Connie Smith

Born Aug 14, 1941

Connie Smith is an American country music artist. She began her career in 1963 after winning a local talent contest near Columbus, Ohio, which attracted the attention of country songwriter Bill Anderson. After recording several demos for Anderson to pitch to other artists, Smith was offered a contract by RCA Victor Records in 1964.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Connie Smith.


1941 Birth Connie Smith was born Constance June Meador on August 14, 1941 to Wilma and Hobart Meador in Elkhart, Indiana. … Read More


1959 17 Years Old In 1959, Smith graduated from Salem-Liberty High School as the class salutatorian.
1961 19 Years Old Smith has been married four times. In 1961, she married Jerry Smith, a ferroanalyst at the Inter-Lake Iron Corporation in Beverly, Ohio. … Read More


1963 21 Years Old In August 1963, she entered a talent contest at the Frontier Ranch country music park near Columbus, Ohio. … Read More
In January 1964, Smith ran into Anderson again at a country music package concert, where he invited her to perform with him on Ernest Tubb's Midnight Jamboree program in Nashville, Tennessee. … Read More
RCA Victor released Smith's self-titled debut album in March 1965 which also reached No. 1, spending seven weeks at the top of the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, and spending 30 weeks on the chart overall. … Read More
1966 24 Years Old During this time, Smith also appeared in several country music vehicle films, where she performed many of her current hit recordings. In 1966, she appeared in the films Second Fiddle to a Steel Guitar and The Las Vegas Hillbillys, the latter of which starred Jayne Mansfield.
In 1967, she appeared in The Road to Nashville and Hell on Wheels.
By 1968, Smith began to feel large amounts of pressure from the music business. … Read More
1969 27 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1969 her next single "You and Your Sweet Love" (written by Bill Anderson) reached No. 6 on the Billboard Magazine Hot Country Singles chart. … Read More
1971 29 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1971 Smith's cover of Don Gibson's 1960 single "Just One Time" reached No. 2 on the Hot Country Singles chart. … Read More


1972 - 1973 4 More Events
1974 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Her next single (released on That's the Way Love Goes) was written by Dallas Frazier called "Ain't Love a Good Thing", which peaked at No. 10 on the Hot Country Singles Chart in 1974. … Read More
1975 33 Years Old In 1975, she released her second gospel album with the label, entitled Connie Smith Sings Hank Williams Gospel, which was a tribute to the gospel material that Hank Williams recorded. … Read More
1976 34 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1976, Smith released two cover versions of previously-made pop hits by The Everly Brothers as singles: "(Till) I Kissed You" and "So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)".
1977 35 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1977 Smith moved to Monument Records. … Read More


1985 43 Years Old Smith was encouraged to restart her mainstream career in 1985 with a new recording contract to Epic Records. … Read More
1986 44 Years Old In 1986, she made a cameo appearance in Stephen King's horror film Maximum Overdrive as "dead lady in car". … Read More


1997 55 Years Old After divorcing Haynes in the early 1990s, Smith stated that she would never marry again, but on July 8, 1997 Smith married country artist Marty Stuart. … Read More
1998 56 Years Old 1 More Event
In October 1998 she released her second self-titled studio album. … Read More


2003 61 Years Old In August 2003, Smith released a collaborative gospel album with country artists Barbara Fairchild and Sharon White called Love Never Fails on Daywind Records. … Read More
2008 66 Years Old In November of 2008, Smith joined the cast of Marty Stuart's television series The Marty Stuart Show, which airs on the RFD-TV network every Saturday night. … Read More
2012 70 Years Old 1 More Event
…  On October 21, 2012, Smith became the 12th solo female vocalist and 19th woman to be elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame. … Read More
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