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Floyd Smith (January 25, 1917 – March 29, 1982) was an American jazz guitarist.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Smith studied music theory as a teenager and leared ukelele as a child before taking up guitar. He spent his early career in territory bands, playing in groups such as the Jeter-Pillars Orchestra, the Sunset Royal Orchestra, Eddie Johnson's Crackerjacks, Andy Kirk's band, and the Brown Skin Models. He enlisted during World War II and following the war led his own small ensembles in soul jazz and straight-ahead settings. He played with Bill Doggett early in the 1960s and then with Hank Marr and Wild Bill Davis.

In the 1970s Smith moved into record production, founding a label in Chicago. Among those he produced was disco star Loleatta Holloway; he married Holloway later in the decade.

Smith died in Indianapolis, Indiana in March 1982, at the age of 65.


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