Alan Barton, former frontman of Smokie (1986-1995) tragically died on March 23rd 1995 in a Cologne (Koln) hospital. This was the direct result of an accident involving the band’s tour bus.
In the years prior to his death (1993 to 1995) he was working on material for his second solo album; a follow up to the successful top 10 album 'Precious'. Due to his untimely death the Album was never completed. A decade later Alan’s son Dean (Barton), decided to finish the project and together with Andy Whelan and Graham Kearns “Room with a View” was born!