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Tom T. Hall (born May 25, 1936 in Olive Hill, Kentucky) is an American country balladeer and songwriter. He has written 11 #1 Hits, with 26 more that hit the Top 10. He was the son of a preacher.

As a teen, Hall put together a band called the Kentucky Travelers that performed before movies for a travelling theater. During a stint in the Army, Hall performed over the Armed Forces Radio Network and wrote comic songs about Army experiences. His early career included being a radio announcer at WRON, a local radio station in Ronceverte, West Virginia.

Hall’s big break came in 1963 when singer Jimmy C. Newman recorded his song “DJ For a Day.” In 1964 Hall moved to Nashville, TN, and within months had songs climbing the charts. Nicknamed “The Story Teller”, he has written songs for dozens of country stars such as Johnny Cash, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Waylon Jennings, and Alan Jackson.

One of the most popular songs, “Harper Valley PTA”, was originally recorded in 1968 by Jeannie C. Riley, sold over six million copies, and won both a Grammy and CMA award. The song later would inspire the motion picture and television program of the same name.

Hall’s own recording career took off after that and he had such hits as “A Week in the Country Jail,” “Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine,” “I Love,” “Country Is”, “The Year Clayton Delaney Died,” “The Old Side of Town,” and “I Like Beer.” He was also noted for his children’s songs, the most popular being “Sneaky Snake”.


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  • rikrijean

    ME TOO ~~ CHEERS....

    17 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Grzesiu_

    A fugly man with great music.

    16 Apr 2012 Reply
  • wildtony40

    happy brithday.

    27 May 2011 Reply
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    27 Dec 2010 Reply
  • thull41515

    Hell yea!! Id like to thank everyone who showd me songs "before my time" for my exposure to this

    18 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Truantstopper

    My late father in law got me into tom and i am glad he did

    22 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Bubimann

    good stuff^^

    7 Jul 2010 Reply
  • treyfox33

    This one is fiery, fast, and full of something sweet.

    28 Jun 2010 Reply
  • aicstpgnr

    hi tom t. hall are you!!!!???

    22 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Iowa4Life

    it sure can get cold in des moines

    4 Jul 2009 Reply
  • csm1969

    Heard this song a few years ago on the radio. Instantly thought it a classic. Bruce (in the picture) who died last year aged 14 certainly confirmed to me the truth of the lyrics.

    10 May 2009 Reply

    " I LOVE "

    8 Apr 2009 Reply
  • onewillie

    when is george jones coming to the UK

    29 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Amerikanen

    Now, this is a true warrior spirit.

    29 Sep 2008 Reply
  • hobohacker

    when yer in the bizness that I'm in the people call it puttin' up a front. classic stuff

    8 Sep 2008 Reply
  • hobohacker

    that's what I'm talkin' about.

    8 Sep 2008 Reply
  • wclyng

    Classic music of its own.Good barn fire music.

    13 Aug 2008 Reply
  • dvoodoo

    one of the best & most consistently solid songwriters and true entertainers i've ever had the honor to listen to. I've been digging this man's work for 30 years at least...

    9 Jul 2008 Reply
  • _ourcarscollide

    i wish more people listened to tom t. hall. his music reminds me of childhood.

    27 Jan 2007 Reply
  • montecore

    I love Mr.Hall, his early 70's records are absolutely wonderful.

    18 Jan 2007 Reply
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