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Connie Smith (born Constance June Meador 14 August 1941, in Elkhart, Indiana) is an American country music singer. She is best known for her 1964 hit song “Once a Day”, which spent 8 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Country music charts, the longest of any female country music artist in history. This was Smith’s only single to reach the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts.

In less than a year, Connie Smith moved from being a small-town Ohio housewife to country stardom with a number one single to her credit. Perhaps overly compared to and identified with Patsy Cline, Smith is still considered by many to be one of the best and most underrated vocalists in country history. Her lonely desperation came straight from the heart, also: Her father was abusive when she was a child, causing Smith to suffer a mental breakdown while she was in her teens. [1]

“Once a Day” launched Connie Smith straight to the top of the country music industry and, for a brief period, she was one of the top female stars of the genre during the mid 1960s. Although she never achieved the level of commercial success as some of her contemporaries, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Lynn Anderson and Dolly Parton, she is often hailed by music critics as one of the finest voices in country music, voted in 2001 by fellow artists and members of the Country Music industry as #9 of the 40 Greatest Women of Country Music of all time (CMT).Biography & career


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  • AngeloSwift13

    Happy birthday to one of the greatest <3

    14 Aug 2014 Reply
  • AngeloSwift13

    I'm a top listener this week. LOVE her songs <3

    15 Jul 2014 Reply
  • TheHagMan

    Connie Smith at her peak was almost untouchable - beautiful voice, great songs and looked like an Angel. Her early albums on RCA are essential listening for any fan of Country Music.

    1 Jun 2013 Reply
  • wildtony40

    Country star Connie Smith Gets Hall Of Fame this year. with Grath Brooks & pig robert,s

    11 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Poppopovits

    It seems to me that here on Radio you can only listen to 15 Connie Smith's songs, but if you go to this site, you can listen to over 200 Connie's songs. There are, for example, all the tracks (126) from the fantastic "Born to Sing albums (4 discs).

    4 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Poppopovits

    In my opinion Connie Smith is the best singer in the country music history. As far as voice, singing skill, style, and versatility is concerned, there has never been another singer who can beat Connie Smith.

    17 Sep 2011 Reply
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  • angjd

    I agree, everyone should give these greats a listen

    24 Aug 2009 Reply
  • bigfanofmusic

    Yet another underrated country singer, not even 1 shout! People seem to forget about great country singers like Connie Smith, Skeeter Davis, Donna Fargo, Jean Shepard and more fairly easily. Thats why i made a group to keep them more alive than ever. Country from the 50s & 60s. Join if you want.

    6 Apr 2009 Reply

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