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Kate Smith

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Birth Name: Kathryn Elizabeth Smith
Born: 1907/05/01
Birth Place: Greenville, Virginia
Died: 1986/06/17
Genres: Folk, Jazz, Pop, Seasonal, Vocals

Kathryn Elizabeth "Kate" Smith (May 1, 1907 - June 17, 1986) was an American singer, best known for her rendition of Irving Berlin's "God Bless America". Smith had a radio, television, and recording career spanning five decades, reaching its pinnacle in the 1940s. Smith was born in Greenville, Virginia. Her professional musical career began in 1930, when she was discovered by Columbia Records vice president Ted Collins, who became her longtime partner and manager. Collins put her on radio in 1931. She sang the controversial top twenty song of 1931, "That's Why Darkies Were Born". She appeared in 1932 in ''Hello Everybody!'', with co-stars Randolph Scott and Sally Blane, and in the 1943 warti... Continue Bio >>

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