As I am sure many of you already know, former Grand Ole Opry member Carl Smith passed away Saturday at the age of 82. He was the former husband of June Carter and after that he was married to country music singer Goldie Hill for a number of years. He was also a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
During the 1950's, he had more than 30 top 10 records. He also was a host on many of taped Opry shows that have been circulating through the years. During the 1970's, he basically retired from the business, becoming a horse breeder and gentleman farmer.
After he retired, although he continued his relationship with the country music community, he disappeared from the public eye and many feel this was one of the reasons he had to wait so long to be elected to the Hall of Fame. He certainly deserved to be elected many years prior to when he was.