Gary Smith Obituary, Death – American businessman Gary Smith was also involved in the music business as a record producer and artist manager. Since the middle of the 1980s, he had been recording records for alternative rock bands at Fort Apache Studios. Most of his fame came from this work. When did Smith arrive on Earth? Smith used to own the studio by himself, but in the late 1980s, he became a partner in the business, and the two of them finally owned the studio together. In the year 2002, they moved the business from Cambridge, which is in Massachusetts, to Bellows Falls, which is in Vermont.
Smith, who was born and raised in Rhode Island, gave early advice to the band Throwing Muses, who were from Newport, Rhode Island. He also suggested that they move to Boston in 1986 to be a part of the city’s growing alternative music scene. Throwing Muses did what Smith told them to do, and it worked out well for them. During the same year, he went to Boston’s The Rat to see a new band called the Pixies open for Throwing Muses. He was able to convince them to let him write their first songs in the spring of 1987.
These demos were called “The Purple Tape,” and they were recorded at an early version of Fort Apache’s studio, which was a “ramshackle” building in a dangerous area. The first demos that the Pixies ever made were at Fort Apache. Smith has been a part of Fort Apache since the middle of the 1980s. Since then, he has helped make dozens of great albums. One of these is the “Come On Pilgrim” extended play (EP), which was released by the band Pixies and sold by the labels 4AD and Rough Trade Records.
He has also worked as a producer for a number of other bands, such as Throwing Muses, Tanya Donelly, Blake Babies, The Connells, Juliana Hatfield, Scrawl, 10,000 Maniacs, and Billy Bragg, among others. Smith built his house in New Hampshire, which was convenient because his studio was just across the state line in Vermont. Smith used the name “Fort Apache” for a company that he used to run a number of other businesses under.
Fort Apache Studios (which he also ran under the name Windham Studios), Historea Properties, which was in the real estate and concert promotion business, and an artist management company that worked with great artists like Tanya Donelly and Natalie Merchant were some of these businesses.