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(Fnac Music) 19 tracks You could almost say that Ray Smith made his debut in France! In fact,... more

Ray Smith: Collection Rock Originals Vol.17 (CD)

(Fnac Music) 19 tracks

You could almost say that Ray Smith made his debut in France! In fact, when he joined the army in 1953, when he was nineteen years old, he was sent to Mets. And you don't just learn French and German! - he begins to sing seriously. First, in the pure country house style. Then he hears Elvis Presley's first records. Although he was not very impressed at the beginning, he finally got a preference for this new music.

Back home, in June 56, he continued on this path. His manager, Charlie Fenil, knows Sam Phillips, the famous founder of the Sun label, discoverer of Elvis Presley and so many other rockers who also offer a long descent to the heights of fame and wealth. He plays tapes recorded during television and radio shows Ray regularly participates in in his good city of Paducah, Kentucky. Ray is hired with confidence without even an audition!

He recorded some excellent songs at Sun Studio, including the famous "Break Up" by Charlie Rich, whose later version of Jerry Lee Lewis and "Righi Behind You Baby" is known and will be an excellent cover for the Englishman Vince Taylor. Ray Smith knows his greatest success after his transfer, dear Judd a dissident label from Jud Phillips: "Rockin' Little Angel". But fame is frivolous. Sometimes it goes even faster than it came. This was probably one of the reasons why Raymond Eugene Smith committed suicide in 1979.


-Jean-William Thoury

Article properties: Ray Smith: Collection Rock Originals Vol.17 (CD)

  • Interpret: Ray Smith

  • Album titlle: Collection Rock Originals Vol.17 (CD)

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Label FNAC MUSIC

  • Year of publication 1992
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 3383006620715

  • weight in Kg 0.1
Smith, Ray - Collection Rock Originals Vol.17 (CD) CD 1
01 Right Behind You Baby Ray Smith
02 So Young Ray Smith
03 You Made A Hit Ray Smith
04 Rockin' Bandit Ray Smith
05 Shake Around Ray Smith
06 Wiling And Ready Ray Smith
07 Traveling Salesman Ray Smith
08 I Wanna Be Free Ray Smith
09 Hey Bossman Ray Smith
10 I'll Try Ray Smith
11 The Girl Meant For Me Ray Smith
12 Little Girl Ray Smith
13 Break Up Ray Smith
14 Candy Doll Ray Smith
15 I Won't Miss You Ray Smith
16 Why, Why, Why Ray Smith
17 Sail Away Ray Smith
18 Life Is A Flower Ray Smith
19 Two Pennies And A String Ray Smith
Ray Smith arrived at Sun Records in Memphis in 1958 with a lot of talent and a lot of hope.... more
"Ray Smith"

Ray Smith arrived at Sun Records in Memphis in 1958 with a lot of talent and a lot of hope. He was on the label in the critical years just behind the first wave of artists who defined the rockabilly sound. The label needed someone to take it on another notch when Johnny Cash left and Jerry Lee Lewis's career hit the press barrier. Ray Smith had the voice and the desire to have been that man. His songs underlined it: So Young, Willing And Ready, Rockin' Bandit, and You Made A Hit.

But he didn't make a hit, to everyone's frustration – that of his manager Charlie Terrell, that of Sam and Jud Phillips of Sun, and not least his own. Instead, Ray Smith made his mark on popular music history with his big hit, Rockin' Little Angel on Jud Phillips' Judd Records.

After his brief period as a successful rock 'n' roller, Ray Smith made a good living at times on the night club circuit, the country circuit and later the revival circuit. He was a really good singer but never managed to recreate the almost magic formula of the Sun and Judd years.

This CD collects together for the first time all the songs Ray Smith made for the Sun and Judd labels during the period 1958 to 1962. It includes all his original single and LP releases, and at least one version – including ten unissued ones - of every other song he made at the time. The music is taken from master tapes, and Ray Smith never sounded so good before.

  

Raymond Eugene Smith was born on 30 October 1934 in Melber, Kentucky not far from the town of Paducah. He once described his childhood as, "happy, very sad, poor, and a will to rise above it." He told me: "I was born in the midst of nowhere, thirteen miles west of Paducah out in the country. My dad was a sharecropper and a sheet metal worker. He also worked for the atomic bomb plant in Paducah, organised by former Vice President Barkley. As a kid, I delivered Barkley's newspapers, the 'Paducah Sun Democrat'."

Ray was the seventh child in a large family but somehow his mother found the time to teach him the rudiments of piano playing and to encourage an interest in music. When he had first started school, he went with a recommendation from his mother that he could sing: soon he was persuaded to get up and sing in class, at age six. He later told interviewer Dave Booth, "I didn't want to do it. Felt like a goddamn fool."

He didn't have a long or very consistent schooling: "My family and I moved from Melber to County Line Road where we lived at Mr Dowell's farm and from there we moved out in the country close to Mayfield, Kentucky, then to St. John's and another farm on Highway 45 halfway between Paducah and Mayfield. At that time I was nine years old. From there we moved to Lone Oak, west of Paducah, where I attended school for the fourth to eighth grade. My father bought a farm called Pepper's Farm seven miles north of Lone Oak, but by then I had left home - at the age of twelve. After that, my father sold the farm and moved to Paducah. I visited there frequently while working as a helper on a Coca-Cola truck."

Somehow, his reputation as a singer stayed with Ray throughout his disrupted and troubled formative years, and not only in school. It followed him through his after-school job as a waiter at Price's Barbecue, through his early employment in the local Coca-Cola bottling plant, to the International Shoe Company where his job was to stick the soles to the uppers. Tired of these kinds of tasks, and not yet thinking of music as a career, Ray Smith the reluctant singer decided in 1952 to join the Air Force. He said, "I joined on 22 July 1952, and had my basic training at Sampson Air Force Base and then transferred to Fort Knox, KY."

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Tracklist
Smith, Ray - Collection Rock Originals Vol.17 (CD) CD 1
01 Right Behind You Baby
02 So Young
03 You Made A Hit
04 Rockin' Bandit
05 Shake Around
06 Wiling And Ready
07 Traveling Salesman
08 I Wanna Be Free
09 Hey Bossman
10 I'll Try
11 The Girl Meant For Me
12 Little Girl
13 Break Up
14 Candy Doll
15 I Won't Miss You
16 Why, Why, Why
17 Sail Away
18 Life Is A Flower
19 Two Pennies And A String