+ Kathryn Elizabeth "Kate" Smith (May 1, 1907 – June 17, 1986) was an American singer, best known for her rendition of Irving Berlin's "God Bless America". Smith had a radio, television, and recording career spanning five decades, which reached its pinnacle in the 1940s. Smith was born in Greenville, Virginia. Her professional musical career began in 1930, when she was discovered by Columbia Records vice president Ted Collins, who became her longtime partner and manager. Collins put her on radio in 1931. Smith's plump figure made her an occasional object of derision; however, late in her career, Philadelphia Flyers hockey fans lovingly said about her appearance before games, "It ain't BEGUN 'til the fat lady sings!" Smith was 5'10" tall and weighed 235 pounds at the age of 30. She titled her 1938 autobiography Living in a Great Big Way. She credited Ted Collins with helping her overcome her self-consciousness, writing, "Ted Collins was the first man who regarded me as a singer, and didn't even seem to notice that I was a big girl." She noted, "I'm big, and I sing, and boy, when I sing, I sing all over!" Smith was a major star of radio, usually backed by Jack Miller's Orchestra. She began with her twice-a-week NBC series, Kate Smith Sings (quickly expanded to six shows a week), followed by a series of shows for CBS: Kate Smith and Her Swanee Music (1931–33), sponsored by La Palina Cigars; The Kate Smith Matinee (1934–35); The Kate Smith New Star Revue (1934–35); Kate Smith's Coffee Time (1935–36), sponsored by A&P; and The Kate Smith A&P Bandwagon (1936–37). The Kate Smith Hour was a leading radio variety show, offering comedy, music and drama with appearances by top personalities of films and theater for eight years (1937–45). The show's resident comics, Abbott and Costello and Henny Youngman, introduced their comedy to a nationwide radio audience aboard her show, while a series of sketches based on the Broadway production of the same name led to The Aldrich Family as separate hit series in its own right in 1940. Smith continued on the Mutual Broadcasting System, CBS, ABC, and NBC, doing both music and talk shows into the 1950s. From January 25 to July 18, 1960, she hosted The Kate Smith Show, a variety program on the CBS Monday evening schedule.-WikiPedia Click here to read more about Kate Smith
- Radio Shows
Please enjoy these 19 old time radio episodes:
|N/A||all of me||
+ This is not a full show, just Kate Smith singing All Of Me. And very beautiful it is too.
|N/A||blues in the night||
+ This is not a full show, just Kate Smith wonderfully singing Blues In The Night.
|N/A||coming in on a wing and a prayer||
+ Kate Smith sings Coming In On A Wing And A Prayer.
|N/A||how about you||
+ This is not a full show, just Kate Smith singing How About You.
|N/A||i concentrate on you||
+ This is not a full show, just Kate Smith singing I Concentrate On You.
|N/A||i dont know why i just do||
+ This is not a full show, just Kate Smith singing I Don't Know Why, I Just Do. And very beautiful i...
+ Kate Smith has to put together a medley of old memory songs.
+ This is not a full show, just Kate Smith singing Rose Oday.
|11.10.1938||god bless america||
+ Irving Berlin wrote the song in 1918 but it was not until Armistice Day 1938 that it became a hit ...
|12.29.1939||al jolson guest stars||
+ Ted Collins welcomes you to the big year-end party including The Kate Smith Singers with Ted Strai...
|08.26.1940||summering in the adirondacks|
|02.19.1943||cast of it pays to be ignorant|
|03.31.1944||first song someday well meet again|
|10.01.1944||cast of can you top this|
|12.24.1944||kate smith hour christmas show||
+ Ted Collins introduces The Kate Smith Hour’s annual yuletide show with the Aldrich Family, Comed...
|04.04.1946||gene kelly guest stars||
+ Ted Collins introduces the show and Kate Smith commences by singing Jack Of All Trades. Gene Kelly...
|10.29.1949||first song how many hearts have you broken|
|N/A||aldrich family cast|
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