could tell he was a gentle soul and really a good ole boy. God bless you Smitty and may he keep you. May he send his Comforter to comfort all who grieve.
Date: 3/29/2001 19:52:36

Name: Linda Zerr
Comments: Iwish to give my deepest sympthy to the family of Smitty . May God be with you always.
Date: 3/29/2001 18:17:32

Name: Karen Martell
Comments: I remember so well,when I was 14 I discovered this group called Paul Revere and the Raiders. I watched Where The Action Is, for that reason. Smitty was the crazy, silly one of the group. He made me laugh alot. I enjoyed him so much. He will be missed.
Date: 3/29/2001 17:16:06

Name: donna
Date: 3/29/2001 00:54:22

Name: Shelly and Thomas and Chelsea ( Kona, Hawaii Family
Comments: March 27,2001, Michael (Smitty) Smith's Birthday--- Happy Birthday Michael!!! We Love You and We Miss You Sooooo Much!!! He would of been 59 years young.
Date: 3/28/2001 23:06:05

Name: gary maus and rowland barnett
Comments: we will miss you smitty. god bless your rock and roll soul.
Date: 3/28/2001 22:21:50

Name: Craig M. Turner
Comments: Love, Peace & keep on playing the drums and, keep the humor up.
Date: 3/28/2001 20:34:42

Name: Jerry Smith
Comments: Michael, I lit a candle for you on Tuesday and that would have been your 59th birthday. I searched through memories of our younger days. The one I will never forget is when you knocked my two front teeth out, because you were tired of your older brother picking on you. I miss you in my heart, my brother, but I know we will meet again. Deep thanks to everyone for their prayers and thoughts that honor my brother, Smitty. His loving brother, Jerry
Date: 3/28/2001 20:21:21

Name: Rich Kirch guitarist for John Lee Hooker's Band
Comments: I have fond memories playing with Smitty,Drake and Phil at a reunion they did at a two day festival in Hayward,Ca.a couple years ago.My sincere sympathy to his family
Date: 3/28/2001 18:37:13

Name: Bob Whitlatch, Eugene Oregon.
Comments: Growing up I don't think I ever missed " Where The Action Is" I never had a chance to see the oridginal Raiders live.I loved the way Smitty always would do most anything for a laugh.The past 5 years I've seen the Raiders about 10 times,and plan on seeing them 2 more times this summer.I know each time I see the Raiders and see Omar back there I'll be thinking back about watching Smitty on T.V. Smitty and rest of the Raiders made a huge impact on me growing up, I now have a large Magic show and we all try our best to do anything for a laugh, just like Smitty.
Date: 3/28/2001 12:01:43

Name: mike gregor
Comments: take care and good drumming. my mom will look you up
Date: 3/28/2001 08:15:13

Name: JR Wolfe
Comments: Yesterday,March 27th,would have been Smittys birthday...celebrate his life!
Date: 3/28/2001 06:57:21

Name: Shelly Minick Kona Hawaii Family
Comments: Happy Birthday Michael I miss you so much!!
Date: 3/27/2001 22:51:43

Name: Ian Cooke
Comments: I feel fortunate in seeing the Raiders twice in 1966 and than 67 in Oakland, CA. What a dynamic Live performance, driven by the outstanding drumming by Smitty. He was the guy hidden behind his drum kit keeping the back beat going while the guys up front got the glory. Rest in peace.
Date: 3/27/2001 20:07:45

Date: 3/27/2001 08:32:03

Name: Michael Redden
Comments: As a member of a band from the late 60's and 70's who never made it big, my admiration for the talent of Smitty and his contribution to the music of that era can not be expressed easily. It was an exciting time in music for all of us , Smitty represented the youthfulness , energy, and talent we all find so precious when remembering that special time. When I read Pauls letter within this site I understood the brotherhood that still holds old rockers like ourselves together is alive and well. Smitty is remembered as a part of our lives. Love to his memory and family.
Date: 3/25/2001 19:15:37

Name: Jane Galbavy
Comments: I loved the Raiders and Smitty- remember them from " Where the Action Is " and from seeing them live. They put on a great show and Smitty added so much with his sense of humor. My daughter is also a big Raider fan- I taught her well !!
Date: 3/25/2001 08:49:29

Name: Dave and Louanna Hildebrandt
Comments: We were so shocked to find this out when we brought your website up. We truley will miss him, and send our sympathy to his family, and to Paul and the Raiders.
Date: 3/25/2001 06:57:30

Name: Barbara Moyer[]
Comments: I have been a fan of the Raiders since they started. I was listening to Smitty's song "I Know" which is on one of their early albums.He always had a smile and was having a good time. He will surely be missed. He has left a wonderful legacy and an empty space that will be hard to fill.God bless
Date: 3/24/2001 18:20:31

Name: terry&debbie dunn
Comments: you will be truly missed.
Date: 3/24/2001 18:10:36

Name: Joyce Conroy
Comments: I can remember seeing Smitty perform with Paul and the guys in 1966 at the Baltimore Civic Center. This sweet fellow had boundless energy and kept everyone laughing. I still have some of his pictures from 16 Magazine. I believe in eternal life and I know Smitty will be guiding many musicians in this lifetime as a spiritual master of the drums. He is sorely missed, but loved.
Date: 3/24/2001 15:25:16

Name: Sharon L. Hill - Florida
Comments: While I didn't know "Smitty" and don't really remember much about him from his days as a Raider I feel like I've really missed out on something special. Reading the comments of his friends and colleagues I've gotten a glimpse of a man who really seems to have been one of those truly special people you are really fortunate if they touch your life. I was pretty young in the 60's and missed out on a lot from back then. For the most part we were living in Germany (my father was in the Air Force) so we didn't get the television shows they had over here. I have a brother who is 7 years older than me and he pretty much introduced me to the music I still enjoy today like Paul Revere and the Raiders. To Rory I would like to say, I lost my father 3 years ago. He had suffered for many years and died slowly so we knew it was coming, but it still didn't stop the pain of the loss. Only time will make that pain ease but there will still be those moments when you miss him because of something that was just said, or an old photo, or even a scent in the air. There are days when you will be somewhere and just expect to see him, but he's not physically there, and you shed a tear because you miss him and you just want to see him one more time. But remember that he's not really gone. His body may not be with us anymore but from what I've read "Smitty" will never really die. He is still very much alive in the hearts of all his friends, colleagues and family. He seems to be one of those rare people who's spirit will live forever. So go to a place that was special for the two of you, take a bottle of wine or grape juice if you don't drink. Fill that glass and remember the time you had with him, cry your eyes out, and drink a toast to his spirit which is still with you and will be forever.
Date: 3/24/2001 13:51:06

Name: Rory Michael Smith-(Son, drummer)
Comments: I've wanted to write something for many days now, but each time I check out this webpage and read and enjoy all the comments and look at the pictures of my father, I cant seem to formulate the words I want to write. Yet, I want so much to express my deep appreciation for all the kind and thoughtful expressions of so many, towards my Dad. Thank you Paul for putting up such a nice tribute to my Dad on your website. I've appreciated all the phone calls from the Band & close friends. Also, Thank you to all my Dads close friends in Kona, Hawaii. Having something like this webpage, helps incredibly thru this time of loss, and has allowed me to see just how many loved my father & his music. My Dad appreciated the gift of music from our Creator, and he helped me to develop that as well. How I look forward to endless music in Paradise in the near future. As time goes on, I hope that my Dads funny, goofy antics keep all of us smiling and laughing...
Date: 3/23/2001 22:38:00

Name: Steven Spewak
Comments: Just a fan, teenager in the 60's, who will miss Smitty. My condolences to his family and friends. Thanks for the memories.
Date: 3/23/2001 19:17:37

Name: Florent Lavoie
Comments: I'm very sad to learn the Smitty Smith's death... I'm a French Canadian Man but Paul Revere & The Raiders was one of my favorite group... Congratulations for all the family of Smitty...
Date: 3/23/2001 12:36:59

Name: Dr. Tim Hart
Comments: It saddened me recently to hear of Mike "Smitty's" death. I went to high school with him and grew to appreciate his humor, music and spirit. We will all miss him terribly. My heart goes out to all those who loved him and those closest to him. Tim
Date: 3/23/2001 07:42:17

Name: Lesley (Crayton) Clack (
Comments: I have only a few memories of Smitty, having met him a couple of times in the '70s, while capturing the moments with my ever-present camera. However, those memories are of a gentleman who was always kind, friendly, and never egotistical. Now, 30 years later, I am pleased to be one of the many people remembering him here, and to be in the company of those I once screamed for and photographed so avidly. God bless his family and friends; love to all you guys from "The Kid With The Camera". (This kid is now 48)
Date: 3/22/2001 23:12:50

Name: Steve Lewis
Comments: I enjoyed the original Raiders "live" many times in the '60s and have only the fondest memories of Paul, Mark, Fang, Drake...and especially Smitty. I will miss him.
Date: 3/22/2001 20:21:44

Name: laura sircher
Comments: I am so shocked to hear about "smitty". So young,too. Very sad. My heart goes out to "smitty's" family &,friends.
Date: 3/22/2001 19:56:44

Name: david l. weimer
Date: 3/22/2001 15:53:51

Name: mary Long
Comments: You were always a "Raider" to me and like everyone else I hope that you found happiness and peace in Hawaii, I know you are now in a much better "Place" and someday we will be able to see you again Love you always
Date: 3/22/2001 12:50:19

Name: Errick
Comments: R.I.P
Date: 3/22/2001 09:35:45

Name: Roger Bowland
Comments: I just saw the Raiders in summer of "00" and enjoyed all that they had to offer. It's truly a great loss for the old and new school rockers that "SMITTY" is gone, but I hope that the tradition lives on and "SMITTY" will be remembered in every song and concert hereof. Thanks for all the memories. I miss "SMITTY" already. It seems like I've been a fan forever. "Long Live Paul Revere and The Raiders".----------Roger
Date: 3/22/2001 08:17:37

Name: Janet Brisbin Burnett
Date: 3/21/2001 17:21:53

Comments: What happened that he lost his life so young?
Date: 3/21/2001 17:08:14

Name: Deacon John Charters, Lancaster, California
Comments: Mike and I were class mates at Beaverton High School. I have followed his career for these many years. I was saddened to hear that he has died and pray that he is in peace. Deacon John Charters
Date: 3/21/2001 14:30:10

Date: 3/21/2001 09:34:58

Name: John Clements
Date: 3/21/2001 06:04:12

Name: Janet Roy
Comments: I can't believe this happened. He always was the one who I loved to focus on when I watched the group. I always remember him this way. Yes, I will miss him now along with Tommy Boyce, and many others.
Date: 3/21/2001 04:37:40

Name: David Davis
Comments: I have been a huge fan of Paul Revere & The Raiders since I first saw them on "Where The Action Is" in 1965. I have been listening to the music for 35 years and enjoy it as much today as I did then. When I listen I can still picture the group having so much fun together and just loving life. Thank you Smitty! My prayers go out his family and friends at this difficult time. God bless you all!
Date: 3/21/2001 01:34:18

Name: Jennifer Lee
Comments: I just found out about Smitty's passing a couple days ago. Real Life kept me away from the internet, and so I just read the post on Sunday night. I've been listening to Raider music all week, and thanking the circumstances that made me a Raider fan. Thanks Mom, for turning my love of the Monkees and the Beatles in a new direction when I was a teen in 1986. Thanks Carol for sharing The Brotherhood with me. Thank you Smitty, for the beautiful music you left behind. You touched so many lives in so many wonderful ways.
Date: 3/20/2001 20:16:43

Name: Michael Towers
Comments: My condolences. I have many fine memories of "Where the Action Is", and still play the old LPs.
Date: 3/20/2001 19:39:21

Name: Linda Moeller
Comments: God Bless you!!! May you always be "Where the Action Is."
Date: 3/20/2001 17:22:16

Name: Charlene Wood
Comments: In the 1960's Paul Revere and the Raiders came to Athens, Ohio. Me and my 2 sisters arrived 2 hours early for the concert and low and behold the band showed up. They walked over to a small restaurant and we followed them. We walked up to Smitty and Mark Lindsay and my younger sister sat down with them. Of course, they said it was OK. Smitty was very personable to us young ones at that time and it is something that will never be forgotten.
Date: 3/20/2001 17:08:59

Name: Ron Foos/ musician
Comments: My name is Ron Foos, bass guitar player for Paul Revere & the Raiders for the last 25 years. I was a big fan of "Smitty" even before I joined the band, I used to wacth him on TV and howl with laughter as he, fang, Paul & the band joked all over the beach playing good time Rock n' Roll. I was able to meet "Smitty" a couple of times during the last 25 years and remember he was really a card and a half and a very likeable guy. I just felt like I knew him all my life. We are all so sad to have lost such a fine person & musician. He will live on in The Raiders forever as Paul, Omar and so many others have all these great stories that remind us of Michael "SMITTY" Smith. Thank you "Smitty" for what you gave to our music, I am proud to part of your legacy. Our thoughts & prayers are with his family & friends. Sincerely, Ron Foos
Date: 3/20/2001 10:40:18

Name: Connie Gotcher
Comments: He will surely be missed!! I have always loved your music,and it wouldn't of be the same sound without him behind the drums!!!!I'm sure he's still behind those heavenly drums you can bet on that!!! I saw your band at the Boise Center on the Grove awhile ago and you where terrific!!!
Date: 3/20/2001 09:14:53

Date: 3/20/2001 08:48:42

Name: Kurt Neiburg
Comments: The first time I saw the Raiders live was during the "Smitty" years. Even after all this time I remember the look of sheer joy on his face. Though I never met him, I'm sure he made many others feel that joy. My heart goes out to his family and friends.
Date: 3/20/2001 01:55:47

Name: Sandy
Comments: PR&R, '67 & '68, molded my life. Smitty, it was a heck of a ride. Bushnell Auditorium, Hartford, CT. April 4, 1967.
Date: 3/19/2001 21:45:28

Name: Alexandra Smith
Comments: I am overwhelmed and deeply touched by all the messages posted here. I would like to express my appreciation to all the friends and fans for all the kind words written for my father. He touched many people and was loved. I am also grateful for all the concern and support everyone has shown for his family, it is quite moving. To know that my father gave so much joy to so many is heart warming. I know that there are memories being relived and stories being shared, which my father would have appreciated as he was the best story teller I have ever known. Thank you again for all the kind words. Alexandra
Date: 3/19/2001 19:44:20

Name: Cheryl Osler
Comments: In working with Paul and the Raiders for the last fifteen years I had the opportunity to meet Smitty only once when he came to a gig but my impression of him was what a sweet, kind gentleman. From all the stories I've heard from Paul, I know that he was also a happy soul who loved to entertain; whether on stage or off. We all grieve because we will miss him but we know that he is in a better place. My prayers are with his family.
Date: 3/19/2001 19:21:33

Name: Mario Mendoza
Comments: Condolences to his family, Paul and all the friends. God bless him.
Date: 3/19/2001 17:31:46

Name: Gene Denovich, CBS Midwest Promotions 1965-1988
Comments: I remember Smitty as always laughing, however I do recall one instance in which Smitty was serious. It was the initial St. Louis Promotion for The Raiders. We held it at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel, one of the nicest ones in St. Louis at the time. We were all ready to go upstairs and Smitty announced that he couldn't go. Paul asked him "Why Not?". Smitty replied, "because the brass buttons are missing on my jacket." Paul said" You've got to be kidding. Who is going to notice?" Smitty replied, "I will". Thankfully the Hotel came to the rescue with a needle and thread and we sewed Smitty's buttons on. After that I always called Smitty "Brass Buttons" which always made him smile. I will miss that smile. My sincere condolences to his family, friends and Paul Revere and all the rest of the Raiders. I love you all. Geno
Date: 3/19/2001 16:17:12

Name: sherrylynn curry
Comments: His time was to short but a good time was had by all, you will be missed.
Date: 3/19/2001 12:50:34

Name: Dick Gunn
Comments: I always thought that "Smitty" was one of the best drummers of all time.Having grown up listening to the Raiders while in and out of the service. May God Bless you Smitty.
Date: 3/19/2001 11:59:53

Name: George Demitroulis -
Comments: I would always make sure I was home from school to watch Where The Action Is. It is 35 years later...I frequently play my Paul Revere and the Raiders cds and I enjoy them now as much as I did then. My condolences in your time of sorrow.
Date: 3/19/2001 11:24:32

Name: Ginny Penner
Comments: To the family of Smitty, and to Paul who loved him. I am Paul Revere's sister. Nobody was more exicted about Paul and the band when they were on "Where the Action is" And "Happening 68 and 69 as I was. I watched them every day. I loved watching Smitty and Paul and the rest. He is missed by many.
Date: 3/19/2001 11:04:51

Name: Dennis Brodigan
Comments: The industry has lost a great drummer and great person. Had the opportunity to meet him in Portland Oregon in 1999. What a great gentleman. He will be missed by those who love the true rock beat that Smitty brought out.
Date: 3/19/2001 10:03:09

Name: Darby from Texas
Comments: Sorry about Smitty. "Spirit of 67" was the first album that I ever bought. I must have read those bios on the back cover by Derek Taylor a hundred times. Was always hoping for a one-time reunion. That wasn't to be.
Date: 3/19/2001 07:20:16

Name: Bob Pedreira
Comments: I can still hear the pounding of the beat. A great loss and a great drummer. Rock and roll heaven has a new asset.
Date: 3/19/2001 05:27:51

Name: becky otto----
Comments: loved the raiders from way back,,,will always love their music
Date: 3/18/2001 23:59:53

Name: TrishNDallas
Comments: What a beautiful creature he is. He will be loved and missed for many a year to come. Our love & thoughts are with you all. We love you Smitty!! My thoughts and prayers are with the band and all of his family & friends...
Date: 3/18/2001 18:47:15

Name: ron,fife,danny and bob
Comments: i have had my ups and downs and all around good bye smitty
Date: 3/18/2001 17:15:41

Name: Rick DeDecker
Comments: Very nice to see tributes to Smitty from Raiders past and present in this forum. My favorite memory of Smitty was watching him on Where The Action Is singing the Who's "My Generation" dressed as a caveman...he sure looked like he enjoyed himself a lot in that segment. Maybe someday that performance will again be available to his legions of fans. God Bless You Smitty!
Date: 3/18/2001 16:10:51

Name: Joe Martino
Comments: I was 14 when "Where The Action Is" debuted on Network Television. Paul Revere and The Raiders were my favorite band at the time and I still remember Smitty's antics to this day. Thanks and goodbye Smitty. I'm sure this is a tough one for your family.
Date: 3/18/2001 15:17:14

Name: pat schneider
Comments: sorry to hear of passing of a great raider and we will all miss him was a great band member and a funny guy thru the band he will live on and always be remembered for his great in put for the band. we will miss u rest in peace.
Date: 3/18/2001 13:34:09

Name: Deb Englof
Comments: I just read this and my deep sympathy to Smitty's Family and his brothers in the Raiders.
Date: 3/18/2001 13:16:08

Name: Donna Bayliss
Comments: I just heard about the passing of Smitty the other day. I knew exactly who he was, for I was a great follower of the group when he was in it along with Mark Lindsay dating back to 1966. Thanks for the memories guys.
Date: 3/18/2001 13:09:54

Name: Karl Debelack
Comments: Smitty was the drummer who got me interested in playing the drums. A solid rockin drummer.
Date: 3/18/2001 10:47:12

Name: Bill Lackey, former Road Manager/Paul Revere and the Raiders
Comments: My wife served a book to me with my breakfast. It was the printout of all the love extended to Michael since the Chief put this here. Michael, you are a loved man. Your stage pranks were the talk of the Flamingo Hotel stage crew and we would laugh. When I became road manager for Paul Revere and the Raiders I never could outdo you and your fellow co-conspiritors, though I sure had a good time trying. Thank you. Bill, Bonnie and Bob Lackey
Date: 3/18/2001 07:56:14

Date: 3/18/2001 02:00:56

Name: Efrem Sepulveda from Sacramento
Comments: With the stomping beat of the Raiders, Smitty's contributions will live on while other acts around today will vanish mercifully into the night. I never met Smitty as I was just 3 when the big hits started to come out, but he was first class in my book. My prayers extend to the family and it is my hope that "God's Grace will shine upon the family and bless them." Your legacy will stand tall Smitty!!
Date: 3/18/2001 01:05:38

Name: Geoffrey R. Teese -Real McCoy Custom
Comments: Thank you for the music and the fun. God bless you and watch over your family. We miss you.
Date: 3/17/2001 21:03:09

Name: Delilah47
Comments: I hope there is a great rock band in heaven that needs a great drummer. Geri
Date: 3/17/2001 20:02:33

Name: dean psomiades
Comments: im sad to hear of the passing of smitty whom i remember very well with the group from back in the sixties.
Date: 3/17/2001 18:56:23

Name: Ken Scarborough
Comments: Hard to believe Smitty is gone-- thanks for the memories--I could have never grown up without you -- Ken
Date: 3/17/2001 18:27:40

Name: Debbie Brown
Comments: I am a friend of Michael's family, Brenda, Jenna, and Rio, and want to express my deep sympathy and love.
Date: 3/17/2001 17:32:32

Name: Joe Correro Jr.
Comments: I was very sorry to hear about Smitty when Paul called me the other day to let me know what happened. When Smitty was leaving and I was coming into the group, I got to know him a bit and found him to be funny, free-spirited, and very well liked by everyone. He will be missed by many - my condolences to his family. With sympathy, Joe Jr.
Date: 3/17/2001 17:21:31

Name: To Greg Michel from Heather R. in Kona (Mia friend)
Comments: Greg, I have called, left message for Mea to call you. She is with friends in Kona, doing as well as can be expected. We are all in shock and very sad over such a great loss..WE will MISS him so much I can be reached at I will see Mea later today or Sunday at the Memorial, & will make sure she calls you. MUCH ALOHA, Heather R. ,a friend & fan
Date: 3/17/2001 16:56:05

Name: Greg Michel (Lincoln City) Just The Drummer!
Comments: Smitty and I were good friends. We played together many nights at Lake side bar and grill in Lincoln City, and I was going to give him my old set of drums when my new ones arrived. Mea and Smitty moved to Hawaii before my new kit arrived. I worked with mike many years helping him out of jams and such. I hope Mea is ok and wish she would call. We would talk and philosphical out there stuff but connected together on the out there things. I remember when the band had a reunion and was allwyas giving him encouragment to continue. Very talented key boards, guitar. The three of us, Mea,Smitty and myself would stay up jamming and talking til the sun came up. I remember when we were going to the house they were pulled over and Mea was givin a sobority check by police. I hid in the darkness keeping eye incase I needed to bail them out. We got home, Mea passed the check and spent the rest of the night laughing and singing and jammin. I will miss my friend very much. Mea call me, I worrie about you. My life here has exsploded too. One day at a time doll. I was shocked when I received the news. My prayers are with you: All my love Just the drummer Greg Michel 541-5571697.
Date: 3/17/2001 13:50:15

Name: Marie -
Comments: I always thought you to be the best drummer ever. When I saw you with the band in '71 (?) at Knott's Berry Farm I just loved every minute of watching you and listening! I am so sad you left us so young!
Date: 3/17/2001 13:34:33

Name: Gordy Hunt
Comments: Thanks Smitty for providing great music and entertainment to me when I was a kid. There are so many artists that played a role in me finding a musical career and inspiration and the Raiders played a major role in that journey. The music will always be there for us and thank you for making it. Rest in peace.
Date: 3/17/2001 12:54:11

Name: Sandy Hafdahl
Comments: I am so sorry to hear of Smitty's passing. I am in such shock! He was so much a part of my teenage years. My friends and I would rush home to watch Action and we loved Smitty's sense of humor. We were also inspired by Smitty and Art Raz and their message of peace and love. We wrote to Smitty and asked if we could use the name of Art Raz for a club that we wanted to have "The Art Raz Society" promoting love, peace and happiness. Smitty wrote back giving us permission to use the name. We had members all over the U.S and in several other countries. The newsletters were filled with stories and poems, you didn't have to be a PR&R fan to belong. Those were wonderful days and it brings back many happy memories. Smitty thanks so much and I hope you are in a peaceful place. Sandy Former President, Art Raz Society
Date: 3/17/2001 10:49:15

Name: Mike Murray
Comments: One of the greatest, and driving force behind my favorite Raider tunes.
Date: 3/17/2001 05:49:42

Name: Frank Eliot
Comments: I was very Sorry To hear of Smittys passing. I will allways remember him on where the action is and the sense of fun he had.He also was a person who tried to help others with his Brotherhood.He will be missed. My condolences to his friends and family. Frank
Date: 3/17/2001 03:54:19

Name: Gary Souris
Comments: Here's to a great guy who you could always count on to provide a goodtime!! Thanks for making my growing years better ones & you'll live on in the hearts of many for many years to come.
Date: 3/17/2001 02:33:30

Name: Lynn R.
Comments: There have been so many wonderful tributes written here about Smitty, I only wish I could have had the pleasure of meeting him. My prayers go out to his family, friends and the entire Raider family. To those of us left here, we feel a deep sense of loss; However, we know you are at Peace now.
Date: 3/17/2001 01:46:07

Name: Carl Driggs
Comments: After meeting Smitty the first time, I realized what a funny, yet humble and sincere man he was. I remember watching some old footage of "Where The Action Is". Smitty was doing a solo. During the song, he started playing his drum sticks on Paul's nose. By the end of the song, the sticks were up Paul's nose. It made me laugh so hard. Smitty's sense of humor was like that of the Marx Brothers. My condolences to his family, friends and fans. We all feel this loss. He left us much too soon. Peace be with you, Smitty. In Sympathy, Carl Driggs
Date: 3/17/2001 01:36:10

Name: Jack Velvet
Comments: SMITTY-----------------still, OUR CANDIDATE.....................................sigh
Date: 3/16/2001 23:43:12

Name: Bill Hughes - Columbus, OH
Comments: I saw Smitty with the Raiders during the Dick Clark Caravan of Stars in Ashland, KY and watching him on Where the Action Is way back in the 60's. Remembering him brings a smile to my heart, a fitting tribute to the man. Thanks for the music and the smiles Smitty, see ya later! God bless and comfort his family & friends.
Date: 3/16/2001 22:04:10

Name: Sue Hill
Comments: Paul Revere and the Raiders and Herman's Hermits were my favorite groups of ther mid 60's. I ran home each day to watch the guys in their cool uniforms on Where the Action Is. Smitty always kept the beat going for the best music around. I'm sure heaven is a better place with Smitty keepin em rockin.
Date: 3/16/2001 20:15:10

Name: Gordon Bade & Nancy Bade, Lapeer, MI
Comments: Farewell to a Raider. May your family and friends have "Peace of Mind". Thanks for all the early memories of real Rock n Roll and for being a part of the best all American rock band. Rock On...God Bless
Date: 3/16/2001 19:30:31

Name: Linda Murphy Anderson (North Georgia)
Comments: There is a new drummer in Heaven! Smitty, You are really home now & we will all look forward to seeing you there one day. My love & prayers go out to your family & loved ones all over!
Date: 3/16/2001 19:14:14

Name: Christina Dodson (St. Louis, Missouri)
Comments: I am sorry that "Smitty" passed away. My heart goes out to his family, the remaining members of The Raiders, and his fans. Christina Dodson
Date: 3/16/2001 18:19:11

Name: Sam Fariss
Comments: It is always difficult to get the sudden word of the death of someone whom one thought highly of. Such is the case with Smitty. Yes Paul, he is in his paradise found. Paul, your wisdom reflects my feelings. I grieve for myself. The news was a blow to this old Raider Rooter. But life goes on. Smitty lived well. I trust he died well.
Date: 3/16/2001 17:53:16

Name: Michael Molenda, editor GUITAR PLAYER
Comments: The Raiders made me want to start a band. And now, decades later, it's a real drag to come to grips with the fact that rock & roll didn't make my heroes immortal. Rest well, Smitty.
Date: 3/16/2001 16:34:46

Name: Gary Baker
Comments: Always a fan, even back to the 60's. My sincere condolences.
Date: 3/16/2001 15:52:13

Name: jerry tanner
Comments: thanks for everything
Date: 3/16/2001 14:51:44

Name: Karen Allison
Comments: he will be missed more than any words could say. God Bless his entire family.
Date: 3/16/2001 13:48:26

Name: Bob Taylor, MediaPro, Inc., Denver, Colorado
Comments: I remember when Mike Smith walked into my little radio/TV production studio back in the early 1980's. He'd just come to Denver after many years in Hawaii, new wife at his side, looking for a job in the recording business. What a KICK it was having a for-real "rock star" in our little company ... gold records on the wall and everything! His impact on our image around town was immediate. A few years later he returned to his home state of Oregon and I lost touch with him. I'm glad he made it back to Hawaii ... his favorite place to be in the years after The Raiders weren't part of his life.
Date: 3/16/2001 10:33:47

Name: James Thos. Paul Rugino
Comments: At Westbury Music Fair, back in the late '60s, Paul Revere and the Raiders were the first live rock concert I ever attended. I had a blast, it was an event I'll always remember. "Where the Action Is" kids were the opening act.
Date: 3/16/2001 10:31:15

Name: Jackie Davis-Chamberlain
Comments: Knew Mike since we were kids. He never changed when he became a Raider. Still the same sweet,wonderful,funny,cute guy he always was. So glad I had a chance to talk with him one last time last year! Now who is going to say to me "make a funny face". Will really miss him!
Date: 3/16/2001 01:19:56

Name: Van Epperson
Comments: When I was a little boy, I was a Paul Revere and the Raiders nut. Man, I loved the Raiders. My big sister was dating a boy who moved away and became a DJ at a radio station somewhere. Once, he hosted a radio appearance by Paul Revere and the Raiders. Thinking of me and how much I loved the band, he managed to get Smitty's autograph and sent it to me. I cannot tell you how much it meant to that little boy in Georgia to have Smitty's signature, especially that he wrote, "To my friend, Van...". Though it was lost many, many years ago in what seems now another lifetime, my memory of how Smitty personally touched my life will never leave me. And though I'm way older now, I still play those Raiders tunes from time to time and relive and relove the joy of Smitty and his buddies. God bless, man. And, hey, I never got to say it, but thanks for the autograph. Rock on.
Date: 3/15/2001 22:29:07

Name: Dorothy A. Bigness
Comments: Hope to hear you playing in the great beyond when I get there. Keep all those angels in tune and marching to the greatest rock n' roll ever. Love Dottie
Date: 3/15/2001 21:49:05

Name: Karen Canida
Comments: Thank you for your tribute to "Smitty". My prayers go out to Smitty's family & friends.
Date: 3/15/2001 21:03:29

Name: John & Debi Hutcherson
Comments: We're saddened to learn of Smitty's passing. We have seen the Raiders live at least 3 times, with Smitty playing drums each time (in the late 1960's). He did such a great job on the drums. We're sure he's in Heaven, probably playing drums made of gold. Our condolences to his family and friends.
Date: 3/15/2001 19:50:46

Name: Tammy & Teresa of Salt Lake
Comments: We were a tad too young to remember the 'orignal' Raiders, but we've heard a lot about them...we are very saddened by the loss of this talented man and wish to send our condolences to his family, and of course Paul and the other guys. We love you all!
Date: 3/15/2001 18:07:04

Name: carol hubbard
Comments: this is so sad for me. I remember smitty and the guys from their early days here in portland. I used to hang around the Headless Horseman, and KISN radio where Roger worked, and met them several times. I also used to hang out with their fan club pres. then, kylie, and we had so much fun. I remember smitty had a whacky sense of humor, which we all lived. He will be greatly missed.
Date: 3/15/2001 17:54:32

Name: Jim Peterson
Comments: His work with the Raiders has and will continue to bring me great pleasure. Thank you, and God Bless
Date: 3/15/2001 17:53:44

Name: Roger Posey
Date: 3/15/2001 17:17:26

Name: Bill & Kelli Wild......Beaverton, Oregon
Comments: Smitty is still the backbeat of the raiders, no matter what. His coy & pun was developed in the early days in the Headless Horseman Club to "D" Street in Portland, Oregon (back in the early 60's). Smitty sometimes reminded me of a kid who loved making funny little noises in class just to stir up the rest of the class. If you really knew this great band back then, you could hear Smittys' "Awlright!" being screeched in the background of a song or two. I think that was a comical little 'injection' he would put in, just to get the band to laugh with curious unease. Paul may not have liked it (at first) but I think it grew on him as a great addition to the sounds. Thus, helping create the bands' abundance of mad "shtick". It still lives on today as the "Mad-man of rock 'n roll" goes on. What an inspiration!!!!! Smitty was a realist about life (I believe), but he didn't let the little things in life get under his skin. He could talk seriously with you and you wouldn't know when or if he would start getting silly. In all, a shock to loose such a wonderful person so soon, a gentleman and soft spoken to all. God bless, see ya later, Smitty...break a stick or two.
Date: 3/15/2001 16:45:49

Name: Mark
Comments: Its sad when you lose someone you love & the band was a great one & he will be sadly missed by his family friends & fans
Date: 3/15/2001 16:21:24

Date: 3/15/2001 15:53:45

Name: Richard & Anita Berry
Comments: We cannot express what a loss it must be for the family. We can all remember the contributions Smitty made and the loss to the music industry. You left us too soon, but you are not forgotten.
Date: 3/15/2001 15:44:11

Date: 3/14/2001 22:54:31

Name: Lynda (Laufer) Baker
Comments: I'll always remember the quick smile,the funny laugh and a terrific sense of humor. You were one of Beaverton's best and I remember good times, fun parties and compassion. Mike, you will be greatly missed by your Beaverton friends who knew you when. My heart goes out to your family. God Bless--with love and fond memories that go back a long time, Lynda
Date: 3/14/2001 22:08:08

Name: Keith Perry
Comments: I remember back in '67 or 68 when I was 10 or 11,banging away on cardboard boxes and old pots and pan lids to the Raider's big hits.I never did become a drummer,ended up being a guitarist but those "drumming sessions"developed a good sense of rhthym in me.I remember my older brother's portable record player literally burning out on me during "Good Thing"!I've always loved the Raider's songs.My sincere condolences to the rest of the Raiders and to Smitty's family. Sincerely,Keith Perry.
Date: 3/14/2001 21:57:08

Name: Lee Lagerhausen, Clear Spring, MD
Comments: I grew up near Chicago. In summer 1966 I was eleven, and my family took a vacation to the northeast. Everytime I could get control of the car radio, I would tune in any of the powerhouse top 40 stations such as WABC, WFIL, WMCA, etc. It seemed as if "Hungry" was playing about every hour. I was hooked!!! I instantly became a huge Paul Revere and the Raiders fan. When I got home I purchased all of their singles prior to the release of "Hungry", all well as "Hungry" itself. My sister gave me the LP "Just Like Us" for Christmas. I continued to buy all of their singles and albums thereafter. The Raiders were such a pleasant part of my childhood and early teen years. It was great stacking about six of their LP's on the hi-fi, turning up the volume, and just relaxing while their music played. I wore out some of those old records, but I still have them. I also took interest in finding out as much as I could about the guys in the group. Paul, Mark, Fang, Drake, Harpo, Smitty....and later on Freddy, Charlie, and Joe Jr.; you guys were my heros. Even during the post-Woodstock age, I never got tired of listening to your music. Now it is wonderful that so many of your albums have been put on CD's. Having listened to so much Raiders music, I feel as if I knew Smitty personally. He was such an important person in making the Raiders a great band! I am so saddened by his passing. As a big Raiders fan, my deepest sympathies are with all of Mike's family members and his closest friends. Reading everyone's loving comments has been a heart-filled experience. Thank you, Paul, for this web site. Smitty, you are now making music with the Lord.
Date: 3/14/2001 21:53:11

Name: Heather Ratliff
Comments: So glad I had a chance to send some time with you just a few weeks ago. You will be remembered as a good and kind man.
Date: 3/14/2001 21:46:01

Name: Keith Perry
Date: 3/14/2001 21:45:33

Name: Rob (
Comments: I am very sad to hear about Smitty's passing. My prayers and love go out to his family and friends, as well as my fellow Raider fans. Whenever I hear "Hungry", I always smile and get a great groove off of Smitty's drumming. He was a great musician with a beautiful spirit!! I know that God is taking great care of him. With peace and love to all---Rob.
Date: 3/14/2001 21:31:19

Name: George & Sharon Bertling, Bolingbrook, Il
Comments: May you find peace
Date: 3/14/2001 20:17:31

Name: Larry G. Elmore of
Comments: In this time of grief, our hearts will morn the loss of a true hero and gentleman in the hearts of all people. I have watch this band and noticed for the years the most instramental person of the band that kept all people on time and rythum. He may be gone from us in person, but he will never leave our hearts. For us that has been thru the 1960's and 70's with this great band, we will forever morn a great devistating loss. I feel one day we all will Meet Michael again, and we all will sing along with him. This time now, is Michael's time to sit back and laugh at us, with all the people in heaven. He has made us laugh at times when we had nothing to laugh at. He will be watching us as band members and guest. Michael, your pain is over, and ours is only begining. Hang on Michael we all, will see you soon ! With all our love, Larry G. Elmore Brandon Florida.
Date: 3/14/2001 19:56:33

Name: David McMahon
Comments: I have been a Raider fanatic since I was very young (I'm 46 now) When everyone else loved the Beatles and a few other groups, I stood by my Raiders. I live in Central Florida now and have seen the guys play at EPCOT Center in Disney. Nothing but great music from the 60's. Smitty will be missed by many a Raider fan and my heart goes out to his family and friends. If there's a Rock N Roll Heaven
Date: 3/14/2001 19:29:37

Name: Rob Heiler
Comments: It is still shocking 1 week later. From what I've been told, he was laughing and enjoying himself the weekend prior to his passing. This is nice to know. And now he's happy for eternity. Although I met him only briefly a few years ago, I count myself very lucky. He was a nice man. Rest in peace sir.
Date: 3/14/2001 19:21:47

Name: David McMahon
Comments: I have been a Raider fanatic since I was very young (I'm 46 now) When everyone else loved the Beatles and a few other groups, I stood by my Raiders. I live in Central Florida now and have seen the guys play at EPCOT Center in Disney. Nothing but great music from the 60's. Smitty will be missed by many a Raider fan and my heart goes out to his family and friends. If there's a Rock N Roll Heaven
Date: 3/14/2001 19:11:23

Name: Karen Cohen
Comments: Alas, you brought much joy and lust to me in my youthful years. Rest in peace sweet prince.
Date: 3/14/2001 18:23:48

Name: Roger Simpson & Jill Inforzato, Kona-Kailua, HI
Comments: I was listening to Miles and such back in the sixties but I do remember seeing 'Where the Action is' that came on right after 'Lloyd Thaxton'. I've played music in clubs for 35 years and have played all of the Paul Revere hits at one time or another. But here in Kona, Mike moved in with my neighbor, Don [one of the boys from the stone church] and never said a word about who he was. I thought he was just a lonely refugee from the sixties and a few weeks later Don told me who he was. As I got to know him, he was always talking about getting together another band locally. I'm sure he would have succeeded had he lived. Movin' on, Michael.
Date: 3/14/2001 18:00:07

Name: Larry
Comments: Paul, I had the pleasure of meeting you and the new Raiders at the Lake County Fairgrounds in 1991. Although I am only 35 and missed out on the Raiders during the 60's, I have made a strong case to all that would listen that PRR belongs in the the Rock hall. You guys were THE BEST and I am so deeply sorry to hear about Smitty. As I stated earlier in this book, He was a truly remarkable and underrated drummer. God bless and comfort all in his own family and his Raider family.
Date: 3/14/2001 17:20:21

Name: Carol S. Vitiello
Date: 3/14/2001 16:54:50

Name: Larry D'Agostino
Comments: A remarkable and in my humble opinion, very underrated drummer.
Date: 3/14/2001 16:34:52

Name: Tim Woodward
Comments: My "introduction" to Smitty was at Boise High School, where my friend Dick Walker and I sat beside each other in study hall. Dick, who had just had the good fortune to become the Raiders' bass player, returned to school each Monday with stories of his weekend trips with the group. I was very jealous. One Monday, he laughed about the band member who had spotted a "bear with sharp hair" on the road trip home. It was a porcupine, and it was Smitty with the ready quip. Later, I met him in person at Paul's Crazy Horse teenage night club and the Trocadero ballroom in Boise. He was a rock-solid drummer,a wit extrodinaire, and with the rest of the Raiders, one of my early heroes. Smitty will live on in our memories, and in our hearts.
Date: 3/14/2001 15:56:57

Name: Tom Tuerff
Comments: It is my assumption that anybody with a sense of rhythm can learn to play the drums. It is something wholly other to be able to play them in a rock band in such a way that you can beat the living crap out of them and not lose your "finesse." Mike Smith had that talent. You can hear it in the fills on any of those early albums. You can hear it in the intense Volk/Smith driving beat on "Kicks" and the like. The Raiders played it turned up to 11. And the band never had a drummer more up to the task than Smitty. Boy, the ongoing jam session in the afterworld is getting mighty crowded... Tom Tuerff Phoenix, AZ
Date: 3/14/2001 15:15:19

Name: Mia M. Kiemele Kona Hawaii
Comments: I met Michael in Lincoln City Org. in 1994, at Maxwells on the beach. He sat down beside me, from the moment he smiled, my heart was forever his. Our realationship was strong from the get go. We moved over to Hawaii in 1994 to be a part of Paradise which he always will be in my heart and in my soul, he taught me how to truly Love life and music, I have great memories, he loved my son (Marlon) as his own. As a friend and a lover and soul mate, I will miss him deeply. The inspration drives me on until we meet again, he has left on this earth four beautiful children, two ex-wifes, and countless friends, and fans, and a Legacy that no one can hold a candle to. Michael I miss you and I'll never forget you, you are priceless to me. I'll Love you forever, Your friend Mia
Date: 3/14/2001 15:13:25

Name: Shelly, Mia, Thomas, Martin, Kimo ( Kona Family)
Comments: For anyone who can make this event, we are having a Memorial Service for Michael (Smitty) Smith this Sunday March 18 2001, at the Old Kona Airport between 2:00pm to 8:00pm. There will be Live entertainment with the last band he sat in with in Kona. For all friends and Fans. Looking forward to seeing you there, Smitty would love it. With Much Love and Aloha Rock n Roll!!!!!!
Date: 3/14/2001 14:59:13

Name: Dennis Harmon, KBNP Radio Portland, OR
Comments: Saw Smitty in Portland with Mark Lindsay a couple of years ago. I will never forget him...
Date: 3/14/2001 14:57:49

Name: Shavar Bradley
Comments: I didnt know him but he seemed like a nice guy
Date: 3/14/2001 11:13:19

Name: Joan Whitcher
Comments: I will always have Mike in my heart and fondest memories. From Beaverton High, the parties, the jokes and general good times - to adulthood (but always young at heart). He will be greatly missed.
Date: 3/14/2001 10:33:44

Name: Kain Cameron, Midday Personality at Oldies 102.5
Comments: Being in two bands myself, I can only guess how deep your grief runs within the band. I read Paul's tribute to "Smitty" and it was very moving. I am truly sorry for your loss. I just wanted to let you know that I did a tribute to Michael Smith on the air on 3/13/01. I had alot of listener response and I will make a point of letting them know about your website. Remember friends, family, and especially the creation of music can make a man immortal. God Bless.
Date: 3/14/2001 10:28:59

Date: 3/14/2001 08:43:19

Name: Brent Edwards
Date: 3/14/2001 07:10:23

Name: Da Boyz From Da Stone Church Kona, Hawaii
Comments: In the past few years my friend and I had the good fortune to cross paths with Michael Smith. (Mike was truely A Gentle-Man). He had a spark in his eyes and a song in his heart. Mike himself would be the first to tell you how full his life was. Weather it was poor management or failing fiendships or any of the other things that happen in the fast world of rock and roll Mike chose as it says in an ancient prayer to (gracefully surrender the things of your youth). It has been over a year or so since we all lived together and played music. We would like to remember him as he saw himself a child of the sixtys. P.S. Smitty, Say HI to Janis and Jimi, John and Elvis and all the rest of the star children.
Date: 3/14/2001 05:07:08

Name: Mark Fee
Comments: Oh how sad the loss, but what a drummer. Elfin, leprachuan like, the perfect match to Lindsay's charimatic rocker; Fang's and Drake's antics; Paul's showmanship. The Bible says, "Death where is thy sting?" Though grief comes, the night passes. . . Smitty's magical, frequently hilarious additions to The Raiders were a God send. Thank You, Lord for Smitty.
Date: 3/13/2001 22:42:10

Name: Vicki Olson (Raz)
Comments: Mike was my good freind. I meant him in the bean patch with Art Raz and Tom Magnum the summer of 59. They were all living in Arts dads beach house here in Lincoln City, Oregon. I married Art in 1960 and our freindship went from there.I will miss him very much but he is in a better place.God bless his family.
Date: 3/13/2001 22:30:37

Name: Donna Bell, Portland, OR
Comments: I couldn't believe what I read in today's Portland Tribune newspaper--I remember the first time I saw the Raiders in '65 or '66 & Smitty was my "fave" after Mark Lindsay, he made us laugh. I hope they have a memorial here locally, this was the Raiders' "town", & we fans would like to pay our respects to the Smith family. My condolences to his family.
Date: 3/13/2001 22:02:21

Name: Barbaloha
Comments: You guys would play out in the open breezes for us just for the fun of it. You had such aloha for your guests and fans! See you when I get there, Smitty. God Bless.
Date: 3/13/2001 21:56:40

Name: Douglas N. Mitchell
Comments: God bless you man. I grew up watching you guys and loving every minute of of what I saw and heard. I'll include you in my prayers tonight.
Date: 3/13/2001 20:39:45

Name: Kathy Doan
Comments: I can picture Smitty on the beach of Paradise sipping a Pina Colada, waiting for all of us to join him and rock on forever. God bless you Smitty!
Date: 3/13/2001 20:38:15

Name: Suzanne McConnell
Comments: I always felt that Smitty was a really kind person even though I never "knew" him. A person's face can tell alot about them and he had such a happy and kind face! I have since learned from those that have known him somewhat that I was correct in my beliefs. I will keep his family in my prayers and hopefully he is smiling down now on everyone! Thank God for people like Mike "Smitty" Smith!
Date: 3/13/2001 20:37:37

Name: Larry Brown
Comments: im a long time fan of Paul Revere and the Raiders from back in the 60's on where the Action is to now when they come to Epcot every summer a great drummer is playing for everyone in Heaven he will be missed
Date: 3/13/2001 20:24:28

Name: Mark "Hoss" Amans, Road Manager for Paul Revere and the Raiders
Comments: Smitty always made me and everybody laugh. Like the time we were flying in a DC 8 Mainliner, first class. The curtain was open to coach and you could see all the way back to the end of the aircraft. Smitty went to the bathroom and opened the door into the hallway. When he came out, you could only see half of him and he had a hold of his hair with his other arm that you couldn't see. It looked like someone else was trying to pull him back into the bathroom by his hair. He put on quite a struggle and everybody in the plane was cracking up. Then he calmly went to his seat while we were all laughing. Thank you Smitty for making me laugh. I'm going to miss you. I love you. We'll be seeing each other again. Hoss
Date: 3/13/2001 20:11:19

Name: Felicia McGrury
Comments: I enjoyed Paul Revere and the Raiders and my favorites were Mark and Michael. I'm not too much younger than Smitty and it makes you think how life just passes by so quickly and how we should live it to the fullest, but yet also take care of ourselves.
Date: 3/13/2001 20:01:48

Name: Rick Davison
Comments: Everytime I listen to "I Know" I can see Smitty trying to hit those high notes and the guys saying higher, higher. I had the pleasure of catching the reunion show with Mark, Phil, Drake and Smitty a few years ago and it brought back a lot of fond memories. He will be missed. My deepest sympathy to his family.
Date: 3/13/2001 19:32:29

Name: judy davis
Comments: I remember seeing Smitty on "Where the Action Is" every afternoon after- noon when I rushed home from the bus stop. He was funny, crazy and lively. I was saddened to hear of his passing and send his family my condolences. I remember him singing on a couple of albums ( I still have) and hope those around him will always remember what pleasure he must have brought. I have been a Raider fan since "Where the Action Is" first aired on ABC and will always love them. Here's a toast to Mike Smith and all he stood for. He and the Raiders made a huge impact and will always be remembered in my heart.
Date: 3/13/2001 19:10:01

Name: Daniel Crommie
Comments: It's a shame to hear of "smitty's" passing. I have very fond memories of hearing his playing on my older brothers (soon my own) album of "Spirit of 67" and "Midnite Ride" (particularly). Great humor - sad passing. Bless him.
Date: 3/13/2001 18:48:06

Name: Fred McClimans and Family
Comments: We will miss you.
Date: 3/13/2001 18:39:54

Name: Emma Murphy
Comments: Paul Reverer and The Raiders Have made an impact on music and Smitty was a part of that. I hope that everyone remembers what this means (a song heard in the ear goes to the heart to make it lighter and to the sole to brighter this sends a smile to the face which is shaired by the eyes of others this make a small peace in the world that may spread forever.)
Date: 3/13/2001 17:49:01

Name: Dale Houston
Comments: My mom knew the Raiders more than I did. I found out about the Raiders because of my respect for, and later friendship with Freddy Weller. It is difficult when those that you admire pass, and it is even more difficult for the ones who knew and loved them. My thoughts and prayers are with them now. He will be missed.
Date: 3/13/2001 17:44:18

Name: Mike Chesher
Comments: Ihave enjoyed the music of Paul Revere and the Raiders since I was a teenager. Smitty, of course, played a large part in creating the sound of the Raiders. I know he will be sorely missed. My condolances to the family and friends.
Date: 3/13/2001 17:42:01

Name: Daniel Dullum
Comments: Smitty was one of my favorite rock'n'roll drummers at the time I took up drumming myself. He had a distinct style, which, along with his sense of humor and showmanship, made him one of my favorite Raiders. I had the chance to meet him in 1997 along with Phil and Drake and enjoyed the experience. My condolences to all of the Raiders who were a part of Smitty's life, and to his family. This is truly sad news for all of us who enjoy the music provided over the years by Paul Revere & The Raiders.
Date: 3/13/2001 16:35:23

Name: Jill Jackson
Comments: I remember him from the days of watching Where the Action Is. I always thought he was cute, but I was able early teens. Fun to watch him in all the antics, but most of all because he was full of life. He will be missed, but will be in a better place waiting for all his fans to join him.
Date: 3/13/2001 16:35:20

Name: Greg Branson (former Raider-late 70's)
Comments: I had the pleasure of meeting Smitty once. Paul, my heartfelt condolences go out to you. Love always, Greg
Date: 3/13/2001 16:23:16

Name: phillip & jeannette
Comments: may he rest in peace,, thanks for the good music
Date: 3/13/2001 16:18:41

Name: Sunny (Stenberg) Borgognone, San Ramon, California
Comments: I can't believe Mike is gone! But perhaps he is looking down on us and feeling like he's the lucky one. I hope we will meet again some day. Mike was the cutest guy in our class at Beaverton High School. His older brother Jerry was a boyfriend of mine in those days. I think Mike became the most well known person in our class due to his celebrity status from his days with Paul Revere and the Raiders. All of us who knew him and adored him are feeling the pain of his loss. I send warm, caring hugs to Mike's mother and father, and to his brother Jerry. This family was like the Ozzie, Harriet, David & Ricky of Beaverton, Oregon. Rest in peace, dear friend. You were taken from us too soon.
Date: 3/13/2001 16:01:33

Name: Renee
Comments: Smitty I didn't know you but I remember you very well from the Raiders and Action. I was quite young when you made your mark on my memories and I always thought you were an incredible person. You left too soon.
Date: 3/13/2001 14:54:33

Name: the vojtech family
Date: 3/13/2001 14:42:41

Name: joy kielbasa
Date: 3/13/2001 14:31:59

Name: Benny Joe Northern(
Comments: To Paul,Mark,Freddy and the rest of the Raiders--Please accept my condolences over the loss and passing of "Smitty". I have been a Raider fan for over 36 years and I can say, without hesitation, how much I'm sure this loss is being felt by many. Not only those who worked with him,but also fans like me who were touched by the music. While I have met Paul and Freddy Weller(and the current Raiders)I never had the pleasure of meeting "Smitty". I guess I will remember him best for his vocal on "I Know". How can anyone listen to that song and not smile!! You could tell he had a great sense of humour!!! My heart goes out to his family and friends,Benny.
Date: 3/13/2001 14:31:58

Name: Bon- Topanga, Ca.
Comments: Dear sweet Smitty! May you rest in the peace you sought. My condolences to family,friends and the band.
Date: 3/13/2001 14:02:33

Name: Patricia Statler
Comments: Paul Revere and the Raiders including Smitty, helped me get through some very difficult teenage years. Now many years later,it saddens my heart to hear that Smitty is gone, but I belive like Paul that he is at home and happy now.
Date: 3/13/2001 13:10:32

Name: tonya johnson
Comments: I am so sorry. What a sad loss. My prayers are with him and his family. I have been a Raider fan since 1966,and enjoy him. take care. good bye for now.
Date: 3/13/2001 13:01:17

Name: Tom Smith
Comments: No relation, so far as I know. I've been a Raiders fan since '66. Bye, Smitty - you'll be missed.
Date: 3/13/2001 12:57:12

Name: Mary Anne Dains
Comments: Deepest Sympathy
Date: 3/13/2001 12:46:53

Name: Sarah in Sacramento
Comments: I loved Where the Action Is! We raced home after school to watch it. The Raiders made us forget the stress of our school day and let us enjoy our era. We rocked and enjoyed the place they carried us to. I'm sorry we all lost this man, but his family must know that he shared himself with so many. I hope they take comfort in the love he shared with his fans and friends. He was so loved. I know he is in a better place.
Date: 3/13/2001 12:40:38

Name: Bob Stoutenburg, Portland, Oregon
Comments: I saw the Raiders for the first time in 1963, and as a beginning drummer I was naturally drawn to "Smitty". Because of him I was playing in a band by the fall of that year, and have been playing ever since. He was always friendly and very encouraging to me, and consequently whenever I get on stage there is always a part of "Smitty" that gets up there with me. I hope that his family can understand and appreciate what he has meant to me and so many others. He will be missed. My thoughts are with them and the entire Raider family, my first and ONLY rock 'n' roll heros!
Date: 3/13/2001 12:19:12

Name: Cass Tech '69
Comments: I had not thought of Paul Revere and the Raiders in years. Yet when I read the news today I immediately thought "Fang." Every day we raced home to watch the group on "Where is Action Is" (unless it was the first of the month and when we had to pick up Gloria's "Tiger Beat" on the mezzanine at J.L. Hudson's). Thanks for the memories, guys. And rest in peace, Smitty.
Date: 3/13/2001 12:07:05

Name: Dianne
Comments: I remember when I fell in love with the Raiders at age 12 (way back in 1965). There was no better group for years. At 48, I still listen to my old vinyls and remember how it was when I would see the guys in concert. I for one was very sad when music "progressed" and the spotlight moved away from my group. Now, I am very sad to know that Smitty has left not only the group but this life. My condolences to his family, friends, and fellow band members.
Date: 3/13/2001 10:47:50

Name: Judy G. Foster - Houston, TX
Date: 3/13/2001 10:43:40

Name: Penny
Comments: Smitty, wow look at this outpouring of love! I never got to meet you, but I have heard MANY good things about you, and have watched and listened to you for several years now. My heart goes out to all his friends, family, and of course the rest of the Raiders, past and present. My prayers are with you and your family, and the Raiders during this time of great sadness. FB sweetheart I love you and if you need anything you let us know. You have created a website that honnors Smitty to the ultimate. I know he was proud! It's not easy losing those we love, and many times we ask God why. I do not have the answers, but maybe God was reminding each of us that life is short, and to say and do those things for thosw we love why we still can. There is so much hate and violence in the world today,a nd Smitty seemed to me to be a man that longed for and strived for peace in this chaotic world. Well he is in peace now, and with out Lord. Smitty rest in peace and know we love you and miss you. God bless you... To the Raiders(Pastand Present): My heart goes out you and my prayers are with you all. We love all of you and worry about you a great deal. Know we love you and appreciate all of you. You are dear to us all. Thanks for everything. Love, Penny
Date: 3/13/2001 10:18:13

Name: Sam Miller - Orlando
Comments: Thanks for all the joy. You will be missed.
Date: 3/13/2001 10:05:33

Name: Jan Ragni
Comments: Mike was my first boyfriend in high school. We were classmates and good friends. I followed his career and saw him at an occasional reunion. He seemed impervious to the mishaps of life and I was amused by his seeming many avocations (raising fish fingerlings on the Coast of Oregon)..Amazing...that was Mike. I'll miss knowing that he was somewhere out there...enjoying life. Bye bye.
Date: 3/13/2001 09:41:17

Name: Susan Smith Finn
Comments: Many, many moons ago I was lucky to have met Michael "Smitty" Smith a number of times, both as a member of the Raiders and the Brotherhood. My memories of him will always be this kind, gentle soul who took the time with his fans to make them feel special. One night especially my friends and I were lucky to sit up late talking with him, and I recall being struck by his intelligence and depth. He talked long into the night about his philosophies and observations on everything, life, people, music. His passing is striking a sorrowful chord with those of us who grew up rushing home to watch "Where the Action Is" and were lucky enough to see the Raiders every few months at a local performance. He was part of our youth and now, a painful reminder of growing older. Smitty, rest peacefully and know we are all thinking of you and wishing you well on your new journey.
Date: 3/13/2001 09:38:50

Name: Debbie Winn
Comments: Lord have mercy, I was traveling this morning early, down the road when I heard about Smitty, over the radio. Growing up in CA, I remember the antics of Smitty and the group from Where the Action is!! I believe with all my heart that those we love, will travel on to become even more lovely and & prayers to all who are hurting and missing a good friend at this time~~~
Date: 3/13/2001 09:10:44

Name: Dennis T Parkin
Comments: Thank You "Smitty"
Date: 3/13/2001 08:52:45

Name: Joe Welsh
Comments: I was a HUGE Paul Revere and the Raiders fan and have many television shows of the original band (and w/Harpo) on video. I was saddened to hear of Smitty's passing. The Raiders were THE MOST UNDERRATED ROCK BAND OF ALL TIME!!!! Smitty was an important part of the early sound and the most underrated drummer of that era. It is a shame they are not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a shame that Smitty won't be around when that finally does (and it WILL) happen! He left us far too soon....My love and prayers to any and all who loved and knew him.
Date: 3/13/2001 08:50:47

Name: glenn evans / drums-dr.hook-roy bookbinder-the rhythm revue/fla.
Comments: smitty was an idol of mine as a young drummer coming up in the late sixties. he seemed more animated than ringo and other drummers of the time. the first time i heard many old blues standards were the raiders versions , like doggone,i'll be long gone etc. rest in peace smitty you touched my life and many others that you probably didn't even realize.respectfully glenn evans/drums/florida
Date: 3/13/2001 08:49:09

Name: Tom Garrison
Comments: when we loose someone our own age we learn life really is short.
Date: 3/13/2001 07:54:45

Date: 3/13/2001 07:37:19

Name: Claudia Cunningham
Comments: I want to express my sadness at Smitty's passing. He and the band gave me such great pleasure in my youth which continues on to this very day. Their energy, sense of fun and plain talent were apparent for all to see. My greatest regret is that they did not have the chance to reunite. In my opinion they should never have stopped recording. Hopefully, Mike ("Smitty") is in a better place and we will all reunite up the road. I believe it. And I think Smitty himself will tell you that it's true. Claudia
Date: 3/13/2001 07:36:47

Name: Lee/Dead Flowers
Comments: The music made by smitty and the raiders has brought me a lot of joy over the years. smitty -- rest in peace.
Date: 3/13/2001 07:23:58

Name: Nalora Burns
Comments: If there's a rock and roll heaven, you know they have a helluva band.
Date: 3/13/2001 07:23:30

Name: Dr. Howard Willis
Comments: Another loss to our lives and another missing part of our youth that can never be replaced..
Date: 3/13/2001 06:49:17

Name: Johnnie Colene
Comments: Deepest sympathy to family and friends. The Raiders were a hugh part of my teenage life, and I continue to admire their music and style today. Another star has been added to rock and roll heaven.
Date: 3/13/2001 06:36:01

Name: Becky Blosser
Comments: Thank you, Smitty and all the other Raiders for the good music and good times.
Date: 3/13/2001 06:04:59

Date: 3/13/2001 05:31:09

Name: Don Bogash
Comments: Hi/ being 53 years old myself, I grew up with those Raider/Beach Boy and Jan and Dean sounds - I still play'em - u bet. Smitty, I hope you found a beautiful place up there.
Date: 3/13/2001 04:44:24

Name: Pete Templeton
Comments: I just wanted to add my two cents to this page.I want everyone to know what Smitty & the rest of the Raiders ment to one lonely kid in the mid60s.He was a fine comedian & a fine drummer.I think Mojo Workout is a fitting tribute to thos man.My deepest condolences to Mike's family,friends & especially his parents.There is no greater loss than the loss of a child.Goodnight,Smitty,we'll be seeing you.
Date: 3/13/2001 04:24:13

Name: Scott Birrer
Comments: I was to young to remember smitty when he was with the group but my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and also Paul Revere and the Raiders. May you always rest in peace Smitty.
Date: 3/13/2001 01:45:51

Name: Eric Predoehl, LOUIELOUIE.NET
Comments: My heart goes out to the friends and family of Michael “Smitty” Smith. While I had never met the man, everybody I’d ever talked to in the extended family of the Raiders always mentioned what a great guy he was.  I’ve met with a lot of people in my quest to make the ultimate documentary on the world’s greatest rock song, and I am very sorry I never met this beloved drummer.  In San Francisco and a few other regions around the USA, Revere & the Raiders had the hit recording of LOUIE  LOUIE in the early 60s,  not the Kingsmen.  It’s quite a testiment that MOJO  WORKOUT, a recent CD release of their old recordings, appeared on so many top ten lists of music critics.   Maybe someday, we’ll see some DVDs of the old TV show so the next generation can truly appreciate the televisionary talents of this great group. In the meantime, celebrate the music that Smitty was a part of, and CRANK UP THE MUSIC!  Rock on!
Date: 3/13/2001 01:29:19

Name: Donna Adams Schulte
Comments: I met Smitty just briefly in 1967. He was one of the sweetest people I've ever met in my life. Tonight when I read of his death, my heart just broke. Such a sweet spirit is gone! My prayers for comfort go out to his family. Love you Smitty. Donna
Date: 3/13/2001 01:22:46

Name: Tye Goodman
Comments: thanks to sites like this one you will never be forgotten.
Date: 3/13/2001 00:44:46

Name: Lori (Levin) Ghaffari
Comments: Michael: I'll always cherish the times you spent with our family when we lived in North Hollywood. You always shared the best of yourself. You were the professional with a dose of Groucho Marx when the rehearsals were finished. You made each person in the room feel special, no matter their age. It seemed to me that you were blessed with patience, timing, skill and humor. Thank you for sharing the best times of your life with us. Be at peace now, and wait for the rest of us. with love, Lori (Drake's sister)
Date: 3/12/2001 23:43:15

Name: Virginia Blair
Date: 3/12/2001 23:13:53

Name: Mike Carman
Comments: One of the first concerts i ever attended was a where the action is concert in Louisville Ky. I was already somewhat of a raider fan at the time but once seeing the group live I was hooked. Smitty was one of my favorites his comical antics and whacky sense of humor showed through even from the rear of the stage. Thanks for the memories Smitty God speed.
Date: 3/12/2001 23:05:30

Name: Anne Inda
Comments: I became a fan after the Smitty years, but his legacy was so strong I learned almost as much about him as I did about "my" Raiders. I know he was very spiritual, and as Paul says, I hope he has found the peaceful place he was looking for. My heart goes out to those who actually knew him. Sleep well, Smitty.
Date: 3/12/2001 22:45:30

Name: Jim Turner
Comments: I'm 46 now but I will NEVER forget those cool records.More than once I've stayed up all nite just to hear Kicks or Hungry.Those sounds helped me make a decision to make my living playing music for 20+ years.To Smitty and all the guys in the band and in the studio thanks.It's sad to hear that Smitty has gone on.But we've still got the songs.
Date: 3/12/2001 22:15:54

Name: Dave Myers
Comments: Thanks for a lifetime of music !! You will be missed.
Date: 3/12/2001 21:24:30

Name: Joani Walker (, Berkeley, CA
Comments: Smitty - You were always where the action is! The Raiders got me THROUGH the 60s and a turbulent childhood; thanks for some of the best music of the best years of my life. I still have all my old Raiders albums, and was just looking at the Raiders' website the other day, searching for videos of "Where the Action Is". I have learned a lot here, about the wonderful life you led, and what a great friend you were. My thoughts and prayers are with your friends and family, and I hope there is comfort and solace here for them. Did you take your sticks? Some of my favorite musicians got there before you, and are just hanging out, waiting for us all to show up! I never got an opportunity to see you, but I thought about you all my life. And I ALWAYS wanted to see the Raiders' outfits in color - my little black and white tv in the 60s just didn't do you gorgeous guys justice. :) The whole band WILL have that reunion someday. Gone but never forgotten, I will always remember you. God bless you and your family. You inspired us all. --Joani
Date: 3/12/2001 20:52:22

Name: Mark Cleveland
Comments: I had been hoping for a long time to see the original Paul Revere and the Raiders get back together, now it will never be. I wish Smitty could see this and know of all love that is being bestowed upon him. I wish he could have seen the group inducted in to the Hall of Fame, it will happen someday. I remember playing in a band in the 60's, we did "You Can't Sit Down" -- Raiders style, I learned it by copying Smitty note for note. My heart goes out to his family, it's hard to lose someone so young in life and spirit. I think I'll go watch some old Raider videos. Bye Smitty
Date: 3/12/2001 19:35:00

Name: Norma Lynn Vasser
Comments: We will never forget Smitty. He was so much fun.
Date: 3/12/2001 19:15:33

Name: Rhonda U
Comments: The Raiders were my favorite group in the 60's and beyond. Even when I started working, I would go home at lunch and be late getting back because I could not miss one minute of Happening! Smitty made me smile, even when I didn't feel like it. He didn't just bring joy, he WAS joy!
Date: 3/12/2001 18:57:19

Name: Maggie Voglesong
Comments: After life's fitful journey, he sleeps well. Thanks for some wonderful memories.
Date: 3/12/2001 18:38:54

Comments: words cannot express how sad I am at learning of Smitty's passing!! Being from Idaho, I always had this dream of seeing a reunion Of Mark, Paul, Smitty, Drake & Phil!! But if we all just stop what we are doing and listen.........listen!..... can you hear it?!?.....I hear drumming coming from up above me!!! It sounds like the beat to "Louie Louie!!! Keep on drumming Smitty!!!!! You were/ARE loved by millions of one has replace that smile and twinkle of the eyes like you!!! My heart and prayers are with you and to the family of Michale "Smitty: Smith...... "the beat goes on and on on on......
Date: 3/12/2001 18:13:15

Name: Adrianne Ross
Comments: Thoughts and prayers to family and friends. Gone but NEVER forgotten.
Date: 3/12/2001 18:05:00

Name: Tommy Roe
Comments: When I joined, "Where the action is," Smitty was the first Raider to welcome me to the show. He always had a positive attitude, and really helped me in my new position as a regular on the show. He was an original member of The Raiders, and I know that Paul missed him when he left the group. I send my best wishes to his family, along with my heart felt love, and respect for his talent. Tommy Roe
Date: 3/12/2001 17:38:26

Name: Dick Walker (Bass 1963)
Comments: It was with great sadness and disbelief that I learned of Mike’s passing. In the scheme of things my acquaintance with Mike spanned a very few years but I will remember Mike forever as a friend and one of the “good guys”. Over these many years when speaking of Mike, I always recall the time he tried to break his neck riding a tricycle off the stage in Amarillo and jumping from the balcony of our second floor motel room in Lake Oswego into the swimming pool with his skivvies on. Always having fun, never complaining, and living life to its full extent was synonymous with Mike. I hope Mike’s family and friends will not dwell on the sadness of his passing, but remember the great sense of humor and fun loving attitude of the man we all lovingly called Smitty. Dick Walker (Bass 1963)
Date: 3/12/2001 17:07:36

Name: Emerald Alexander
Comments: God takes the very best for himself. You are now in the greatest group of all!!!
Date: 3/12/2001 16:43:08

Name: Pat Hannigan
Comments: Thanks for great music. You will be missed.
Date: 3/12/2001 16:05:43

Name: Richard Hicks
Comments: I grew up playing guitar along with your songs. Smitty was a very familiar face on "Where the Action Is" and other shows you appeared on. A great loss to music of the sixties. We'll miss you Smitty !! Richard Hicks, Orlando, Florida
Date: 3/12/2001 15:53:58

Name: Georgia Green Demith
Comments: Smitty was one of endless faces that is a fond memory of adolescence. When you lose one of those faces part of you is gone too. I am sure that his family, colleagues & closest friends feel his absence more acutely & my thoughts & prayers are with them to find comfort.
Date: 3/12/2001 15:22:09

Name: "DJ"
Comments: Smitty, although I never had the pleasure of meeting you, you have been a very important part of my life for over 35 years. The Raiders were my adolescent heroes and still the BEST. Thank You for the thousands of hours that I have enjoyed listening to Raiders music. With the stuff called music today, there should always be those of us who know the good things!! I will honor you by listening to all the music--I will shed a tear or many. Thank you for being "Smitty".
Date: 3/12/2001 15:17:09

Name: bilie ruth cox
Comments: I will miss you. Smitty made the lords shine upon your halo for you are the ones of great rock roll. The soul of music is the greatest gift you gave to the the first gernation of music. Youe love of music will last forever, forever.
Date: 3/12/2001 14:50:30

Name: stuart sobie
Comments: he well be missed!
Date: 3/12/2001 14:48:41

Name: Sue Mininni
Comments: I too felt such a loss when I heard of Smittys passing. It's ironic that I was going through all of my old Raider scrapbooks and old 60's fan club stuff when I heard. I never got to see them in person but couldn't be torn away from the shows for nothing. My prayers and thoughts are with his family and dear friends. You will be missed.
Date: 3/12/2001 14:19:50

Name: Chris Rivers, Cool 100 FM/Orlando, FL.
Comments: I loved the music, loved the smile, the gregariousness; you will be sorely missed! Thanks for the mmemories.
Date: 3/12/2001 14:09:20

Name: C. Lane
Comments: All of us who watched the Raiders on ACTION and followed the solo careers and evolving and growing Paul Revere and the Raiders family can appreciate what a rich gift Smitty was, enjoy how golden his memory will remain and confidently know that the Creator and Paradise celebrate his presence. Having had the opportunity to meet and know Smitty and several members of the extended Raider family, I appreciate the feelings of loss and my prayers for comfort, peace and harmony are with all.
Date: 3/12/2001 14:07:13

Name: Gary L. Dulaney
Comments: It's hard to believe, rock on, your memory lives!
Date: 3/12/2001 12:55:51

Name: Bill Wanelik
Comments: The Raiders were certainly an energetic garage band and being a drummer myself, I know that "Smitty" was the engine. God bless him and his family.
Date: 3/12/2001 12:33:10

Name: Wanda
Comments: As a huge Raider's fan in Los Angeles in the 60's, I loved their music and saw Smitty perform many times, on stage and during tapings of Where the Action Is. One thing I remember is that he was somewhat shy but always very nice to his fans. My condolences to his family and friends.
Date: 3/12/2001 12:26:54

Name: Chris Hernandez
Comments: My prayers and thoughts are with his family and friends. My hope is that he went without pain and suffering.
Date: 3/12/2001 12:09:08

Name: beth tanner
Comments: The first time I saw the Raiders in person, Paul had Smitty and Omar playing drums, side by side, at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas in the early '70's. Smitty would get so crazy in the battle of the drums with Omar that Paul would have to hose him down with a fire extinguisher to stop him. When the the cloud of fog dissipated, there Smitty would be, with frost hanging from his hair and some outrageous expression frozen on his face that would send the audience, as well as the Raiders, into screams of laughter. I've been a fan ever since. Thank you, Paul, for your lovely tribute to Smitty. My thoughts and prayers to Smitty's family.
Date: 3/12/2001 12:01:58

Name: Bob Berry, COOL100/Orlando
Comments: Could another drummer have hit those licks, filled those holes, and held it all together? Could another drummer could have worn the Raider costume? Possibly. But to this dedicated viewer of "Action", and life-long fan of one of the GREAT American bands, The Raiders were always a sum of their parts. And part of those Raiders, and another small part of of youthful memories, now rests in a better place. Thanks, Smitty, for the "Kicks" and the "Licks"!
Date: 3/12/2001 11:25:33

Name: Deb Lindsay
Comments: I never realized until now exactly how special a moment it was when Mark, Phil and Drake serenaded Smitty with "Our Candidate" as he stepped off a plane in Las Vegas a few years back. I'm sure that the depth of friendship within the group is matched only by the extent of loss that everyone is feeling at this moment. In whatever way Smitty touched our hearts, we are better because of it.
Date: 3/12/2001 09:31:15

Name: Mark Lindsay
Comments: Dear Friends: I had always hoped that there would come a day when Smitty, Phil, Drake, Paul and myself could get together and make that special music again one last time. It looks like God had other plans. I don't think I can add anything more at this time than what I've already expressed in my "Letter to Smitty." It moves my heart to see how many people care for him and how many lives he touched in a positive way. God bless you, Smitty, and everyone who shares the joy of your memory and the grief of your passing so deeply. - ML
Date: 3/12/2001 09:16:10

Name: Suzanne Parvey (Portland, Oregon)
Comments: My sincere condolences to Mike's family and friends. I have such fond memories of seeing Mike perform with Paul Revere and the Raiders here in Portland. "D Street" was a favorite hangout for the group to perform and who can forget Mike and the guys cutting up on stage. "Smitty" would be drumming his heart out while Paul would be pouring a drink in his mouth and never miss a beat! He was a terrific drummer and he came across to me as a fun loving gentle soul. I never missed seeing the group perform on "Where The Action Is". I had the good fortune to meet Mike while he was here in Portland for the reunion concert.(signing autographs with the group outside Music Milennium) I have some wonderful close-up photos of Mike that I would be happy to share with his family if they are interested. I have several nice photos from the reunion concert of Mike too. I will leave my email address if they wish to conctact me for copies. Will there be a memorial service for Mike sometime soon in Beaverton? Peace Mike. God Bless. Suzanne (
Date: 3/12/2001 08:21:40

Name: Steve Eaton
Comments: I had the pleasure of walking on the beach in Florida with Smitty in 1972. He seemed to always take special concern and interest in others He was someone who always shared his deepest thoughts and always strived to presue the true and honest road for himself and family. I will always remember him as the orginal drummer for the Raiders, but also a great guy. This makes me sad!
Date: 3/12/2001 08:04:00

Name: Gayle
Comments: A happy/sad day Saturday...happy in that I got to see Mark in concert AND meet him (sigh)...sad when I found out Smitty had heart goes out to his family...thank you, Smitty, for the wonderful memories via "Where The Action Is..."
Date: 3/12/2001 07:15:57

Name: Jan Ashcraft
Comments: Smitty was a part of our youth but he never left our lives. -- He never will!
Date: 3/12/2001 06:35:32

Name: Paula Kelly, KFRC Radio, San Francisco
Comments: Even though I've "bumped into" Paul & the guys many times during my 30+ years in the radio biz, I never had the pleasure of meeting the ever-jovial Smitty: a missed opportunity which I deeply regret. I was, however, riveted to the small screen in my mid-teens, as his warmth, wit & talent saturated every frame in which he was featured on "Where the Action Is." I've also been fortunate enough to have played many of the tunes on the radio, to which he lent his talent. My deepest condolences to Smitty's family, friends, & fans. May it be of some small comfort to see how deeply he has touched so many lives. God Bless.
Date: 3/12/2001 05:47:11

Name: Mike Sampier
Comments: A Raider's fan since "Just like Us" became the first album in my record collection '66, I unfortunately never had the opportunity to see "Smitty" and his Raider collegues live in concert. Although us fans got an opportunity to see the band perform on that great daily television show "Where the action is". Mike Smith will be dearly missed by all his family, friends and fans, but at least we have his musical contributions to remember him by, especially his and Drake's masterpiece "There's always Tomorrow"! (Galway, Ireland)
Date: 3/12/2001 02:45:02

Name: Stretch Riedle
Comments: I never knew Smitty, but from one drummer to another I want to thank him for being a member of a great band. Because of Paul Revere & The Raiders I have interviewed Paul, sat with Mark Lindsay, and now I remember Smitty. Thanks to Smitty and the band for their countless versions of my favorite song, "Louie Louie". [Stretch]
Date: 3/12/2001 01:49:13

Name: Janice Klemme
Comments: I have waited to sign this, trying to find the right words. But there are no words to express the loss I feel. I have been a devoted fan of the Raiders since 1966. In 1997,it was a dream came true when I was able to be at the reunion concert to see the guys perform once again.Even though I have met all the original and the current line up many times, that was my one and only meeting with Smitty. He was everything I knew he would be. Funny, charming, and so giving of his time. We will all remember his easy smile and his comedic talents as well as the music he provided.It is the end of an era for many of us long time fans.We have lost a brother. Thank you Paul for giving us this forum to express our thoughts. Good bye Smitty. Till we meet again.
Date: 3/12/2001 01:11:23

Name: Cyndi
Comments: My prayers and thoughts go out to Smitty's family. May God give you strength to make it through this tragic time. As a young teenager, some of the best times of my life were spent listening to Smitty and the rest of the Raiders, and to this day, when I hear a Raider song, all the joy of those times comes right back and puts a smile on my face. Thank you Smitty, for all the great memories. Godspeed.
Date: 3/11/2001 23:55:07

Name: Russell Duncan
Comments: Mike will truely be missed by everyone. He was the reason I started listing to PRR. He is in a better place now, and my hart and prayers go out to his famly. Goodbye Smitty.
Date: 3/11/2001 21:13:35

Name: Doug Peterson
Comments: We'll all miss you.....keep on rockin', Smitty.
Date: 3/11/2001 21:11:24

Name: KIMO (Kona familly)
Comments: as the first day i met mike, there was this little 5'7" 230 lbs man looking up at me ( 6'4" 375lbs hawaiian man), yelling your a big S.O.B, Shelley a mutual freind came and introduceds me to him, and mike and i been very good freinds from that day on. i consider myself a very lucky man to know a very uplifting man' such as mike. i would'nt change not one minute of my life since i knew him. we will miss him so much, i hope he found what he was looking for in this life as for i found another freind here and after i leave to join mike take good care, and god bless. also kona loves and misses you.
Date: 3/11/2001 20:45:12

Name: Margaret Katherine
Comments: I fell in love with Paul Revere and the Raiders in the summer of 1965 watching them on "Action". They were such a hilarious group of guys hopping around all over the place...who could not be enamored? And part of that was due to Smitty's antics. What a hoot he was to watch. That began the fun times I have had all these years because of PRR. The fun...the great music...the wonderful times....I just want them to go on forever and ever. Now we come face to face with a reminder...that they won't. Life's way too short...we should all enjoy each moment to the fullest. I get the feeling from reading all these wonderful tributes to Smitty that he did just that. Smitty...gone...but we most certainly will not forget. Thanks Paul for having this on your site. It helps.
Date: 3/11/2001 20:41:16

Name: Neal Skok
Comments: Hi Smitty, Thanks for all the music and memories over the years. You were one of a kind! Best, Neal Skok
Date: 3/11/2001 19:49:13

Name: Michael Mikrut
Comments: I remember seeing Paul Revere and The Raiders perform at my high school in 1966. The band played at Gordon Tech in chicago, Illinois and Smitty was one good drummer as well as being loads of fun to watch,
Date: 3/11/2001 19:39:25

Name: eric wade
Comments: didnt know the man butt loved the music and it is always sad when we loose a legend
Date: 3/11/2001 19:26:02

Name: Sandie Davis
Comments: I am just a big fan, fortunate enough to have had Smitty, and all the Raiders, in my life while growing up. Thank you Smitty for giving the world your wonderful you. Sandie
Date: 3/11/2001 19:05:39

Name: Rich Crowley
Comments: In the 60s I was the singer of the Fabulous Chancellors from Boise, Idaho. Paul Revere and the Raiders were THE band. In the summer of 63 Paul opened a teen club called the "Crazy Horse" in Boise. We played there two or three nights a week for a while. On the off nights when I wasn't playing somewhere I would go to the "Crazy Horse" and listen to the Raiders. Smitty was the drummer and that band was pure raw energy. In that era before "Steppin Out" they were the rawest most energized band anywhere. There sound was the Northwest sound. Smitty was a big part of that. It is hard to lose a respected old rocker and a significant member of the rock n roll community. I never saw him in person after that summer. In my mind he is forever young.
Date: 3/11/2001 18:59:19

Name: Anita Jordan, St. Petersburg, Florida
Comments: Thank you, Paul, for your kind words. Everyone I knew who was/is into this crazy Raider mania truly loved Smitty for his beautiful smile, craziness and great warmth. You're right, too, I grieve for us as well. I was never able to meet him as I have met you, Mark, Freddy and Joe but I still miss him. If I ever get to see you again, maybe at EPCOT in May, we'll share the second hug for Smitty. And I still dream of running away with you and the Raiders instead of the circus. You are still my crazy hardy-har-har man! Love always, Anita ajink51
Date: 3/11/2001 18:58:07

Name: wayne fraizer
Comments: the raiders were such a big part of the 60's music scene, and smitty was right in the middle of it. Rest in Peace
Date: 3/11/2001 17:25:28

Name: Billie
Comments: Smitty was a joy to watch and listen to. We will miss your smile. Love
Date: 3/11/2001 17:02:25

Name: Mark
Comments: I'm a Raiders fan from mid '60's.I watched Dick Clark here in L.A. Smitty was an awesome drummer and entertainer.Thank our Creator for giving Smitty such talent and sharing it with us.Prayers to his family and friends.Peace and love to every Raider fan!
Date: 3/11/2001 16:38:53

Name: Judith Allison
Comments: Smitty was a friend of mine. His smile was big, his heart was bigger. His joy for life along with his spirit of adventure led him down many roads. His journey is continuing.
Date: 3/11/2001 16:13:46

Name: Dale L Richards
Comments: Smitty I will miss you ,Dale Richards Raider fan of 35+ years.
Date: 3/11/2001 15:35:42

Name: Martin Darst (Part of the Kona Family)
Comments: Like Shelly & Thomas,I too had the honor of having Michael as a close personal freind,and spent many hours talking and hanging out. He was a gentle soul..and I never heard him say a bad word about anyone.He pulled me through a rough time,I was in a state of deppression,and Michael came over and threatened to kick my Butt if I didnt snap out of it!! And I had to laugh because I am 6'1 And 200+ lbs ,and to see michael larger than life at 5'6 150 (soaking wet)...made me realize that he was more than just a freind...He was my brother. I will NEVER forget you!!!And I wish you were here to kick my ass now!! Your freind forever...see you on the other side.
Date: 3/11/2001 14:50:16

Name: Lynda Bruington
Comments: A Master in the History of Rock and Roll, an Icon of the era. With every song that you played, your legacy will survive time. Rock and Roll will never Die. Because of muscians like Smitty, the beat will forever live on. Another fallen drumstick, we will rejoice in the happiness you gave us. For through your music, you will live forever. It is our loss. There must be one hell of a band in Heaven right now. Prayers to Smittys family at their time of loss. God Bless.
Date: 3/11/2001 12:24:13

Name: Deborah Rengo
Comments: great guy...great band...I remember the good times we had at "D Street" and in Cannon Beach at the Coaster Theatre. 'Louie Louie' will be forever in my heart.
Date: 3/11/2001 12:11:48

Comments: I read a fortune cookie once, that said, "There is no grief which time does not lessen and soften"...I wish you courage and love...peace be with you...
Date: 3/11/2001 12:06:44

Name: Lesley (Crayton) Clack
Comments: We all know he is better off now!
Date: 3/11/2001 11:56:33

Name: Bob Patton
Comments: It was great to see Smitty and the rest of the band. I went every time they were in town,Salem, OR. thanks for the memories.
Date: 3/11/2001 11:01:42

Name: Ellen S. Bowman "Fangfiend"
Comments: Smitty was and is Loved by all and will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace forever.
Date: 3/11/2001 10:21:10

Comments: Leave it to Peter to come here from England and provide a bit of relief which I think we all were due for. Smitty and Peter have the same brilliant sense of humor, so who else could have brought the first smile in days?...I think "" !!! I am grateful, to have been able to have "experienced", this unique person. It also brings me great happiness, to have either maintained, or been able to re-kindle, the friendships I have so cherished, over all these years. They are, as they were to Smitty, my second family...and to them I extend all my love and support. I am praying for his loved ones that the period of grief will soon be replaced by the period of healing.
Date: 3/11/2001 10:10:16

Name: Gary Belich
Comments: I, too, never met Mike, but as a fan of The Raiders for many years, I am very saddened and STILL in shock over the loss of this very special man. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't hear a Paul Revere & The Raiders song and wish I could drum like Smitty! Some people say "It's just a simple beat, how could it be so hard for you?" I think Mike made it sound simple. I don't know, maybe I really AM a drummer wannabe! HA HA HA But if I could choose one drummer that I "wannabe", it would HAVE to be Smitty, HANDS DOWN! With all the records, cd's, and videos I have of The Raiders (and believe me, it's a LOT!) Michael will never be gone, he will ALWAYS be with us. My condolences to the entire Smith family for the loss of your son, husband, father.....and friend. And to ALL members of Paul Revere's Raiders, I am sorry, too, to hear about the loss of a very "special" Raider. My heart goes out to each and every one of you, including the fans who are as saddened, and hurt, as I am. Someday "We Gotta All Get Together" as one big, happy family and cherish each and every one us, in the moment. But I guess we do that already, don't we, everytime we go see Paul Revere & The Raiders, Mark, and The American Rock All-Stars perform! Thank you, Smitty......for giving it your all each and every day of your life. We love you.
Date: 3/11/2001 09:49:27

Name: Wayne MacKinnon
Comments: Smitty had a smile on his face all time. Having ony met you a few times. You found it in yourself to treat every human with respect and kindness. It was something that I learned from you very quickly and hope to have it as part of my personality. Thank you for all the good memeories Smitty!!! Rock on where you are. :)
Date: 3/11/2001 08:33:01

Name: Shelly & Thomas (Kona, Hawaii)
Comments: Last week Tuesday, Thomas and I lost a very close friend.I guess you could say a family member or as close as one could get without being related. Michael was one of my best friends for the last few years of his life. If he wasn't over swimming, or having dinner, we talked daily by phone. I can't even express how much I (we) are going to miss him. A couple of days before he passed, Thomas brought home 3 Cd's of a great mixture of 60's tunes, I instantly phoned Michael and invited him to dinner, the first song I played was, Turn Turn Turn by the Turtles, Michael had tears running down his face, and a huge smile, after that we danced to pretty much every song, and he had a really cool story for nearly every artist. He had a blast, and We have cherished memories, Two days later he was gone. I can't begin to express how much he meant to us.He made us all laugh, he talked in poetry like he was always writing a song, he could remember the 60's like it was yesterday, but could'nt always remember what he had for breakfast. He was family to us and always will be! Michael we love you dearly! and Thank you for being a huge part of our lives, Much Love to your family and Raiders and the Brotherhood, and everyone else who's life you touched. With Much Love and Aloha See ya someday soon "Rock N Roll"
Date: 3/11/2001 04:43:41

Name: Ron Lauback
Comments: Dear Paul, Words cannot say how deeply saddened I am to hear about the loss of Mike "Smitty" Smith. My condolences to his loved ones, you and the rest of the "Raiders Family". Ron
Date: 3/11/2001 04:00:16

Name: Peter Noone.
Comments: Smitty? You aren't supposed to go first. Who will count us all in? I will miss you, you handsome bastard. Herman aka Peter Noone aka Fan aka Friend.
Date: 3/11/2001 02:52:45

Name: Francine Maness
Comments: I was stunned to hear about Smitty's transition from this life. I didn't have the good fortune of meeting Smitty, but as a long time "Raider" fan I remember him well. He was very talented and had a keen sense of humor. Smitty is immortal, he will live on forever in our memories, our hearts and in the music he helped to create. My deepest sympathy goes out to his family. You all are in my prayers. Date: 3/11/2001 01:45:52
Date: 3/11/2001 02:13:26

Comments: I was stunned to hear about Smitty's transition from this life. I didn't have the good fortune of meeting Smitty, but as a long time "Raider" fan I remember him well. He was very talented and had a keen sense of humor. Smitty is immortal, he will live on forever in our memories, our hearts and in the music he helped to create. My deepest sympathy goes out to his family. You all are in my prayers.
Date: 3/11/2001 01:45:52

Name: Jay Michaels
Comments: Well, memories of the days of Paul Revere and the Raiders are not complete without thinking about Smitty. He was always a bright spot in the group. As Paul mentioned he does not grieve for Smitty as he has gone on to a better place, it is those of us who are here that share the grief together. To his family, to Paul and the guys my heartfelt sympathy goes with you. I will say an extra prayer today and hope that he will hear it, as he is in a place where he can help us all!! Fond memories will always live on. Sincerely, Jay Michaels
Date: 3/11/2001 01:42:32

Name: Francine Maness
Date: 3/11/2001 01:30:45

Name: David Burris-Baker City, Oregon
Comments: Just a few words to send my condolences to Smitty's family. Smitty and the Raiders made a mark in my life...the music still plays in my heart and home to this day. It is hard to lose people that have been such a special part of our lives...a memorable part. You may have left us Smitty but you will never be forgotten....
Date: 3/11/2001 00:33:22

Name: louise
Comments: Mike - you'll be missed by all, you were the guy that gave drumming a new name.
Date: 3/10/2001 23:28:51

Name: Gino Rossi
Comments: It is always a shock to hear about a friend dying. I am fortunate to have a wonerful photographic record of Smitty and of all of Paul Revere's Raiders, since the first dance in 1963. I had to go through my files of proof sheets and slides to remember just how good Smitty made us all feel and the many laughs we had. His natural comedic wit and genuine style added to the great spirit of the band. I am glad that I had a part in photographiing the group and knowing Smitty. Raider photographer Gino Rossi 1963-1971
Date: 3/10/2001 22:35:33

Name: Janie killduff
Comments: His Dad comes into our store to shop I work at the Albertsons in Beaverton oregon I real felt bad when told that his son had died.
Date: 3/10/2001 21:19:14

Name: Norma Burke
Comments: I have been a Raiders fan for a long time. Smitty was such a joy to watch! Always brought a smile to my face to see him "hamming it up" with Fang and Uncle Paul. What a great guy. May he rest in peace, and my condolences to all who were close to him.
Date: 3/10/2001 20:58:56

Name: Dancin' Dave
Comments: Although I never knew Smitty as well as the other guys, the time I spent with him in the early seventies was magical. He was unaffected by the business and a gentleman. His passing makes me sad.
Date: 3/10/2001 20:39:40

Name: Ray Loose - Durango, CO
Comments: As a part-time musician who learned my craft from listening to records and so many by the Raiders, it saddens me to think that the time has come to start losing the people I admired. It seems that most of us who loved the Raiders were always defending them. In the part-time music world this was an on-going fight. Recently, because of “Mojo Workout”, the battle has gotten easier. Smitty you were great, you were the heartbeat of this rock ‘n roll band. It could not have been done without you. Goodbye my friend, be free.
Date: 3/10/2001 19:46:30

Name: Jean
Comments: At the show at Silver Springs, Mark dedicated this day to Smitty. There was not a dry eye in the place.
Date: 3/10/2001 19:03:22

Name: Danny Krause
Comments: As a fellow Raider, I was deeply saddened to hear about Smitty.I had the pleasure of meeting him on several occasions. Having grown up watching Smitty & Paul& the Raiders on "Where The Action Is" I considered it such an honor to meet someone whom I believed was one of the pioneers of Rock N Roll. Fortunately Paul has many memories of Smitty that he is able to share with us now to keep his memory alive. We, as musicians have such a comradery.....he will be greatly missed. My thoughts are with his family. To us Smitty, your beat goes on.
Date: 3/10/2001 19:00:36

Name: Jean
Comments: Another sad day in music, I will miss Smitty's smile, it made us smile back. I will miss you, and now you are watching over us.
Date: 3/10/2001 18:59:22

Name: Chris Goodman
Comments: You will be missed Smitty. I listen to you always. Peace my favorite drummer..:o(
Date: 3/10/2001 18:58:12

Name: Ben Gardner and All members of "The MarK Five" band
Comments: Michael was, as others in the Raiders. a true inspiration to musicians, as well as, the fans. We will not forget "Smitty", and pass our sympathies to all that knew him. May God Bless him and his family.
Date: 3/10/2001 18:36:19

Name: Annette Joseph Walker
Comments: Please extend my condolences to Smitty's family and friends. May he rest in eternal peace. He will be missed.
Date: 3/10/2001 18:17:39

Name: Deby
Comments: I remember watching tv and Smitty always making me laugh. He seemed to always think of the other people and just wanted then to enjoy as much of life as they could. BLessings to all the who knew and love Smitty.
Date: 3/10/2001 17:55:05

Date: 3/10/2001 17:40:16

Name: Flip Parker
Comments: I'm sorry to hear of Smitty's passing. We were friends for a short time in the mid seventies as we played together in a little club band at Nicks Fish Market in Lahaina. He was happy leading a simple life just being a father and husband, playing his drums, and driving around Maui in that old Volkswagon. he was a great bandmate and friend, I'll miss him. Hope I see you again in Paradise
Date: 3/10/2001 17:34:06

Name: Roger Hart
Comments: It was said, by the world's greatest authority, that 'the meek shall inherit the earth". Earth, what a place to live, if only without those who make it difficult. Earth is where lost friends and loved ones need to be reunited. Someday. Until then, reside well in our memories. Let me also submit these words of another lost friend, Derek Taylor, who once upon a time wrote these words about Mike 'Smitty' Smith. "His ultimate personal goals are to promote peace and niceness, hoping there are still enough nice people left who are enough about mankind to straighten the troubles out and let man live, maybe forever, if men could figure that out...Anyone who thinks Smitty can't succeed in his peaceful goals is slightly mad. Then again, so is Smitty, who is the first to admit it, nodding brightly, and adding, 'made at the world for being in such a mess.' Smitty insane? 'Yes,' he would say, 'but then, so is everyone else. It's all a matter of degree.' So be it for our little peacemaker." Derek Taylor, 1967 Thank you all. Smitty gave it a it's our turn, or for perhaps a Higher power who's already said it will be done, "on earth, as it is in heaven." Thank you all for being "Smitty's friend over all these many years.
Date: 3/10/2001 17:08:05

Name: omar martinez
Comments: We played toghether a few months before he retired from the band in 1972 & during that time I got to know Smitty on & off stage. Great drummer with a great sense of groove and funny, funny, funny.The main reason I was hired was to re-enforce the drumming while he went nuts during the show especially when we did our dualing drum solos,and at that point cymbals and drums would start flying out from his set as he would go nuts playing them.He would continue to drum up everything on the stage including Paul. He started to play on Paul's boots and ended up on his face clamping his sticks together on his nose twisting it, and then proceeded to push him out of the way so that he could beat up some more on Paul's piano.. Young and arrogant as I was back then I never stopped to learn from a real pro and almost lost out on that opportunity, but now we can listen to him nice and raw like I like to hear a good drummer on " Mojo Work Out ". Smitty we love you and we're going to miss you. It was great knowing, playing and hanging out with you.I will try to play all those hits you played on as good as you did from now on in remembrance of you. I'm praying for his family and friends to find the Real Joy and Peace in the mist of the storm. God bless.omar
Date: 3/10/2001 17:01:44

Name: lydia steed
Comments: I remember "Smitty" very well and wondered what he had been doing over the years. I liked him very much and thought he was a very good comedian and drummer for the band. May God be with his family and love ones during this time. I know he's in a much better place.
Date: 3/10/2001 15:56:05

Name: Marshall Ogletree
Comments: I grew up with the Raiders on "Where the Action Is" and listening to their great albums. The humor of Smitty was always at the heart of the group. I often listen to Raider albums and yes CDs to revisit true heartfelt and fun rock and roll. Ironically, I was going to attend a concert today featuring Mark at Silver Springs in Florida. I did not go because my wife was ill and I discovered this sad news on Pauls's website. My sincere sympathy to Mike's family and the Raider family. Smitty you will be missed!
Date: 3/10/2001 15:34:12

Name: Russell Crawford
Comments: Along w/Ringo, Smitty was one of my earliest influences as a young drummer. Saw some pictures of him as a boy with a white drum set, pretty nice stuff for the time. He had the Ray Charles groove down really well on the earlier Raider records and his hard rock feel was instrumental to the Raiders sound. The sound of the drums on the Here We Come album cuts through better than the other groups records of that time. Crisp and clear. Classic. Dont forget his train intro on Night Train. Really loud and furious. Being a member in the Coolest rock band of all time,Smitty was certainly marching to the beat of a different drummer. I got really excited when i was able to purchase a picture of some Raiders with his autograph on it, as he was the main drummer that I watched when I was a kid. I;ll miss Smitty. Learned a lot from watching him on television 5 days a week.
Date: 3/10/2001 15:19:24

Name: jack aldrich (nampa idaho)
Comments: he will be missed by every one that knew him,our prayers to his family
Date: 3/10/2001 15:16:47

Comments: I never met him but I spoke to him on the phone a few times..he seemed to be a genuine character. He kinda got a kick out of fact that I was 37 years old and knew of Paul Revere and the Raiders. He asked me if I remembered any of the songs, so I remember singing a few bars of what I remebered..'Make your own kind of music, sing your own special la la.'That's as far as I got before he just laughed..I laughed too. My heart is with all of his family and friends during this difficult time...
Date: 3/10/2001 15:04:09

Name: Grace Rose
Comments: From "paradise" to PARADISE, I hope your journey was smooth sailing... You'll be missed, and always loved!
Date: 3/10/2001 14:28:29

Name: Valerie G.
Comments: I, sadly, never had a chance to meet Smitty in person. It seems he was a very special man - kind, funny and a dreamer. The world needs more dreamers - and now it has one less. What a shame for those of us left behind. I think, in his memory, I will take a walk in the sun, smile more at total strangers and take myself a little less seriously. No one truly dies if we remember them - they live on in our hearts. My sympathy for his family and those who knew him well. Peace, love and good happiness stuff.
Date: 3/10/2001 14:23:16

Name: Doug Heath
Comments: I first remember wathing Smitty play at teen dances in the early 60's and although I never worked with him I've heard enough stories from Paul, Omar and Keith that I feel that I knew him. I got a chance to meet him in Denver and I thought he was a great guy with that sense of humor you need to work with Paul. In fact I think he used to egg Paul on pretty good too. I think that everyone who's been a member of this band is somehow linked together and we've lost a part of our Raider family. Our heartfelt sympathies to his family. Smitty, I hope you've found your peace and someday think of the jam we'll have.
Date: 3/10/2001 13:58:05

Name: Ron Foos / Bass guitar for the Raiders
Comments: My name is Ron Foos, I have had the pleasure of playing bass guitar for Paul Revere and the Raiders for the last 25 years. I had the chance to meet Mike "Smitty" Smith only a few short times over the years, but it was very obvious "Smitty" was a card and a half! He always seemed like such a fun loving & caring person, the kind of person you felt like you've known for a long time right away. I have heard countless harlarious stories from Paul Revere, Omar and other Raiders that had the chance to play with him over the years, and always have heard nothing but the best things said about "Smitty". He was a special talented musician & friend who earned the respect of all of us. My deepest sympathy goes out to his family and all of us friends, fans, and co- workers he left behind. Sincerely, Ron Foos
Date: 3/10/2001 13:56:21

Name: Bobby Vee
Comments: Thanks to my friends Bill & Bonnie Lackey for e-mailing me this very sad news. Thanks for your heart felt tribute Paul. My sympathy goes out to you and all the Raiders and fans and especially Michaels family and loved ones.
Date: 3/10/2001 13:53:21

Name: ann
Comments: Paul, thank you for such a moving tribute to Smitty. I'm sure it will mean so much to his family.
Date: 3/10/2001 13:16:09

Name: Nan
Comments: Never will I forget your sweet face and wonderful personality. You were a special person, my friend, and you will always be loved no matter where you go. My deepest sympathy goes out to all family and friends.You are in a special place right now, and I am sure will be drumming up a storm, up there!! Love to you always and forever.
Date: 3/10/2001 13:03:42

Name: Freddy Weller
Comments: Smitty was one of the three Raiders leaving the Group as I was coming in. Fortunately for me, later Smitty returned for a while and I finally got to perform alongside another one of the legends. Around that time, I had started recording Country Music and Smitty not only played it great, but always had words of encouragement for me. As time went by, I was proud to call him my friend. It's hard to remember back to those days, picture Smitty's face and not think of something that will make you smile. I would like to express my sympathy to his family who lost a great man much too soon.
Date: 3/10/2001 13:00:01

Name: Susie
Comments: Was very saddened to hear of the passing of Smitty. Paul, you wrote a very loving tribute to the man. It is hard to believe that one of the 'originals' has gone on to another life - but there must have been a void in that band there in rock and roll heaven. My condolences to you and all Raider fans in this time of sorrow.
Date: 3/10/2001 12:36:11

Name: Linda Grice
Comments: I never really new "Smitty" personally, but can honestly tell you that I heard a lot of wonderful stories about him from Paul Revere, Gene Denonovich and other former friends and "Raiders". From what I heard, I regret that I naever had the opportunity to personally know him. I hope he is in Heaven smiling down on us now. My condolences to his family, Paul Revere and all members past and present of the "Raider" family. Rest in peace Smitty.
Date: 3/10/2001 12:29:33

Name: Patricia Mansker
Comments: I was so sorry to hear about the death of Smitty. You have my sympathy, and I hope that the fact that he was so loved in life will help you with the loss.
Date: 3/10/2001 11:54:25

Name: K. Hartman
Comments: Because Smitty set such a wonderful example of kindness and love, perhaps one of Smitty's lasting legacies will be to encourage the remaining Raiders to cherish their mutual friendships and shared history just that much more.
Date: 3/10/2001 11:45:56

Name: Rhoda Lawson
Comments: I have no words. . . only sadness for my loss. He will be missed more than he will ever know. I can only hope to see him in Heaven when my time comes for crossing over. -rl
Date: 3/10/2001 11:28:57

Name: Sandrine
Comments: Rest in Rock, Smitty.
Date: 3/10/2001 10:15:38

Name: Millie Bessey
Comments: I'm always saddened when I hear that Rock and Roll music has lost another icon. Growing up in Chicago, it was a ritual to come home and watch "Action", to listen ro the Raiders on radio, on LP, to scan the teen mags for any and all pictures of them. Although I didn't know Smitty personally, all of those visual memories make me feel as though I did. Those and many other reasons will make me miss him even more.
Date: 3/10/2001 09:32:48

Name: Maggie
Comments: So many wonderful tributes from those who knew and loved Smitty. He would most certainly have been honored. My deepest sympathy to the family.
Date: 3/10/2001 09:12:12

Name: Vicki Ebelhar
Comments: Words are inadequate. My condolences to family and friends. He will be missed.
Date: 3/10/2001 08:56:57

Name: Stephanie Campbell
Comments: I am so sad to hear of this news!! I always thought Smitty was one of the cutest Raiders and I used to watch is smile as a little girl and he was funny...this is truly a loss and Paul and Mark and the rest of the Raiders remember him in your prayers. Thanks for remembering him Steph
Date: 3/10/2001 08:35:58

Name: Terry G.
Comments: It was sad to hear of Smitty's passing. My condolences to his family. I am happy that I got to meet him least once-at the Portland reunion concert a few years back. It was wonderful to finally meet Smitty. He was so nice. Bon Voyage, Smitty!
Date: 3/10/2001 07:25:59

Name: Holly Losen
Comments: Smitty, peace be with you. You will live on through your music and in the hearts and memories of those whose lives you touched. Thank you for being on earth the short time you were.
Date: 3/10/2001 07:05:47

Name: Mary M
Comments: God Bless you Smitty. Thank you for all the fun, joy, and laughs you brought into my life when I was young. I wish I could have met you. I send my sincere condolences to the family, friends, and other fans.
Date: 3/10/2001 06:39:20

Name: Tom White
Comments: My deepest sympathies and most heartfelt prayers to Smitty's family. A fine drummer, a fine man, and he will be missed. But, he will also be remembered.
Date: 3/10/2001 01:15:06

Name: Bonnie Taylor
Comments: I was fortunate to meet "Smitty" many years ago when he and the Raiders were on "Where The Action Is". He was very quiet and friendly. He was 'crazy' too and he made me feel good. I will always remember him. The music business has lost a true icon. He may not have been as famous as Elvis, but to those who knew him, worked with him or just met him for a short moment, he is just as remembered. God Bless you Smitty for bringing some fun and warm memories into my life and into many other lives.
Date: 3/10/2001 01:04:04

Name: Jaime Hitchcock....SMITTYGIRL
Comments: In all honesty, my heart feels very empty. Through the most wonderful twist of Fate, I got to know Smitty, even though it was for a very brief time. I felt like I had found a long-lost brother in a way. He could switch gears in a heartbeat--One minute he would say something so thought-provoking, then the next, he would have me rolling on the floor laughing. He had a wonderful sense of humor--To have tried to out-do him on quips and cut-ups was impossible, but it sure was fun to think I could do it! His laugh was music to my ears. He was very caring--I don't know if he ever realized it or not, but he helped me get through some really tough times. He was absolutely irresistable--cute as a button--but he never let his ego get in the way. I was one of his fans, but what's funny is that he became MY fan. He made me feel so special and so loved, even in such a short span of time, I so wish that I could give that kind of feeling back, that I could reciprocate someway. He never once asked me for anything more than to "hang in there with me and be my friend". I told him I would and I meant it. He was my friend Mike, who just happened to be "Smitty". I now feel like I have the BEST guardian angel anyone could ever ask for. Smitty, honey, I love you and I will miss you terribly.
Date: 3/9/2001 23:30:27

Name: Keith Allison
Comments: I have stories about Smitty that would fill a book. I can in no way condense my memories and sorrow into a few paragraphs. Michael spoke often of Paradise, it's only fitting that he was in Paradise when he left us. He loved the paradise of his childhood wandering through old growth forest, picking blueberries, drinking from cold mountain streams and learning at the feet of native american elders. He loved the Oregon of his youth. We always called each other on holidays and he would say "I wish yu were here, I'd give you a big hug and kiss your face", and he would have. My love and deepest sympathies to Michael's families Sue, Rory, Alkexandra and Brenda, Jenna and Rio and Michael's beloved parents. Good bye old friend, my heart is broken.
Date: 3/9/2001 23:07:56

Name: Carol Cox
Comments: Smitty, you will always live on in our hearts and our minds. You and your music have brought so many of us together, given us a chance to share friendships and thoughts and the joy of your music. You have made us laugh and forget our troubles. I hope you can feel all the loving vibes being sent your way. You haven't really left us, we can still feel you here, your spirit will always be us. You have given us a gift that keeps on giving, you gave us yourself. Love and condolences to your friends and family.
Date: 3/9/2001 22:59:16

Name: Ryeland Allison
Comments: Hi, I'm Keith Allison's son. I remember Mike fondly. The last time I saw him was on my 13th birthday, he gave me a cowbell as a present and encouraged me to keep on drumming. I'll never forget his awesome spirit and exuberant personality. We had some great times with his family at his house in Maui. It's so hard to know what to say- he will be dearly missed. Brotherhood Forever!!!
Date: 3/9/2001 22:32:53

Name: Keith D.Whipple
Comments: I never actually met "Smitty" but I can honestly say that when I first heard Paul Revere and the Raiders for the first time it was Michael who got my attention first because of that incredible sense of humor.He was so full of life and it is so hard to believe that he is no longer with us.He will always be remembered in my heart as one of the best rock and roll drummer's that the world ever gave us.He will certainly be missed for a very long time.God bless you "Smitty" FOR EVER AND EVER-Amen!!!!!
Date: 3/9/2001 22:29:52

Name: Crystal Smith
Comments: When I first read the news about Smitty (on a message board) I was shocked and thought that it had to be a cruel joke, when I found it was true I was dumbstruck. Smitty, you're fans will sorely miss you, but I know that you are up with the Creator now and like a twinkling star above you smile down up us, as if to offer up some comfort to all your grieving fans, friends, family and bandmates. Your spirit lives on, in the hearts and minds of all who care and for every younger person that picks up an album you were on and decides its cool and becomes a fan. You live on, you live on now able to visit the great universe and relax in the green pastures paradise. We will miss you, but death is not an end- it is a beginning like the first chapter of a great novel and you will always hold a special place in our hearts and minds.
Date: 3/9/2001 22:19:04

Name: teparty
Comments: I KNOW you will be missed...and loved forever.
Date: 3/9/2001 22:16:37

Name: Debbee
Comments: Many memories in my mind came before me when I heard God had called Smitty home. Some made me laugh, and some made me cry, And I have spent the past couple of days reflecting of days gone past. The very person that Smitty was, and the love and peace he tried to teach us all Will keep his legacy of love, alive, because the “spirit of Smitty” will never fade away. My sincerest condolences to all of those in the Paul Revere and the Raiders family, on the passing of your friend.
Date: 3/9/2001 22:05:08

Name: Sioux Lucas
Comments: Our dear, sweet Smitty, I miss you so much already. I'm still in shock over your passing and am now starting to experience the pain and the loss. Thank you for all the sweet and wonderful memories. You were one in a million. I only wish you could see all the wonderful tributes that so many people are leaving you. Bless you, dear Smitty. We'll never forget you.
Date: 3/9/2001 21:53:54

Name: Dancin' Dave Callens
Comments: My time working with Smitty in the early seventies with the raiders were really special. Smitty made me laugh along with the rest of the world. He was truly a gentleman and always very unaffected by the business. His drumming skills were inovative and I will always remember him as someone who cared about other people. I will always treasure our time together and wish his family peace. Dancin' Dave
Date: 3/9/2001 21:29:47

Name: norm brokenshire
Comments: thanks for good memories of our youth smitty
Date: 3/9/2001 21:08:53

Name: Tim Schaap, Caldwell, Idaho
Comments: When I was a kid, growing up in Boise, I remember clearly, the effect that the Raiders had on my life. It was the sound of Smitty's drums on Louie, Louie that convinced me to also play the drums. I am now 51 years old and even though I have a great business career and grown kids, I still play in a band on weekend, with a group called Freestyle. Guess which song everyone wants to hear me sing? You're right, Louie Louie. And, I try to play and sing that song true to the Raiders version. My favorite part? The part that Smitty did, when he said, "Ragged Woman, it's Louie Louie time!" He will be missed, but, We'll keep remembering him with our music.
Date: 3/9/2001 20:56:38

Name: Sammy Carlson - The Regents
Comments: Smitty, We'll miss ya! I'll see you again in a few short years when it is my turn to go to Rock and Roll Heaven. God Bless you! Sammy
Date: 3/9/2001 20:43:11

Name: Patty
Comments: I still have such a hard time believing that our Smitty is no longer with us. I will ALWAYS remember that sweet smile and the way he made me laugh when I would see him on "Action". Smitty had a style of his own that can never be duplicated. I am very sorry that I never had the pleasure of meeting him. To all the Raiders, Smitty's family, and friends: Our prayers are with you and please know that we love you all. We are so blessed to have been able to see the talent that Smitty had. His memory and music will live on thru eternity. God Bless You Smitty! We love you!
Date: 3/9/2001 20:37:27

Name: Kip Walton
Comments: As director of "Where the Action Is", I had the fun and pleasure of working with Smitty and the Raiders for years. Smitty was not only a hell of a drummer, but one sweet, caring, nurturing and KIND guy to EVERYONE...always a positive influence on everyone. There are some people we meet in life that are simply "cute" people...not just their appearance, but also their just smile being in their love just being with them. That was "Smitty"...we all loved being with him. I know those in Heaven, will just LOVE being with Smitty too.
Date: 3/9/2001 20:21:29

Name: Drake Levin
Comments: I was going down in my basement Tuesday, on my way to record a song a friend of mine had just written and we passed a box of records and the Brotherhood album was on top. Tom Murphy had given it to me when we were up in Portland for the Oak Park gig.I told him that's me back in the day. My friend pointed to Smitty and asked me if that was Paul Revere? He didn't even have the right group, but being the gentleman that I am, I kindly said "No, that's Smitty, he's a great Guy!" I'm sure that pretty much anybody who ever knew or met "der Schmidt" has the same instant reaction when he crosses our minds. What a cool guy. He was a man's man, that women found irresistable. Phil called me later that night to tell me Mike was in a coma and then a short time later that he had passed. I've got a lot of stories about our times together on the road and in the studio, and I'll try to post one or two later, when I have time to get it straight. Michael was a big influence in my life and a friend and a brother, there are no words to express how much we miss him. The prayers of my family go out to his friends and family everywhere. Rock on Brother.
Date: 3/9/2001 20:00:14

Date: 3/9/2001 19:40:09

Name: Ron Fowler
Comments: it's hard to think of things to say at a time like this, but Smitty seemed to me to be one of those rare souls that was liked by everyone. My favorite Smitty moment is his performance of "I Know" on the "Just Like Us" album, I think it really captures what he was all about in the Raiders back in the mid-60s.
Date: 3/9/2001 19:40:03

Name: Judy Periera
Comments: I was shocked when I heard of Smitty's passing earlier this week. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Even though I never had the priviledge of meeting him, the comments I have read here and elsewhere confirm my impression that he was a very, very special person. Paul and Dave - a special thanks to you for this wonderful tribute!
Date: 3/9/2001 19:36:15

Name: Bill and Bobby-The Righteous Brothers
Comments: We Love you. We'll miss you. Take care of the Band in Rock'n'Roll Heaven until we get there! Love, Bobby and Bill
Date: 3/9/2001 18:49:05

Name: F. L. Ludwig
Comments: I worked at the NBC Studios in Burbank, CA for 30 years. I was working on stage one day when the Raiders were doing a stint on "Hullabaloo." I distinctly remember Smitty pounding his heart out on those drums. Cool days!! God bless.....
Date: 3/9/2001 18:09:20

Name: Gretchen
Comments: My favorite group as a teen and still now is Paul Revere and the Raiders I will always remember Smitty, I saw him in Portland at the 30th Reunion at Oaks Park. It was great seeing them together Mark, Fang and Smitty and Drake they were great.
Date: 3/9/2001 16:32:44

Name: Linda Fusco
Comments: In loving memory of a gifted musician who with his music made my world a better place. Rock on in Heaven, Smitty.....the angels will just love Louie Louie and you! Thanks for great memories......
Date: 3/9/2001 16:27:40

Name: Brian Mckinney
Date: 3/9/2001 15:56:15

Name: John Williams KISN Radio
Comments: I'm a second generation KISN Goodguy since 1989. Of course I've played th music Smitty contributed to, but my fondest memories are as a high school kid in Olympia Washington waiting for my fav band to show up at Skateland or the "Green"..My thoughts and prayers are with you he left behind. God Bless you Smitty! John Williams
Date: 3/9/2001 15:33:11

Name: Paula Williams
Comments: Thanks Smitty for all for great memories in our youthful past! When I hear the Raider songs from the 60's and 70's it always brings a big smile. Thankyou
Date: 3/9/2001 15:17:55

Comments: DEAR PAUL, FELLOW RAIDERS & SMITTY'S FAMILY. I'm devastated by the loss of our friend and fellow bandmate, Smitty. He was such a gentle soul with such a wonderful sense of humor. I personally think that Smitty was the "peacemaker." He usually would wait patiently while everyone else in the band had their say, then with a stroke of genius timing he would calmly insert a few well-chosen words of wisdom - wisdom beyond his years like that of an old bearded man he often depicted on "ACTION," disarming the rest of us, and bringing good old common sense back into the equation. Sometimes he would just do something really funny out of left field leaving us in a heap of laughter, scratching our heads and wondering: "Who was that guy anyway?" Yes, Smitty had many interesting dimensions to himself. He was probably one of the most colorful, amusing guys I've ever met. He was also very kind to people, even strangers. He never wanted to miss an opportunity to jump into another person's world and find out what they were all about. When, Smitty, Drake & myself left the Raiders to form Brotherhood, we became like brothers. It was a very special bond, hard to describe here. We practically lived in the studio together, around the clock, and if not the studio, at one of our houses, or up in the mountains playing guitar and writing our music. Very special times indeed. Smitty was very young when he died - only 59. This is so trajic - he had so much more to give. My heart goes out to his four children, Rory, Alexandra, Jenna, and Rio, and his parents, who are both still living. (Can't forget Brenda and Susie...) The next time I hear: "Grab your woman, it's Louie, Louie Time..." I'll have to smile and be glad that I had the wonderful opportunity to share the "glory days" of the Raiders with such a great guy like Smitty. He will be missed. He was loved by many. Goodnight Brother.
Date: 3/9/2001 15:13:21

Name: Alexander Hart
Comments: Although I didn't spend much personal time with "Smitty", watching old Action clips, listening to the "old" stories from Dad (Roger Hart) and Gino Rossi's photos, I felt like I was along the ride with Smitty and the Raiders. One of rocks most influential, dynamic and comedic drummer in music history. My memory is the rare opportunity to have jammed with smitty, Drake Levin and Phil "Fang" Volk. That was a special moment! The Ride will continue! Alex Hart
Date: 3/9/2001 14:59:20

Name: Sal Guerrero, Boise, Idaho
Comments: My condolences to Smitty's family. As an "old" rock & roll band member and "oldies" fan it's sad to see our generation starting to leave this life. But one thing I know is that Smitty along with the others of our generation gave of themselves, through their talents, to give the rest of us some joy and happiness in life. So with a tune in my heart and a smile on my face I'll remember his conributions. We'll all unite eventually in that "Rock n Roll" heaven, and then we'll Rock forever.....
Date: 3/9/2001 14:53:07

Name: wade s miles
Date: 3/9/2001 14:00:07

Name: Martin Carkhuff
Comments: "Here they come" is the first Paul Revere and the Raiders album I had and I was hooked. My mom and dad use to see them at the D Street in Portland and Loved them. Smitty will be missed deeply by me and my family. From everything I have ever heard, he was the Heart of the band.
Date: 3/9/2001 13:54:07

Name: Jody Eckstein
Comments: Micheal will not be forgotten. He will live on in the hearts of everyone that remembers his impish smile. Smitty, you will always have a place in my heart. You have now become a member of Rock and Roll Heaven and now they have one hell of a band.
Date: 3/9/2001 13:01:53

Name: toni dupin
Date: 3/9/2001 12:58:49

Name: Dick Clark
Comments: When I think of Smitty, I think of the fun days of producing"WHERE THE ACTION IS". "ACTION" was a 5-day-a-week television grind. It required tons of music and talent. As the rhythm backbone of PAUL REVERE AND THE RAIDERS, Smitty kept the engine running. He had talent, charisma and and a wonderful sense of music and comedy. I'll always remember him fondly and with great admiration.
Date: 3/9/2001 12:50:16

Name: Bob Koenig
Comments: When I first bought Raiders records, you were there behind the drums. even though it was on your second go-round, I bought everything else and enjoyed your humor and drumming with the band. I also took to your material in the Brotherhood. It was great that you had more good times with your friends in the past few years. I WISH that the Raiders would have been in the RNR hall of fame..but fate hasn't done so yet. But I hope you are remembered for what you contributed to this band, and to all of us, your fans. And thank you Paul, for bringing Smittyto the fame you knew he would and should have, way back when you met in 1962. Thanks!!
Date: 3/9/2001 12:38:33

Name: Katie K. "Moogirl"
Comments: Smitty was the driving heartbeat behind one the best bands in history. He will be missed very much. :(
Date: 3/9/2001 12:35:19

Name: Bunny Baran
Comments: To Smitty's family: I first met the unforgettable Smitty when I was working for Dick Clark on "Where The Action Is". I then went to work for Paul Revere and the Raiders. What a time that was! He was such a sweetie that whenever you think of him, you smile. My sister and I went to visit Smitty and his family in Kauai in 1974. We all walked along the beach and he talked about how much he loved it in Hawaii. One month later, my sister and I had moved lock, stock and barrel back to Hawaii. We made our home on a different island than Smitty, but I understood his feelings for the islands. I've been here ever since. Please accept my heartfelt sympathies at this time. He was a wonderful human being. I'm glad we got to know him for awhile. Aloha, Smitty. Your friend, Love, Bunny
Date: 3/9/2001 12:01:14

Name: Irish Bunnell
Comments: I was just thining about you the other day. We had some great times!
Date: 3/9/2001 11:15:11

Name: Kyle Taylor
Comments: Dear Paul, Please accept my sincere sympathies on the loss of your friend. And thank you for your moving tribute to Smitty. May God give you strength during this difficult time.
Date: 3/9/2001 11:01:31

Name: webmaster-dave
Comments: This special guestbook is for you, the Raiders Fans, to remember Mike "Smitty" Smith. Please honor his memory with respect, and tact. This is an unmonitored guestbook. It is yours.
Date: 3/9/2001 10:56:15

Michael Leroy Smith - Smitty
1942 - 2001

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