'Whispering' Smith (January 25, 1932 – April 28, 1984) was an
American blues harmonicist and singer. He recorded tracks including 'A
Thousand Miles from Nowhere' and 'Texas Flood', and worked with both
Lightnin' Slim and
Silas Hogan. He was inducted into the
Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame.
Smith was born in Union Church, Mississippi.
In the 1960s, Smith's harmonica playing accompanied recordings by swamp
blues notables Lightnin' Slim and Silas Hogan, before he was able to record
some tracks of his own making. At this time he worked alongside the Crowley,
Louisiana based record producer, J. D. 'Jay' Miller, and his output was
released by Excello Records. His singles included 'Mean Woman Blues', 'I
Tried So Hard', and 'Don't Leave Me', plus the instrumental tracks 'Live
Jive' and 'Hound Dog Twist'.
Although he was a powerful singer, and a straight but unsophisicated
harmonica player, his potential was diminished by appearing at the back end
of the swamp blues period. He recorded his final album for Excello in 1970.
Whispering Smith died in April 1984 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at the age of
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