Ray Smith (50s/60s US rockabilly artist, Sun Records)

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Legal name: Raymond Eugene Smith

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Ray Smith (October 30, 1934 – November 29, 1979) was an American rockabilly musician.

Smith recorded for Vee-Jay Records, Tollie Records, Smash Records, and Sun Records during his career, and had a hit with the song "Rockin' Little Angel" in 1960 on Judd Records. "Rockin' Little Angel" took a portion of its melody from the 1844 song "Buffalo Gals". The record sold over one million copies, earning a gold disc. Smith often recorded material written by Charlie Rich, and was heavily influenced by Elvis Presley.

Smith committed suicide on November 29, 1979, at the age of 45. Smith's Judd and Sun singles and session material have been released on Germany's Bear Family Records.

Smith gave a concert at "Karregat" Hall in Eindhoven on April 21, 1979. It is recorded on an album called "The Rocking Side" and released by a Dutch label (Rockhouse, LP 7909).

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  4. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins,. p. 129. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1960 Travelin' With Ray 2
2001 The Complete Wix Sessions of ... 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1976 It's Great, It's Ray Smith 1
1991 Rockin' With Ray 1
1993 Travelin' With Ray 1
2009 Rockin' Little Angel: The Sun Years, Plus 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1998 Sings And Rocks 1

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