Cal Smith -- who enjoyed a rich country career with some of the biggest hits of the 1960s and 1970s, passed away Thursday October 10, 2013 at his home near Branson, Missouri. He was 81.
Smith was born Calvin Grant Shofner on April 7, 1932 in Gans, Oklahoma. However, as many did in the Great Depression, Smith's family headed west – settling in Oakland, California. He began his music career by performing at San Francisco's Remember Me Cafe in 1947.
Country superstar Ernest Tubb heard Smith play one night, and offered him a job playing guitar for his Texas Troubadours band. Not only a road band for Tubb, the group also backed him on his Decca recordings, so Smith was working plenty of Tubb's sessions as well. MORE HERE
The Best of Cal Smith