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Neal Smith

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Neal Smith (born 23 September 1947 in Akron, Ohio, USA) was the drummer for the rock group Alice Cooper from 1967 to 1974. He performed on the group’s early albums Pretties for You and Easy Action, the breakout album Love It to Death and the subsequent successful albums Killer, School’s Out, and Billion Dollar Babies. His last album with Alice Cooper was Muscle of Love.

Neal Smith graduated from Camelback High School in Phoenix, Arizona, while the rest of his band mates graduated from Cortez High School. Smith talks about his high school in the song Alma Mater sung by Alice Cooper. It has been stated by Alice Cooper and Bob Ezrin, producer of the band, that Smith would frequently call the drummer of The Who, Keith Moon, and ask him how many drums he had. It was a priority of Smith’s to always have one more drum than Moon. Alice Cooper confirmed this in an interview included in the video compilation “Prime Cuts”. Neal Smith’s drum part on the title track of the number one album in the U.S and UK Billion Dollar Babies, is considered one of the most original and dynamic amongst musicians and fans of the group.

Billion Dollar Babies was also the name of the band founded by former Alice Cooper group musicians Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway and Neal Smith along with Bob Dolin and Mike Marconi after they split from Alice Cooper in 1974. This band was embroiled in a legal suit over the usage of the name. They only released one album, 1977’s Battleaxe, before disbanding.

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