Ethel Smith (November 22, 1910 – 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. She also recorded it for the 1944 film, Bathing Beauty. She was married to Ralph Bellamy from 1945 to 1947. She died on May 10, 1996.
Tico Tico, Living Era AJA-5506 (2004). A compilation of early releases from 1944-1952
The Fabulous Organ Music of Ethel Smith, MCA MSD-35255 (out of print as of December 2005)
The First Lady of the Hammond Organ: Plays "Tico Tico" & Other Great Recordings, Jasmine Music (2003). A 2-CD compilation of early recordings
The Ethel Smith Hammond Organ Method Book One, Revised Edition, Copyright 1949 and 1964 By Ethel Smith Music Corp. New York, NY. For use on every Hammond Organ including all Spinet Models.
^"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."
^"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. Ms. Smith was known in Palm Beach society for her collection of outrageous hats adorned with tropical fruits, flowers and stuffed animals. "She was unique and uniquely flamboyant," said Sally Bennett, a friend and founder of the Big Band Hall of Fame in West Palm Beach ..."|accessdate= requires |url= (help)