GE Smith


GE Smith was born in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, United States on January 27th, 1952 and is the Guitarist. At the age of 72, GE Smith biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

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January 27, 1952
United States
Place of Birth
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, United States
72 years old
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Guitarist, Songwriter
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GE Smith Life

George Edward Smith (né Haddad; born January 27, 1952) is an American guitarist.

He was the lead guitarist for the duo Hall & Oates during the band's heyday from 1979 to 1985.

He then served as the musical director of the sketch-comedy show Saturday Night Live from 1985 to 1995, where he was the leader of the Saturday Night Live Band.His own albums include In The World (1981), Get A Little (with the Saturday Night Live Band, 1993) and Incense, Herbs and Oils (1998).

Smith was the lead guitarist for the band Moonalice from 2007 to 2009. Smith has performed and recorded with many artists, including Hall & Oates, Tina Turner, and David Bowie.

He played guitar in Roger Waters' The Wall Live tour, and was lead guitarist in Bob Dylan's touring band 1988 to 1990.

Smith also served as musical director of Dylan's The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration at Madison Square Garden on October 16, 1992.

His band provided entertainment at the 2012 and 2016 Republican National Convention.

Early life

Smith was born January 27, 1952, in Scranton, Pennsylvania as George Edward Haddad. His father was Lebanese and his mother was from Ohio. His last name, Haddad, is Arabic for blacksmith. Growing up in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, Smith started playing guitar at the age of 4. In 1959, at the age of 7, he was given a C. F. Martin guitar. On his 11th birthday Smith's mother bought him his first electric guitar, a Fender Esquire, a model that dated to 1952, his birth year. As a teen he was already earning money as a musician, playing in numerous venues such as Poconos resorts and high school dances.

Personal life

Smith was married to comedian Gilda Radner (1980–1982) and has been married to singer/songwriter Taylor Barton since 1990.


GE Smith Career


Smith left the Poconos for the New Haven, Connecticut area, where he also performed in a group called The Scratch Band, which also included his future Hall & Oates bandmate Mickey Curry. Smith gained his first break as a guitarist on tour in Europe and the United States in late 1977, when he joined Dan Hartman on his debut album Instant Replay and the singles hit "Instant Replay" and fronting as the guitarist. Smith returned to the East Coast and appeared on Gilda Radner's 1979 Broadway show Gilda Live. Radner and Smith became best friends and married soon afterward, shortly after divorcing in 1982. In 1981, Smith released In the World, his first solo album.

Smith performed lead guitar with Daryl Hall and John Oates, a band that also included Tom "T-Bone" Wolk, Charles DeChant, and Mickey Curry from 1979 to 1985. Smith performed five top-ranked singles, including "Private Eyes," "Kiss on My List," "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)," and "Out of Touch"), as well as five consecutive multi-platinum albums: Voices, Private Eyes, H2O, Rock 'n Soul Part 1 and Big Bam Boom, as well as five singles from Hall & Oates, including "I Can't Go for That (No Can's "Family Man," "Say It Isn't So," "Did It in a Minute," and "Method of Modern Love" were among the Top ten songs in the United States.

Smith, a long-serving SNL band keyboardist, and longtime SNL band keyboardist Cheryl Hardwick appeared on Saturday Night Live as the bandleader and co-musical director from 1985 to 1995. Smith was introduced to SNL creator Lorne Michaels through show alumna Gilda Radner, to whom Smith was married from 1980 to 1982. Michaels was back at the show's helm for the 1985–1986 season, and he recruited Smith as part of his retooling process. Smith (longside bandmate T-Bone Wolk) made his way into television audiences during "band shots," as brief snippets of the band performing before SNL went commercial free. In a 1993 episode of The Simpsons, Smith and Wolk were parodied. Smith in addition to his onstage duties, Smith advised Michaels on which musical acts to book on the show.

Smith performed with Bob Dylan for the first 281 concerts of the Never Ending Tour from June 1988 to October 1990, during his SNL tenure. He performed as the musical director at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert in Cleveland, 1988 Emmy Awards, the 1993 Rhythm and Blues Foundation Awards, Bob Dylan's 30th Anniversary Concert at Madison Square Garden, as well as acting as the musical director for the 1993 Rhythm and Blues Foundation Awards.

Smith was fired from SNL after the 1994-1995 season, which saw the show's lowest ratings in nineteen years. Smith was part of a migrant exodus that culminated in the expulsion of 12 of the show's 15 cast members. He was recalled as bandleader by saxophonist Lenny Pickett and keyboardist Cheryl Hardwick.

Smith received a Grammy Award for his appearance with Buddy Guy on the album Live: The Real Deal in 1996. In 1998, Smith's third solo album, Incense, Herbs, and Oils, was released. Smith served as the musical director and band leader at the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C., honoring Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. He also supervised bands for the Muddy Waters Tribute, and the 1998 and 1999 Mark Twain Awards, which were broadcast on PBS and Comedy Central, honored Richard Pryor and Jonathan Winters.

GE introduced "Brownstown" to Cleveland Browns home games from 2004 to 2006.

Smith and his band appeared on Jeff Foxworthy's Comedy Central Roast in 2005, and they also appeared with the band Bama.

On the 2010-2013 tour, Smith toured with Roger Waters. The Wall Live is a newspaper published in the United States. On December 12, 2012, he performed with Waters at Madison Square Gardens for The Concert for Sandy Relief.

Smith appeared at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa Bay, Florida, as the convention's house band. Smith, on the other hand, said that he is not a Republican or a Democrat, and that the function is "just another job." Smith led the house band for candidate Donald Trump at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Ohio in July 2016.

Smith was one of many guests on the NBC Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special on February 15, 2015.

Smith appeared on The Band and member of The Weight Band on their Masters of the Telecaster series.

Smith and his partner, Taylor Barton, opened Portraits, a project that brings a rotating lineup of acclaimed musicians and artists from all around the country, providing a deeper glimpse into what motivates them artistically. Billy Squier to Ethan Hawke, and from the Bacon Brothers to the Avett Brothers, they have gathered creative luminaries in their fourth series.

Smith appeared in guitarist/songwriter Tom Guerra's "Sudden Signs of Grace" (2020).