Singer Carl Smith

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on March 28, 2004

I watched the CMA Awards last year and was pleased to see that my all-time favorite country music legend Carl Smith was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. What is he doing now?

—Sarah J., Wisconsin

Smith is married to country music singer Goldie Hill, whom he wed in 1957. They live on their quarter-horse ranch south of Nashville, Tenn., and have three children—Lorri Lynn, Carl Jr., and Larry Dean. Smith and his first wife, the late June Carter Cash, were married from 1952 to 1957 and had one daughter, singer Carlene Carter. Smith, who was born in Maynardville, Tenn. (pop. 1,782), recorded hits such as Let’s Live a Little, Hey Joe!, and Mr. Moon. The singer, who was known for his good looks and country love songs, sold flower seeds to pay for his first guitar and mowed yards to pay for the lessons. He was a regular on the Grand Ole Opry before leaving in 1956 to try his hand at acting, appearing in two Westerns. He later co-hosted ABC-TV’s Four Star Jubilee. From 1964 to 1969, Smith hosted 190 episodes of his own Carl Smith’s Country Music Hall on Canadian television. His singles on Columbia Records continued to chart through 1973.