Harmie Smith was "The Ozark Mountaineer" and quite a veteran of hillbilly
music, having already been active for 23 years when we find out about him
in a 1953 article.
He began his career on the USA's second oldest radio station, WSAZ in
Huntington, West Virginia. He was said to have appeared in just about
every one of the 48 states back then and on several radio stations.
He was one of the first stars of KWKH's Lousiana Hayride. And became a
good friend of Hank Williams during one of Hank's stints there and
did personal appearances with Hank throughout the southwest back then.
Interestingly enough, Harmie seemed to have an eye for talent for his
band. Some of the members who were with him at one time are familiar
names you're sure to recognize:
- Webb Pierce
- Hank Locklin
- Claude King
At that time, he was appearing over KTBS in Shreveport, Lousisiana.
Credits & Sources
- Country Song Roundup, August 1953, American Folk Publications