Robert Smith is an English singer, songwriter, and producer born on April 21, 1959. He is the lead vocalist for the rock band, The Cure. He is popularly known for his unique appearance, often compared to the Goth culture. He is the only continuous member of The Cure and has worked in a couple of other roles for bands such as Siouxsie and the Banshees in 1982 and The Glove in 1983.
Robert Smith was born on April 21, 1959. He is the third of four children of James Alexander Smith and Rita Mary. He was born in Blackpool and was raised as a Catholic. His family moved to Horley when he was three years old and to Crawley three years later. Smith has two older siblings, Richard and Margaret, and a younger sister, Janet. He attended Notre Dame Middle School from 1970 to 1972 and then St. Wilfrid’s Comprehensive High School from 1972 to 1977. He was notorious for regularly getting into trouble while in school. Shortly before Christmas in 1976, Smith was expelled from St. Wilfrid’s because he was an “undesirable influence.” He has given several conflicting accounts of his expulsion, however, he was certainly re-accepted in 1977 when he completed his sixth form.
The first band he was in was called the Crawley Goat Band, and it came into existence when he was 14. The band consisted of himself, his brother Richard and his friends, and his sister Janet. However, Smith and his friends, Michael Dempsey, Marc Ceccagno, Alan Hill, and Laurence Tolhurst had a one-off performance in middle school when he was 13. Except for Hill, they moved on to St. Wilfrid’s and continued playing music. They toyed with a couple of names including Brat’s Club and Malice, and finally became Easy Cure with several substitutions to the band members. The band’s name was finally condensed to The Cure, their final name. They released several albums including, “Three Imaginary Boys,” “Seventeen Seconds,” “Pornography,” and “Faith.” By 1982, The Cure was reduced to a duo — Smith and Tolhurst. Smith was a guest performer in many shows and collaborated with Simon Gallup, the bassist of The Magpies in 1979.
He met Mary Theresa Poole in drama class at St. Wilfrid’s and married her in August 1988. The duo doesn’t have any offspring, a decision they came to earlier in their lives. They have 25 nieces and nephews in total. Poole formerly worked as a model and then as a nurse with intellectually disabled children. She quit in the mid-1980s, however, to spend more time with her husband as The Cure became more successful.
Together with Michael Dempsey, Laurence Tolhurst, and a few others, Robert Smith co-founds the band and eventually renames it The Cure.
Shortly after releasing the single ‘Killing An Arab,’ The Cure launches “Three Imaginary Boys,” their first album.
Smith and the rest of The Cure go on a massive tour, including the U.S. for the first time.
The band wins their first Brit Award and takes part in the Great British Music Weekend at London's Wembley Arena.
Topping the U.S. Billboard Chart, “Wish” is the band’s most commercially successful release.
Why We Love Robert Smith
His style is unique
In the early 1980s, Robert Smith took on his trademark appearance of disheveled black hair, black eyeliner, red lipstick, and a pale complexion. He has been regarded as the pioneer of Goth culture. He however denies credit for the trend and retains his image.
He stayed true to The Cure
Unlike the other co-founders of The Cure, Smith was consistent with the band. Despite the others leaving and/or getting replaced, he took on the reins and pressed on.
All he wanted to do was make great music
Smith was never in it for fame. He was fine away from the spotlight, making amazing music. He is a musician who is in it for the sounds.
5 Surprising Facts
He was born into a musical family
His father James sang, while his mother Rita played the piano.
His sister was a musical prodigy
Robert Smith said he picked up the guitar because his sister was a genius at the piano.
He was a background piano player
When he was 13, he was a background piano player for The Obelisk, which was later to become The Cure.
Smith is not a very social person
He has expressed his disinterest in interviews and public conversations, preferring to stay out of the public eye.
Smith’s conception was unprecedented
He stated that his parents didn’t plan to have another child after his older siblings, which explains the 13-year gap between him and his older brother, Richard.
Robert Smith FAQs
What is Robert Smith’s favorite guitar?
The Fender Jazzmaster is Smith’s favorite guitar.
How many instruments can Robert Smith play?
He can play the guitar, trumpet, piano, bass, flute, and violin. Plus, he is a vocalist.
Is Robert Smith vegan?
The rock singer is a vegetarian.
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