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David Bruce 'Dave' Smalley was founder member of 1970s Power pop band, The Raspberries



Early years

Smalley was born in Oil City, Pennsylvania on 10, July, 1949, and moved to Cleveland in his youth.

His musical career began at age 15 with the Mods, a Cleveland band that became the Choir, where he was the lead singer. the Choir charted a #1 regional hit, "It's Cold Outside", which also became a top 100 hit.



Upon returning from duty in Vietnam in 1971, he joined some former band mates in The Raspberries, famous for their hits "Go All The Way", "I Wanna Be With You" & "Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)". From 1971-1973, he wrote, played, sang, and toured with them and recorded three albums with Capitol Records. As bassist and contributing songwriter, often sharing credits with front man Eric Carmen, Smalley also provided background vocals while Carmen and lead guitarist Wally Bryson shared the spotlight.

On the The Raspberries d├ębut album "Raspberries" Dave Smalley wrote; "Rock & Roll Mama" & "Get It Moving", on The Raspberries second album "Fresh Raspberries" he wrote; "Every Way I Can" and with Eric Carmen co-wrote; "Goin' Nowhere Tonight", "Nobody Knows", "It Seemed So Easy" "Drivin' Around", and on The Raspberries third album "Side 3" he wrote; "Making It Easy", "Hard To Get Over A Heartbreak" & "Should I Wait".

In 1973, after having been ejected from the Raspberries after their third album Side 3, Smalley formed a band called Dynamite with Jim Bonfanti of the Raspberries and Kevin Raleigh, later keyboardist with the Ohio-based Michael Stanley Band.


In 1980, he formed The Secret, a classic Rock and Roll band that performed locally in the Cleveland area. After The Secret split up, Smalley moved to Arizona. In 1988, Smalley, Bryson and Bonfanti reunited with The Choir in Cleveland for a Father's Day concert sponsored by WMMS.


In 1998, Smalley joined Scott McCarl (Smalley's replacement in The Raspberries), Bryson and Bonfanti for McCarl's solo show in Cleveland which included segments with a Choir reunion and with the four performing tunes from the Raspberries days.

Millennium and after

In March 2000, reuniting as the Raspberries with former members Bryson and Scott McCarl (who replaced Smalley in 1974), and with the aid of some session musicians, the band recorded new material and released it as a six song EP, Refreshed.

Some 30 years after the Raspberries breakup, Smalley released his first solo album, Internal Monologue. According to Smalley, the songs are "a collection of personal favorites".

In November 2004, the four original Raspberries (Smalley, along with Carmen, Bryson, and Bonfanti) played together for the first time in 30 years, at the House of Blues in Cleveland. It escalated into a reunion tour that lasted nearly a year. A live album is in the works.

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