Chris Smith (composer)

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Chris Smith
Chris Smith

Chris Smith (né Christopher M. Smith; 12 October 1879 Charleston, South Carolina – 4 October 1949 New York City) was an American composer and popular vaudeville performer.[1]


Smith was born in Charleston, South Carolina; he started traveling with Medicine Shows when young and went into Vaudeville where he performed in an acts with Elmer Bowman and Jimmy Durante. He also wrote music for Bert Williams. Smith died in New York City on October 4, 1949.

Selected works[edit]

Smith composed many songs, including such hits as "Ballin' The Jack", "Down In Honky Tonk Town", "Good Morning Carrie", "The Camel Walk", and "Junk Man Rag".

Selected list
  • "Good Morning Carrie," lyrics by Cecil Mack (pseudonym of Richard Cecil McPherson), music by Smith & Euday L. Bowman; Windsor Music Co. (1901); OCLC 828523449
  • "Junk Man Rag," lyrics by Smith & Ferdinand E. Mierisch, music by Charles Luckyth Roberts ("Luckey"); Jos. W. Stern & Co. (1913); OCLC 47361315
  • "Ballin' The Jack", lyrics by Jim Burris (né James Henry Burris; 1876–1923), music by Smith; Jos. W. Stern & Co. (1913); OCLC 9544460
  • "Never Let The Same Bee Sting You Twice," Cecil Mack (pseudonym of Richard Cecil McPherson), music by Smith; Broadway Music Corporation (1916); OCLC 10347942
  • "Down In Honky Tonk Town," music & lyrics by Smith & Charles R. McCarron (1891–1919); Broadway Music Corporation (1918); OCLC 10361641
  • "I've Got My Habits On," lyrics by Smith & Bob Schafer, music by Jimmie Durante; Goodman & Rose, Inc. (1921); OCLC 20267560
  • "At the Honky-Tonk Steppers' Ball," lyrics & music by Smith & Jimmie Durante; Goodman & Rose, Inc. (1921); OCLC 44791897
  • "The Camel Walk," lyrics by Cecil Mack & Bob Schafer; music by Smith & James Tim Brymn; Broadway Music Corporation (1925); OCLC 471589994


   Goodman & Rose, Inc., was a New York music publishing firm founded by Frank Goodman and Justus Rose


  1. ^ "The Honor Roll of Popular Songwriters" (series):
        "Harry and Albert Von Tilzer"
          By Jack Burton (1885–1971), Billboard
            "No. 23—Chris Smith,", June 11, 1949, pg. 37

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