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    Sammi Smith

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Billy Jack lyrics
    2My Window Faces the South lyrics
    3Right Won't Touch a Hand lyrics
    4Last Word in Lonesome Is Me lyrics
    5Heart of a Clown lyrics
    6He Makes It Hard to Say Goodbye lyrics
    7Rings for Sale lyrics
    8Tony lyrics
    9Rainbow in Daddy's Eyes lyrics
    He's Everywhere lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Today I Started Loving You Again [Mega] [1975]
    2The Best of Sammi Smith [Mega] [1972]
    3The Toast of '45 [Mega] [1973]
    4Sunshine [Mega] [1975]
    5Something Old Something New [Mega] [1972]
    6The Rainbow in Daddy's Eyes [Mega] [1974]
    7Greatest Hits [Mega] [1974]
    8Help Me Make It Through the Night [Mega] [1970]
    9The World of Sammi Smith [Harmony] [1971]
    10Lonesome [Mega] [1971]


    In the tradition of Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, singer/
    songwriter Sammi Smith was considered a country music outlaw,
    unafraid to sing songs that reflected the sometimes gritty realities
    of modern life. She first came to fame singing Kris Kristofferson's
    "Help Me Make It Through the Night" and was noted for her husky
    voice, the result of spending many years singing in smoke-filled

    She was born Jewel Fay Smith in California, but spent her
    childhood living in different southwestern states. At age 11,
    Smith dropped out of school and the following year began singing professionally in clubs. She married at age 15 and produced four
    children. At songwriter Gene Sullivan's urging, a newly-divorced
    Smith moved to Nashville in 1967. A year later she had her first
    minor hit, "So Long, Charlie Brown, Don't Look for Me Around."
    In 1970, she had another minor hit, but it was not until the end of
    the year that she had her first major smash with "Help Me Make
    It Through the Night," which made it to the top of the country
    charts and also became a Top Ten pop hit. Later that year, she
    wrote "Cedartown, Georgia," which became a major hit for
    Waylon Jennings.

    In 1973, Smith moved to Dallas to join Jennings and Willie Nelson
    and become an "outlaw." Through 1975, she had several hits
    including "Then You Walk In" and "Today I Started Loving You
    Again." She moved to Elektra in 1975 and remained with them
    for three years. During that time, she had several chart entries
    with such songs as "Loving Arms," "Days That End in 'Y'" (both
    1977) and "Norma Jean" (1978), a tribute to Marilyn Monroe. In
    1979, she signed to the independent label Cyclone and had a
    Top 20 hit with "What a Lie," In 1980, she moved to Sound
    Factory and had one Top 40 and two Top 20 hits including
    "I Cry When I'm Alone." Her last hit came in 1986 with "Love
    Me All Over."

    Little is known of Sammi since the mid 80's. It is known, however,
    that Sammi has worked for Apaches. Part Apache herself, Sammi
    adopted two Apache children and has established a scholarship
    to help provide for budding Apache doctors and lawyers. Sammi
    also led "Apache Spirit", a band comprised solely of native
    Americans. More recently, in 1995, an album embracing
    Sammi's greatest hits was released - "The Best of Sammi
    Smith". Significantly, the album comprises substantial
    "countrypolitan" content.

    Few artists have enjoyed the success that Sammi has with
    "Help Me Make It Through The Night". The song is a country
    'classic' and has placed the name "Sammi Smith" to the
    forefront in the annals of "countrypolitan" music. Sammi's
    style has even been used as a comparison yardstick for
    modern artists such as current country vocalist, Shelby
    Lynne (The Nashville Scene 2/14/2000). As evidenced by
    her achievements in the early '70s, Sammi Smith can truly
    be ranked among the 'greats' of "countrypolitan" music...

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