Ethel Smith (organist)

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Ethel Smith
BornEthel Goldsmith
(1902-11-22)November 22, 1902
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedMay 10, 1996(1996-05-10) (aged 93)
Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.
Years activec.1925–1993
Spouse(s)Mr. Spiro (m. <1940)
Ralph Bellamy (m. 1945–47)
Childrennone
ParentsElizabeth Bober
Max Goldsmith
 
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Ethel Smith
BornEthel Goldsmith
(1902-11-22)November 22, 1902
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedMay 10, 1996(1996-05-10) (aged 93)
Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.
Years activec.1925–1993
Spouse(s)Mr. Spiro (m. <1940)
Ralph Bellamy (m. 1945–47)
Childrennone
ParentsElizabeth Bober
Max Goldsmith

Ethel Smith (November 22, 1902[1][2] – May 10, 1996) was an organist who played primarily in a pop style on the Hammond organ.

Her recording of "Tico Tico" was her best-known hit. It reached No. 14 on the U.S. pop charts in November 1944 and sold over one million copies worldwide.[citation needed] She also performed it in the 1944 film, Bathing Beauty. She was married to Ralph Bellamy from 1945 to 1947.[3] She died on May 10, 1996.[4]

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  1. ^ "Social Security Death Index". Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ Matthew Brown; Elizabeth Galand (2000). "Ethel Smith: Weird Organ Lady or Mongo Organista?". Cool and Strange Music! (18): 16–19. Retrieved July 1, 2014. "Although she publicly gave her birthdate as November 22, 1910, she was actually born in 1902" 
  3. ^ "Married". Time (magazine). September 10, 1945. Retrieved 2008-06-17. "Ralph Bellamy, 41, veteran stage (Tomorrow the World) and screen (Guest in the House) actor; and Ethel Smith, 32, thin, Tico-Tico-famed cinema electric organist (Bathing Beauty); he for the third time, she for the second; in Harrison, N.Y." 
  4. ^ "Ethel Smith, radio and film organist, dies". Cox News Service. May 18, 1996. "Ethel Smith, a professional organist whose music enlivened the beat on radio's Lucky Strike Hit Parade and Carmen Miranda films, died in Palm Beach Friday. She was 93." 
  5. ^ "Album Reviews". Billboard. January 26, 1963. p. 37. Retrieved May 1, 2013.