|Birth name||Argolda Voncile Hill|
|Also known as||Goldie Hill|
|Born||January 11, 1933|
|Origin||Karnes City, Texas|
|Died||February 24, 2005(aged 72)|
|Associated acts||Justin Tubb, Kitty Wells, Carl Smith|
Goldie Hill (January 11, 1933 – February 24, 2005), born Argolda Voncile Hill, was an American country music singer. She was one of the first women in country music, and became one of the first women to reach the top of the country music charts with her No. 1 1953 hit, "I Let the Stars Get In My Eyes". Along with Kitty Wells, she helped set the standard for later women in country music.
The Texas-born Hill might have had a longer career in country music had she been inclined to pursue it. She had a strong and twangy voice that can be heard in other country singers of the 1960s such as Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette. With the success of Kitty Wells and her 1952 hit "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels", Hill was able to pursue her own career after the profit potential of female singers was realized by record companies.
Early life and rise to fame
Hill was born in Karnes City, Texas in 1933, a small town southeast of San Antonio. She was the sister of singer Tommy Hill. Goldie played a big role in the Hill family. During her early years, she picked cotton in the fields by her house with her family. Soon Goldie's older brothers, Ken and Tommy, left cotton-picking to become country singers. Within a few years the two were backing up such country singers as Johnny Horton, Webb Pierce, and Hank Williams. Goldie was determined to also make it as a country singer. At age 19, she performed on the radio show Louisiana Hayride.
Recording career in the 1950s and 60s
Hill was soon performing on Louisiana Hayride as part of her brother Tommy's band. On the show, she was dubbed The Golden Hillbilly, and the name stuck with her for the rest of her career. Louisiana Hayride opened even more doors for Hill, and she soon had a contract with Decca Records. Her first single, "Why To Talk to My Heart," released in 1952, brought no success for Hill.
Hill recorded the song "I Let the Stars Get In My Eyes" the same year. It was an answer song to the Perry Como pop hit "Don't Let the Stars Get In Your Eyes", which was also a hit for two country singers, Slim Willet and Skeets McDonald. Willett helped Hill's brother Tommy write the song, as well as writing "I Let the Stars Get In My Eyes". The song was originally intended for Kitty Wells, but Hill picked it up first. The song was a hit in 1953, and made it to the top of the country charts. In 1954, she followed up with two hit duets with singer Justin Tubb, son of Ernest Tubb. Among their hits together are "Looking Back to See" and "Sure Fire Kisses". As a solo artist, she continued to record on her own as well, and released "I'm Beginning To Feel Mistreated".
In the early 1960s, she recorded two albums for Decca Records, but her singles failed to place in the chart.
Later career and death
Her musical career was still strong when she decided to marry country singer Carl Smith in 1957. She then retired to their horse farm south of Nashville, where she raised their children. She made a short-lived comeback in the late 1960s on the label Epic Records under the name Goldie Hill Smith. However, her songs and albums failed to make any major impact. Only one of the songs, "Lovable Fool", released in 1968, barely placed in the charts. Under Epic, she released two albums which were unsuccessful; Goldie Sings Again and Country Gentleman's Lady. She then returned to home life on their farm. In the 1970s, following her husband's retirement, Smith and Hill showed their horses professionally.
|↙No. 1 Singles (Overall)||1|
|1962||According to My Heart
|1964||Country Hit Parade
|1967||Goldie Hill Sings Again
|1968||Country Gentleman's Lady
|1952||"Why Talk to My Heart"||—||non-album singles|
|"I Let the Stars Get In My Eyes"||1|
|1953||"I'm Yvonne (On the Bayou)"||—|
|"My Love Is Flame"||—|
|"Let Me Be the One"||—|
|1954||"Liquor and Women"||—|
|"Young at Heart"||—|
|"Looking Back to See" (with Justin Tubb)||4|
|"Cry, Cry Darling"||—|
|"Treat Me Kind"||—|
|"Sure Fire Kisses" (with Justin Tubb)||11|
|1955||"Are You Mine" (with Red Sovine)||14|
|"Why Don't You Let Me Go"||—|
|1956||"Sample My Kissin'"||—|
|1957||"Wasted Love Affair"||—|
|"Till I Said It to You"||—|
|1959||"Yankee Go Home" (with Red Sovine)||17|
|"Honky Tonk Music"||—|
|1961||"It's a Lovely, Lovely World"||—||Goldie Hill|
|"Lonely Heartaches"||—||Lonely Heartaches|
|"Live for Tomorrow"||—||According to My Heart|
|1962||"I'm Afraid"||—||non-album singles|
|"Little Boy Blue"||—|
|1963||"Baby Go Slow"||—|
|"I'm Gonna Bring You Down"||—||Country Hit Parade|
|1964||"Don't Let Him"||—|
|"Three's a Crowd"||—|
|1967||"There's Gotta Be More to Life (Than Lovin' a Man)"||—||Goldie Hill Sings Again|
|1968||"Lovable Fool"||73||non-album singles|
|"Got Me Sumpin' Goin'"||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
- Country Music:The Rough Guide, Author: Kurt Wolff