Connie Smith consisted of twelve tracks and included two of Smith's first two major hits: "Once a Day" and "Then and Only Then." It also included the latter's B-side, "Tiny Blue Transistor Radio," which reached a peak of #25 on Hot Country Songs chart. The album was recorded at the RCA Victor Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee in 1964, and featured the background vocalists, The Anita Kerr Singers. Six of the songs on the album were written or co-written by country music artist, Bill Anderson, including "Once a Day" and "Then and Only Then." The album was reviewed by Allmusic and received five out of five stars. Reviewer, Dan Cooper called Smith's voice to be, "blowing through the Nashville Sound production like a down-home Streisand fronting The Lennon Sisters." Slipcue.com reviewed the album and have it a positive review, calling it the sound, "Nashville Girl Group at its best." The songs "Once a Day," "Tiny Blue Transistor Radio," and "I Don't Love You Anymore" as "classic examples of the style." The website later concluced by stating, "Them folks at the label could make a lot of people really happy if they just reissued this album whole, as is, and let us hear what Smith sounded like coming out the gate. A doozy." The album was released on a 12-inch LP album, with six tracks on each side of the record.
Connie Smith reached a peak of #1 on the Top Country Albums chart, spending 7 weeks on top of the albums chart, and 30 weeks overall. "Once a Day" was released in August 1964, and peaked at #1 on November 28, spending eight weeks at #1. To date, Smith holds the record for the most weeks spent at #1 by a female country music artist. "Then and Only Then" was released as the follow-up single in early 1965, peaking within the Top 5 on the country charts. In addition, both songs also placed in the Bubbling Under Hot 100.