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Connie Smith

Knowledge Identifier: +Connie_Smith


Connie Smith

American country music artist add

Category: Music

Born in 1941.

Countries: United States (72%), RCA (22%), Ohio (3%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Chet Atkins, Eddy Arnold, Jerry Reed

Linked to: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, RCA Camden




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Connie Smith was born in 1941 add something


In 1959, Smith graduated from Salem-Liberty High School as the class salutatorian add something


Connie Smith's sound is defined by the Nashville Sound musical style, primarily during her breakthrough years in the 1960s add something


Chet Atkins - He had brought Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Connie Smith, Bobby Bare, Dolly Parton, Jerry Reed and John Hartford to the label in the 1960s and inspired and helped countless others


Liz Anderson - Many major country artists of the 1960s recorded at least one of her songs on their albums, including Charley Pride, Tammy Wynette, Ernest Tubb, Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Skeeter Davis, Waylon Jennings, Kitty Wells, Connie Smith and Bill Anderson


In 1961, she married her first husband, Jerry Smith, a ferroanalyst at the Inter-Lake Iron Corporation in Beverly, Ohio add something


The couple had one child together on March 9, 1963 named Darren Justin add something


In August 1963, she entered a talent contest at the Frontier Ranch country music park near Columbus, Ohio add something


Active since 1964, Smith is widely considered to be one of the genre's best female vocalists add something


In January 1964, Smith ran into Anderson again at a country music package concert, where he invited her to perform with him on Ernest Tubb's "Midnight Jamboree" program in Nashville, Tennessee add something


Also impressed by her vocals, Atkins offered Smith a recording contract, and she eventually signed with the label on June 24, 1964 add something


Because Chet Atkins found himself too busy with other artists, Bob Ferguson acted as Smith's producer on her first sessions and would continue to work as her producer until her departure from RCA. Smith's first session took place on July 16, 1964, where she recorded four songs, three of which were written by Bill Anderson add something


The song was rush-released as a single on August 1, 1964 and became Smith's breakout single, reaching No. 1 on the "Billboard Magazine" Hot Country Singles chart on November 28 and remained at the number one position for eight weeks add something


Among these songs was Smith's follow-up single to "Once a Day" released in early 1965 titled "Then and Only Then" add something


In 1965 Smith officially became a member of the Grand Ole Opry radio show in Nashville, Tennessee add something


Top Country Albums - RCA released Smith's self-titled debut album in March 1965 which reached No. 1, spending seven weeks at the top of the "Billboard" Top Country Albums chart, and spending 30 weeks on the chart overall add something


Bill Anderson wrote her next single with Bette Anderson, which was released in April 1965 called "I Can't Remember" add something


In October 1965, Smith released her second studio album "Cute 'n' Country" add something


Between 1966 and 1968, Smith had five top ten singles in a row on the "Billboard" Hot Country Singles chart: "I'll Come Running" , "Cincinnati, Ohio", "Burning a Hole in My Mind", "Baby's Back Again", and "Run Away Little Tears" add something


In 1966, she appeared in the films "Second Fiddle to a Steel Guitar" and "The Las Vegas Hillbillys", the latter of which starred Jayne Mansfield add something


In 1967, she appeared in "The Road to Nashville" and "Hell on Wheels" add something


In February 1967, Smith released an album with RCA Camden entitled "Connie in the Country", which mainly featured cover versions of country hits recorded at the time, including songs by Loretta Lynn and Buck Owens add something


In May 1967 Smith released an album of songs written entirely by Bill Anderson entitled "Connie Smith Sings Bill Anderson" add something


Chet Atkins - In 1967, a tribute song called "Chet's Tune" was produced for his birthday, with contributions by a long list of RCA/Victor artists including Eddy Arnold, Connie Smith, Jerry_Reed, Willie Nelson, Hank Snow, and others


By 1968, Smith began to feel large amounts of pressure from the music business add something


In 1968 and 1969, Smith began to record darker songs, including the single "Ribbon of Darkness", among others add something


These pressures eventually led Smith to seek solace in both her family life and religion, becoming a Born Again Christian in the spring of 1968 add something


Between 1969 and 1970, Smith released two collaborative albums with American country artist Nat Stuckey called "Young Love" and "Sunday Morning with Nat Stuckey and Connie Smith", the latter of which was a gospel album add something


In 1969 her next single "You and Your Sweet Love" reached No. 6 on the "Billboard Magazine" Hot Country Singles chart add something


Between 1970 and 1971, both the singles "Louisiana Man" and "Where Is My Castle" became top 20 hits on the "Billboard Magazine" country singles chart add something


By the early 1970s, Smith started to incorporate more Gospel music into her regular studio albums and touring show add something


In the 1970s, Smith was nearly fired from the show for testifying about Jesus Christ add something


In the late 1970s, Darren went to Europe to become a missionary, and is currently a psychologist add something


This was followed by another top ten single in 1970, entitled "I Never Once Stopped Loving You", which reached No. 5 on the same singles chart add something


Jan Howard - Together, Bill and Jan wrote the 1970 Connie Smith hit "I Never Once Stopped Loving You"


In 1971 Smith's cover of Don Gibson's 1960 single "Just One Time" reached No. 2 on the Hot Country Singles chart add something


In 1971, she released her third gospel album, "Come Along and Walk with Me", which Smith later stated was her favorite gospel record out of the many she has made add something


In November 1972, Smith announced she would depart from RCA Records, the same week that country artist Eddy Arnold announced his departure add something


After parting ways with RCA Victor, Smith switched to Columbia Records in 1973 add something


She released her first gospel album under the her label in November 1973, entitled "God Is Abundant" add something


Patty Loveless - In 1973 Bill Anderson, Connie Smith, the Wilburn Brothers, and Jean Shepard were scheduled to appear in a touring Grand Ole Opry show in Louisville, Kentucky Gardens


Her next single was written by Dallas Frazier called "Ain't Love a Good Thing", which peaked at No. 10 on the Hot Country Singles Chart in 1974 add something


In 1974 Smith released the singles "I Never Knew " and "I've Got My Baby on My Mind", which both reached No. 13 on the "Billboard Magazine" Hot Country Singles chart add something


In 1975, she released her second gospel album with the label, entitled "Connie Smith Sings Hank Williams Gospel", which was a tribute to the gospel material that Hank Williams recorded add something


After releasing two more studio albums in 1976, Smith parted ways with Columbia Records the following year add something


In 1976, Smith released two cover versions of previously-made pop hits by The Everly Brothers as singles: " I Kissed You" and "So Sad " add something


Her debut 1977 Monument album, "Pure Connie Smith", only spawned one single, entitled "Coming Around", which peaked outside the Top 40 add something


In 1977 Smith moved to Monument Records add something


Only one single released on the label became a significant hit, a cover of Andy Gibb's 1977 pop hit "I Just Want to Be Your Everything", which peaked at No. 14 on the country singles chart in 1978 add something


Smith's next five singles on the label continued to descend into progressively lower positions on the country singles chart and because of poor record sales, Smith decided to go into semi-retirement in 1979 to raise her five children add something


Smith attempted to rekindle her mainstream career in 1985 with a new contract Epic Records add something


In 1986, she made a cameo appearance in Stephen King's horror film "Maximum Overdrive" as "dead lady in car" add something


After divorcing Haynes in the early 1990s, Smith stated that she would never marry again, but on July 8, 1997 Smith married 1990s country artist Marty Stuart add something


While reviewing Smith's 1993 Monument compilation "Greatest Hits on Monument", "Allmusic"'s Stephen Thomas Erlewine commented that she not only recorded country-pop material, but "heavily produced adult contemporary ballads and big, shiny disco-influenced pop numbers add something


George Jones cited Smith as his favorite female singer in his 1995 autobiography add something


In his review of Smith's 1996 compilation "The Essential Connie Smith", Jurek explained why Smith's vocals are usually compared to Cline's, "Connie Smith is perhaps the only female singer in the history of country music who can truly claim to be the heiress to Patsy Cline's throne add something


Also in 1998, Smith made a second cameo appearance in a film, portraying a "Singer at the Rodeo Dance" in "The Hi-Lo Country" starring Woody Harrelson and Billy Crudup add something


The couple met while writing songs together for Smith's 1998 comeback album add something


In October 1998 she released her second self-titled studio album add something


In August 2003, Smith released a collaborative gospel album with country artists Barbara Fairchild and Sharon White called "Love Never Fails" on Daywind Records add something


In November of 2008, Smith joined the cast of Marty Stuart's television series "The Marty Stuart Show", which airs on the RFD-TV network every Saturday night add something


Since 2008, Smith had been writing new songs for her next album add something


Charlie Daniels - He was inducted by Marty Stuart and Connie Smith during the January 19, 2008, edition of the Opry at the Ryman Auditorium


In 2012, Smith was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame add something


On October 21, 2012, Smith became the 12th solo female vocalist and 19th woman to be elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame add something