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March 15

Why today? It would have been the 83rd birthday of Carl Smith, a native of Maynardville, Tenn., who died two months ago.

About the record: Columbia 4-44233, recorded March 16, 1967, Columbia Recording Studio, Nashville. Released July 1967. It was Smith’s final Top 10 record, coming 16 years after his first. The song also appeared on Smith’s Deep Water album, Columbia CS-9622, released 1968.

About the artist: See two previous 3 Chords a Day posts: one highlighting a song that was released on this date in 1954, and one from the day after Smith died.

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