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Red Smiley

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Arthur Lee “Red” Smiley (May 17, 1925–January 2, 1972) was an American bluegrass and country singer and guitarist , best known for his collaboration with Don Reno under the name Reno & Smiley.

Smiley was born in Asheville, North Carolina. He retired in 1968 but returned temporarily in the early 1970s to perform once more with Don Reno. Smiley died in 1972 at the age of 46, due to complications with diabetes. He was buried at the Dehart Cemetery in the Jackson Line community of Bryson City, North Carolina.

In 1992, he was posthumously inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor, now called the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.

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