FOLLOWING their sellout tour in 2010, the internationally successful British pop group Smokie will return this year for a national tour in October and November.

With hits like Living Next Door to Alice, Lay Back in the Arms of Someone and If You Think You Know How to Love Me, and tours of the UK and Europe, Smokie is one of the most popular bands in the world today.

You could be forgiven for thinking Smokie's success story was a 1970s phenomenon. After all, 11 of their 14 British hits came in that eventful musical decade.

However, their massive success story has continued to flourish around the globe, including in Scandinavia, South Africa, Germany and even China. Smokie has sold out tours and gained platinum records in four decades - the 70s, 80s, 90s and the present day.

Smokie first got together at school in Yorkshire in the late 60s. After going through various names and styles, they signed with Mickie Most's then ultra-hot RAK label and found themselves chart-bound.

Songs like If You Think You Know How To Love Me, Don't Play Your Rock'n'Roll To Me, It's Your Life and Oh Carol (all Top 10 entries) became radio staples and gave Smokie their ticket to travel the world.

Smokie will perform at the Rockhampton's Pilbeam Theatre on November 10.

Bristish pop group Smokie
British pop group Smokie