Tom T. Hall

From the late-1960s through the mid-1980s, Tom T. Hall was one of country music's most reliable hitmakers, earning success as a chart-topping solo artist and as a songwriter for others. He was born in Olive Hill, Kentucky, on May 25, 1936, and served time in the US Army before working as a radio DJ in West Virginia and Kentucky. He also began writing songs for artists like Jimmy Newman, who scored a Number 1 country hit with Hall's "DJ for a Day" in 1963, and Johnnie Wright, whose version of "Hello Vietnam" became a chart-topping country single in 1965. Now living in Nashville, he scored a crossover hit with Jeannie C. Riley's "Harper Valley PTA," a Grammy-winning smash that topped both the Billboard 100 and the country singles chart in 1968. Encouraged to begin recording his own songs, Hall made his debut as a solo artist one year later with Ballad of Forty Dollars, whose title track became his first Top 10 hit. Another solo single, "A Week in a Country Jail," went to Number 1 that same year, launching a string of chart-topping singles like 1971's " The Year That Clayton Delaney Died," 1972's "(Old Dogs, Children And) Watermelon Wine," 1973's "I Love," 1974's "Country Is" and "I Care," and 1975's "Faster Horses (The Cowboy and the Poet)." Inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1971, Tom T. Hall maintained a near-constant presence on the country charts for more than a dozen years, with 1984's "P.S. I Love You" marking his last time cracking the Top 10. As changing trends rendered his style of songwriting obsolete, he faded from the mainstream but remained an icon of the genre, releasing one final album — 2007's Tom T. Hall Sings Miss Dixie and Tom T. — before retiring from the business altogether. He lived to be 85 years old, passing away in Franklin, Tennessee, on August 20, 2021.

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