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 performed it in the 1944 film, Bathing Beauty. She was married to Ralph Bellamy from 1945 to 1947. She died on May 10, 1996.
^"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."|accessdate= requires |url= (help)