The Tennessean is reporting that master honky-tonk stylist Carl Smith, the dashing “Country Gentleman” who was among the most successful Nashville-based artists of the 1950s, died Saturday, Jan. 16 at his home in Franklin. The Country Music Hall of Famer was 82.
“From the minute he came out, I wanted to look like him, tried to comb my hair like him and learned every song he ever recorded,” Waylon Jennings once said of Mr. Smith, who retired from music in 1978 and bred champion cutting horses for decades. Many other artists of Mr. Smith’s generation spent the 1980s and '90s working on stages. Mr. Smith preferred spending time on his 500-acre Franklin ranch, with his horses, his dogs and, until her death in 2005, his wife, singer Goldie Hill.
“I just wanted to play cowboy,” Mr. Smith told The Tennessean's Tim Ghianni in 2003. “My philosophy is doing what I want to do.”
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