Zach Montana who is the son of drummer William “Curly” Smith utilized TikTok to get his dad’s unreleased song from the ’70s go viral.
The 19-year-old discovered the disco-inspired tune earlier this year titled “Surrender to Me,” when he was driving Smith’s truck in January and it was in the CD player.
@zach.montana Guys PLEASE blow this up to convince my dad to release this song????#dadsoftiktok ♬ original sound – Zach????
“I’m listening and I’m thinking, ‘Whoa, this is really good,’” Montana told TODAY Parents. “Then the vocals come on and I hear a very familiar voice — and I’m like, ‘Oh my God, that’s my dad.”
The Arizona State University sophomore was so smitten with the track, that he decided to play it for his TikTok followers.
“There’s a horn section!” Montana exclaims. “Just wait… It’s so good.”
And just two months later, Smith’s song “Surrender to Me,” has over one million streams on Spotify. Just last month, Montana, a musician much like his father, and Smith, 70, performed together on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
Smith is best known as Boston’s drummer. Smith both toured and recorded with the rock band from 1994 to 2001 but the singer and guitarist has also done session work for artists such as Rick Springfield, Bette Midler and Bonnie Raitt.
Montana revealed how Smith has “been out of the game for a little while,” but is now experiencing a career resurgence due in part to TikTok.
@zach.montana ***ing, ridiculous. #surrendertomesong ♬ original sound – Zach????
“Of course, my dad is more excited about what it means for me,” Montana revealed. “He’s like, ‘This is gonna get your music so much attention.’ That’s what kind of person he is.”
Montana went on to reveal how “Surrender to Me,” — which was recorded roughly 43 years ago — was never released as Smith didn’t have a record deal. Smith co-produced the single with singer-songwriter Mark Olson, who has since passed away.
“At the time, the market was flooded with this kind of music,” Montana said. “I believe they pitched it to Motown Records and a few other subsidiaries, but nothing happened. And back then, they had no way of distributing it without a label. Obviously, there were no streaming platforms.”
“It’s just incredible,” Montana said. “He’s always been an amazing father — the best I could possibly ask for. This experience has only brought us closer together.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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