Longtime host Jack Smith died of leukemia on July 3rd at his home in Westlake Village, California, according to Dorris Halsey, a longtime friend.
Smith, a radio days star, began a singing career in the early 1930s, and worked many years in radio. His work on the show “You Asked For It” will perhaps be most remembered, his years as the host on the ABC series ended in 1958.
The show invited viewers to send in suggestions for unusual things that they wanted to see on the air, like people with uncommon talent or seeing the inside vault at Ft. Knox.
Smith returned as host of a syndicated version of “You Asked for It” in the 1971-72 season, and the show was produced sporadically until 1977.
He got the “Smiling” Jack Smith nickname after becoming a solo performer on “The Prudential Hour,” a popular musical show on CBS. CBS Host Deems Taylor dubbed him “The Man With the Smile in His Voice.”
In 1945, Smith began a 15-minute, five-nights-a-week radio show on CBS. Regulars on “The Jack Smith Show,” which continued into the early ’50s, included Dinah Shore, Margaret Whiting and Ginny Simms. Smith’s radio work earned him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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