Country singer Sammi Smith
birth name: Jewel Faye Smith

Sammi Smith

August 5, 1943, Orange, CA ~ February 12, 2005, Oklahoma City, OK

Arguably, Sammi Smith is one of the most underrated country music artists of all time. Many consider Sammi’s style to be ‘outlaw’ but, as were many of her recordings, her greatest hit was undeniably ‘countrypolitan.’ The song, Help Me Make It Through The Night, is a legendary country music classic, hailed by Country Music Magazine as No.23 on the chart for the Top 100 Country Songs Of All Time. ~ Countrypolitan: Sammi Smith ~ retrieved July 29, 2013 © Countrypolitan

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At age 11, Smith dropped out of school and the following year began singing professionally in clubs. She married at age 15 and gave birth to four children. At songwriter Gene Sullivan's urging, a newly divorced Smith moved to Nashville in 1967. A year later she had her first minor hit, ‘So Long, Charlie Brown, Don't Look for Me Around.’ In 1970, she had another minor hit, but it was not until the end of the year that she had her first major smash with ‘Help Me Make It Through the Night,’ which made it to the top of the country charts and also became a Top Ten pop hit. Later that year, she wrote ‘Cedartown, Georgia,’ which became a major hit for Waylon Jennings. ~ Allmusic: Sammi Smith ~ retrieved July 29, 2013 © Allmusic

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