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Smith, Bill (William L.), -1977



  • Existence: d. 1977


William (Bill) L. Smith was born in Scotland and was a mason by trade. In the late 1950’s, he married Margaret “Gowan” Merson.

Bill and Gowan Smith were collectors of Scottish music. They made and exchanged tapes with friends. Bill played and made fiddles. Gowan played organ and piano. Bill had cousins in Canada with whom he would exchange tapes of live, recorded, and commercial performances. Bill died in 1977.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

William L. and Gowan Merson Smith Recordings

Identifier: AppMs-0639
Scope and Contents

The William L. and Gowan Merson Smith Recordings consist of 78 open reel audiotapes and 5 audiocassettes. They include tapes of William and Gowan Smith, live and home performances of fiddle playing, compilations of recorded fiddle playing, and tapes of mass-produced television, radio, and commercial fiddle recordings.

Dates: 1957-1976 and undated