Carl Smith (country musician)
- 2.1 Singles
- 2.2 albums
Smith comes from the same area as Roy Acuff, one of the great country stars of the forties. From the first earnings he bought a guitar. He had his first appearances at WROL in Knoxville. After a one and a half years of service in the U.S. Navy, he initially returned to WROL. In 1948, he worked as a bassist for Skeets Williamson and Molly O'Day. A year later, he moved to Nashville to local WSM station. Shortly thereafter, he was taken from the Grand Ole Opry under contract.
1950 Smith received a recording contract by Columbia Records. Even his second single, Let 's Live a Little made it in 1951 at No. 2 on the country charts. The singer, who sings in spite of its rather soft voice Honky Tonk, in the same year had more successes, including with Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way his first number-one hit on the country charts. It was the beginning of a long string of successes; in the fifties, he had 31 top- ten finishes.
In 1952 he married a native of the famous Carter Family June Carter, with whom he 's duet Times A Wastin - ' sang among others. From the divorced after four years of marriage went with Carlene Carter out another country singer; June Carter later married Johnny Cash. 1956 Smith finished his engagement at the Grand Ole Opry and moved to California, there to take some film roles. He joined the Philip Morris Country Music Show, which toured the entire United States in an eighteen- month tour. In 1957, he married country singer Goldie Hill, with whom he had three children. Hill died in February 2005 from cancer.
In the sixties, the sales of his records subsided gradually, although he was still regularly represented on the charts. In Canada, " had Mr. Country " own TV show, Carl Smith 's Country Music Hall. In 1975 he moved to a smaller label. Here he played a few more unsuccessful singles before 1977 he retired from the music business. Carl Smith was forgotten, not least because of his scandal- free life. He was rarely on the stage, such as in 1983 at a benefit concert. In 2003, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.