Smith Ballew

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Birthday
21, 1902
Birthplace
Palestine, TX
Death Date
May 2, 1984 (82)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
21, 1902
Birthplace
Palestine, TX
Death Date
May 2, 1984 (82)

About

As one of the most popular singing cowboys, he became a famous actor on Paramount's series of musical westerns. His musical talents ranged from Country to Jazz and Pop.

Before Fame

Gaining an interest in jazz at college, he teamed up with several of his fellow students to form a popular band that featured him on the banjo.

Trivia

Before making movies, he jammed with Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller and the Dorsey Brother Brothers Orchestra. He later moved into radio on the show Shell Chateau.

Family Life

He was born in Palestine, Texas, the youngest of five children born to Mr. and Mrs. W.Y. Ballew.

Associated With

Gene Autry, his contemporary, was also a singing cowboy, perhaps the most popular one in Hollywood.