"Connie Smith" (born August 14 1941), born "Constance Meador" in Elkhart, Indiana, USA, is a country singer.
She was discovered by Bill Anderson who took her to producer Bob Ferguson to sign a recording contract with RCA in 1963.
The year after she hit first place in the country chart with "Once a Day" (written by Bill Anderson). This made her the first debuting female country star to reach no. 1 with the first single. "Once a Day" spent 8 weeks at number one, the biggest hit by a female vocalist ever on the ''Billboard'' country chart. Overnight she became a country music queen on a level with the biggest female names in the business: Kitty Wells, Loretta Lynn, Skeeter Davis, and Jean Shepard. Her other major 1960's hits include "Then and Only Then" (1965), "Ain't Had No Lovin'" (1966), and "Cincinnati, Ohio" (1967). Three of her albums hit number one on ''Billboard"s country album chart. In all, she placed 31 albums on the ''Billboard'' country chart between 1965 and 1976. Smith had 20 songs place in Billboard's top ten between 1964 and 1976. Her last record to make the national charts was "A Far Cry From You" in 1985.