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4-CD box (LP-size) with 56-page book, 127 tracks. Playing time approx. 315 mns. "There's only... more

Connie Smith: Born To Sing (4-CD)

4-CD box (LP-size) with 56-page book, 127 tracks. Playing time approx. 315 mns.

"There's only three real female singers: Barbra Streisand, Linda Ronstadt, and Connie Smith. The rest of us are only pretending." (Dolly Parton)

Probably no one in the long history of country music was 'Born to Sing' more than Connie Smith. She stands alongside Patsy Cline as the best pure singer the music has yet produced. Discovered by
Bill Anderson in West Virginia, Connie Smith became a star overnight when her recording of Bill Anderson's Once A Day shot to Number One on the country charts in 1964 (the first debut single by a female singer ever to do so).

This 4-CD set includes all of Connie Smith's RCA recordings from July 1964 to September 1967. It not only includes Once A Day, but all the great early hits: Then And Only Then, Tiny Blue Transistor Radio,
If I Talk To Him, Nobody But A Fool, Cincinnati Ohio, Ain't Had No Lovin', The Hurtin's All Over, I'll Come Running, and Burning A Hole In My Mind. This set also includes Connie Smith's early LPs: 'Connie Smith,' 'Cute 'n' Country,' 'Miss Smith Goes To Nashville,' 'Great Sacred Songs,' 'Connie In The Country,' 'Downtown Country,' 'Sings Bill Anderson,' and 'Born To Sing.' Her French session is also included.

The cream of Nashville songwriters wanted their songs interpreted by Connie Smith, and here are some of the greatest early works of Bill Anderson, Dallas Frazier, Harlan Howard, Willie Nelson, as well as superlative musicianship from steel guitarist Weldon Myrick, guitarist Jerry Reed, and the justly acclaimed Nashville A-Team.

Connie Smith's life story is told for the first time in Colin Escott's full-length biographical essay, and the set includes many previously unpublished photos from Connie Smith's personal collection, as well as a complete discography.

Article properties: Connie Smith: Born To Sing (4-CD)

  • Interpret: Connie Smith

  • Album titlle: Born To Sing (4-CD)

  • Genre Country

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Price code DI
  • Edition 2 Deluxe Edition
  • Artikelart Box set

  • EAN: 4000127163684

  • weight in Kg 1.25
Smith, Connie - Born To Sing (4-CD) Box set 1
01 I'm Ashamed Of You
02 The Threshold
03 Once A Day
04 Darling, Are You Ever Coming Home
05 I Don't Love You Anymore
06 The Hinges On The Door
07 Tell Another Lie
08 Don't Forget (I Still Love You)
09 Tiny Blue Transistor Radio
10 The Other Side Of You
11 Then And Only Then
12 It's Just My Luck
13 Senses
14 I Can't Remember
15 Will The Real Me Please Stop Crying
16 Even Tho
17 Love Is No Excuse
18 Not 'Til You Came Back To Me
19 Two Empty Arms
20 I Can Stand It (As Long As You Can)
21 I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)
22 I Thought Of You
23 I Can Turn Your World Around
24 More To Love Than This
25 House Divided
26 Holdin' On
27 If You Won't Tell
28 If I Talk To Him
29 I Don't Have Anyplace To Go
30 Everybody's Gotta Be Somewhere
31 Same As Mine
32 Holdin' On
Smith, Connie - Born To Sing (4-CD) Box set 2
01 Nobody But A Fool (Would Love You)
02 I'll Never Get Over Loving You
03 Go Ahead And Make Me Cry
04 In My Baby's Arms Again
05 For Better Or For Worse
06 Ain't Nothin' Shakin' (But The Leaves)
07 Where Could I Go But To The Lord
08 Farther Along
09 When God Dips His Love In My Heart
10 He Set Me Free
11 Wings Of A Dove
12 I Saw A Man
13 Just A Closer Walk With Thee
14 Po' Folks
15 Four Walls
16 Cry, Cry, Cry
17 In The Garden
18 The Wayfarin' Pilgrim
19 Keep On Holding To Those Hall Scarred Hands
20 Satisfied
21 I Wouldn't Take Nothin' For My Journey
22 Five Fingers To Spare
23 Ain't Had No Lovin'
24 You And Only You
25 Strange
26 Go Away Stranger
27 A Touch Of Yesterday
28 Born To Sing
29 Invisible Tears
30 Paper Roses
31 I Don't Know Why I Keep Loving You
Smith, Connie - Born To Sing (4-CD) Box set 3
01 I Will
02 Gone
03 My Little Corner Of The World
04 Pas Souvent
05 J'imaginais Autrement L'amour
06 Le Jour Et La Nuit
07 L' Amour N'excuse Pas
08 Love's Gonna Live Here
09 Foolin' Around
10 You Ain't Woman Enough
11 I Overlooked An Orchid
12 I'm Little But I'm Loud
13 Y' all Come
14 A
15 Sleeping At The Foot Of The Bed
16 Slowly
17 World Of Forgotten People
18 The Hurtin's All Over
19 It'll Be Easy
20 I'll Come Running
21 I'll Come Running
22 Ride, Ride, Ride
23 My Own Peculiar Way
24 Walk Out Backwards
25 Your Mem'ry Comes Along
26 Downtown
27 Born A Woman
28 The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
29 That's What It's Like To Be Lonesome
30 It's Gonna Rain Today
31 It's Now Or Never
32 My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own
33 City Lights
Smith, Connie - Born To Sing (4-CD) Box set 4
01 On Anhd On And On
02 Everybody Loves Somebody
03 That's What Lonesome Is
04 In Case You Ever Change Your Mind
05 It Comes And Goes
06 My Whole World Is Falling Down
07 It's Not The End Of Everything
08 Cincinnati, Ohio
09 I Love You Enough (For Both Of Us)
10 Only For Me
11 I'll Come Running
12 Easy Come
13 Easy Go
14 I Love You Drops
15 Don't Feel Sorry For Me
16 I'll Love You Enough (For Both Of Us)
17 Burning Bridges
18 Don't Keep Me Lonely Too Long
19 There Goes My Everything
20 Touch My Heart
21 Walk Through This World With Me
22 It's Such A Pretty World Today
23 If Teardrops Were Silver
24 It Only Hurts For A Little While
25 How Much Lonelier Can Lonely Be
26 I'd Rather Be A Fool
27 Surely
28 I'm Your Woman
29 Burning A Hole In My Mind
30 Baby's Back Again
31 Haunted Heart
32 Burning A Hole In My Mind
33 The Twelfth Of Never
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Connie Smith

"There's only three real female singers: Barbra Streisand, Linda Ronstadt, and Connie Smith. The rest of us are only pretending."

Dolly Parton

 

There are singers and there are stars. Connie Smith is a singer ...by common consensus one of the great voices of country music... but the star's mantle sits uneasily upon her. The gregariousness and easy laugh just barely mask the innate shyness. The first prerequisite of stardom is that you must never tire of talking about yourself, but it doesn't come easily to Connie Smith. She is a natural born singer, but not a natural born entertainer. Her life revolves around music, but more so around her children and grandchildren. It's family portraits that line her living room, not onstage shots or award plaques.

Comparisons don't mean much, but it sometimes seems more than coincidental that Connie began recording within a year or so of Patsy Cline's death. After a ten-year struggle, Patsy had become the best pure singer in country music. Her death left a void, one that Connie Smith seemed to fill overnight. Connie's first record, released when she was just twenty-two, was remarkably mature and fully realized. Her voice was so musical and so free of artifice that there was almost universal assent that the next great one had arrived.

The rags to riches story, played up in the liner notes to Connie's first album, is no less true for being oft-repeated. Constance June Meador was born on August 14, 1941 in Elkhart, Indiana, near Chicago. Her parents, Hobart and Wilma Meador, were from West Virginia, and returned there when Connie was five months old, moving on to Dungannon, Ohio. Hobart Meador was an alcoholic, abusive to the family, and Wilma divorced him when Connie was seven. Wilma eventually married a man named Tom Clark, and Connie only saw her father twice after that. He died in 1962. "There were five of us," Connie remembered, "and my stepfather had eight children. He and my mom had two kids, one stillborn, so at one point there was fourteen kids in the house. I was in the middle. There were six younger than me, and the rest were older. They needed to watch the little ones, see they didn't get hurt, watch the big ones, see they didn't get into trouble. If someone came to the house, I'd bring them a glass of water and a chair to make sure I'd get noticed."

Country music was the soundtrack to Connie Smith's life. "My real daddy's favorite singer was Ernest Tubb," she says, "and my mom's was Eddy Arnold. The first song I remember learning was 'You Are My Sunshine.' My dad played 'Til The End Of The World' over and over. My stepfather played mandolin, and he had a brother who played fiddle, and another brother who played guitar. They'd play square dances. We'd listen to the Opry when we could pick it up. My favorites were the Louvin Brothers." Connie discovered that she was distantly related on her mother's side to a vintage bluegrass act, the Lilly Brothers, but that realization didn't come until years later. "I remember when I was five saying I was going to sing on the Grand Ole Opry," she said, "but I was so bashful, I couldn't bear for people to hear me sing. Around that time, we were moving, and we had a big ol' overstuffed chair out in the yard they hadn't moved yet. I was sitting in that chair singing. I looked up and saw them watching me, and I ran off and cried."

Connie seems to have been the only fifteen year-old wholly unaffected by Elvis and the rock 'n' roll upheaval. Maybe her life had so little in common with the 'Honey, I'm home' Fifties sitcom world. The shoes she wore to graduation were bought with money taken up in a class collection. Friends were hard to keep. "We moved a lot," she says. The idea of performing music took hold after an aborted prom: "My sister had a prom dress that I was going to wear, but it had been stolen. I said, 'I don't want to go to that ol' prom anyway,' so I went to the square dance. A boy I knew from high school was leading the band, and they were singing and playing up there, and I'd never sung with music, but they invited me up. I sang 'My Happiness.' The band was waiting on me, and I was waiting on them, and the timing just kinda went. It got so bad, everybody had to quit dancing. But I made three dollars. My first paying gig."

Doc and Chickie Williams, stars of WWVA's World's Original Jamboree in Wheeling, West Virginia, were the first name act to visit her neighborhood, but Opry star Martha Carson was the first to leave a deep impression. "I got the feeling," Connie told Eddie Stubbs, "that if she'd jumped off the stage and headed down the street, everyone would have followed her like the Pied Piper." Country music couldn't always be heard on local radio, so when Connie is quizzed on her influences, she'll surprise you with names like Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald. "It's like reading a book," she told Dan Cooper. "You eat the meat and leave the bones. You pick whatever you like. Whatever fits you. I love the way Jean Shepard hits a note solid on, true as a bell. With Sarah Vaughan it's finesse. And then Mahalia Jackson, the freedom. If she's in the middle of a word and needs a breath, she'll take a breath."

In 1959, Connie graduated from Salem-Liberty High School in Lower Salem, Ohio. ....

Connie Smith Born To Sing
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Tracklist
Smith, Connie - Born To Sing (4-CD) Box set 1
01 I'm Ashamed Of You
02 The Threshold
03 Once A Day
04 Darling, Are You Ever Coming Home
05 I Don't Love You Anymore
06 The Hinges On The Door
07 Tell Another Lie
08 Don't Forget (I Still Love You)
09 Tiny Blue Transistor Radio
10 The Other Side Of You
11 Then And Only Then
12 It's Just My Luck
13 Senses
14 I Can't Remember
15 Will The Real Me Please Stop Crying
16 Even Tho
17 Love Is No Excuse
18 Not 'Til You Came Back To Me
19 Two Empty Arms
20 I Can Stand It (As Long As You Can)
21 I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)
22 I Thought Of You
23 I Can Turn Your World Around
24 More To Love Than This
25 House Divided
26 Holdin' On
27 If You Won't Tell
28 If I Talk To Him
29 I Don't Have Anyplace To Go
30 Everybody's Gotta Be Somewhere
31 Same As Mine
32 Holdin' On
Smith, Connie - Born To Sing (4-CD) Box set 2
01 Nobody But A Fool (Would Love You)
02 I'll Never Get Over Loving You
03 Go Ahead And Make Me Cry
04 In My Baby's Arms Again
05 For Better Or For Worse
06 Ain't Nothin' Shakin' (But The Leaves)
07 Where Could I Go But To The Lord
08 Farther Along
09 When God Dips His Love In My Heart
10 He Set Me Free
11 Wings Of A Dove
12 I Saw A Man
13 Just A Closer Walk With Thee
14 Po' Folks
15 Four Walls
16 Cry, Cry, Cry
17 In The Garden
18 The Wayfarin' Pilgrim
19 Keep On Holding To Those Hall Scarred Hands
20 Satisfied
21 I Wouldn't Take Nothin' For My Journey
22 Five Fingers To Spare
23 Ain't Had No Lovin'
24 You And Only You
25 Strange
26 Go Away Stranger
27 A Touch Of Yesterday
28 Born To Sing
29 Invisible Tears
30 Paper Roses
31 I Don't Know Why I Keep Loving You
Smith, Connie - Born To Sing (4-CD) Box set 3
01 I Will
02 Gone
03 My Little Corner Of The World
04 Pas Souvent
05 J'imaginais Autrement L'amour
06 Le Jour Et La Nuit
07 L' Amour N'excuse Pas
08 Love's Gonna Live Here
09 Foolin' Around
10 You Ain't Woman Enough
11 I Overlooked An Orchid
12 I'm Little But I'm Loud
13 Y' all Come
14 A
15 Sleeping At The Foot Of The Bed
16 Slowly
17 World Of Forgotten People
18 The Hurtin's All Over
19 It'll Be Easy
20 I'll Come Running
21 I'll Come Running
22 Ride, Ride, Ride
23 My Own Peculiar Way
24 Walk Out Backwards
25 Your Mem'ry Comes Along
26 Downtown
27 Born A Woman
28 The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
29 That's What It's Like To Be Lonesome
30 It's Gonna Rain Today
31 It's Now Or Never
32 My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own
33 City Lights
Smith, Connie - Born To Sing (4-CD) Box set 4
01 On Anhd On And On
02 Everybody Loves Somebody
03 That's What Lonesome Is
04 In Case You Ever Change Your Mind
05 It Comes And Goes
06 My Whole World Is Falling Down
07 It's Not The End Of Everything
08 Cincinnati, Ohio
09 I Love You Enough (For Both Of Us)
10 Only For Me
11 I'll Come Running
12 Easy Come
13 Easy Go
14 I Love You Drops
15 Don't Feel Sorry For Me
16 I'll Love You Enough (For Both Of Us)
17 Burning Bridges
18 Don't Keep Me Lonely Too Long
19 There Goes My Everything
20 Touch My Heart
21 Walk Through This World With Me
22 It's Such A Pretty World Today
23 If Teardrops Were Silver
24 It Only Hurts For A Little While
25 How Much Lonelier Can Lonely Be
26 I'd Rather Be A Fool
27 Surely
28 I'm Your Woman
29 Burning A Hole In My Mind
30 Baby's Back Again
31 Haunted Heart
32 Burning A Hole In My Mind
33 The Twelfth Of Never