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Connie Smith

In less than a year, Connie Smith moved from being a small-town Ohio housewife to country stardom with a number one single to her credit. Perhaps overly compared to and identified with Patsy Cline, Smith is still considered by many to be one of the best and most underrated vocalists in country history. Her lonely desperation came straight from the heart; also, her father was abusive when she was a child, causing Smith to suffer a mental breakdown while she was in her teens.

Smith was born Constance Meadows on August 14, 1941, in Elkhart, Indiana, but spent her early life first in West Virginia and later in Ohio. She married and became a housewife in the early '60s, singing occasionally on local TV shows around her home in Marietta, Ohio. She was singing near Columbus in August 1963 when country star Bill Anderson heard her and offered his help in getting a contract. She signed to RCA after a few months and recorded several selections in July 1964 with Chet Atkins at the helm. "Once a Day" -- written especially for her by Anderson -- was released as a single in September and hit the top of the country charts, reigning as number one for eight weeks.

Smith's follow-up, "Then and Only Then," hit number four (even the flip side reached the Top 25), and her Top Ten streak continued unabated until late 1968, including the big hits "If I Talk to Him," "Ain't Had No Lovin'," and "The Hurtin's All Over." Meanwhile, her success began to take a toll; constant appearances on the road, in films, and on The Lawrence Welk Show caused Smith to reconsider her path in the music industry and devote herself to family and religion. Though she didn't quit music entirely, she began to balance chart success with a lighter schedule. Though her country hits were rarer than in her mid-'60s heyday, Smith still managed the Top Tens "You and Your Sweet Love" in 1969, "I Never Once Stopped Loving You" the following year, and "Just One Time" in 1971. Her most successful year during the '70s was 1972. She recorded three big hits: the number five "Just What I Am," the number seven "If It Ain't Love (Let's Leave It Alone)," and the number eight "Love Is the Look You're Looking For."

By 1972, Smith began to incorporate more gospel into her act. With the help of her third husband, evangelist Marshall Haynes, she turned her live show into a traveling gospel road show and signed with Columbia, which permitted her to record more straight gospel songs. Though the material didn't score as well on the charts as her secular singles had, she managed to stay in the Top 20 during much of the '70s. After she signed with Monument in 1977, most of her singles dropped out of the Top 40. Though she has not been a commercial force since the '70s, Smith continues to perform with the Grand Ole Opry and in 1998 returned with her first LP in many years, a self-titled effort issued on Warner Bros. The album garnered critical accolades, and Smith next returned with Love Never Fails, a collaborative gospel album recorded with Barbara Fairchild and Sharon White and released by Daywind Records in 2003. It would be almost eight years before Smith's next studio offering, the Marty Stuart-produced Long Line of Heartaches (Smith and Stuart have been husband and wife since 1997), which appeared from Sugar Hill Records in 2011. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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This song is no longer just my song regarding grief. To the Lady ( A Mom ) who has a lot of heartache - your message spoke volumes. This song uses the words you wrote to me. Wherever you are, God be with you! I wish there were eloquent adjectives that would fix everything. I AM SO SORRY! I have said a silent prayer for both of you...
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"Once A Day," is such an accurate song when you miss someone! Her voice is impeccable. She is another class act.
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Outstanding!
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Once a DAY is "The" song that if romantic overtones are removed, my heart & soul have & will until my dying day, feel that silent pain at the loss of my best friend- my Dad.
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jack0101
My Dad thought she was the best female singer of his life.
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Connie Smith is the real deal. I've been a fan since the '60s.
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She is the best and also I think her and Marty make a great couple, Like Johnny Cash said Marty be nice to Connie, Not to mention she is BEAUTIFUL.
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bobjacobs90
My kind of singer, pure country
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Correction , very best female country singers of all time!
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Connie smith is and always will be one of the very female country singers of all time . Not to mention ,one of the prettiest ! Your a lucky man Marty!
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Connie might have been underated at one time but not any more.She is absolutely the most exiting singer in country music today.She has class & gets more beautiful as time goes by .I would say she's a household name.go Connie
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I spent a lot of time in Fla State Prison and the only thing we were allowed to have was whatever kind of music we could afford ,Connie Smith helped me make my time go a little easier.Thank s Connie.
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go away stranger
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kivmaki_35
She's always been my favorite. My wife & I saw her on the Grand Ole Opry back in 92. They just don't make 'em like her anymore. GOD BLESS YOU MISS CONNIE
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My secret love. Had my picture taken with her. An angels voice.
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God bless this girl. She has a perfect voice. She can hit low ,mid and high octaves so smoothly, not a crack in her voice at the age of 72, that's amazing.
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One of my best wishes came true---I had a front row seat to here Connie sing.
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guscusick
She's thee BEST female vocalist - bar none
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Thank You for returning to recording and allowing a new generation to enjoy your special voice.
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cd30success
I have loved her music for as long as I can rember, she is absolutly the best in her field and sings with every fiber in her body, what a great Lady
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HER VOICE TELLS IT ALL. IT COMES FROM HER HEART AND WITH SUCH EMOTION... IT'S LIKE SHE LIVED EACH AND EVERY SONG! I LOVE TAMMY, LORETTA, BARBARA AND ALL THE GREAT SINGERS OF OUR TIMES BUT NONE CAN SURPASS "THE EMOTIONALLY OUTSTANDING AND BEAUTIFUL CONNIE SMITH"
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not mentioned here in her bio - she is now married to Marty Stuart, they have a show on RFD TV.
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Oh, how this lady can sing and with such feeling!! I love, love, love her music. THIS is country music at it's best in my humble opinion.
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I LIKE HER VERY MUCH
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browser58
I think she is rated right at the top with a very small group of other female singers of her time !!!
My how times have changed, toooo bad they cant sing nowadays. that i miss the most.
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My favorite female country singer,what a voice,I have been a fan for many years.
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halhatton22
My favorite female singer of all time.And she still has it!
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my favorite female country singer!! I am a singer myself and have played many many towns, states, and tours and always loved performing Connies music!! Norma Jean Barnes
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I saw her live back around 64 at an old converted theater called the Pan in New Boston, Ohio. I have loved this woman ever since. What a lady. Her voice is like an angel's and every word of her songs is easy to understand, she doesnt slur her words to sound sound sexy and never has. She is just a beautiful woman with beautiful voice thta i feel privileged to have seen and love to listen to as much as possible. Thank You, Connie for all the years ...
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lbaker_3415
This is one of my favorite singers.
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I have always loved this song.
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mccartergutt e r
marty robbin,s jim ,webb ,carl smith are a few that knew how to sing &could
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mccartergutt e r
connie is one of the best she is the marty robbin,s of county great
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highplainsma n
hey does anybody know if she was related to a basil meadows,,,,b o r n about the same time era??????

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I love to hear her sing. I am unable to find a song she sings that has the words "fight on weary soldier". Can someone help me find the name of this Christian song.
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lupe88030
What a voice!!! True Country!! I could two-step to this kind of music but then I could alo hold on tight and sway to the rythym of her voice all night long. How do I find the words to that song? I will never forget her voice when she sings Cincinnati O h i o.
Come on Connie you can put out some more like this one!!! Love you!!!!
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dwpjpeg
Great
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when i was in the army 1965-67 connie record is all i played,she is just
SPECIAL,in every way,
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i have always loved connie smith, she is great, just something about her, she is pretty, and sweet, and i love her singing, i have been told i look sort of like her, and i think that is a great compliment, lol,
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the greatest i ever heard
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ebledsoe2007
Before my time really, but I love her. Erin
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bbacon27
lovely lady all around,love her big time
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a beautiful voice
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dakotadon43


I love Connie Smith, a true genuine country artist. A beautiful voice.
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Like her a lot.

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