Kathyrn Elizabeth Smith, 1 May 1907, Greenville, Alabama, USA, d. 17 June 1986. Smith is best remembered for her dynamic, belted rendition of Irving Berlins American patriotic anthem God Bless America, recorded in 1938 for Victor Records and a hit on three separate occasions. Her career spanned 50 years. She began singing professionally in the early 20s and moved to New York during that decade to appear in vaudeville presentations and on the Broadway stage. Large-framed and possessing a booming soprano voice, she quickly gained attention and was recording hit records for Columbia Records by 1927, the first being One Sweet Letter From You with Red Nichols Charleston Chasers. She began her long-running radio programme on CBS in 1931. Her first major hit came the same year with When The Moon Comes Over The Mountain, her own radio theme song. In the following year she recorded the immensely successful River, Stay...
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