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SpouseMarty Stuart
FactDiscovered by country great Bill Anderson.

Connie Smith is an American country music singer. She is best known for her 1964 hit “Once a Day”, which spent eight weeks at number one on the Billboard Country Singles chart, a record for a female artist that stood for 36 years.

Born Constance June Meador in Elkhart, Indiana, she was the eldest of thirteen children. Her father, George Meador, was a steelworker and her mother, Thelma Meador, was a homemaker. Her parents were both devout Christians and she was raised in the Pentecostal faith.

Smith began singing in her local church at the age of eight and by the time she was a teenager, she was performing at local clubs and fairs. She was discovered by country music producer Bill Walker, who helped her get a recording contract with RCA Victor in 1963.

Her debut single, “Once a Day”, was released in 1964 and quickly became a smash hit, spending eight weeks at number one on the Billboard Country Singles chart. The song remains the longest-running number one single by a female artist in country music history.

Smith’s follow-up singles were not as successful, but she continued to record and release albums throughout the 1960s and 1970s. She also appeared on several television shows, including The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and The Carol Burnett Show.

In the 1980s, Smith retired from recording and performing, but made a comeback in the early 1990s with a new album and several appearances on The Grand Ole Opry.

Smith has been married three times and has four children. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

Connie Smith is an American country music singer with a net worth of $5 million. She is best known for her 1964 hit “Once a Day”, which spent eight weeks at number one on the Billboard Country Singles chart, a record for a female artist that stood for 36 years.

General Info

Full NameConnie Smith
ProfessionActor, Singer, Songwriter, Music artist


SpouseMarty Stuart
ChildrenDarren Justin Smith, Jeanne Haynes, Julie Haynes, Kerry Watkins, Jodi Haynes
ParentsHobart Meador, Wilma Meador


NominationsCountry Music Association Award for Female Vocalist of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals, Academy of Country Music Award for Female Vocalist of the Year
MoviesThe Road to Nashville, Hell on Wheels, Honky Tonk Angels

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1The Sundowners are Connie Smith's band.
2Appears in the infomercial, hosted by her husband Marty Stuart and Nan Kelley, for TimeLife's "Opry Video Classics" collection. [2007]
3Second wife of Marty Stuart.
4Daughter-in-law of Hilda Stuart.
5Mother of Jodi Seyfried, Julie Haynes and Jeanne Haynes.
6Discovered by country great Bill Anderson.
7One of the Grand Ladies of the Grand Ole Opry
8Biggest hit - Once A Day (1964)
9First solo female country artist to have a number one record for 8 weeks. No other female country artist has been at number one longer.
10Dolly Parton was quoted as saying "There are only three great singers, Connie Smith, Barbra Streisand and Linda Ronstadt. The rest of us are just pretending."
11Made a comeback album in 1998 called "Connie Smith".



The Marty Stuart ShowTV Series performer - 153 episodes, 2008 - 2014 writer - 17 episodes, 2008 - 2014
Opry Video Classics: Queens2007Video performer: "The Hurtin's All Over"
Grand Ole Opry 70th Anniversary1996TV Special performer: "Wabash Cannonball"
The Johnny Cash Show1971TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Road to Nashville1967performer: "Never get over loving you", "Nobody but a fool" / writer: "Never get over loving you"
Hell on Wheels1967performer: "Ain't had no lovin", "The hurtin's all over"
The Las Vegas Hillbillys1966performer: "NOBODY BUT A FOOL"


The Hi-Lo Country1998Singer at Rodeo Dance
Maximum Overdrive1986Dead Woman in Car (uncredited)
The Las Vegas Hillbillys1966Connie Smith


Country: Portraits of an American Sound2015DocumentaryHerself
The Heart of Country: How Nashville Became Music City USA2014TV Movie documentaryHerself - Singer
The Marty Stuart Show2008-2014TV SeriesHerself - Singer / Herself
The Joy of Country2011TV MovieHerself
Tournament of Roses Parade2009TV MovieHerself
Grand Ole Opry2007TV SeriesHerself
Biography2006TV Series documentaryHerself
Thank You Billy Graham2006Video shortHerself
In the Moment: Marty Stuart2005TV Movie documentary
The Legend Lives On: A Tribute to Bill Monroe2003Video documentaryHimself
CMT: 40 Greatest Women of Country Music2002TV Movie documentaryHerself
Company's Comin': A Tribute to Porter Wagoner1997TV MovieHerself
Grand Ole Opry 70th Anniversary1996TV SpecialHerself
The Women of Country1993TV MovieHerself
Family Feud1991TV SeriesHerself
Nashville Now1991TV SeriesHerself
An All Star Salute to Country Music1990TV MovieHerself
This Is Your Life1987TV SpecialHerself
Grand Ole Opry 60th Anniversary1986TV MovieHerself
Hee Haw1969-1982TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Johnny Cash and the Country Girls1981TV MovieHerself
Nashville on the Road1979TV SeriesHerself
13th Annual Music City News Awards1979TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
12th Annual Music City News Awards1978TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Pop! Goes the Country1977TV SeriesHerself
The Johnny Cash Show1971TV SeriesHerself - Singer
The Road to Nashville1967Herself
Hell on Wheels1967Herself
The Lawrence Welk Show1966TV Series
Second Fiddle to a Steel Guitar1965Herself
The Jimmy Dean Show1965TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Rare Southern Gospel Singing Celebration2010VideoHerself - Performer
Opry Video Classics: Queens2007VideoHerself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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