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Beasley Smith

You may not know Beasley Smith by name, but you definitely know his songs. They’ve been covered by everyone from Frank Sinatra to Willie Nelson. One might say Smith was a musician’s musician.

Beasley Smith's career on Broadway began in the late 1880s. Most of his music was originally written for shows and he had a thriving career in the theatre. Beginning with composer Reginald DeKoven, Smith collaborated with an array of writers, including a long relationship with Victor Herbert. Smith’s hit shows include The Little Duchess in 1901, A Parisian Model in 1906, Sybil in 1916, and The Circus Princess in 1927.

Not all of his songs were written for the theatre. “That Lucky Old Sun” was made popular by Frankie Laine, peaking at #1 on Billboard’s Best Seller chart in 1949.
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Aretha Franklin "That Lucky Old Sun"
Aretha Franklin
Album: The Electrifying Aretha Franklin
Genres: Blues, Classic Soul, Vintage Pop
Moods: Depressed, Powerful, Somber