Chris Smith (14)

Real Name:
Christopher Smith
Profile:
American performer and composer, most known for writing "Ballin' the Jack" (October 12, 1879 – October 4, 1949).

Smith was born in Charleston, South Carolina; In his late teens he traveled with a black medicine show playing piano and possibly singing. Smith teamed up with his boyhood friend Elmer Bowman. Their two-man vaudeville team was successful enough to warrant a move to New York, where Smith found plenty of work writing songs for some of the most popular and successful black entertainers. An early professional alliance was created with lyricist Cecil Mack (aka R.C. McPherson), with whom he wrote several songs. Smith's first notable success, "Good Morning, Carrie," written with Bowman and Mack, was published in 1901. By 1913, seemingly at the peak of his powers, Smith composed "Fifteen Cents," set words to Charles "Luckey" Roberts' "Junk Man Rag," and wrote "Ballin' the Jack," a fox trot with lyrics by Jim Burris.

Throughout his career he also collaborated with Bert Williams, Jim Burris, Jimmy Durante, and Jolly John Larkins. Smith continued writing and publishing music through the rest of the 1910s and into the 1920s. In 1929 Fats Waller And His Buddies recorded Smith's "Lookin' for Another Sweetie." Within a few years, the melody had been hijacked and reappeared with new lyrics under the title "I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)," now credited to Doc Daugherty, Al Neiburg & Ellis Reynolds. It's not clear if Smith was bought out, had fallen out of the music business, or had simply lost control of his own catalog. The remaining years of his life are shrouded in mystery up to his death in 1949.
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Chris Smith (14) Discography Tracks

Writing & Arrangement

978 Chris Smith (14) - Down Among The Sugar Cane / I Like Your Apron & Your Bonnet album art Chas. Lester* Down Among The Sugar Cane Chas. Lester* - Down Among The Sugar Cane / I Like Your Apron & Your Bonnet(Shellac, 10") Homophon Company G.M.B.H. 978 UK 1910 Sell This Version
50082 Chris Smith (14) - You're Just Too Sweet To Live / Bake Dat Chicken Pie album art Collins And Harlan You're Just Too Sweet To Live (as Smith) Collins And Harlan - You're Just Too Sweet To Live / Bake Dat Chicken Pie(Edison Disc) Edison Records 50082 US 1913 Sell This Version
A5595 Prince's Band Ballin' The Jack Prince's Band - Ballin' The Jack / Meadowbrook(Shellac, 12") Columbia A5595 USA & Canada 1914 Sell This Version
A5583 Chris Smith (14) - Dorothy Waltzes / Jungle Jamboree album art Albert Jockers And Monroe Jockers Jungle Jamboree (as Smith) Albert Jockers And Monroe Jockers - Dorothy Waltzes / Jungle Jamboree(Shellac, 12") Columbia A5583 USA & Canada 1914 Sell This Version
K-95 Chris Smith (14) - Cry Baby Blues / The Also Ran Blues album art Alice Leslie Carter Accompanied By Jimmie Johnson's Jazz Boys* The Also Ran Blues (as C. Smith) Alice Leslie Carter Accompanied By Jimmie Johnson's Jazz Boys* - Cry Baby Blues / The Also Ran Blues(Shellac, 10", RE) Hytone Phonograph Record K-95 US 1921 Sell This Version
A3339 Chris Smith (14) - You'll Never Need A Doctor No More / Eve Cost Adam Just One Bone album art Bert Williams You'll Never Need A Doctor No More (as Smith) Bert Williams - You'll Never Need A Doctor No More / Eve Cost Adam Just One Bone(Shellac, 10") Columbia A3339 US 1921 Sell This Version
A3368 Chris Smith (14) - Fandango / Pebbles album art Paul Biese Trio Fandango (as Smith) Paul Biese Trio - Fandango / Pebbles(Shellac, 10") Columbia A3368 US 1921 Sell This Version
11080 Chris Smith (14) - Leave Me With A Smile / I've Got My Habits On album art Yerkes' Jazzarimba Orchestra* / Lenzberg's Riverside Orchestra I've Got My Habits On Yerkes' Jazzarimba Orchestra* / Lenzberg's Riverside Orchestra - Leave Me With A Smile / I've Got My Habits On(Shellac, 10") Puritan 11080 US 1922 Sell This Version
4571 Chris Smith (14) - Madagascar / Crazy Joe album art Rega Dance Orchestra / Harry Reiser* Madagascar (as Chris. Smith) Rega Dance Orchestra / Harry Reiser* - Madagascar / Crazy Joe(Shellac, 10") Okeh 4571 US 1922 Sell This Version
10574 Chris Smith (14) - Long Gone / Baltimore Buzz album art Noble Sissle Long Gone (as Smith) Noble Sissle - Long Gone / Baltimore Buzz(Shellac, 10") Emerson Records (2) 10574 US 1923 Sell This Version
8089 Chris Smith (14) - Original Charleston Strut / If You Don't I Know Who Will album art Eva Taylor And Clarence Williams' Blue Five If You Don't I Know Who Will Eva Taylor And Clarence Williams' Blue Five - Original Charleston Strut / If You Don't I Know Who Will(Shellac, 10") Okeh 8089 US 1923 Sell This Version
5627 Chris Smith (14) - Cake Walking Babies (From Home) / Of All The Wrongs You've Done To Me album art Red Onion Jazz Babies* Cake Walking Babies (From Home) (as Smith) and 1 more… Red Onion Jazz Babies* - Cake Walking Babies (From Home) / Of All The Wrongs You've Done To Me(Shellac, 10") Gennett 5627 US 1925 Sell This Version
8241 Chris Smith (14) - Cold Storage Papa (Mama's A Little Too Warm For You) / Bow Legged Papa album art Butterbeans And Susie* Cold Storage Papa (Mama's A Little Too Warm For You) Butterbeans And Susie* - Cold Storage Papa (Mama's A Little Too Warm For You) / Bow Legged Papa(Shellac, 10") Okeh 8241 US 1925 Sell This Version
8181 Chris Smith (14) - Everybody Loves My Baby / Of All The Wrongs You Done To Me album art Clarence Williams' Blue Five Of All The Wrongs You Done To Me Clarence Williams' Blue Five - Everybody Loves My Baby / Of All The Wrongs You Done To Me(Shellac, 10") Okeh 8181 US 1925 Sell This Version
478-D Chris Smith (14) - Bam Bam Bamy Shore / The Camel Walk album art Ted Lewis And His Band The Camel Walk (as Smith) Ted Lewis And His Band - Bam Bam Bamy Shore / The Camel Walk(Shellac, 10") Columbia 478-D US 1925 Sell This Version
20866 Chris Smith (14) - Can't You Hear Me Say I Love You / Long Gone album art Travis B. Hale - E. J. Derry, Jr. Long Gone Travis B. Hale - E. J. Derry, Jr. - Can't You Hear Me Say I Love You / Long Gone(Shellac, 10") Victor 20866 US 1927 Sell This Version
14357-D Chris Smith (14) - Toot Toot Dixie Bound / Eliza album art The Mobile Four Toot Toot Dixie Bound (as Smith) The Mobile Four - Toot Toot Dixie Bound / Eliza(Shellac, 10") Columbia 14357-D US 1928 Sell This Version
1204 Chris Smith (14) - Endurance Stomp / Yearning And Blue album art Junie C. Cobb And His Grains Of Corn Yearning And Blue (as Smith) Junie C. Cobb And His Grains Of Corn - Endurance Stomp / Yearning And Blue(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1204 US 1928 Sell This Version
273 Chris Smith (14) - Railroad Blues / Long Gone album art Richard Brooks (7) And Reuben Puckett Long Gone (as Smith) Richard Brooks (7) And Reuben Puckett - Railroad Blues / Long Gone(Shellac, 10") Brunswick 273 US 1929 Sell This Version
25129 Chris Smith (14) - Long Gone / Voice Of Old Man River album art Willie Bryant And His Orchestra Long Gone Willie Bryant And His Orchestra - Long Gone / Voice Of Old Man River(Shellac, 10") Victor 25129 US 1935 Sell This Version
82039 Chris Smith (14) - Safely Locked Up In My Heart / Harlem On Saturday Night album art Lil Armstrong And Her Orchestra Harlem On Saturday Night (as Smith) Lil Armstrong And Her Orchestra - Safely Locked Up In My Heart / Harlem On Saturday Night(Shellac, 10") Brunswick 82039 France 1938 Sell This Version
Chris Smith (14) - I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None Of My Jelly Roll / Ballin' The Jack album art Eddie Condon And His Band Ballin' The Jack (as Smith) Eddie Condon And His Band - I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None Of My Jelly Roll / Ballin' The Jack Commodore US 1939 Sell This Version
Chris Smith (14) - Ballin' The Jack / Don't You Leave Me Here album art Jelly-Roll Morton's New Orleans Jazzmen* Ballin' The Jack (as Chris. Smith) Jelly-Roll Morton's New Orleans Jazzmen* - Ballin' The Jack / Don't You Leave Me Here Bluebird (3) US 1939 Sell This Version
15 Chris Smith (14) - Windy City Stomp / Ballin' The Jack album art Miff Mole and His Orchestra* / Louisiana Rhythm Kings Ballin' The Jack (as Smith) Miff Mole and His Orchestra* / Louisiana Rhythm Kings - Windy City Stomp / Ballin' The Jack(Shellac, 10") Hot Record Society 15 US 1939 Sell This Version
Chris Smith (14) - Down In Honky Tonk Town / Coal Cart Blues album art Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra Down In Honky Tonk Town (as Smith) Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra - Down In Honky Tonk Town / Coal Cart Blues Brunswick France 1940 Sell This Version