November 27

The Story of “Loose Talk” by Carl Smith

“Loose Talk” written by Freddie Hart was a song in the year 1954. The said composer recorded it on Capitol; however, it did not chart. When Carl Smith recorded the track, it was his last number one. On the Billboard country and western chart, it occupied the top for seven weeks. It got listed on the chart for a total of thirty-two weeks. More Than Anything Else in the World”, its B-side, peaked at number five in the same chart.

In 1960, Buck Owens and Rose Maddox made a duet cover of “Loose Talk”. This version reached the 4th spot on the country charts. Its B-side was the song “Mental Cruelty”.

the 1950s was Carl Smith’s time. During this period, Smith charted several songs on the Billboard’s country charts. Thirty of which were in the Top 10. Among his biggest hits were: “Loose Talk”, “Wicked Lies”, “Hey Joe!” and “You Are the One”. Through the duration of his third career, he made five chart-toppers – “ Loose Talk” was his last in 1955. In October 1953 for two weeks, “Hey Joe!” got to Number 1 in the UK Singles Chart for Frankie Laine.

Because his tracks had sharp edges, fast phrases, and a strong drumbeat, his music was closer to rock and roll. This signature, rockabilly material, gave way for his tracks to be part of the charts in the mid-50s. On the other hand, some were able to make the pop charts. His biggest pop entry was the song “Ten Thousand Drums” in 1959. On the pop chart, it ranked at the 43rd spot.

 Carl Smith’s Background

Carl Milton Smith, born March 15, 1927, is from Tennessee, USA.  Known as “Mister Country” and an American country music singer, he was one of the country’s most successful male artists in the 1950s. Smith’s success continued well into the 1970s. At that time, he had a breakthrough single charting every year. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. He died at the age of 82 on January 16, 2010.


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