July 28, 2000 – Jerome Smith was born on June 18th 1953 in Miami, Florida.
As a session guitarist for Miami based TK Records, Smith’s suave guitar sound first became noticed to disco fans and musicians, when he played the signature riff on George McRae’s hit song ”Rock Your Baby.’‘
In 1974 he was invited by the production team of Harry Wayne Casey (also known as K. C.) and Richard Finch to join the Sunshine Band, together with Casey, bass player Richard Finch, drummer Robert Johnson and conga player Fermin Goytisolo.
His guitar, which was altered in the studio to sound like a synthesizer, provided the hook for ”Get Down Tonight,” the band’s breakthrough No. 1 hit.