Baby Neal & the Smart Brothers

Any up-and-coming show band needed vocalists in front of them, and while the Smart Brothers initially called on young Hazel Hopson and Maurice Reed to perform certain singing duties, the key ingredient to their success might well have been their fresh faced vocalist, Cornelius “Baby” Neal. Handsome enough to draw crowds without singing a note, Neal had a deep crisp voice, both powerful and versatile. Born in Watonga, Oklahoma and arriving in Wichita at a young age, his collaboration with the Smarts dated back to Sunday school and the church choir. When the Smarts formed their own band,“Baby” Neal was eager to join, and they were happy to have him.

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