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A Soldier's Musical Legacy

Ralph D. SmithAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 30, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: August 30, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B000056EZL
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,203,776 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Short intro A Soldier's Legacy by Joan Brazeale
2. Kansas City Blues arranged by Ralph Smith
3. Interview Sailing on Queen Elizabeth to Scotland 1943
4. Interview Crossing the English Channel 1943
5. Interview Worst Battle Stories WW2 p1
6. Interview Foxholes and Loss of Comrades 1945
7. Hard Luck Blues by Ralph Smith
8. Wait A Little Longer by Ralph and Faye Smith
9. Barbershop Blues by Ralph Smith
10. Lonely Tomb by Ralph and Faye Smith
11. Hunting Blues by Ralph Smith
12. Please Don't Leave Me Anymore by Ralph and Faye Smith
13. Just A Closer Walk by Ralph and Faye Smith
14. There'll Come A Time by Ralph and Faye Smith
15. Give Mother My Crown by Ralph and Faye Smith
16. Gone Home by Ralph and Faye Smith
17. Heaven by Ralph and Faye Smith
18. Royal Telephone by Ralph Smith
19. Never Grow Old by Ralph and Faye Smith
20. One More Time by Ralph Smith (rare 1947 recording)
See all 26 tracks on this disc

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About the Artist

Ralph D. Smith, born in Greenville, South Carolina on April 23, 1921 was an early pioneer in country-western "hillbilly" music. As a teenage backup musician he played dobro and lap steel guitar for many groups during the 1930's and 40's including Baby Rey, Tommy Sosebee, Larry and Earle and others often appearing on the radio. Later when the WW2 broke out he entertained comrades from Texas, California, to throughout Europe as he proudly served in the 100th Infantry Division 398th regiment 1st Battallion, Company "C" After the war he returns home to marry and the civilian life, but music goes with him from the battlefields of war to battle which finally takes his life, colon cancer July 28, 1999.

Product Description

Funded in part by a grant from the The South Carolina Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts, this CD together with 16 page full color booklet, is dedicated toall World War 2 combat soldier-musicians and/or entertainers who provided dual service to our country, most often without pay or proper recognition.

Ralph Smith's story, together with other soldier performers like him and the music they performed helped to reflect the hopes, dreams, concerns and values of the average American during a most chaotic and uncertain time during the World War period. This CD also reflects a "commonness" and "life in the southern Mill village era" that appeals to all the history and military buffs and other scholars by reminding us our own family, friends and familiar places.


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After listening to this CD I feel that it is a wonderful recognition of a dad who gave up first, his time for his country, then his possible fame and fortune for his wife and four sons. The interview with Ralph is a great piece of documentation for any history book, and the love and pride of his country are revealed as he gave his accounts of WWII to his sons. Smith not only gave exact incidents of his tour of duty, but told how he and his musically inclined comrades helped to keep up the moral of the troops as they fought in Europe. Smith's youngest son, Alda, seems to have recognized his dad's great talent and ability to perform and chose some of the outstanding treasures left in the family archives that I feel many will enjoy as they listen to them. Local radio station DJ, Country Earl adds to the CD as he recognizes Ralph on his radio show and the abilities of Ralph's son in putting the CD together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressed May 4, 2008
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This audio CD is a compilation of both oral tradition, in the form of first account narritives from Ralph Smith discussing his experiences in WWII, and a collection of traditional folk music of rural South Carolina ca. 1940-1950. As a student of history and sociology I've found this work to be an asset in preserving the heritage of the region for generations to come. Smith was your average American making a living in the rural American south during the war, and while his story is unique, it is also the story of so many other Americans of his time, and presents us today with a piece of our collective past. The CD also contains a booklet of photographs and historical analysis. I recomend it to anyone interested in the preservation of our past.
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