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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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 ~ Inducted in the 2008 Country Music Hall Of Fame ~ Along with songwriters such as Kris Kristofferson, Billy Joe Shaver, and James Talley, Hall brought to country music a new level of lyric and thematic sophistication and social consciousness. ~ 2008 © Country Music Hall Of Fame

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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