Carl Smith

Carl Smith
Music: West side of the 1500 block of Vine Street
Country Musician
Born Carl Milton Smith on March 15, 1927 in Maynardville, TN
Died Jan. 16, 2010 in Franklin, Tenn.

Carl Smith was a country musician of the 1950s and '60s, known for his dynamic voice.

Smith had 41 chart singles during the 1950s, including the hits "Are You Teasing Me," "Back Up Buddy," and "Hey Joe!" He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2003.

Born March 15, 1927, in Maynardville, Tenn., he began singing on Knoxville radio while still in high school.

From 1952 to 1957, he was married to June Carter; their daughter is country artist Carlene Carter. Smith married country singer Goldie Hill in 1957, and June Carter later married singer Johnny Cash.

Smith was a member of the Grand Ole Opry but left in 1956. From 1964 to 1969, he hosted his own show on Canadian television. He largely retired from music in 1977 to raise horses on his farm outside Nashville.

He was 82 when he died at his Tennessee home.

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