Carl Smith dies aged 82

Former husband of June Carter Cash passes away in Tennessee

Country singer Carl Smith has passed away at the age of 82, it has been announced.

Smith, who was the former husband of June Carter Cash, passed away at his home south of Nashville, Tennessee on January 16, reports BBC News.

He had a number of hits throughout his career, including ‘Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way’ (1952) and ‘You Are The One’ (1957). Smith‘s 1953 hit ‘Hey Joe’ is considered by some to be an inspiration for the track of the same name later made famous by Jimi Hendrix.

Smith and Carter Cash were married in 1952, had one child together, Carlene Carter before they divorced in 1956. Smith married country singer Goldie Hill the following year, and the couple remained together until Hill‘s death in 2005.

In the ’60s, Smith turned to acting, appearing in a number of westerns and hosting nearly 200 episodes of TV show ‘Carl Smith’s Country Music Hall’. Smith retired from music in the late ’70s, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 2003.