Ray Smith (rockabilly singer)
|Born||October 30, 1934|
Melber, Kentucky, United States
|Died||November 29, 1979 (aged 45)|
|Genres||Rock and roll, rockabilly, R&B, country|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, musician|
|Instrument(s)||Vocals, piano, guitar|
Various independent record labels
|Website||Ray Smith's Rockabilly Hall of Fame page|
Smith recorded for Vee-Jay Records, Tollie Records, Smash Records, Sun Records and Boot Records during his career, and had a hit with the song "Rockin' Little Angel" in 1960 on Judd Records. "Rockin' Little Angel" took a portion of its melody from the 1844 song "Buffalo Gals". The record sold over one million copies, earning a gold disc. Smith often recorded material written by Charlie Rich, and was influenced by Elvis Presley. Smith gave a concert at "Karregat" Hall in Eindhoven on April 21, 1979. It is recorded on an album called The Rocking Side and released by a Dutch label (Rockhouse, LP 7909).
- "Ray Smith". Discogs. Retrieved October 20, 2019.
- "Rockabilly Hall of Fame". Rockabillyhall.com. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
- Greg Adams. "Shake Around - Ray Smith | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
- Joel Whitburn, The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits. 7th edn, 2000
- Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins. p. 129. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.