Arthur Lee "Red" Smiley

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Red Smiley
Birth name Arthur Lee Smiley
Also known as "Red" Smiley
Born (1925-05-17)May 17, 1925
Asheville, North Carolina US
Died January 2, 1972(1972-01-02) (aged 46)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania US
Genres bluegrass, country
Occupation(s) musician
Instruments Martin D-45 guitar
Associated acts Reno and Smiley

Arthur Lee "Red" Smiley (May 17, 1925–January 2, 1972) was a bluegrass and country musician, best known for his guitar playing with Don Reno under the name Reno and Smiley.

Smiley was born in Asheville, North Carolina. He retired in 1968 but returned temporarily in the early 1970s to perform once more with Don Reno. While returning home from a tour of Eastern Canada and the Northeastern United States, Smiley died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1972 at the age of 46, due to complications with diabetes. He was buried at the Dehart Cemetery in the Jackson Line community of Bryson City, North Carolina.


In 1992, he was posthumously inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor, now called the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.