Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Sunday Morning Country Classic Spotlight to Feature Sammi Smith


Jewel Fay Smith, we know her as Sammi Smith, was one of the leading female singers of the 1970’s and one of the few women performers to have been associated with the outlaw phenomenon that peaked near the mid seventies.

Sammi was born in Southern California but reared throughout the southwest. She began performing in nightclubs at age eleven. She moved to Nashville in 1967 and signed with Columbia Records.

She became friends with songwriter Kris Kristofferson who would provide her with her biggest hit.  Released in early 1971, “Help Me make It Through the Night” became a number one Country single and a top ten hit on the pop charts. For that song she won a 1971 Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance.

Sammi Smith was born in 1943. She dropped out of school at age eleven. She was fifteen when she married and had four children. In 1967 she moved to Nashville, soon after her divorce. On February 12, 2005 at age 61 she died at her home in Oklahoma City. Her cause of death was never confirmed. She was known to be a heavy smoker. Sammi Smith’s son Waylon Payne, an actor portrayed Jerry Lee Lewis in the movie “Walk the Line.”

Sunday December 2nd, hear the music and life of Sammi Smith on the Country Classic Spotlight at 11 a.m.  Join me at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the Country Classic show at 98.1 FM 98 Country.

Best of 98.1

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for 98.1 Insiders quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive 98.1 Insiders Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.