SMOKEY JOE MILLER  Miller

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May 28th 1943 - July 7th 2019

Smokey Was a world class saxophone player. He has played with such people as Chuck Berry, WC Clark, Joe Ely, Delbert McClinton, Archie Bell and the Derails, The Cobras, Macumba Love, Joe Miranda and the Kings of Texas, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Ponte Bone, Junior Brown, Albert Collins, Big Joe Turner, Bonnie Raite, Barry Kaye, Toby Anderson Band, The East Side Band, The Whirlybird and the Niteshift band. Just to name a few. Numerous European tours, and too many recordings to mention. Needless to say Smokey Joe Miller was a musical genius and an Austin icon in the Music industry, worldwide renowned in his early teens he was asked to play on The Lawrence Welk Show also as a kid he was approached to play with Wanda Jackson Smokey was well loved and will be missed by all. his music will live on forever!!!
At the time of Smokey's passing he had no life insurance, leaving his wife Diane with multiple financial responsibilities. There will be a celebration of his life get together where we will be playing recordings of Smokey performing with various artists, in Elgin Texas at the VFW 118 Sayers Road August 11th from 11 to 3 p.m. there will be food available to help support the financial distress for Smokey's family. please come and hear some of the stories of this most famous person that has brought music to so many people's ears and hearts.

There is a Go-fund account set up for help with Smokey's final expenses.

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Pete Cantu
Aug 11, 2019
Happy to say i had the honor to play in a band with him. Very talented musician!! RIP Bro.
Jerry Tubb
Aug 10, 2019
Many great times playing with Smokey Joe and the Cookers back in 1979 & 80, before he joined the Joe Ely band. We were the house band at Stubb’s BBQ in Lubbock for a couple of years, before Stubb also moved to Austin. Smokey was such a fine musician, a big inspiration to all of us in the Lubbock scene during those years. Godspeed in the next realm Brother!
Joe Miranda
Aug 09, 2019
I knew Smokey Joe since 1984, when we played together at clubs like Steamboat on 6th Street, The Backroom, and clubs in Houston Like Fitzgerald's. We also toured California in 1987 with Uncle John Turner, Larry Lange, and Steve Morlock. We recently played in Berlin, Germany in 2015. Mine was the last band Joe was playing in, Joe Miranda & The Kings Of Texas. Smokey Joe was definitely a King.
Our Last CD together has been getting rave reviews all the world on the internet with close to half a million streams. It can be seen at Numberonemusic.com by just entering us in the searchbar. Smokey and I wrote probably 50-60 songs together. We even have more I'm still working to finish in the studio
.... We love you, Joe.
You'll be greatly missed, my brother
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Clay Moore
Aug 09, 2019
Smokey Joe was a dear friend of mine and a musical brother. We met in Lubbock in 1977 when our mutual friend Pete Daia invited me to play with the two of them at the Lubbock Club at the top of an office building downtown. There were only a handful of musicians who played jazz in Lubbock in those days, and hearing Joe getting that huge sound and playing those splendid bebop licks was a real thrill.

I moved to Pittsburgh shortly after and didn't see Joe again until I moved to Austin in the mid 1980's. I was at Antone's on Guadalupe and there he was! He must have been playing with someone but I don't recall who. We started practicing together and doing occasional gigs here and there, and also
... co-ran a jazz jam at Stubb's BBQ for a bit. Smokey and C.B. Stubblefield were very good friends. Around 1990 I started playing with the Toby Anderson band, and when Harold Brown left the band Smokey took over as the saxophonist. We shared a lot of music and laughs in that band. We were playing at Pearl's Oyster Bar the night I met my wife. After we married and moved around a bit I lost touch with Joe. Hi didn't seem to like talking on the phone and during a second period living in Austin I don't think I saw him at all. I left there in 2000 and often wondered what happened to him.

By the same fate as we met I heard from Pete Daia just a few days before Joe died. Pete sent a picture of the two of them, Joe lying in his hospital bed and looking impossibly frail, captioned "Smokey Joe sez hi."

I don't cry often, but I did the day I found out Joe died and I'm tearing up right now. I'll miss you forever, my brother.

Clay Moore
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