Katy Smith was a popular American singer also known for her appearances on radio and television.
Kate Smith was born on May1, 1907 in Greenville, Virginia. Her birth name is Kathryn Elizabeth Smith. She showed keen interest in singing and dancing form a very early age. She was a Roman Catholic by faith. She remained a spinster all her life. Before she got into showbiz, she performed in local theatres and nightclubs. She died of diabetes in Raleigh, North Carolina at the age of 79.
In 1926, a New York City show producer cast Katy Smith in Broadway shows like “Honeymoon Lane”, “Hit the Deck” and “Flying High”. She got her big break as a singer in 1930 after being discovered by the vice president of Columbia Records, Ted Collins. With his help, she was able to showcase her talent through the radio.She radio career was a phenomenal success and spanned over a record length of time.
She played a small part in “The Big Broadcast” by Paramount Pictures. In 1932, she went to produce and act in her own film, “Hello Everybody!” Katy Smith autobiography, “Living in a Great Big Way” released in 1938. She performed at many live concerts and clubs during the last decade of her career.
As a star on the radio, Katy Smith hosted and featured in the following shows on-air:
Here is a list of her popular, chart-topping singles:
During 1950-1960, Katy Smith produced many hit musical albums among which are: