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Carl Smith's recording of Eddie Cochran's "Cut Across Shorty" on The Carl Smith Touch isn't rockabilly, but it is close enough to merit its inclusion on the first volume of Sony's Rockabilly Stars series. "Cut Across Shorty" was only a minor success as a single, and Smith abandoned his occasional flirtations with rock & roll thereafter. There is nothing else on The Carl Smith Touch with much of a rock orientation (except the guitar solo on "The Little White House"); country ballads, shuffles, and plenty of steel guitar typify the rest. Smith passed through the Nashville sound explosion practically unscathed, and kept making moderately successful honky tonk music into the '70s.


Born: March 15, 1927 in Maynardsville, TN

Genre: Country

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

Known as Mr. Country, Carl Smith was one of the most popular honky tonkers of the '50s, racking up over 30 Top Ten hits over the course of the decade. Smith was also able to sustain that popularity into the late '70s, during which time he had a charting single for every year except one. Smith had a talent for singing smooth ballads which polished the rough edges of hardcore country. Nevertheless, he could sing pure honky tonk with the best of them, and his hardest country was made tougher by the...
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