Chanteur Country US né le 7 Avril 1932 ŕ Gans (Oklahoma).

Singer Cal Smith emerged from Ernest Tubb's band and enjoyed several hits of his own between the late '60s and mid-'70s. His best-known song was the sentimental "Country Bumpkin," but his gritty baritone voice was equally suited to more acid material such as "The Lord Knows I'm Drinking," a sharp denunciation of small-town religious self-righteousness. Smith was born Calvin Grant Shofner in Oklahoma but grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. A guitar player since childhood, he spent time with rodeo performers as a teen and began to think about a show-business career. With the support of his parents, who believed he was less likely to get into trouble on stage rather than in the audience area of a barroom, he began playing professionally when he was 15, at a bar called The Remember Me Cafe. He was paid a dollar and 50 cents a night plus dinner, and his listeners were mostly migrant California vineyard workers.
It was a long time before Smith could make a living playing music, however, and he did jobs ranging from truck driver to bronco buster during the 1950s. He was briefly married, but when his wife made him choose between music and her, Smith chose the former. (He later married again, with more durable results.) Smith appeared on the California Hayride television program soon after its inception in the mid-'50s. He did a two-year stint in the military and returned to the Bay Area after his discharge, working as a DJ at San Jose radio station KEEN and performing around the area in a band whose membership included Bill Drake, the brother of one of Ernest Tubb's Texas Troubadors. Tubb heard him play and following an audition hired him as a rhythm guitarist and MC in 1961. Several of Tubb's '60s hits feature Smith's playing. At that time he was still using the name Grant Shofner; his stage name gained currency after Tubb helped him land his first solo recording contract with Kapp Records in 1966. That year he released his first single, "I'll Just Go Home." He made his first chart entry with his sophomore effort, "The Only Thing I Want," which made it to the Top 60, and when "Drinking Champagne" (1968) cracked the Top 40, Smith left Tubb to focus on his own career. During his several years with Kapp he had eight more moderate hits, including "Heaven Is Just a Touch Away."
In late 1970 Smith signed with Decca, and material from Nashville's top writers began to come his way. In 1972 made it to the Top Five with what might be called the anti-sentimental breakup song "I've Found Someone of My Own," and a few months later he scored his first number one hit with the Bill Anderson composition "The Lord Knows I'm Drinking," which also crossed over to become a minor pop hit. His next few singles did not do as well, but in 1974 he scored his second number one hit with "Country Bumpkin," a Don Wayne-penned tune that became Smith's signature song and a radio staple for years to come. Later that year he had his third number one, "It's Time to Pay the Fiddler." He continued appearing on the charts through 1979, switching to the MCA label for such releases as "The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire." After the main phase of his recording career ended, Smith became an investor in the Nashville Sounds minor-league baseball team. He re-emerged briefly in 1986 on the tradition-oriented Step One label with the album Stories of Life by Cal Smith.

Talents : Vocals, Guitar

Style musical : Country Pop, Honky Tonk, Traditional Country

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Tear Stained Pillow (1960)

Silver Dew On The Bluegrass Tonight (1966)

STRANGER IN THE HOUSE (1966)

I'll Sail My Ship Alone (1967)

Jacksonville (1968)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles

03/1960 SP PLAID PL-103 (US) . Eleven Long Years / Tear Stained Pillow
03/1966 SP KAPP K-748 (US) . Silver Dew On The Bluegrass Tonight / I'll Just Go On Home
11/1966 SP KAPP K-788 (US) . Stranger In The House / Only Thing I Want
04/1967 SP KAPP K-834 (US) . I'll Never Be Lonesome With You / If I Had My Life To Live Over
07/1967 SP KAPP K-851 (US) . I'll Sail My Ship Alone / You're Not Drowning Your Heartache
12/1967 SP KAPP K-884 (US) . Destination Atlanta GA / Did She Ask About Me
05/1968 SP KAPP K-913 (US) . Jacksonville / I Love You A Thousand Ways
09/1968 SP KAPP K-938 (US) . Drinking Champagne / Honky Tonk Blues
1968 SP KAPP HK 115 (NL)

I'll Sail My Ship Alone / You're Not Drowning Your Heartache

01/1969 SP KAPP K-960 (US) . Empty Arms / So Much To Do
05/1969 SP KAPP K-994 (US) . It Takes Me All Night Long / Daddy's Arms
08/1969 SP KAPP K-2037 (US) . At The Sight Of You / You Can't Housebreak A Tomcat
11/1969 SP KAPP K-2059 (US) . Heaven Is Just A Touch Away / I Overlooked An Orchid
03/1970 SP KAPP K-2076 (US) . My Happiness Goes Off / Difference Between Going And Really Gone
1970 SP KAPP Winners Circle Series KJB-99 (US) .

Drinking Champagne / It Takes Me All Night Long

12/1970 SP DECCA 32768 (US) . That's What It's Like To Be Lonesome / Only Girl In The Game
04/1971 SP DECCA 32815 (US) . Free Streets / Going Home To My Time
09/1971 SP DECCA 32878 (US) . To Save My Wife / Woman On The Inside
04/1972 SP DECCA 32959 (US) . I've Found Someone Of My Own / Lights Of The Living
08/1972 SP DECCA 33003 (US) . For My Baby / A Handfull Of Stars
11/1972 SP DECCA 33040 (US) . Lord Knows I'm Drinking / Sweet Things I Remember About You
05/1973 SP MCA 40061 (US) . I Can Feel The Leavin' Coming On / I've Loved You All Over The World
1973 SP MCA 60053 (US) . Drinking Champagne / It Takes Me All Night Long
10/1973 SP MCA 40136 (US) . Bleep You / One Hour And A Six Pack
02/1974 SP MCA 40191 (US) . Country Bumpkin / It's Not The Miles You Traveled
06/1974 SP MCA 40265 (US) . Between Lust And Watching TV / Some Kind Of A Woman
11/1974 SP MCA 40335 (US) . It's Time To Pay The Fiddler / Love Is The Foundation
03/1975 SP MCA 40394 (US) . She Talked A Lot About Texas / Baby's Gone
09/1975 SP MCA 40467 (US) . Jason's Farm / You Slip Into My Mind
01/1976 SP MCA 40517 (US) . Thunderstorms / 19 Years And 1800 Miles
05/1976 SP MCA 40563 (US) . Mac Arthur's Hand / Sunday Morning Christian
09/1976 SP MCA 40618 (US) . Woman Don't Try To Sing My Song / I Play A Man
01/1977 SP MCA 40671 (US) . Feelin' The Weight Of My Chains / I Just Came Home To Count The Memories
04/1977 SP MCA 40714 (US) . Come See About Me / In Crowd
1977 SP MCA 60171 (US) . Lord Knows I'm Drinking / I've Found Someone Of My Own
08/1977 SP MCA 40789 (US) . Helen / I'm Forty Now
11/1977 SP MCA 40839 (US) . Throwin' Memories On The Fire / Tabernacle Tom
02/1978 SP MCA 40864 (US) . Ghost Of Jim Bob Wilson / I'm Just A Farmer
06/1978 SP MCA 40911 (US) . Bits And Pieces Of Life / Leona
12/1978 SP MCA 40982 (US) . Rise And Fall Of The Roman Empire / Oklahoma Twister
03/1979 SP MCA 41001 (US) . One Little Skinny Rib / I Fed Her Love
09/1979 SP MCA 41128 (US) . Room At The Top Of The Stairs / Happy Anniversary
1979 SP MCA 60187 (US) . Country Bumpkin / Thunderstorms
05/1982 SP SOUNDWAVES NSD-SW-4678 (US) . If I Ever Need A Lady (with Billy PARKER) / I Have What's Last (with Billy PARKER)
09/1982 SP SOUNDWAVES NSD-SW-4686 (US) . Too Many Irons In The Fire (with Billy PARKER) / Honky Tonk Girl (with Billy PARKER)
04/1986 SP STEP ONE SOR-353 (US) . I Know It's Not Over / Bein' Gone
08/1986 SP STEP ONE SOR-358 (US) . King Lear / Country Bumpkin
1989 SP MCA 53590 (US) . Country Bumpkin / Lord Knows I'm Drinking
198? SP SUNRIZE 130 (US) . Take The Time To Love Somebody / Baby Can You Love Me Like She Used To






Albums

03/1966 LP 12" KAPP KL-1504 (mono) / KS-3504 (stereo) (US) ALL THE WORLD IS LONELY NOW - All The World Is Lonely Now / Swinging Doors / Take My Word / Only Thing I Want / I'd Rather Be Alone / Love Has A Friend / Stranger In The House / Try Me One More Time / Shenandoah Waltz / Glass Of Pride / She Told Me So / I'm Left Cause She Was Right
07/1967 LP 12" KAPP KL-1537 (mono) / KS-3537 (stereo) (US) GOIN' TO CAL'S PLACE - I'll Sail My Ship Alone / I'll Never Be Lonesome / I Didn't Jump The Fence / Sam's Place / I Guess I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night / Five Minutes In The Arms / Bottle Let Me Down / If I Had My Life To Live Over / Big Ole Hurt / Sweet Things I Remember About You / Won't Somebody Please Kiss My Sweet Thing / Thanks A Lot For Trying
01/1968 LP 12" KAPP KL-1544 (mono) / KS-3544 (stereo) (US) TRAVELIN' MAN - Destination Atlanta GA / I Threw Away The Rose / Afraid To Care / Oklahoma / I Wish I Could Say No To You / You're Not Drowing Your Heartache / Shotgun Boogie / I Don't See How I Can Make It / Did She Ask About Me / Alone And Broke In Birmingham / I'll Just Go On Home / I Took Her For A Fool
06/1968 LP 12" KAPP KS-3564 (US) AT HOME WITH CAL - Jacksonville / Drinking Champagne / I Heard You Crying In Your Sleep / That's All That's Left Of My Baby / You Were Only Teasing Me / Message / Every Night You Make My Day / Home Wasn't Built In A Day / Honky Tonk Blues / I Love You A Thousand Ways / Let's Turn Back The Years
12/1968 LP 12" KAPP KS-3585 (US) DRINKING CHAMPAGNE - Empty Arms / Next In Line / So Much To Do / Love Me Love Me / Santa In July / Drinking Champagne / Today I Started Loving You Again / Loser's Lounge / Worst Of Luck / When You Are Gone / It's All Over But The Crying
08/1969 LP 12" KAPP KS-3608 (US) CAL SMITH SINGS IT TAKES ME ALL NIGHT LONG - I Come Home A Drinkin' / Ballad Of Forty Dollars / Margie's At The Lincoln Park Inn / Life Of The Party Charlie / When Two Worlds Collide / At The Sight Of You / It Takes Me All Night Long / Darling You Know I Wouldn't Lie / She's Lookin' Better By The Minute / I Don't Get No Better Without You / Old Faithful
08/1970 LP 12" KAPP KS-3628 (US) COUNTRY HIT PARADE - All I Have To Offer You Is Me / Workin' Man Blues / Okie From Muskogee / Daddy Sang Bass / Homecoming / I Love You More Today / Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town / To See My Angel Cry / One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart) / Hungry Eyes / A Boy Named Sue
01/1971 LP 12" KAPP KS-3642 (US) THE BEST OF CAL SMITH - Drinking Champagne / You Can't Housebreak A Tomcat / Destination Atlanta GA / I'll Sail My Ship Alone / Silver Dew On The Blue Grass Tonight / Heaven Is Just A Touch Away / It Takes Me All Night Long / So Much To Do / Jacksonville / I'll Just Go On Home / Only Thing I Want / Difference Between Going And Really Gone
09/1972 LP 12" DECCA DL 7-5369 (US) I'VE FOUND SOMEONE OF MY OWN - I've Found Someone Of My Own / Handful Of Stars / Song Sung Blue / Sweet Things I Remember About You / Lord Knows I'm Drinking / I Love You More Today / For My Baby / Empty Arms / Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay / That's What It's Like To Be Lonesome / Ballad Of Forty Dollars
07/1973 LP 12" MCA MCA-344 (US) CAL SMITH - I've Loved You All Over The World / Hour And A Six-Pack / Pass Me By (If You're Only Passing Through) / Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues / I Can't Wait To Dream That Dream Again / I Can Feel The Leavin' Coming On / Bleep You / I Can't Keep My Hands Off Of You / It's Not The Miles You Traveled / Heaven Is Just A Touch Away / The Green Door
1973 LP 12" CORAL CB-20008 (US) SWINGING DOORS - Try Me One More Time / Message / Thanks A Lot For Trying Anyway / I Took Her For A Fool / Swinging Doors / Shotgun Boogie / I Didn't Jump The Fence / I Love You A Thousand Ways / When Two Worlds Collide / Okie From Muskogee
05/1974 LP 12" MCA MCA-424 (US) COUNTRY BUMPKIN - Country Bumpkin / Love Is The Foundation / I Love / They Don't Make 'em Like My Daddy / Between Lust And Watching TV / Amanda / Behind Closed Doors / Jesus Is Good Ole Boy / You've Never Been This Far Before / I Just Came Home To Count The Memories / Some Kind Of A Woman
01/1975 LP 12" MCA MCA-467 (US) IT'S TIME TO PAY THE FIDDLER - It's Time To Pay The Fiddler / Baby's Gone / Infinity / Heart Of The Matter / Brother Jack / I Didn't Even Cry / She Talked A Lot About Texas / I'll Remember Her That Way / Mary Would Have Wanted It That Way / I Sure Hate To See Me Go / Drinking Champagne
06/1975 LP 12" MCA MCA-485 (US) MY KIND OF COUNTRY - You Slip Into My Mind / Ghost Of Jim Bob Wilson / My Elusive Dreams / When I Hear The Wind Blows / Mama's Face / Tobernaclo Tom, Julie / Linda On My Mind / Games That Daddys Play / When A Wino Has A Home
1975 LP 12" MCA MCF-2714 (UK)

Introducing Cal Smith - Country Bumpkin / Love Is The Foundation / I Love / Between Lust And Watching TV / Behind Closed Doors / You've Never Been This Far Before / Some Kind Of A Woman / Baby's Gone / It's Time To Pay The Fiddler / Infinity / The Heart Of The Matter / I Didn't Even Cry / She Talked A Lot About Texas / Mary Would Have Wanted It That Way / I Sure Hate To See Me Go / Drinking Champagne

1975 LP 12" MCA MCF-2740 (UK)

Cal’s Country - Jason‘s Farm / You Slip Into My Mind / The Ghost Of Jim Bob Wilson / My Elusive Dreams / When I Hear The Wind Blow / Mama‘s Face / Tabernacle Tom / Julie / (Lying Here With) Linda On My Mind / The Games That Daddies Play / An Hour And A Six-Pack / I Can Feel The Leavin Coming On / Even A Wino Has A Home

01/1976 LP 12" MCA MCA-2172 (US) JASON'S FARM - Jason's Farm / 19 Years And 1800 Miles / One Run For The Roses / Talking To Your Memory Again / Mac Arthur's Hand / Thunderstorm / Sunday Morning Christian / I've Had You / Don't Worry About The Runt Lord / First Time
04/1977 LP 12" MCA MCA-2266 (US) I JUST COME HOME TO COUNT THE MEMORIES - I Just Come Home To Count The Memories / Woman Don't Try To Sing My Song / Feelin' The Weight Of My Chains / After The Thrill Is Gone / Son Run To The Spring / Come See About Me / Oklahoma Twister / In Crowd / Anita You're Dreaming / Till Then / Molly Ann
1983 LP 12" 51-WEST Q-17224 (US) TURN ME LOOSE - They Don't Make'em Like My Daddy / Burgers And Fries / Amanda / Have You Ever Been Lonely / Big City / Wrong Road Again / San Antonio Rose / Walking The Floor Over You / My Favorite Memory / For The Good Times
1986 LP 12" STEP ONE SOR-0011 (US) STORIES OF LIFE - Nobody Will Ever Take Your Place / Birds And Children Fly Away / I Know It's Over / Country Bumpkin / North Alabama / Lorene / I Think That I'd Be Better Off / Mobile Bay / Snow's Almost Over / Bein' Gone / King Lear / Lucy Needs A Friend
06/1998 CD FIRST GENERATION FGC-103 (US) CAL SMITH - Arizona Whiz / Together Again / You Should See Me Now / Bring Me My Memories In Person / Lord Knows I'm Drinking / I've Found Someone Of My Own / Drinking Champagne / North Won The War Again Last Night / Country Bumpkin / It's Time To Pay The Fiddler
1999 CD FIRST GENERATION 1977 (US)

Ernest Tubb - Cal Smith - Together - Thanks A Lot / Walkin' The Floor / Driftwood On The River / Filipino Baby / I'll Step Aside / Let's Say Goodbye Like We Said Hello / Waltz Across Texas / Try Me One More Time / Soldiers Last Letter / Drivin' Nails In My Coffin

03/2007 CD GUSTO GT-2017-2 (US)

Country Bumpkin (Good Time) - Country Bumpkin / Bein' Gone (Or Being Game) / Birds And Children Fly Away / I Know It's Not Over / Lorene / Nobody Will Ever Take Your Place / King Lear / I Think That I'd Be Better Off / Mobile Bay / Lacy Needs A Friends

12/2009 CD Hux HUX110 (UK)

The Best Of Cal Smith - Jason's Farm / The Ghost Of Jim Bob Wilson / An Hour And A Six Pack / Thunderstorms / Country Bumpkin / Between Lust And Watching T.V. / It's Time To Pay The Fiddler / She Talked A Lot About Texas / Drinking Champagne / Bit's And Pieces Of Life / Helen / I Just Came Home To Yount The Memories / Macarthurs Hand / Lord Knows I'm Drinking / Throwin' Memorieson The Fire / Woman Don't Try To Sing My Song

12/2010 CD Hux HUX 120 (UK)

My Kind Of Country - I Just Came Home To Count The Memories - You Slip Into My Mind / The Ghost Of Jim Bob Wilson / My Elusive Dreams / When I Hear The Wind Blow / Mama's Face / Tabernacle Tom / Julie / Linda On My Mind / The Games That Daddies Play / Even A Wino Has A Home / I Just Came Home To Count The Memories / Woman Don't Try To Sing My Song / Feelin' The Weight Of My Chains / After The Thrill Is Gone / Son, Run To The Spring / Come See About Me / Oklahoma Twister / The In Crowd / Anita, You're Dreaming / Till When / Molly Ann

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