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Kate Smith

Kathryn Elizabeth Smith (May 1, 1907 – June 17, 1986), known professionally as Kate Smith and The First Lady of Radio, was an American singer, a contralto, well known for her rendition of Irving Berlin's "God Bless America". She had a radio, television, and recording career spanning five decades, which reached its pinnacle in the 1940s. Smith became known as The Songbird of the South after her enduring popularity during World War II.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 1st, 1907 (Greenville), Died June 17th, 1986 (Raleigh)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1926 - 1939

Roles Represented in DAHR: soprano vocal, songwriter, lyricist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-36396 10-in. 10/7/1926 White house Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor BVE-36397 10-in. 10/7/1926 Mary dear Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor BVE-36398 10-in. 10/7/1926 Jersey walk Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor BRC-68271 10-in. 7/21/1931 When the moon comes over the mountain Milton Charles Male vocal solo, with piano songwriter  
Victor BRC-69970 10-in. 6/23/1931 Makin' faces at the man in the moon Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and whistling solo lyricist  
Victor BRC-69990 10-in. 6/30/1931 When the moon comes over the mountain Ben W. Gordon ; Leo Reisman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BRC-70201 10-in. 7/21/1931 When the moon comes over the mountain Bud Billings ; Carson Robison Male vocal duet, with instrumental quartet songwriter  
Victor BS-017776 10-in. 12/28/1937 When the moon comes over the mountain Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with male vocal ensemble and jazz/dance band vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor BS-017777 10-in. 12/28/1937 There's a gold mine in the sky Kate Smith Female vocal solo and vocal ensemble, with jazz/dance band vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor BS-017778 10-in. 12/28/1937 You're a sweetheart Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor BS-017779 10-in. 12/28/1937 Bei mir bist du schön Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor BS-035319 10-in. 3/21/1939 God bless America Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with mixed vocal chorus and orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor BS-035320 10-in. 3/21/1939 The star spangled banner Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with mixed vocal chorus and orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor BS-035321 10-in. 3/21/1939 It's never too late Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor BS-035322 10-in. 3/21/1939 I cried for you Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor BS-035753 10-in. 4/17/1939 Don't worry 'bout me Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor BS-035754 10-in. 4/17/1939 If I had my way Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor BS-035755 10-in. 4/17/1939 And the angels sing Jack Miller ; Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor BS-035756 10-in. 4/17/1939 If I didn't care Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor BRC-Test-1118 10-in. 7/1/1931 I'm thru with love Frances Langford Female vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Victor [Trial 1926-09-16-01] 10-in. 9/16/1926 Mary dear Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor [Trial 1926-09-16-02] 10-in. 9/16/1926 White house Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor [Trial 1926-09-16-03] 10-in. 9/16/1926 Jersey walk Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W142884 10-in. 10/28/1926 The little white house Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W142885 10-in. 10/28/1926 Mary dear Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W142886 10-in. 10/28/1926 Jersey walk Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W143476 10-in. 2/14/1927 One sweet letter from you Charleston Chasers ; Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W143477 10-in. 2/14/1927 I'm gonna meet my sweetie now Charleston Chasers ; Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W144233 10-in. 5/26/1927 In the evening Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W144234 10-in. 5/26/1927 Just another day wasted away (Waiting for you) Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W144522 10-in. 7/28/1927 Worryin' Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with violin, cello, and piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W144523 10-in. 7/28/1927 A little smile, a little kiss Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with violin, cello, and piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W144524 10-in. 7/28/1927 Clementine (From New Orleans) Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia [W]148806 10-in. 7/12/1929 He's a good man to have around The Harmonians ; Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia [W]148807 10-in. 7/12/1929 Maybe—who knows? The Harmonians ; Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia [W]148937 10-in. 8/27/1929 Moanin' low The Harmonians ; Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia [W]148938 10-in. 8/27/1929 Waiting at the end of the road The Harmonians ; Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia [W]149457 10-in. 11/1/1929 I may be wrong, but I think you're wonderful! The Harmonians ; Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia [W]149458 10-in. 11/1/1929 Love (Your spell is everywhere) Harmonians ; Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia [W]149651 10-in. 11/29/1929 Chant of the jungle The Harmonians ; Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia [W]149652 10-in. 11/29/1929 That wonderful something (Is love) The Harmonians ; Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W149722 10-in. 12/13/1929 St. Louis blues Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W149723 10-in. 12/13/1929 Frankie and Johnny Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia [W]150447 10-in. 5/20/1930 Sharing The Harmonians ; Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia [W]150448 10-in. 5/20/1930 Dancing with tears in my eyes The Harmonians ; Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W150631 10-in. 7/8/1930 Don't let me hold you, baby mine Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia [W]150632 10-in. 7/8/1930 I don't want mind walkin' in the rain (When I'm walkin' in the rain with you) The Harmonians ; Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia [W]150633 10-in. 7/8/1930 Swingin' in a hammock The Harmonians ; Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W150634 10-in. 7/8/1930 You'll be coming back to me Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia [W]150835 10-in. 9/23/1930 Maybe it's love Kate Smith Female vocal solo vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia [W]150836 10-in. 9/23/1930 You'll never know, sweetheart Kate Smith Female vocal solo vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia [W]150937 10-in. 11/6/1930 Here comes the sun Kate Smith Female vocal solo vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia [W]150938 10-in. 11/6/1930 I got rhythm Kate Smith Female vocal solo vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W150958 10-in. 11/17/1930 Morning, noon and night Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W150959 10-in. 11/17/1930 Held by the spell of the moon Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia [W]151247 10-in. 1/29/1931 Overnight Kate Smith Female vocal solo vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia [W]151248 10-in. 1/29/1931 Reaching for the moon Kate Smith Female vocal solo vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia [W]151251 10-in. 1/29/1931 Grievin' Kate Smith Female vocal solo vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia [W]151252 10-in. 1/29/1931 You don't want me any more Kate Smith Female vocal solo vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W151419 10-in. 3/13/1931 You didn't have to tell me (I knew it all the time) Kate Smith Female vocal solo vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia [W]151420 10-in. 3/13/1931 Wabash moon Kate Smith Female vocal solo vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia [W]151421 10-in. 3/13/1931 Now's the time Kate Smith Female vocal solo vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W151422 10-in. 3/13/1931 At dusk Kate Smith Female vocal solo vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia [W]151449 10-in. 3/20/1931 Dinah Lee from Tennessee Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia [W]151450 10-in. 3/20/1931 You didn't have to tell me (I knew it all the time) Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W151592 10-in. 6/9/1931 Makin' faces at the man in the moon Smith Ballew Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W151735 10-in. 8/17/1931 If I have to go on without you Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W151736 10-in. 8/17/1931 When the moon comes over the mountain Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble songwriter, vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W151786 10-in. 9/15/1931 You call it madness Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W151787 10-in. 9/15/1931 I don't know why Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W151866 10-in. 10/28/1931 That's why darkies were born Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W151867 10-in. 10/28/1931 Tell me with a love song Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W152031 10-in. 12/8/1931 Too late Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians ; Kate Smith Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W152032 10-in. 12/8/1931 River, stay 'way from my door Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians ; Kate Smith Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W152096 10-in. 1/28/1932 In the baggage coach ahead Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W152099 10-in. 1/29/1932 Twenty-one years Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W152111 10-in. Feb. 1932 My mom Kate Smith Female vocal solo vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W152121 10-in. 3/1/1932 Snuggled on your shoulder (Cuddled in your arms) Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W152122 10-in. 3/1/1932 Love, you funny thing! Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W351013 10-in. 4/22/1931 When the moon comes over the mountain Selvin’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W351044 10-in. 6/18/1931 Makin' faces at the man in the moon Selvin’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W351079 10-in. 7/24/1931 When the moon comes over the mountain Frank Ferera's Hawaiian Trio Instrumental trio (Hawaiian), with male vocal solo songwriter  
Decca 38928 10-in. 10/31/1934 The Continental Kate Smith vocalist, soprano vocal  
Decca 38937 10-in. 11/1/1934 College rhythm-1 Kate Smith vocalist, soprano vocal  
Decca 38938 10-in. 11/1/1934 Let's give three cheers to love-1 Kate Smith vocalist, soprano vocal  
Decca 38939 10-in. 11/1/1934 When my ship comes in Kate Smith vocalist, soprano vocal  
Decca 38940 10-in. 11/1/1934 I'm growing fonder of you Kate Smith vocalist, soprano vocal  
Decca 38941 10-in. 11/1/1934 Stay as sweet as you are Kate Smith vocalist, soprano vocal  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Smith, Kate," accessed April 20, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104568.

Smith, Kate. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 20, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104568.

"Smith, Kate." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 20 April 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104568

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