|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass Easy Listening|
|Tags:||country female vocalists 60s 70s objectum-sexualis|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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Jewel Fay Smith, 5 August 1943, Orange, California, USA, d. 12 February 2005, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. As her father was a serviceman, the family moved around, and when aged only 11, Smith was singing pop standards in nightclubs. She was discovered in 1967 by Johnny Cashs bass player, Marshall Grant, and signed with Columbia Records. Minor US country hits followed with So Long, Charlie Brown, Dont Look For Me Around, Why Do You Do Me Like You Do, and Brownsville Lumberyard. She toured with Waylon Jennings and befriended a janitor at Columbia, Kris Kristofferson. Her warm, husky version of his song Help Me Make It Through The Night sold two million copies, topped the country charts, and was voted the Country Music Associations Single Of The Year for 1971. Ironically, her record label, Mega, had been formed as a tax write-off and the last thing the owner wanted was a hit record. Smith had further...