Carl Smith Dies at 82

Carl Smith, known as ‘The Country Gentleman,’ has passed away at age 82. He died on Saturday, Jan. 16 at his home in Franklin, TN, south of Nashville.

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Born on March 15, 1927, Carl Smith began singing in WROL radio while still in high school. After serving in the Navy, and guesting on other radio station, Carl performed on the Grand Ole Opry. In 1950, he signed with Columbia Records and with WSM radio. Carl became one of the most recognizable country singers of the 1950s. He charted 30 Top 10 singles in that decade, including “Loose Talk,” “Wicked Lies,” and “You Are the One.”

In 1951, Carl Smith married June Carter (who later married Johnny Cash). The couple had a daughter in 1955, Rebecca Smith, who later became known as country singer Carlene Carter.

In 1956, Carl Smith quit the Grand Ole Opry and focused on an acting career. He joined the Philip Morris Country Music Show and began touring the United States. He also made regular appearances on the Ozark Jubilee.

In 1957, Carl and June Carter divorced. The same year, Carl married Goldie Hill. Throughout the 1960s, Carl’s career began to slow, though he did chart several Top 10 singles, including “Take My Ring Off Your Finger,” and “Deep Water.”

In the late 1970s, he retired from the music business, but later recorded for the Gusto label in 1983. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2003.

Goldie Hill passed away in 2005. Though no funeral arrangements have been made for Carl, he is expected to be buried at the Williamson Memorial Gardens in Franklin, TN, alongside Goldie Hill.

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