Connie Smith’s “Once a Day” Made Country Music History

Connie Smith, an everyday housewife living in a small Ohio town, found herself heading for country stardom when she entered a talent contest in Columbus, Ohio, in 1963. She impressed one of the judges, Bill Anderson, who offered to help her land a recording contract in Nashville. The rest is an important chapter in country history.

With Bill's help, Connie was able to secure a contract with RCA Victor Records, helmed by the legendary Chet Atkins. Bill wrote a song especially for Connie...

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