Connie Smith was discovered by Country singer Bill Anderson who wrote her debut single, “Once a Day,” for RCA records. It was released August 1, 1964 and it stayed #1 on the Country charts for eight weeks.
Jerry, my twin brother, loved her. He loved who she was and that voice of hers. He would save his money and buy every album she would release. He also had a strong voice, actually sounded a little like her. I remember during one of our recording sessions, the producer had to gently remind Jerry, “Don’t try to sound like Connie Smith.”
When he died in September of 1994, while cleaning out his apartment, we found all this Connie Smith albums and we’re talking dozens of them. There was no way we could give them away or throw them out. They came back to Cincinnati with us.
Connie was and is a star, but life got in her way sometimes and she never made it as big as other female artists in her day. She is regarded as one of the most underrated artists in Country Music but one of the best.
She’s 71-years-old now and sounds as good as ever. Here’s Connie singing her classic “Once a Day” along with Martina McBride. I like this version because it stays so true to the original song track.
We’ll be back on Saturday with another post.
(Image of Connie’s first album cover from stompbeast.blogspot.com)