Blaine Smith was a native of Iowa, born on a farm near Dickens. He got his
start in radio when he learned of a local radio talent contest. He competed
against 30 other contestants and didn't win, but he did catch the eye of
a talent scout for a station back east. He had a brother named Cal who
later joined him and they went to WMMN in Fairmont, West Virginia.
They were at WMMN for a couple of years, then they moved to the big city,
to Chicago and radio station WLS, the home of the National Barn Dance for a year.
But after that, Blaine returned to WMMN.
Blaine's second tour of WMMN included people in his show such as Bill Hatfield
who was featured on the mandola, Ted McCoy on the steel guitar and the famous
Davis Twins, Sonny and Honey, who were also popular later on the WWVA Jamboree
And old song folio from 1946 of Blaine's notes that he got his first
break when he was in Jefferson, Ohio at the Ames Theatre. He was basically
an amateur at that point, and unknown, but caught the eye of a talent scout
who got him a gig in Cleveland, Ohio where he honed his talents.
In 1933, they said he moved to WWVA in Wheeling, West Virginia, the home
of the WWVA Original Jamboree, where he teamed up with his brother, Cal.
When they were at WLS and the National Barn Dance in Chicago, they were
said to have gotten 'stacks of mail'.
At one time, he was recording on the OKeh record label. His brother Cal also
had his own show later on WMMN.
In looking through his song folio, we find that Blaine was also a bit of
a songwriter. He wrote such tunes as:
- Darling, Don't You Love Me Anymore?
- Monongahela Valley
- I'm Sorry That I Waited Too Long
- A Father's Christmas Decision
- Alone With A Broken Heart
- A Message From The Moon
- Saddle Up Your Pony
Credits & Sources
- WMMN Family Album 1941; Publishers Unknown, but probably
- Blaine Smith Historic Album of Favorite Songs - Poems - Pictures;
Russ Hull's Country Music; 20 E. Jackson Blvd.; Chicago, Illinois; 1946.
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