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American Singer Kate Smith

Welcome to Epitaph for D’s Art Takes. Here we present the creative legacies of some of the most influential people, who are no longer amongst us. Today we invite you to take a look at the life of the American Singer Kate Smith.

Smith’s Discovery

Kathryn Elizabeth Smith was born in 1909 in Greenville, Virginia. Even as a child, she floored audiences with her vocal and dance performances. Smith’s talent was discovered during her stage performance in New York city. Following this she landed a role in the Broadway musican, Honeymoon Lane.

In 1930, in collaboration with the vice president of Columbia Records, Smith developed her own radio show. The show was called Kate Smith Sings. Two years after its launch, Smith was getting offers to act in movies. She was seen in films including The Big Broadcast and Hello Everybody!

Beyond the stage

In addition to being a songstress and actor, Smith also had her own television show entitled The Kate Smith Hour. Seeing the success of the show, NBC decided to give her a prime time slot for a show entitled The Kate Smith Evening Hour.

The most iconic moment is Smith’s career is arguably when she sang God Bless America for the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team. This is the song she is most remembered for even today.

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