On Christmas Day, 1975, Steve Harris unknowingly played heavy metal Santa Claus and gave the music world one of the greatest gifts possible: Iron Maiden. It wasn't something that could be placed under a tree or wrapped up with a bow and it took five years to yield a debut album after finally signing a record deal, but it was a gift the metal world would be most thankful for over the ensuing decades.
Before there was Iron Maiden, Harris had plucked the strings in two other bands: Gypsy's Kiss and Smiler. Joining Gypsy’s Kiss just 10 months after purchasing his first bass in 1971, he made the transition from fan to musician. His first show was at the Cart and Horses, a venue he had been attending for years and one he would famously leave his mark on with Iron Maiden just a couple years later. After a few shaky performances, the group disbanded due to musical differences and Harris moved on to what he considered to be a more professional outfit, Smiler.