Chanteur Rockabilly US né Raymond Eugene Smith, le 30 octobre 1934 à Paducah (Kentucky). Ray Smith a débuté en 1956 avec son groupe les "Rock And Roll Boys". Il enregistre son premier single en 1958 à la Sun Records de Memphis (Tennessee), puis passe chez Judd (59-60), Infinity (61), Smash (62), Warner Bros. (63), Vee Jay (64), Tollie (64), Celebrity-Circle, Diamond, Goldies, Cinammon, Boot, Corona, Zirkon, Wix et Rundell Records!!! Ray nous a quitté de son plein gré, un jour de cafard, le 29 Novembre 1979.

Ray Smith was a rockabilly and country singer who recorded for the legendary Sun Records label, and is best remembered for his 1958 hit "Rockin' Little Angel." Smith was born on October 31, 1938 in Melber, KY, where his father supported his family as a sharecropper and sheet metal worker. Smith was a self-taught musician who didn't begin performing in public until he joined the Air Force in 1952, after driving a Coca-Cola truck, operating an oven for a commercial baker, working in a shoe factory, and brewing moonshine with his brother-in-law. Smith was recruited to perform in a talent show while in basic training in Syracuse, NY; after winning first prize for his rendition of Hank Williams' "Lovesick Blues," Smith began teaching himself to play the piano, guitar, and harmonica. While stationed in California, he began playing club dates on weekends, and in 1956 he formed his band "The Rock & Roll Boys," featuring Raymond Jones on guitar, Dean Perkins on steel guitar, James Webb on bass, and rhythm guitar, and Henry Stevens on drums. The band began playing clubs in Kentucky and Illinois, and in 1956 Ray Smith & the Rock & Roll Boys landed their own local television show on a station in Paducah, KY. The show caught the attention of manager Charlie Terrell, who signed Smith as a client and got him a deal with Sun Records. Judd Phillips, brother of label founder Sam Phillips, produced Smith's sessions and gave his material a bit more polish than much of the classic Sun material, but Smith was a strong singer with a solid band, and his fourth single, 1959's "Rockin' Little Angel" -- a revved-up rewrite of the folk chestnut "Buffalo Gals" -- became a major hit. (While his first three singles were issued on Sun, "Rockin' Little Angel" appeared on the subsidiary label Judd, as did most of his subsequent releases for the Phillips Brothers.) Smith followed his uptempo hit with a handful of ballads that failed to make a serious impression on the charts, but Smith continued to perform and record as a journeyman rock & roll and country act, cutting material for Vee-Jay, Warner Brothers, Smash, Tollie, Vix and Cinnamon Records over the next decade-and-a-half. In the '70s, Smith relocated to Canada and continued to perform regularly there, as well as landing frequent dates in Las Vegas. Smith's career came to an abrupt and tragic end on November 29, 1979, when the musician unexpectedly took his own life.

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Talents : Singer, Guitar, Piano

Style musical : Rockabilly, Rock 'n' Roll 

RIGHT BEHIND YOU BABY (1958)

ROCKIN' BANDIT (1959)

THAT'S ALL RIGHT (1959)

ROCKIN' LITTLE ANGEL (1959)

Makes Me Feel Good (1960)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles  & EP

06/1958 SP SUN 298 (US) . Right Behind You Baby / So Young
11/1958 SP SUN 308 (US) . You Made A Hit / Why, Why, Why
04/1959 SP SUN 319 (US) . Rockin' Bandit / Sail Away
08/1959 SP JUDD 45-1016 (US) . That's All Right / Rockin' Little Angel
04/1960 SP JUDD 45-1017 (US) . Put Your Arms Around Me Honey / Maria Elena
07/1960 SP JUDD 45-1019 (US) . Makes Me Feel Good / One Wonderful Love
10/1960 SP JUDD 45-1021 (US) . Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes / You Don't Want Me
03/1961 SP INFINITY INX-003 (US) . Turn On The Moonlight / After This Night Is Trough
07/1961 SP INFINITY 007 (US) . Johnny The Hummer / Let Yourself Go
11/1961 SP SUN 372 (US) . I Won't Miss You / Travlin' Salesman
03/1962 SP SUN 375 (US) . Hey, Boss Man / Candy Doll
10/1962 SP SMASH S-1787 (US) . Room 503 / Those Four Precious Years
1962 SP ZIRKON 1055 (US) .

Turn On The Moonlight / After The Night Is Through

1962 SP INFINITY INX-007 (US) .

Let Yourself Go / Johnny The Hummer

08/1963 SP WARNER BROS. 5371 (US) . I'm Snowed / Turn Over A New Leaf  
01/1964 SP VEE JAY VJ 579 (US) . Rockin' Robin / Robbin' The Cradle
1964 SP OLDIES 45 26 (US) . Rockin' Little Angel / + The DELLS
10/1964 SP TOLLIE 9029 (US) . Did We Have A Party / Here Comes My Baby Back Again
12/1965 SP DIAMOND D 193 (US) .

Everybody's Goin' Somewhere / Au Go Go

1966 SP BC BC-351 (US) . I Guess I Better Move Along / Four Seasons Of Life
1966 SP BC 4100 (US) .

Walk On By / Did He Hurt You All That Bad

1966 SP BC 7130 (US) .

Let The Four Winds Blow / I'm In Love Again

1969 SP CELEBRITY CCR-6901 (US) .

I Walk The Line / Fool Number One

1970 ? SP REQUEST R.R.S. 004 (B) Things (Bobby DARIN) / That's All Right (Ray SMITH)
02/1973 SP CINNAMON C 755 (US) .

Titted Cup Of Love / I'd Traded Better For Worse

05/1973 SP CINNAMON C 760 (US) .

It Wasn't Easy / It's Just Not The Same

10/1973 SP CINNAMON C 773 (US) .

First Lonely Weekend / Handful Of Friends

04/1974 SP CINNAMON C 795 (US) .

Ten Steps Out Of Front / Because Of Losing You

1975 SP CORONA CR 222 (US) .

Thank You Love / It Wasn't Easy

1975 SP BOOT 151 (CAN) . Thank You Love / It Wasn't Easy
1976 SP CORONA CR 226 (US) .

Kaw-Liga / Walking Into Your Life

1976 SP BOOT 164 (CAN) . Kaw-Liga / Walking Into Your Life
1976 SP CORONA CR 228 (US) .

One Hand On The Bottle On Foot In The Grave / Danny Boy

1976 SP BOOT 176 (CAN) . One Hand On The Bottle On Foot In The Grave / Danny Boy
1976 SP CORONA CR 230 (US) .

Light That Candle / How's His Memory Doing Today

1977 SP BOOT 197 (CAN) .

Don't Say Goodbye / Without You

1977 SP ShiRay 101 (US) .

Sleepy Eyed Woman / Pretty Jukebox

1978 SP WIX W-101 (US) .

Room Full Of Roses / Break Up

1978 SP WIX W-102 (US) .

Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Me And Bobby McGee

???? EP 33 t. Rockin‘ 33-007 (US) .

Rockin‘ With Ray - LetYourself Go / Shake Around / Did We Have A Party / I'm Snowed / Willing And Ready












Albums

1960 LP 12" JUDD JLPA-701 (US) TRAVELIN' WITH RAY - Rockin' Little Angel / Rebound / Baby Just Because /  Put Your Arms Around Me Honey / Speak Low / Make Me Feel Good / One Wonderful Love / Blonde Hair Blue Eyes / I'll Be Comin' Home / Little Miss Blue / Maria Elena / That's All Right
1963 LP 12" CROWN CLP-5335 (US) Ral DOONER AND RAY SMITH AND BOBBY DALE - Ral DOONER : That's All Right With Me / Tell Me Why / Ray SMITH : Blond Hair Blue Eyes /  Rebound /  Baby Just Because /  Bobby DALE : Born To Be A Loser / Fly By Night / Six Feet Of Trouble / What Is The Secret / When The Time Comes
1963 LP 12" CROWN CLP-5364 (mono) / CST-364 (stereo) (US) RAY SMITH AND Pat CUPP - Rockin' Little Angel (Ray SMITH) / Makes Me Feel Good (Ray SMITH) / I'll Be Coming Home (Ray SMITH) / That's All Right (Ray SMITH) / Little Miss Blue (Ray SMITH) / Long Gone Daddy (Pat CUPP) / Do Me No Wrong (Pat CUPP) / Baby Come Back (Pat CUPP) / That Girl Of Mine (Pat CUPP) / I Guess It's Meant That Way (Pat CUPP)
1976 LP 12" Rock ’N’ Roll 75-002 (US) IT'S GREAT, IT'S RAY SMITH - You Made A Hit / Why, Why, Why / Rockin' Bandit / So Young / Right Behind You Baby / Sail Away / Candy Doll / Let Yourself Go / Johnny The Hummer / Did We Have A Party / Rockin' Little Angel / Rebound / Makes Me Feel Good / That's All Right / Little Miss Blues / Blond Hair, Blue Eyes / Put Your Arms Around Me Honey / Robin The Cradle / Nice Guy / Rockin' Robin
1976 LP 12" Boot BOS-7182 (CAN)

The Country Side - It Wasn't Easy / Thank You Love / Lucille / Without You / Danny Boy / Light That Candle / How's His Memory Doing Today / Walking Into Your Life / One Hand On The Bottle And One Foot In The Grave / She's Pulling Me Back Again / Kaw-Liga

1978 LP 12" Wix WIX-1000 (US)

I'm Gonna Rock Some More - Let The 4 Winds Blow / Jambalaya / Wabash Cannon Ball / Wipe Out / I'm Gonna Rock Some More / Hang Up My Rock And Roll Shoes / Just A Closer Walk With Thee / The "King's" Medley : Mystery Train - Love Me Tender - Don't Be Cruel - It's Now Or Never - Teddy Bear - Wear My Ring/Wonder Of You - Blue Moon Of Kentucky - That's All Right Mama - Hound Dog - Love Me

1979 LP 12" ROCKHOUSE LP 7904 (NL) THE COUNTRY SIDE - It Wasn't Easy / Thank You Love / Lucille / Without You / Oh Danny Boy / Light That Candle / How's His Memory Doing Today / Walking Into Your Life / One Hand On The Bottle And One Foot ln The Grave / She's Pulling Me Back Again / Kaw-Liga
1979 LP 12" ROCKHOUSE LP 7909 (NL) THE ROCKING SIDE - Right Behind You Baby / Did We Have A Party / Willing And Ready / Why, why, Why / Rebound / Break Up / Rockin' Little Angel / Good Hearted Woman / You Made A Hit / Sail Away / Down The Line / Whole Lotta Shaking Going On
1980 LP 12" ROCKHOUSE 67529 (F) THE COUNTRY SIDE - It Wasn't Easy / Thank You Love / Lucille / Without You / Oh Danny Boy / Light That Candle / How's His Memory Doing Today / Walking Into Your Life / One Hand On The Bottle & One Foot In The Grave / She's Pulling Me Back Again / Kaw-Liga
1980 LP 12" ROCKHOUSE 67530 (F) THE ROCKING SIDE - Right Behind You Baby / Did We Have A Party / Willing And Ready / Why, why, Why / Rebound / Break Up / Rockin' Little Angel / Good Hearted Woman / You Made A Hit / Sail Away / Down The Line / Whole Lotta Shaking Going On
1981 LP 12" Wix WIX-1002 (US)

Live In '62 - Be Bop A-Lula / What'd I Say / Hey Boss Man / End Of The Road /Those Four Precious Years / Return To Sender / I Can't Help It / Great Balls Of Fire / On My Knees / Let's Do The Twist / She's Not You / Rockin' Little Angel 

1983 LP 12" Rundell RLP-003 (GER)

Rockin' In Germany - Mystery Train / Whole Lotta Shakin / Rockin' Little Angel / Break Up / Great Balls Of Fire / What'd I Say / A Room Full Of Roses / Jambalaya / Break Up / Right Behind You Baby / So Young / Did We Have A Party / Rockin' Bandit / You Made A Hit / Hey Boss Man / Willing And Ready / Red Hot

1987 LP 12" REVIVAL 3004 (UK) RARE ITEMS - THE ROCKIN' BANDIT - Gone Baby Gone / Swingin' Boogie / Baby Just Because / Speak Low / Rockin' Bandit / One Wonderful Love / I'll Be Home / Maria Helena / Shake Around / Break Up / Willingly & Ready / Why Why Why / Forever Yours / I Guess I Better Move Along / Here Come By Baby Back Again / A Place Within' My Heart / Four Seasons Of Live
1988 LP 12" CHARLY Sun LP-1009 (UK)

I'm Right Behind You Baby!  - Sun Sessions 1958 - Break-Up / So Young / Right Behind You Baby / Life Is The Flower / You Made A Hit / Forever Yours / Little Girl / Shake Around / Why, Why, Why / Willing And Ready / I Want To Be Free / Sail Away / Two Pennies And A String / Rockin' Bandit 

1991 CD CHARLY Sun CD 32 (UK)

Rockin' With Ray - Right Behind You Baby / Shake Around / You Made A Hit / Rockin' Bandit (undubbed) / Life Is A Flower / Two Pennies And A String / Sail Away / I Want To Be Free / The Girl Was Meant For Me / Little Girl / Forever Yours / Why Why Why / Break-Up / Willing And Eager / So Young / I Won't Miss You / Travelin' Salesman / Candy Doll / Hey Boss Man / Rockin' Bandit

1992 CD FNAC MUSIC 662071 (F) THE ROCK ORIGINALS COLLECTION 17 - RAY SMITH - Right Behind You Baby / So Young / You Made A Hit / Rockin' Bandit / Shake Around / Willing And Ready / Traveling Salesman / I Wanna Be Free / Hey Bossman / I'll Try / The Girl Meant For Me / Little Girl / Break Up / Candy Doll / I Won't Miss You / Why, Why, Why / Sail Away / Life Is A Flower / Two Pennies And A String
1993 CD DUNHILL DH-CD 701 (CAN) TRAVELIN' WITH RAY - So Young / That's Allright / Little Miss Blue / One Wonderful Love / After This Night Thtough / Blond Hair, Blue Eyes / Makes Me Feel Good / Put Your Arms Around Me / Rebound / Turn On The Moonlight / Rockin' Little Angel / You Made A Hit / Right Behind You Baby / Break Up / Shake Around / Rockin' Bandit / Sail Away / Candy Doll / Willing And Ready / I'll Be Coming Home / Life Is A Flower / Little Girl / Baby Just Because / Robin' The Cradle / Rockin' Robin / I Guess I Better Move Along / Trav'lin' Salesman / Nice Guy / Johnny Lee Hummer / Let Yourself Go / I'm Snowed / Turn Over A New Leaf / Did We Have A Party
1995 CD CHARLY CPCD-8117 (UK) SHAKE AROUND - Break Up / Why, Why, Why / Willing And Ready / So Young / Right Behind You Baby / You Made A Hit / Shake Around / Rockin' Bandit [version] / Sail Away / Forever Yours / I Won't Miss You ('Til You Go) / Travelin' Salesman / Candy Doll / Hey, Boss Man / Life Is A Flower / Little Girl / I Wanna Be Free / Two Pennies And A String / The This Girl Was Meant For Me / Rockin' Bandit [undubbed] / Why, Why, Why [alternative] / Rockin' Robin / Robbin' The Cradle
1998 LP 12" RUNDELL LP-013 (US)

RAY Smith Sings And Rocks - radio recordings : When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again / Young Love / I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry Over You / How Is The World Treating You / Love Me / Too Much / Honky Tonk Man / Mother You're Just An Angel To Me / Jailhouse Rock / Santa Claus Is Back In Town / Baby I Don't Care / live, Paducah, KY, 1962 : Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello / Sheila / Portrait Of My Love / How Do You Think I Feel / 1978 : I'll Drink It Over / I'm Human Same As You / How Is His Memory Doing Today / radio show : Great Balls Of Fire

2000 CD WIX WCD 1006 (US) THE COMPLETE WIX SESSIONS OF... RAY SMITH - Break Up / Room Full Of Roses / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Me And Bobby McGee / Let Four Winds Blow / Jambalaya (On The Bayou) / Wahbash Cannon Ball / Wipe Out / I'm Gonna Rock Some More / Hank Up My Rock And Roll Shoes / The King's Medley: Mystery Train - Love Me Tender - Don't Be Cruel - It's Now Or Never / Just A Closer Walk With Thee
2004 CD SNAPPER SNAP 181 CD (UK) SHAKE AROUND - Break Up / Why, Why, Why / Willing And Ready / So Young / Right Behind You Baby / You Made A Hit / Shake Around / Rockin' Bandit [version] / Sail Away / Forever Yours / I Won't Miss You ('Til You Go) / Travelin' Salesman / Candy Doll / Hey, Boss Man / Life Is A Flower / Little Girl / I Wanna Be Free / Two Pennies And A String / The This Girl Was Meant For Me / Rockin' Bandit [undubbed] / Why, Why, Why [alternative] / Rockin' Robin / Robbin' The Cradle
2008 CD Complete ROCK 'N' ROLL ‎SROLL CD815X (EUR) SHAKE AROUND - Break Up / Why, Why, Why / Willing And Ready / So Young / Right Behind You Baby / You Made A Hit / Shake Around / Rockin' Bandit [version] / Sail Away / Forever Yours / I Won't Miss You ('Til You Go) / Travelin' Salesman / Candy Doll / Hey, Boss Man / Life Is A Flower / Little Girl / I Wanna Be Free / Two Pennies And A String / The This Girl Was Meant For Me / Rockin' Bandit [undubbed] / Why, Why, Why [alternative] / Rockin' Robin / Robbin' The Cradle
04/2009 CD BEAR FAMILY BCD 16936 (GER) THE SUN YEARS, PLUS - ROCKIN' LITTLE ANGEL - So Young / Right Behind You Baby / Why Why Why / You Made A Hit / Rockin' Bandit / Sail Away / That's All Right / Rockin' Little Angel / Put Your Arms Around Me Honey / Maria Elena / One Wonderful Love / It Makes Me Feel Good / Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes / You Don't Want Me / Travlin' Salesman / I Won't Miss You (Til You Go) / Candy Doll / Hey Boss Man / I Want To Be Free / Forever Yours / Little Girl / Two Pennies And A String / Breakup / Shake Around / Willing And Ready / Life Is The Flower / Breakup / I'll Try / Sail Away / Rebound / Baby Just Because / Little Miss Blue / Speak Low / I'll Be Coming Home
2016 LP 10" CHARLY SCLP 1287 (UK) SHAKE AROUND - Break Up / You Made A Hit / Little Girl / Rockin' Bandit / Willing And Ready / Right Behind You Baby / So Young / Shake Around / Life Is A Flower / Candy Doll

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