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Smiley Burnette

Smiley Burnette
Old Corral photo
Personal information
Birth nameLester Alvin Burnett
Also known asSmiley Burnette
OriginSummum, Illinois, USA
DiedFebruary 16, 1967(age 55)
Encino, California
Genrescountry music
Occupationsinger-songwriter, musician, film actor, inventor
Instrumentsaccordion, guitar, banjo, many others
Years active1933 - 1967

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Lester Alvin Burnett (March 18, 1911 - February 16, 1967), better known as Smiley Burnette, was a popular American country music performer and a comedic actor in Western films and on radio and TV, playing sidekick to Gene Autry and other B-movie cowboys. He was also a prolific singer-songwriter who could play as many as 100 musical instruments, some simultaneously. His career, beginning in 1934, spanned four decades, including a regular role on CBS-TV's Petticoat Junction in the 1960s.

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