Ethel Smith
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1910-11-22
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Ethel Smith Biography (Wikipedia)

Ethel Smith (November 22, 1902 – May 10, 1996) was an American organist who played primarily in a pop style on the Hammond organ.

Born Ethel Goldsmith, she performed from a fairly young age and traveled widely, after studying both music and several languages at Carnegie Tech. She became proficient in Latin music while staying in South America, and it is the style of music with which she is now most associated. She was a guitarist as well as an organist, and in her later years occasionally played the guitar live for audiences, but all her recordings were on the organ. She ultimately recorded dozens of albums, mostly for Decca Records.

An attractive woman with a preference for colorful outfits, particularly hats, Smith performed in several Hollywood films. She was married to Hollywood actor Ralph Bellamy from 1945 to 1947, at the height of her fame, and their acrimonious divorce made headlines.

Her rendition of "Tico Tico" became her best-known hit. She performed it in the MGM film Bathing Beauty (1944), after which her recording reached the U.S. pop charts in November 1944, peaked at #14 on January 27, 1945, and sold nearly two million copies worldwide.

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March of the Women
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March of the Women
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Tico Tico
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Tico Tico
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String Quartet in E minor (3rd mvt)
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String Quartet in E minor (3rd mvt)
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Mass In D Major
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Mass In D Major
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Mass In D Major - Kyrie
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Mass In D Major - Kyrie
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Elegy from Concerto for violin, horn & orchestra (extract)
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Elegy from Concerto for violin, horn & orchestra (extract)
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March of the women vers. for orchestra
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March of the women vers. for orchestra
BBC Singers & Ethel Smith
Soul's joy, now I am gone & We Watched her breathing through the night
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Soul's joy, now I am gone & We Watched her breathing through the night
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By The Waters Of Minnetonka
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By The Waters Of Minnetonka
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