SMITH is the possessor of a warm, comforting baritone who had a
significant presence in the US country music market, especially during
the 1970s. This sixteen track compilation covers his MCA years from 1973
to 1978, his best and most successful period.
As a member of Ernest Tubb's band during the 1960s, Smith's big break
came when Tubbs helped to get him a solo record deal of his own in 1966,
with Kapp Records. From 1967-1970, Smith had eight chart singles on the
In 1970, Smith signed with MCA Records, and embarked on his most
successful period, which included his first number 1 hit: 'The Lord
Knows I'm Drinking'.
Smith's next number 1 single, 'Country Bumpkin', became his career
record and signature song, and was a perennial favourite for years to
come. It was also voted the Country Music Association's 'Song Of The
Year' in 1974.
His third number 1, 'It's Time To Pay The Fiddler', established Smith as
a firm favourite amongst fans of pure country music.
All three of these number 1 hits are included here on this 'Best Of'
compilation. Many of these songs are now released on CD for the first
This CD compilation has been digitally remastered by Ron Geesin. The
booklet includes extensive liner notes, photographs and full lyrics to