b. Howard Russell Smith, 17 June 1949, Lafayette, Tennessee, USA. In the mid-70s baritone Smith was lead singer and guitarist with the country rock band, the Amazing Rhythm Aces, which had a hit with ‘Third Rate Romance’. Among their other popular releases were ‘The End Is Not In Sight’ and ‘What I Learned From Loving You’, all Smith’s compositions. The Aces folded in 1981 although their material was later reissued through rising demand. Smith’s recorded solo albums but enjoyed more success as a songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee. His songs were picked up and recorded by many: ‘Don’t Go To Strangers’ (T. Graham Brown), ‘Old School’ (John Connelly), ‘Look Heart, No Hands’ (Randy Travis), ‘Keep It Between The Lines’ (Ricky Van Shelton), and ‘Heartbeat In The Darkness’ (Don Williams). Among other songs in his repertoire are ‘I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight’, ‘Writing On The Wall’, ‘Walk These Hills’, ‘The King Is In His Castle’ and ‘The Road’. In the 90s Smith was a member of Run C&W.
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