Monday, January 18, 2010

Country Music Hall of Famer Carl Smith passes away at 82

Carl Smith - from Country Music Hall of Fame
On Saturday, January 16th, 2010, the country music community said goodbye to one of its own.  Carl Smith passed away at the age of 82 years old from natural causes from his home in Tennessee.  Smith was born in rural Tennessee in Maynardville,which was also home to Roy Acuff.

Carl Smith's first hit, “Let's Live A Little," in 1951 went up the charts to number 2, followed up with "Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way" which went to number 1.  He would marry June Carter and have a daughter, Carlene, who has made a career of her own.  He and June would later divorce and she would go on to marry Johnny Cash.  Smith remarried in 1957 to Goldie Hill, who co-starred on the Phillip Morris Country Music Show with him.
In 2003, Smith was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame. He was a member of the Grand Ole Opry, but would lave after the Opry fired Jim Denny, who was his business partner at the time.  Denny was fired for a conflict of interest.  In the 60s, Smith hosted a popular series in Canada, "Carl Smith's Country Music Hall."

He is survived by his three children, Carlene Carter, Dean Smith, Carl Smith Jr. and Lori Lynn Smith along with 12 grand children and 12 great-grand children.