Connie Smith Bio
Connie Smith born Constance June Meador, is an American country music artist. She was born on August 14, 1941 to Wilma and Hobart Meador in Elkhart, Indiana.
Her parents’ origin was West Virginia, and when Smith was five months old, the family returned there. They later moved to Dungannon, Ohio. When she was seven, her mother divorced her father and married Tom Clark.
Smith was surrounded by music from a tender age. Her stepfather (Tom Clark) played mandolin, while her brother played fiddle, and her other brother played guitar. On Saturday nights Smith would listen to the Grand Ole Opry radio broadcast. As a teenager, she was injured in a lawnmower accident, which nearly cut her leg off. While in the hospital recovering, she was given a guitar and learned how to play different chords. Following the recovery, she began to perform in various local talent contests.
Smith graduated from Salem-Liberty High School as the class salutatorian in 1959. In August 1963, she entered a talent contest at the Frontier Ranch country music park near Columbus, Ohio. Here she performed Jean Shepard’s “I Thought of You”, Smith won the talent contest and five silver dollars. That day at the park, country artist Bill Anderson heard Smith perform and was impressed by her voice. 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. After performing on the program, Smith returned to Nashville that May to record demos by Anderson that he planned on pitching to other country artists. Anderson’s manager Hubert Long brought the demo recording to RCA Victor Records, where producer Chet Atkins heard it. Also impressed by her vocals, Atkins offered Smith a recording contract, and she eventually signed with the label on June 24, 1964.
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. In 1965 Smith officially became a member of the Grand Ole Opry radio show in Nashville, Tennessee. It had been a dream of Smith’s to become a member since childhood. In the mid-60s Smith was temporarily fired from the Grand Ole Opry for not being on the show for twenty six weeks out of the year, which was the required amount of weeks to stay a member at the time. In the 1970s, Smith was nearly fired from the show for testifying about Jesus Christ.
Bill Anderson wrote her next single with Bette Anderson, which was released in April 1965 called “I Can’t Remember”. The album featured both cover versions of other country songs and newer songs written by Bill Anderson. It included cover versions of songs by such artists as Jim Reeves, Webb Pierce, and Ray Price.
In February 1967, Smith released an album on 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. In May 1967 Smith released an album of songs written entirely by Bill Anderson entitled Connie Smith Sings Bill Anderson.
After parting ways with RCA, Smith moved to Columbia Records in 1973. With her new contract, she insisted that she would be able to record one gospel album a year. She released her first gospel album under the label in November 1973, entitled God Is Abundant.
Connie Smith Age
She was born on August 14, 1941.
Connie Smith Marriages – Connie Smith Husband – Connie Smith Children
Smith has been married four times. In 1961, she married Jerry Smith, a ferroanalyst at the Inter-Lake Iron Corporation in Beverly, Ohio. They had one child together on March 9, 1963, named Darren Justin. In the mid-1960s, the couple divorced and Smith married the guitarist in her touring band, Jack Watkins. They had a son, Kerry Watkins, before separating nearly a year after marrying. Shortly afterward, Smith married telephone repairman Marshall Haynes. In the early 1970s, Haynes frequently toured with Connie on her road show. The couple had three daughters: Jeanne, Julie, and Jodi Haynes. After divorcing Haynes in the early 1990s, Smith stated that she would never marry again, but on July 8, 1997 Smith married country artist Marty Stuart.
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Connie Smith Net Worth
She has an estimated net worth of $18 million.
Connie Smith Songs
- Once a Day
- Then and Only Then
- I Never Once Stopped Loving You
- The Hurtin’s All Over
- Nobody but a Fool
- Cincinnati, Ohio
- Ain’t Had No Lovin’
- You and Your Sweet Love
- Ribbon of Darkness
- Just One Time
- If I Talk to Him
- Tiny Blue Transistor Radio
- If It Ain’t Love
- Run Away Little Tears
- I’ll Come Running
- Just for What I Am
- Burning a Hole in My Mind
- I Can’t Remember
- Louisiana Man
- Cry, Cry, Cry
- Baby’s Back Again
- Where Is My Castle
- Young Love
- Darling, Are You Ever Coming Home
- I’ve Got My Baby On My Mind
- Don’t Forget I Still Love You
- Ain’t Love a Good Thing
- I Saw a Man
- Clinging to a Saving Hand
- My Little Corner of the World
- Two Empty Arms
- Go Ahead and Make Me Cry