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Gayle McCormick was born in St. Louis in 1949 and her recording and performing career stretched from 1965 to 1976. McCormick had started her career singing songs by Tina Turner and Etta James.
In 1969 Smith was formed in Los Angeles, California, their first album entitled "A Group Called Smith," featured Gayle McCormick as the primary vocalist. Smith mainly played and recorded covers of pop and soul songs and made the top ten with a remake of "Baby It's You", a previous hit for The Shirelles, was also featured in Quentin Tarantino's Grindhouse film Death Proof.
After the group disbanded, McCormick went on to record three solo albums, "Gayle McCormick", "Flesh And Blood" and "One More Hour". In the fall of 1971, her performance of "It's A Cryin' Shame" charted at #44.
She lives in suburban Saint Louis today.