May 17, 1925 – January 2, 1972 Remembering Red Smiley

Remembering Red Smiley (May 17, 1925 – January 2, 1972) was a bluegrass and country musician, best known for his collaboration with Don Reno under the name Reno and Smiley. In 1992, he was posthumously inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.
Smiley was born in Asheville, North Carolina. He retired in 1968 but returned temporarily in the early 1970s to perform once more with Don Reno. While returning home from a tour of Eastern Canada and the Northeastern United States, Smiley died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1972 at the age of 46, due to complications with diabetes.

About the author

I enjoy researching Bluegrass, Bluegrass Gospel, and Country birthdays, anniversaries and interesting trivia dates. I am a piano/organ performance major who has taught privately and served as church accompanist since 1968 in North Carolina and Central Kentucky. Although classically trained, I appreciate all genres of music. My mother, who was also a church musician and taught public school music grades K-12, knew that Bluegrass music was the purest American music. She always introduced her students to this fine genre and began my musical studies with her at age 2. Bach to Berachah Valley, Mozart to Jimmy Martin, Sibelius to Stanley Brothers, the list goes on, I hope you find some moments of enjoyment and learn a few interesting facts along the way.
I am thankful for the many resources we have at our fingertips including Google. FaceBook and BluegrassBios by Wayne Rice. It was he who inspired me to tackle the task of trying to pass on knowledge about Bluegrass music. Thanks Wayne~!
Lou Ellen Wilkie

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