Whispering Jack Smith, born John Schmidt, was a popular singer of the 20's and 30's. While he didn't actually whisper, he did sing softly and quietly, very close to his microphone, and often dropped into plain speech. This created an intimate effect that separated him from other singers of the time. Or did so, that is, up until he began to be widely imitated. Although it is true he inhaled some poison gas in World War I, this was not, as is sometimes stated, the reason for his vocal style. He was capable of singing loudly if he wanted to. He is probably best remembered for his hits "Gimme a Little Kiss, Will Ya, Huh?" and "Me and My Shadow." Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.