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NOT ORIGINAL VERSIONS

The late, great Carl Smith's family members would be the first to tell you that these are re-recordings. I'm sure Carlene Carter [his real daughter] knows that her dad's 5 CD box set is actually on the BEAR FAMILY label. But since it's currently selling for over $100, these remakes might do in a pinch. For Carl Smith originals on iTunes, see the "Essential" CD.

Biography

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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