In 1961, country music legend Ernest Tubb heard the band play and, after an audition, hired Smith to play guitar for the Texas Troubadours. Thus, Smith is heard playing in most of Tubb's 1960s recordings. Smith's stage name began to catch on after he released his first solo single, "I'll Just Go Home," in 1966 for Kapp Records, and he first cracked the Billboard charts with his second single, "The Only Thing I Want." Smith permanently parted ways with Tubb and the Texas Troubadours in 1969, and he released his first solo album, Drinking Champagne, in 1969. The album's title track had reached the Top 40 on the country charts the previous year. In 1970, Smith signed with Decca Records, and his popularity quickly soared, starting off with his 1972 top 10 hit, "I've Found Someone of My Own." He began recording songs written by some of the biggest names in the industry; for instance, in March 1973 his rendition of Bill Anderson's "The Lord Knows I'm Drinking" became his first number-one country hit.
When Decca became MCA Records in 1973, Cal enjoyed his biggest successes. In 1974, he recorded two of his greatest hits, "It's Time to Pay the Fiddler" and "Country Bumpkin," which received Song of the Year Awards from both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association.  Later career Cal continued to have success with MCA Records into the late 70's including the Top 20 singles "Between Lust And Watching TV" (1974), "She Talked A Lot About Texas" (1975), "I Just Came Home To Count The Memories" (1977), and "Come See About Me" (1977). After this he continued to have minor successes that included "The Rise And Fall Of The Roman Empire" in 1979. Cal released his last album, Stories of Life by Cal Smith, in 1986 on Step One Records, where he scored a minor hit that year with "King Lear".  Life Today Smith and his wife, Darlene, now reside in the Branson, Missouri area, where they pass a great deal of their time fishing.  Albums 1999 — Cal Smith 1994 — Lord Knows I'm Drinking 1986 — A Touch Away 1986 — Stories of Life by Cal Smith 1983 — Turn Me Loose 1977 — I Just Came Home to Count the Memories 1976 — Jason's Farm 1975 — Cal's Country 1975 — My Kind of Country 1975 — It's Time to Pay the Fiddler 1974 — Country Bumpkin 1973 — Cal Smith 1972 — I've Found Someone of My Own 1971 — The Best of Cal Smith 1969 — Drinking Champagne 1968 — Travelin' Man 1967 — Goin' to Cal's Place 1967 — All the World Is Lonely Now  Awards 1974 — Academy of Country Music - Song of the Year 1974 — Country Music Association - Song of the Year 1974 — Country Music Association - Single of the Year Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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