Tom T. Hall, singer, songwriter
Singer ~ Songwriter
birth name: Thomas T. Hall

Tom T. Hall

May 25, 1936, Olive Hill, KY

Hall is the son of a bricklaying minister, who gave his child a guitar at the age of eight. He had already begun to write poetry, so it was a natural progression for him to begin writing songs. Hall began learning music and performing techniques from a local musician, Clayton Delaney. At the age of 11, his mother died. Four years later, his father was shot in a hunting accident, which prevented him from working. In order to support himself and his father, Hall quit school and took a job in a local garment factory. While he was working in the factory, he formed his first band, the Kentucky Travelers. The group played bluegrass and gigged at local schools as well as a radio station in Morehead, Kentucky. The station was sponsored by the Polar Bear Flour Company; Hall wrote a jingle for the company. After the Kentucky Travelers broke up, Hall became a DJ at the radio station. ~ Allmusic: Tom T. Hall ~ retrieved June 29, 2013 © Allmusic

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May 25, 1985 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (9) Tears For Fears, Everybody Wants To Rule The World ~ #2 (1) Simple Minds, Don't You Forget About Me ~ #1 (4) Wham!, Everything She Wants


One of his earliest successful songwriting ventures, Harper Valley PTA, was recorded in 1968 by Jeannie C. Riley. […] Hall's recording career took off after Ms. Riley's rendition of the song, and he had such hits as A Week in a Country Jail, (Old Dogs, Children and) Watermelon Wine, I Love, Country Is, The Year Clayton Delaney Died, I Like Beer, Faster Horses (the Cowboy and the Poet), and many others. ~ Wikipedia: Tom T. Hall ~ retrieved June 2, 2013 © Wikipedia

Tom T. Hall ~ Welcomed as a 1971 Opry member ~ Country music is celebrated for the strength of its stories, so it means something when one performer is identified simply as “The Storyteller.” That performer is Tom T. Hall. The title was natural enough. ~ 1971 © Opry

Tom T. Hall ~ The Ballad Of Forty Dollars (1969) ~ Ranked #10 #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012.

Tom T. Hall ~ Old Dogs, Children And Watermelon Wine (Hall) ~ Ranked #93 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Country Songs Of All Time in 2014 ~ In 1972, country music's consummate storyteller traveled to Miami Beach to perform at the Democratic National Convention that nominated George McGovern and returned to Nashville afterward with a soon-to-be-hit. A janitor, a month away from his 66th birthday, shared his impressions of the only three things worth a damn in life, while casting aspersions on the loyalty and value of lovers and friends - and Hall took it all down. ~ 2014 © Rolling Stone

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