1955 to 2001
June 21, 1932 in Mansfield
November 23, 2001
Mansfield, Louisiana, United States
O.C. Smith (21 June 1932 - November 23, 2001) was a Grammy Award winning musician. Born Ocie Lee Smith in Mansfield, Louisiana, Smith moved with his parents to Little Rock, Arkansas, before their divorce saw Smith and his mother move to Los Angeles. After completing a psychology degree at Southern University, Smith joined the Air Force, and served throughout the US, Europe and Asia. While in the Air Force, Smith began entering talent contests and toured with Horace Heidt. On his discharge in July, 1955, Smith went into jazz music to pay the bills.
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O.C. Smith March 30, 2010