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 (Results 76-88 of 88 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|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|
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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