Margo Smith was a consistent hitmaker through much of the 1970s and early '80s. In the early '80s she adopted a provocative, sex-kitten image which boosted her album sales, but which became the focus of her public image. Smith, who later became a Christian music singer, abandoned her sexualized look, and soon saw her album sales plummet. Turning to indie labels, Smith eventually found a comfortable niche in the white gospel market, and has made many off-the-radar records, including a number of duets with her daughter Holly. Here's a quick look at her career....
Margo Smith "Margo Smith" (20th Century Fox, 1975)
Her debut album, which contains her first hit, "There I Said It."
Margo Smith "Songbird" (Warner, 1976) (LP)
Margo Smith "Happiness" (Warner, 1977) (LP)
Margo Smith "Don't Break The Heart That Loves You" (Warner, 1978) (LP)
Margo Smith "A Woman" (Warner, 1979) (LP)
Margo Smith "Just Margo" (Warner, 1979) (LP)
Margo Smith "Diamonds And Chills" (Warner, 1980) (LP)
Margo Smith "Ridin' High" (Cammeron, 1981) (LP)
(Produced by Richard Cammeron & Brien Fisher)
A lackluster later album... Her first indie release came right on the heels of her last major-label effort, after flagging sales on the Diamonds album. This is a fairly lax effort, with a pick-up band that was competent, but going through the motions... The songs aren't terribly engaging, but that may be as much because of the lackluster musical direction as the material itself. Smith's voice is girlish and thin, and the music, with its soft countrypolitan feel, seems terribly dated in an early '80s landscape that was opening up to the synthesizer-driven sounds coming over from rock and pop. The single, an anti-cheating song called "Either You're Married Or You're Single," made it up to #69 which is impressive for an indie label, but that was about the peak level of all her '80s work. Smith also yodels on a tune or two, which was a little unusual in mainstream country at the time.
Margo Smith "The Best Of The Tennessee Yodeler" (Bermuda Dunes, 1985) (LP)
Margo Smith "Margo Smith" (MCA-Dot, 1986) (LP)
Margo Smith "The Best Yet" (Playback, 1987) (LP)
Margo Smith "The Soft Side Of Margo" (Cammeron, 1989) (LP)
Margo Smith "Back In The Swing" (Cammeron, 1989)
Margo Smith "Just The Beginning" (Homeland, 1991)
Another gospel outing...
Margo Smith & Holly "Wishes" (Homeland, 1992)
A set of Christian music duets, sung with her daughter Holly... Apparently, they were a popular duo in the Christian scene around this time...
Margo Smith "God's Bigger Than Wall Street" (Homeland, 1992)
Margo Smith "Swiss, Cowboy And Country" (Homeland)
Margo Smith "God's Bigger Than Wall Street" (Mercy Street Records, 2000)
Margo Smith "On The Road Again" (2003)
Margo Smith & Holly "Nothing To Lose" (Lamon, 2005)
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