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O.C. Smith (21 June 1932 - November 23, 2001) was a Grammy Award winning musician. June 21 is the 172nd day of the year (173rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 193 days remaining. ... 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will take you to a full 1932 calendar). ... November 23 is the 327th day of the year (328th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 38 days remaining. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... Grammy Award The Grammy Awards (originally the Gramophone Awards), presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards...


Born Ocie Lee Smith in Mansfield, Louisiana, Smith moved with his parents to Little Rock, Arkansas before their divorce saw Smith and his mother move to Los Angeles. Mansfield is a city located in De Soto Parish, Louisiana. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... This article is about the largest city in California. ...


After completing a psychology degree at Southern University, Smith joined the United States Airforce and served throughout the US, Europe and Asia. While in the Air Force, Smith began entering talent contests and toured with Horace Heidt and on his discharge in July 1955, Smith realised that a career in jazz was for him. Southern University and A&M College is a historically black university located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. ... Seal of the Air Force. ... Horace Heidt (May 21, 1901 - December 1, 1986) was an American pianist, Big Band leader, radio and television personality, and entertainer. ... Jazz is an original American musical art form originating around the early 1920s in New Orleans, rooted in Western music technique and theory, and is marked by the profound cultural contributions of African Americans. ...


Smith gained his first break as a singer with Sy Oliver and made an appearance on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts television show, which led to a recording contract with the Cadence label. Smith's debut release was a cover of the Little Richard hit Tutti Frutti in December 1955. The song wasn't a hit but convinced MGM Records to sign Smith to a solo contract resulting in three more releases but still no hits. This article needs cleanup. ... Arthur Godfreys Talent Scouts (also known as Talent Scouts) was a television variety show which ran on CBS from 1948 until 1958. ... Little Richard on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, (issue RS 58, May 28, 1970) Little Richard (born Richard Wayne Penniman, December 5, 1935 in Macon, Georgia) is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist, and an early African-American pioneer of rock and roll. ... Tutti frutti can mean several things: Tutti frutti (Italian for all fruits, many fruits) is a confection, in most cases ice cream, containing a variety of chopped and usually candied fruits. ... MGM Records was a record label started by the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie studio in 1946. ...


In 1961, Smith was recruited by Count Basie to be his vocalist, a position he held until 1965. He also continued to record with different labels but a hit remained elusive (his highest position being 127 for his 1967 release That's Life. By 1968, Smith's label Columbia Records was ready to release him from his contract when he entered the charrts for the first time with Son of Hickory Holler's Tramp. Smith changed his name to O.C. and recorded a cover of the Bobby Russell song Little Green Apples, which shot to no. 2 on the pop charts and won Smith a 1969 Grammy Award for "Best Song". William Count Basie (August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) was a jazz pianist, organist, and bandleader. ... Columbia Records is the oldest continually used brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888. ...


While Smith was unable to scale these heights again, he continued to record, reaching no. 34 with Daddy's Little Man before retiring from music to study divinity. In 1985 Smith became Dr O.C. Smith, pastor of the City of Angels Science of Mind Centre in Los Angeles and continued to preach until his death in 2001.


 
 

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