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Harmie Smith
KWKH Louisiana Hayride
KTBS Shreveport, LA
KWKH Shreveport, LA
WSAZ Huntington, WV

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

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Recordings
 
4 Star
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  1412 A I'll Not Be Around
  1412 B I'm Too Lonely To Smile
  1437 A My Last Gold Dollar
  1437 B I Want You And Need You
 
RCA Victor
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  20-1869 A It's Nobody's Fault But My Own
  20-1869 B Knockin' At Your Door
  20-1996 A Tomorrow Begins Another Year
  20-1996 B Weary Trouble On My Mind


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