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Thomas T. Hall (born May 25, 1936 in Olive Hill, Kentucky) is an American country music songwriter, singer, instrumentalist, novelist, and short-story writer. He has written 11 No. 1 hit songs, with 26 more that reached the Top 10, including the No. 1 international pop crossover smash "Harper Valley PTA" and the hit "I Love", which reached No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. He became known to fans as "The Storyteller," thanks to his storytelling skills in his songwriting.

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1 Early life and career 2 Grammy award 3 Television 4 Music 5 Hall of fame 6 Discography 7 Books written by Hall 8 See also 9 References 10 External links

Early life and career[edit] Hall was born in 1936. As a teenager, he organized a band called the Kentucky Travelers that performed before movies for a traveling 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 was also an announcer at WMOR 1330AM in Morehead, Kentucky. Hall was also an announcer at WSPZ, which later became WVRC Radio in Spencer, West Virginia, in the 1960s.[1] Hall's big songwriting break came in 1963, when country singer Jimmy C. Newman recorded his song, "DJ For a Day." Soon, Hall moved to Nashville, arriving in 1964 with $46 and a guitar; within months he had songs climbing the charts. Hall has been nicknamed "The Storyteller," and he has written songs for dozens of country stars, including Johnny Cash, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Waylon Jennings, Alan Jackson, and Bobby Bare. One of his earliest successful songwriting ventures, "Harper Valley PTA," recorded in 1968 by Jeannie C. Riley, hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
and Billboard Country Music
Country Music
Chart a week apart, sold over six million copies, and won both a Grammy Award
Grammy Award
and CMA Award. The song would go on to inspire a motion picture and television program of the same name. Hall himself has recorded this song, on his album The Definitive Collection (as track No. 23). Hall's recording career took off after Riley's rendition of the song, releasing a number of hits from the late 1960s through the early 80s. Some of Hall's biggest hits include "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. He is also noted for his children-oriented songs, including "Sneaky Snake" and "I Care," the latter of which hit No. 1 on the country charts in 1975. In 1979, Hall appeared on the PBS
PBS
music program Austin City Limits
Austin City Limits
during Season 4. Grammy award[edit] Hall won the Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best Album Notes in 1973 for the notes he wrote for his album Tom T. Hall's Greatest Hits. He was nominated for, but did not win, the same award in 1976 for his album Greatest Hits Volume 2. He has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry
Grand Ole Opry
since 1971.[2][3] Television[edit] Hall succeeded Ralph Emery as host of the syndicated country music TV show Pop! Goes the Country in 1980 and continued until the series ended in 1982.[4] He also composed the theme song for Fishin' with Orlando Wilson. Music[edit] His 1996 song "Little Bitty", from the album Songs from Sopchoppy, became a No. 1 single that year when it was recorded by Alan Jackson for the album Everything I Love. In 1998 his 1972 song Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine came in second in a BBC Radio 2
BBC Radio 2
poll to find the UK's favorite easy listening record, despite never having been a hit in the UK and being familiar to Radio 2 listeners mostly through occasional plays by DJ Terry Wogan.[5] His song "I Love", in which the narrator lists the things in life that he loves, was used, with altered lyrics, in a popular 2003 TV commercial for Coors Light,[6] and also used in 2014 in a TV advert for Clipper Teas. On July 3, 2007, he released the CD Tom T. Hall
Tom T. Hall
Sings Miss Dixie & Tom T. on his independent bluegrass label Blue Circle Records. On June 1, 2014, Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
magazine ranked (Old Dogs, Children and) Watermelon Wine #93 in their list of the 100 greatest country songs.[7] Hall of fame[edit] On February 12, 2008, Hall was inducted into the Country Music
Country Music
Hall of Fame. Discography[edit] Main article: Tom T. Hall
Tom T. Hall
discography

In Search of a Song
In Search of a Song
(1971) We All Got Together and...
We All Got Together and...
(1972) Faster Horses (1976) Places I've Done Time
Places I've Done Time
(1978) Song in a Seashell
Song in a Seashell
(1985)

Books written by Hall[edit]

How I Write Songs, Why You Can (1976), Chappell Music
Chappell Music
Co. The Songwriter's Handbook (1976), Rutledge Hill Press The Storyteller's Nashville (1979), Doubleday & Co. The Laughing Man of Woodmont Coves (1982), Doubleday & Co. The Acts of Life (1986), The University Of Arkansas
University Of Arkansas
Press Homewords (1986), The University of Tennessee
The University of Tennessee
Press Christmas and the Old House (1989), Peachtree Publishers, Ltd. Spring Hill, Tennessee (1990), Longstreet Press, Inc. What a Book! (1996), Longstreet Press, Inc.

See also[edit]

Category:Songs written by Tom T. Hall Category: Tom T. Hall
Tom T. Hall
songs Category: Tom T. Hall
Tom T. Hall
albums

References[edit]

^ "History of WSPZ/WVRC, Spencer". WVRC. Retrieved July 13, 2012.  ^ "Tom T. Hall". Grand Ole Opry. Retrieved June 29, 2012.  ^ "Opry Member List PDF" (PDF). April 23, 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 7, 2012. Retrieved June 29, 2012.  ^ "Full cast and crew for "Pop! Goes the Country"". IMDB. Retrieved July 13, 2012.  ^ "Eagles' Hotel Flys to Top of Poll". Birmingham Post. December 8, 1998. p. 16. Retrieved 23 January 2016 – via Highbeam Research. (Subscription required (help)).  ^ "THE WAY WE LIVE NOW - 1-26-03 - PROCESS - How to Write a Catchy Beer Ad". The New York Times. 26 January 2003. Retrieved 23 January 2016.  ^ "93. Tom T. Hall, 'Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine' (1972)". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 

Allen, Bob. (1998). "Tom T. Hall". In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, Editor. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 224–5.

External links[edit]

Official website Tom T. Hall
Tom T. Hall
page at allmusic.com Blue Circle Records Good Home Grown Music Publishing Country Music
Country Music
Hall of Fame and Museum Interview with Tom T. Hall
Tom T. Hall
- NAMM Oral History Library (2008)

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Tom T. Hall

Studio albums

In Search of a Song
In Search of a Song
(1971) Places I've Done Time
Places I've Done Time
(1978) Song in a Seashell
Song in a Seashell
(1985)

Compilation albums

Greatest Hits Vol. 2 (1975)

Singles

"Ballad of Forty Dollars" "A Week in a Country Jail" "Shoeshine Man" "Salute to a Switchblade" "The Year That Clayton Delaney Died" "The Monkey That Became President" "(Old Dogs, Children and) Watermelon Wine" "Ravishing Ruby" "I Love" "That Song Is Driving Me Crazy" "Country Is" "I Care" "Deal" "I Like Beer" "Faster Horses (The Cowboy and the Poet)" "Fox on the Run" "Your Man Loves You Honey" "It's All in the Game" "May the Force Be with You Always" "What Have You Got to Lose" "The Old Side of Town" "Song of the South" "A Bar with No Beer"

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Discography

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Members of the Grand Ole Opry

Roy Acuff Trace Adkins David "Stringbean" Akeman Bill Anderson Jack Anglin Eddy Arnold Ernest Ashworth Chet Atkins DeFord Bailey Bobby Bare Bashful Brother Oswald Humphrey Bate Dierks Bentley Binkley Brothers' Dixie Clodhoppers Clint Black Margie Bowes Rod Brasfield Garth Brooks Jim Ed Brown The Browns Carl Butler and Pearl Archie Campbell Bill Carlisle Martha Carson The Carter Sisters Maybelle Carter Johnny Cash June Carter Cash Roy Clark Terri Clark Zeke Clements Patsy Cline Jerry Clower John Conlee Stoney Cooper Wilma Lee Cooper Cowboy Copas Dailey & Vincent Charlie Daniels Skeeter Davis The Delmore Brothers The DeZurik Sisters Diamond Rio Little Jimmy Dickens Joe Diffie Danny Dill Jimmy Driftwood Roy Drusky The Duke of Paducah Holly Dunn The Everly Brothers Lester Flatt Red Foley Curly Fox Lefty Frizzell Larry Gatlin Crystal Gayle Don Gibson Vince Gill Billy Grammer Jack Greene The Gully Jumpers Theron Hale Tom T. Hall George Hamilton IV Sid Harkreader Emmylou Harris Hawkshaw Hawkins George D. Hay Hoot Hester Goldie Hill David Houston Jan Howard Ferlin Husky Alan Jackson Stonewall Jackson Sonny James Chris Janson Norma Jean Jim & Jesse Johnnie & Jack George Jones Grandpa Jones The Jordanaires Doug Kershaw Hal Ketchum Bradley Kincaid Pee Wee King Alison Krauss Little Big Town Hank Locklin Lonzo and Oscar Bobby Lord The Louvin Brothers Charlie Louvin Ira Louvin Patty Loveless Bob Luman Loretta Lynn Uncle Dave Macon Rose Maddox Barbara Mandrell Kerry Marx Martina McBride Del McCoury Mel McDaniel Reba McEntire McGee Brothers Jesse McReynolds Ronnie Milsap Bill Monroe Montgomery Gentry Craig Morgan George Morgan Lorrie Morgan Moon Mullican Willie Nelson Jimmy C. Newman The Oak Ridge Boys Old Crow Medicine Show Osborne Brothers Brad Paisley Dolly Parton Johnny Paycheck Minnie Pearl Stu Phillips Webb Pierce Ray Pillow Ray Price Charley Pride Jeanne Pruett Rascal Flatts Del Reeves Jim Reeves Riders in the Sky Tex Ritter Marty Robbins Darius Rucker Johnny Russell Rusty and Doug Earl Scruggs Jeannie Seely Blake Shelton Ricky Van Shelton Jean Shepard Ricky Skaggs Mississippi Slim Carl Smith Connie Smith Fiddlin' Arthur Smith Mike Snider Hank Snow Red Sovine Ralph Stanley Marty Stuart Texas Ruby B. J. Thomas Uncle Jimmy Thompson Mel Tillis Pam Tillis Tompall & the Glaser Brothers Randy Travis Travis Tritt Ernest Tubb Justin Tubb Josh Turner Carrie Underwood Keith Urban Leroy Van Dyke Porter Wagoner Billy Walker Charlie Walker Steve Wariner Kitty Wells Dottie West The Whites Slim Whitman The Wilburn Brothers Don Williams Hank Williams Boxcar Willie The Willis Brothers Chubby Wise Del Wood Marion Worth Johnnie Wright Tammy Wynette Trisha Yearwood Chris Young Faron Young

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Country Music
Country Music
Hall of Fame 2000s

Charley Pride
Charley Pride
(2000) Faron Young
Faron Young
(2000) Bill Anderson (2001) The Delmore Brothers (2001) The Everly Brothers
The Everly Brothers
(2001) Don Gibson
Don Gibson
(2001) Homer and Jethro
Homer and Jethro
(2001) Waylon Jennings
Waylon Jennings
(2001) The Jordanaires
The Jordanaires
(2001) Don Law (2001) The Louvin Brothers
The Louvin Brothers
(2001) Ken Nelson (2001) Sam Phillips
Sam Phillips
(2001) Webb Pierce
Webb Pierce
(2001) Bill Carlisle
Bill Carlisle
(2002) Porter Wagoner
Porter Wagoner
(2002) Floyd Cramer
Floyd Cramer
(2003) Carl Smith (2003) Jim Foglesong (2004) Kris Kristofferson
Kris Kristofferson
(2004) Alabama (2005) DeFord Bailey
DeFord Bailey
(2005) Glen Campbell
Glen Campbell
(2005) Harold Bradley (2006) Sonny James
Sonny James
(2006) George Strait
George Strait
(2006) Ralph Emery (2007) Vince Gill
Vince Gill
(2007) Mel Tillis
Mel Tillis
(2007) Tom T. Hall
Tom T. Hall
(2008) Emmylou Harris
Emmylou Harris
(2008) The Statler Brothers (2008) Ernest Stoneman
Ernest Stoneman
(2008) Roy Clark
Roy Clark
(2009) Barbara Mandrell
Barbara Mandrell
(2009) Charlie McCoy
Charlie McCoy
(2009)

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