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About Goldie Hill
Goldie Hill (January 11, 1933–February 24, 2005), born Argolda Voncile Hill, was an American country music singer. She was one of the first women in country music, becoming one of the first women to reach the top of the country music charts with her No. 1 1953 hit, "I Let the Stars Get In My Eyes". Along with Kitty Wells, she set the standard for later women in country music, such as Patsy Cline, Skeeter Davis, Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton.
The Texas-born Hill might have had a long career in country music had she stuck with it. Some music critics said she had a strong and twangy voice that can be heard in some other country singers of the 1960s such as Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette. With the success of Kitty Wells and her massive 1952 hit "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels", Hill was able to pursue her own career after record companies realized from the success of Wells' hit that women could indeed sell records.
Early life and rise to fame
Hill was born in Karnes City, Texas in 1933, a small town southeast of San Antonio. She was the sister of singer Tommy Hill. Goldie played a big role in the Hill family. During her early years, she would pick cotton in the fields by her house with her family. Soon Goldie's older brothers, Ken and Tommy left cotton-picking to become country singers. Within a few years the two were backing up such country singers as Johnny Horton, Webb Pierce, and Hank Williams. Goldie was determined to also make it as a country singer. At age 19, in 1952, she got her big chance performing on the radio show Louisiana Hayride.
Recording career in the 1950s and 60s
Hill was soon performing on Louisiana Hayride as part of her brother Tommy's band. On the show, she was dubbed The Golden Hillbilly, and the name stuck with her for the rest of her career. Louisiana Hayride opened even more doors for Hill. Being part of the show led to a chance to sign with Decca Records. Her first single, "Why To Talk to My Heart," released in 1952, brought no success for Hill.
Hill soon recorded the song "I Let the Stars Get In My Eyes" that same year. It was an answer song to the Perry Como pop hit "Don't Let the Stars Get In Your Eyes", which was also a hit for two country singers, Slim Willet and Skeets McDonald. Willett helped Hill's brother Tommy write the song, as well as writing "I Let the Stars Get In My Eyes". The song was originally intended for Kitty Wells, but Hill picked it up first. The song was a big hit in 1953, making it to the top of the country charts, proving women could achieve a No. 1 hit. In 1954, she followed up with a couple of hit duets with singer Justin Tubb, son of Ernest Tubb. Among their hits together are "Looking Back to See" and "Sure Fire Kisses". As a solo artist, she continued to record on her own as well, releasing "I'm Beginning To Feel Mistreated".
In the early 1960s, she recorded a couple of albums for Decca Records, but her singles failed to chart.
Later career and death
Her musical career had plenty of life in it when she turned it all down in 1957, marrying country singer Carl Smith. She then retired to living on their horse farm south of Nashville, raising her children. She made a short-lived comeback in the late 1960s on the label Epic Records under the name Goldie Hill Smith. However, her songs and albums failed to make any major impact. Only one of the songs, "Lovable Fool", released in 1968, barely charted. Under Epic, she released two albums which failed gaining any success; Goldie Sings Again and Country Gentleman's Lady. She then returned to home life on their farm. In the 1970s, following her husband's retirement, Smith and Hill showed their horses professionally.
On February 24, 2005, Hill died from complications of cancer. She was 72 years old.