Sykes "Smith" Ballew (January 21, 1902 – May 2, 1984) was an American actor, sophisticated singer, orchestra leader, and a western singing star. He also was billed as Buddy Blue, Charles Roberts, and Billy Smith.
|Birth name||Sykes Ballew|
|Born||January 21, 1902|
Palestine, Texas, U.S.
|Died||May 2, 1984 (aged 82)|
Longview, Texas, U.S.
|Genres||Popular music, Jazz, Country music, Western movies|
|Occupation(s)||Vocalist, musician, orchestra leader, film actor|
As one of the most popular singing cowboys, he became a famous actor on Paramount's series of musical westerns. His musical talents ranged from Country to Jazz and Pop.
He was born in Palestine, Texas, the youngest of five children born to Mr. and Mrs. W.Y. Ballew.
Gaining an interest in jazz at college, he teamed up with several of his fellow students to form a popular band that featured him on the banjo.
Gene Autry, his contemporary, was also a singing cowboy, perhaps the most popular one in Hollywood.
● Smith Ballew was born on January 21, 1902 (age 82) in Palestine, Texas, United States ● He is a celebrity movie actor ● His the best movies are Rawhide (1938), Western Gold (1937), Hawaiian Buckaroo (1938), Roll Along, Cowboy (1937) and Panamint's Bad Man (1938) ● His successful album is 14 Recordings Years 1930'● His popular songs are Blondy, Time On My Hands and Same Old Moon ● He attended The University of Texas at Austin, Austin College● He died on May 2, 1984, Longview, TX
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