Born to Sing [Box]

Born to Sing [Box]

by Connie SmithConnie Smith


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This set is one of the many reasons why Bear Family is the reissue label of many kinds of American roots music -- especially country, rockabilly, Western swing and bluegrass. Connie Smith, who still records on occasion today, was one of countrypolitan's first country music superstars of her gender after Patsy Cline, whom she was often compared to because she came onto the scene with the number one single "Once a Day" (penned by Bill Anderson who got her a record deal). These four discs document her amazing RCA career in 127 cuts! While it's true that Smith recorded for Columbia and Monument, it was the RCA sides that cemented her reputation as both a performer and as a songwriter. While Smith has less than a handful of her own cuts here, it hardly matters. She worked with the top songwriters in the business at the time, including Anderson who wrote for her until she semi-retired. Others include Dallas Frazier, Bobby Bare, Albert Brumley, Hank Cochran, Arthur Smith, June Carter Cash, and Jimmie Davis. Taken as a whole or in parts, this is stunning and reflects the height of the country music establishment in the '60s and the countrypolitan sound. That said, Smith's voice is what remains center-stage here; her sophisticated emotional delivery, her control and phrasing remain a high-water mark today.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/08/2001
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127163684
catalogNumber: 16368
Rank: 88239


Disc 1

  1. I'm Ashamed of You
  2. The Threshold
  3. Once a Day
  4. Darling, Are You Ever Coming Home
  5. I Don't Love You Anymore
  6. The Hinges on the Door
  7. Tell Another Lie
  8. Don't Forget (I Still Love You)
  9. Tiny Blue Transistor Radio
  10. The Other Side of You
  11. Then and Only Then
  12. It's Just My Luck
  13. Senses
  14. I Can't Remember
  15. Will the Real Me Please Stop Crying
  16. Even Tho
  17. Love Is No Excuse
  18. Not 'Till You Come Back to Me
  19. Two Empty Arms
  20. I Can Stand It (As Long as You Can)
  21. I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)
  22. I Thought of You
  23. I Can Turn Your World Around
  24. More to Love Than This
  25. House Divided
  26. Holdin' On
  27. If You Won't Tell on Me
  28. If I Talk to Him
  29. I Don't Have Anyplace to Go
  30. Everybody's Gotta Be Somewhere
  31. Same as Mine
  32. Holdin' On

Disc 2

  1. Nobody But a Fool (Would Love You)
  2. I'll Never Get Over Loving You
  3. Go Ahead and Make Me Cry
  4. In My Baby's Arms Again
  5. For Better or for Worse
  6. Nothin' Shakin' (But the Leaves on the Trees)
  7. Where Could I Go But to the Lord
  8. Farther Along
  9. When God Dips His Love in My Heart
  10. He Set Me Free
  11. Wings of a Dove
  12. I Saw a Man
  13. Just a Closer Walk With Thee
  14. Po' Folks
  15. Four Walls
  16. Cry, Cry, Cry
  17. In the Garden
  18. Wayfaring Pilgrim
  19. Keep on Holding to Those Nail Scarred Hands
  20. Satisfied
  21. I Wouldn't Take Nothin' for My Journey
  22. Five Fingers to Spare
  23. Ain't Had No Lovin'
  24. You and Only You
  25. Strange
  26. Go Away Stranger
  27. A Touch of Yesterday
  28. Born to Sing
  29. Invisible Tears
  30. Paper Roses
  31. I Don't Know Why I Keep Loving You

Disc 3

  1. I Will
  2. Gone
  3. My Little Corner of the World
  4. Pas Souvent
  5. J'Imaginais Autrement l'Amour
  6. Le Jour et la Nuit
  7. L' Amour N'Excuse Pas
  8. Love's Gonna Live Here
  9. Foolin' Around
  10. You Ain't Woman Enough (To Take My Man)
  11. I Overlooked an Orchid (While Searching for a Rose)
  12. I'm Little But I'm Loud
  13. Y'all Come
  14. A-Sleepin' at the Foot of the Bed
  15. Slowly
  16. World of Forgotten People
  17. The Hurtin's All Over
  18. It'll Be Easy
  19. I'll Come Running
  20. I'll Come Running
  21. Ride, Ride, Ride
  22. My Own Peculiar Way
  23. Walk Out Backwards
  24. Your Mem'ry Comes Along
  25. Downtown
  26. Born a Woman
  27. The Night Has a Thousand Eyes
  28. That's What It's Like to Be Lonesome
  29. It's Gonna Rain Today
  30. It's Now or Never
  31. My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own
  32. City Lights

Disc 4

  1. On and on and On
  2. Everybody Loves Somebody
  3. That's What It's Like to Be Lonesome
  4. In Case You Ever Change Your Mind
  5. It Comes and Goes
  6. My Whole World Is Falling Down
  7. It's Not the End of Everything
  8. Cincinnati, Ohio
  9. I'll Love You Enough (For Both of Us)
  10. Only for Me
  11. I'll Come Running
  12. Easy Come, Easy Go
  13. I Love You Drops
  14. Don't Feel Sorry for Me
  15. I'll Love You Enough (For Both of Us)
  16. Burning Bridges
  17. Don't Keep Me Lonely Too Long
  18. There Goes My Everything
  19. Touch My Heart
  20. Walk Through This World With Me
  21. It's Such a Pretty World Today
  22. If Teardrops Were Silver
  23. It Only Hurts for a Little While
  24. How Much Lonelier Can Lonely Be
  25. I'd Rather Be a Fool
  26. Surely
  27. I'm Your Woman
  28. Burning a Hole in My Mind
  29. Baby's Back Again
  30. Haunted Heart
  31. Burning a Hole in My Mind
  32. The Twelfth of Never

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Connie Smith   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Anita Carter   Vocals
Martin Katahn   Violin
Gary McSpadden   Vocals
Byron Bach   Cello
Brenton Banks   Violin
Harold Bradley   Guitar
Lightnin' Chance   Bass
Dolores Edgin   Vocals
Solie Fott   Viola
Walter Haynes   Bass Guitar
Roy M. "Junior" Husky   Bass
Millie Kirkham   Vocals
Armando Morales   Vocals
Wayne Moss   Electric Guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Harold Rugg   Steel Guitar
Henry Strzelecki   Bass
Dorothy Ann Dillard   Vocals
Herman Wade   Rhythm Guitar
Howard Carpenter   Viola
Priscilla Ann Hubbard   Vocals
Lillian Vannhunt   Violin
Hugh Gordon Stoker   Vocals
Karl Garvin   Vocals
Jerry Reed Hubbard   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Electric Guitar,Leader
Earl Dean Porter   Electric Guitar,Leader,12-string Guitar
Ray C. Walker   Vocals
Henry Slaughter   Organ,Harpsichord
Jerry Glenn Kennedy   Guitar
William Guilford Wright   Vocals
Kenneth Goldsmith   Violin
Jake Hess   Vocals
Bill Walker   Organ,Leader,Vibes

Technical Credits

Carl Story   Composer
Bill Anderson   Composer
Glen Campbell   Composer
Melba Montgomery   Composer
Carl Smith   Composer
Connie Smith   Illustrations
Walter Scott   Composer
Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith   Composer
Colin Escott   Biographical Information
Bob Ferguson   Producer
Dallas Frazier   Composer
Ken Lane   Composer
A.L. Owens   Composer
Jeannie Seely   Composer
Jimmy Rollins   Composer
Will Morgan   Composer
Betty Anderson   Composer
Leverett   Illustrations
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer
Holger Von Bargen   Art Direction
Sam Coslow   Composer
Guy Louis   Composer
Leslie Lyle   Composer
Shirly Lyn   Composer
Irving Taylor   Composer
Wolfgang Taubenauer   Artwork
Traditional   Composer
James B. Coats   Composer
Dale Noe   Composer
Shirley Wood   Composer
Henry Ebner   Composer

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