Personalities | Carl Smith | War Years | Country

(Vocals, b. 1927)

Born in Maynardville, Tennessee, Smith’s earliest hits – including ‘Let’s Live A Little’ (1951), ‘Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way’ (1951), ‘(When You Feel Like You’re In Love) Don’t Just Stand There’ (1952) and ‘Hey Joe’ (1953) – came in the early and mid-1950s. As a singer, Smith started out in the honky-tonk mode of Ernest Tubb and his friend Hank Williams, but eventually matured into a smoother style that presaged the Nashville sound. As the 1950s became the 1960s, Smith emerged as a pivotal figure in this transitional period.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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