Song of the Day #4,652: ‘Once a Day’ – Connie Smith

The Library of Congress added Connie Smith’s ‘Once a Day’ to the National Registry, honoring a woman acknowledged as one of the most influential vocalists in country music history. I’d never heard of her.

Her 1964 recording of ‘Once a Day’ was Smith’s debut single and the biggest hit of her career. It was the first debut song by a female country artist to hit #1, and held a record for most weeks in the top spot by a female country artist for 50 years, when it was unseated by Taylor Swift’s ‘We Are Never Getting Back Together.’

No less an icon than Dolly Parton once said “There’s only three real female singers: Barbra Streisand, Linda Ronstadt and Connie Smith. The rest of us are only pretending.”

Apologies to Aretha Franklin and countless others, but a nice shout-out for the under-appreciated Smith.

[Verse 1]
When you found somebody new I thought I never would
Forget you for I thought then I never could
But time has taken all the pains away
Until now I’m down to cryin’ once a day

[Chorus]
Once a day, all day long
And once a night from dusk ’til dawn
The only time I wish you weren’t gone
Is once a day, every day, all day long

[Verse 2]
Well I’m so glad that I’m not like a girl I knew one time
She lost the one she loved then slowly lost her mind
She sat around and cried her life away
Lucky me I’m only crying once a day

[Chorus]
Once a day, all day long
And once a night from dusk ’til dawn
The only time I wish you weren’t gone
Is once a day, every day, all day long

[Tag]
Once a day, every day, all day long

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,652: ‘Once a Day’ – Connie Smith

  1. Peg says:

    Wow high praise indeed!! Amazing I have never heard of her either.

  2. Dana Gallup says:

    I had never heard of Connie Smith either until visiting the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.

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