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carrie smith R.I.P.

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THIS SAD NEWS COMES FROM ARTIST CATHERINE RUSSELL WITH NO DETAILS.

CARRIE SMITH

Carrie Smith (born Carrie Louise Smith, August 25, 1941, Fort Gaines, Georgia)[1] is an American blues and jazz singer.

Smith was a member of a church choir that performed at the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival. She first won notice singing with Big Tiny Little in the early 1970s, but became internationally known in 1974 when she played Bessie Smith (to whom she is of no relation) in Dick Hyman's Satchmo Remembered at Carnegie Hall.[1] Smith then launched a solo career, performing with the New York Jazz Repertory Orchestra, Tyree Glenn (1973), Yank Lawson (1987), Bross Townsend, and the World's Greatest Jazz Band in addition to numerous solo albums. She starred in the Broadway musical Black and Blue from 1989 to 1991.[2] She is not well known in the United States but has a cult following in Europe.[1]

The liner notes to CD reissue of Only You Can Do It feature laudatory remarks from jazz critics Rex Reed, Leonard Feather, Richard Sudhalter, and John C. Wilson.

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RIP

Strange coincidence. I've listened to a Carrie Smith record maybe three times in my life. For some reason, I put one on in the car this morning.

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She was so talented - but pretty much ignored here in the US. (Never could figure out why.)

I loved her contributions to Black & Blue... her version of "Big Butter and Egg Man" (available on the cast album) is wonderful.

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Strangely, in view of her background, she does a couple of tracks on WInard Harper's album "Faith" (Savant). I've got some other guest appearances of hers elsewhere, but that's the most memorable.

RIP Carrie.

MG

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Sorry to hear this. Hadn't heard of her for years but I remember that she did lots of festival appearances in Europe back in the 70s and 80s (The Nice Festival in particular springs to mind).

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I bought the Bross Townwsend CD (I Love Jump Jazz) because Bubba Brooks was on it. Carrie Smith turned out to be a terrific bonus.

RIP.

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