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FLASHBACK: Nov. 28, 1964

Connie's Big 'Day'

Connie Smith's signature tune, "Once A Day," came from the same man who boosted her career: Hall of Famer Bill Anderson. Connie had won a talent contest in Columbus, Ohio, at a show where Bill was headlining. Afterwards, the singer known as "Whisperin' Bill" loudly sang her praises.

"Bill told me that if I ever wanted to come to Nashville, he would try to help me get a record deal," she recalls. Bill made good on that promise, bringing Connie's demo tape to Chet Atkins at RCA Records. Chet signed Connie to a contract in June of 1964, and the following month, Connie recorded a song Bill had written, "Once A Day."

The song debuted in September and became an instant smash, hitting the top on Nov. 28, 1964, and staying there for an amazing eight weeks. That was just the beginning of the Connie-and-Bill connection.

"All in all, I recorded 33 of Bill's songs," notes Connie. "But 'Once A Day' is the song that the fans still know me by. Most singers never even get one hit like that!"