Michael Smitham is a guitar player and the singer of the legendary British beat band “The Fortunes”.
Michael ‘cut his teeth’ touring in the UK and Europe with ‘Eyes of Blue’ backing pop legends such as Del Shannon, PJ Proby, Johnny Tillotson, and Bobby Vee. ‘Eyes of Blue’ later became ‘Smackee’ who were asked to be the the backing band of “soul legends” Percy Sledge, Ann Peebles, and The Marvelettes. The group toured at least twice a year throughout Germany and entertained in major cabaret venues all across Europe and The Middle East. Smackee won ‘Band Of The Year’ at one point in time and came second in the nationally shown ‘Search For A Star’ TV show. In 1983 Michael was seen by founder Fortunes members Rod Allen and Barry Pritchard, and was asked to join The Fortunes and since then, has become the longest serving member of the band.