Smilin' Jack Smith
Smith in 1958.
|Born||Jack Ward Smith
November 16, 1913
Bainbridge Island, Washington, U.S.
|Died||July 3, 2006
Westlake Village, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||leukemia|
|Other names||'Smilin' Jack Smith|
|Spouse(s)||Victoria Stuart (m. 1936–2002) (her death)|
|Relatives||Walter Reed (brother)|
Born in Seattle, Washington, Smith was in a singing trio, The Three Ambassadors, from age 15. In 1939, he became a solo crooner with a voice described as a "strong baritone with a tenor lilt"; hew was billed as "The Singer with a Smile in His Voice." He also sang with the Phil Harris Orchestra in 1932, recording "Here It is Only Monday".
Establishing a radio program, The Jack Smith Show in 1945, he went on to host such guests as Dinah Shore, Margaret Whiting, John Serry, Sr. and Ginny Simms. In a 1945 poll of radio critics by Motion Picture Daily, Smith was voted radio's "most promising star of tomorrow."
With the television's arrival, radio saw a decline in audiences, and Jack lost his show in 1952. In 1953, Smith briefly hosted the NBC game show Place the Face, only to be replaced by Jack Bailey, who in turn was followed by Bill Cullen. Smith became the host of You Asked For It in 1958, staying with it in various roles until 1991. He also appeared as himself in the "Fearless Fonzarelli" episode of Happy Days, aired in 1975; in that episode, Smith hosted You Wanted To See It, a fictionalized version of his real show, bearing witness to Fonzie's feat of leaping 14 garbage cans on his motorcycle.
- Reinehr, Robert C. and Swartz, Jon D. (2008). The A to Z of Old-Time Radio. Scarecrow Press, Inc. ISBN 978-0-8108-7616-3. P. 138.
- "Riding the Airwaves with BCL". The Milwaukee Journal. December 12, 1945. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
- McNeil, Alex (1996). Total Television. Penguin Books USA, Inc. ISBN 0-14-02-4916-8.
- Jack Smith (III) at the Internet Movie Database
- 2 episodes of The Jack Smith Show from Old Time Radio Researchers Organization library
- Article about Mr. and Mrs. Jack Smith from TV Radio Mirror
- Another article about Mr. and Mrs. Jack Smith from Radio Mirror
- "With a Smile in His Voice" article from Radio TV Mirror