b. 8 May, 1943. A founder member of the Yardbirds, Samwell-Smith's talents as a composer and arranger did much to shape their most successful era. He left the group in May 1966, incensed at what he perceived to be unprofessionalism during a particularly anarchic live performance. Briefly mooted as part of projected ‘supergroup’ with songwriter Graham Gouldman and former Animals’ guitarist Hilton Valentine, Samwell-Smith preferred a career in production. He worked on several low-key releases (Washington DC's) before becoming established for his contributions to best-selling albums by Cat Stevens, Carly Simon and, more recently, Jethro Tull. Despite his reservations over live performances, Samwell-Smith was a member of Box Of Frogs, a new-styled Yardbirds formed in 1984. Samwell-Smith is now a leading record producer with a large and impressive list of credits.
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