Marvin (Sweet Louie) Smith  

A True Las Vegas Entertainment Icon

A Gentleman

A Friend

An Unselfish Giver

A Great American



Those Of Us Who Have Had The Privilege 

Of Having Him As Part Of Our Lives Will Miss Him Terribly


May The Good Lord Receive His Soul In His Kingdom

Sweet Louie Belongs There


"I See Friends Shaking Hands, Saying How Do You Do?.

They're Really Saying " I Love You"

 Good Bye Sweet Louie, You Have Given And

Inspired Much Much Love.

Go In Peace

 Sweet Louie, Dear Friend,

Your Loss Leave Us All With A

Bitter Pain In Our Heart

We Will Miss You

The Checkmates


Funeral Services Will Be Held On

Saturday, December 22, 2007

At Palm Mortuary

1325 N. Main St.

Viewing 6:00 pm

(702) 464-8300


Sweet Louie had always expressed the desired to be remembered as when he was among us.... alive and full of love.... and that's how we will keep his memory in our hearts. 

Nelson Sardelli

    From Norm Clarke’s column


Marvin "Sweet Louie" Smith, a member of the R & B group The Checkmates, died Saturday, hours before a show on a Caribbean cruise ship, according to his agent.

Smith, 68, fronted The Checkmates with Sonny Charles, who founded the group about 40 years ago.

Their biggest hit, "Black Pearl," reached No. 13 in 1969 and landed them appearances with Ed Sullivan and Johnny Carson and headliner gigs in Las Vegas. They opened for Bill Cosby, Sammy Davis Jr. and the Fifth Dimension.

The Checkmates also spent time as the house band for "Playboy After Dark," a syndicated show featuring Playboy founder Hugh Hefner.

"Sweet Louie" wowed crowds with Louis Armstrong's version "It's a Wonderful World." He performed it last month at the mock funeral for former Nevada Lt. Gov. Lonnie Hammargren. See it on YouTube.


LAS VEGAS (AP) — Marvin "Sweet Louie" Smith, one half of the R&B duo the Checkmates, has died. He was 68.

"His name was really fitting," said fellow Las Vegas entertainer and close friend, Nelson Sardelli, 73. "He was really a sweet guy, a generous guy and was loved and will be missed by many."

Smith died Saturday aboard a cruise ship in the Caribbean, where he was performing.

Smith's counterpart was Sonny Charles, a friend since childhood in Fort Wayne, Ind. He told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he was too heartbroken to say much.

But he said Smith spent some of his last moments doing what had brought him the most joy: performing.

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