Oral History Information
Smoochy Smith was hired by Sam Philips at Sun Studios in Memphis to play piano on a few sessions in the late 1950s. Smoochy was being requested for record dates from both local performers as well as others who heard his style on countless tunes. He soon recorded on several other labels such as Shock Records (“Empty Table”) and for Stax Records (including the hit song he wrote for the Mar-Key’s called “Last Night”). Smoochy's rockabilly style can also be heard on recordings by Ace Cannon and Sonny Burgess, both of whom have also been interviewed for the NAMM Oral History program. Later in his career, Smoochy spent a year on the road and in the studio with country legend George Jones.