Jack Smith

Jack Smith


Jack Smith
Radio: North side of the 6100 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Actor | Musician | Radio Host
Born Nov. 16, 1913 in Bainbridge Island, Wash.
Died July 3, 2006 of leukemia in Westlake Village, CA

He was known as "the man with the smile in his voice."

"Smiling" Jack Smith, was a singer and recording artist who had his own radio show in the 1940s and early '50s and later took over as host of the popular "You Asked for It" TV show.

Smith, who launched his singing career at the Cocoanut Grove in the early 1930s, may be best remembered for "You Asked for It." He took over as host of the ABC series for its final season in 1958, replacing Art Baker, creator of the show, which first aired in 1950.

"You Asked for It" invited viewers to send in suggestions for unusual things that they wanted to see on the air — such as people with uncommon talent or getting a look inside the vault at Ft. Knox, where viewers were shown $1 million in $1 bills.

As a student at Hollywood High School, Smith dreamed of becoming an architect. But that changed in 1931 after a high school friend told him that the Cocoanut Grove at the Ambassador Hotel was looking for a trio to replace the Rhythm Boys, Bing Crosby's popular trio. The young trio, with Smith as soloist, became known as the Three Ambassadors.

He picked up the "Smiling" Jack Smith moniker after becoming a solo performer on "The Prudential Hour," a popular musical show on CBS.

Smith landed his own 15-minute, five-nights-a-week radio show on CBS in 1945. Regulars on "The Jack Smith Show," which continued into the early '50s, included Dinah Shore, Margaret Whiting and Ginny Simms.

Smith, who appeared as himself singing in the 1949 comedy-musical "Make Believe Ballroom," had a supporting role in the 1951 comedy-musical "On Moonlight Bay," starring Doris Day and Gordon MacRae.

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