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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Tennessee Smith dies

John Orvia "Tennessee" Smith, a member of the Sunshine Boys Quartet and the TV Wranglers, died on September 2, 2009, in Griffin. He was 91 years old and is survided by his wife and many children. Smith was born in 1918.

The Sunshine Boys Quartet was a gospel group that recorded several sides for Decca. I think it's not the same group known as the Sunshine Boys, another gospel quartet that was on the WWVA Jamboree and well known around Atlanta. Smith was also a member of the TV Wranglers, another Atlanta based country group that was very popular in the 1950s on radio and TV. The TV Wranglers were inducted into the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame in 1991.

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