|Birth name||Louis Smith|
March 9, 1928|
|Died||October 21, 2007(aged 79)|
Louis "Lou" Smith (March 9, 1928 - October 21, 2007) was a country and western singer who recorded for Top Talent Records at one time, and reportedly had gotten his start into music when the nephew of Tex Ritter, Ken Ritter, heard him perform at a local honky tonk.
Lou played many of the local Southeast Texas clubs and honky tonks. At one point country legend George Jones sang backup for Lou during Jones' early teens when he was just beginning his career. His notable songs include "My Name is Lou", "I'll Be the One", "Born to Be Lonely", "Always a Winner", and "Close to My Heart".