Retirement hasn’t slowed country artist Tom T. Hall down. Born in 1936 in Olive Hill, Kentucky, Hall has eleven Number One hit country songs to his name, as well as a place in the Country Music Hall of Fame and in the Grand Ole Opry membership. Hall first began work in the music industry as a songwriter in 1963, when artist Jimmy C. Newman recorded his song “DJ for a Day.” Shortly after, Hall moved to Nashville, where he gained the nickname “The Storyteller,” after all of his hit songs that have been recorded by artists like Johnny Cash, George Jones, Loretta Lynn and Alan Jackson, among others. After Jeannie C. Riley won both a CMA and a Grammy award off his song “Harper Valley PTA,” Hall’s successful recording career took off. In 1971, he was invited to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Hall’s first single, “I Washed My Face in the Morning Dew,” kick started his career in recording at Number Thirty on the U.S. Country charts. After that, he found even greater success with singles like Number Four hit “Ballad of Forty Dollars” and Number Five hit “Homecoming.” He has had eleven songs reach the Number One place, including “A Week in a Country Jail,” “The Year Clayton Delaney Died,” “(Old Dogs, Children and) Watermelon Wine,” “Country Is,” and “Faster Horses (The Cowboy and the Poet).”
In 1973, Hall won the Grammy for Best Album Notes for his work on his album Tom T. Hall’s Greatest Hits. He was nominated for the same award on Volume 2 of his Greatest Hits in ’76. In 1971, he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. On February 12, 200, he was also inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Hall has also been known to record children-oriented songs, including “Sneaky Snake” and “I Care.” The latter became another of his Number One hits on the Country charts. Hall has also written a collection of books, including How I Write Songs, Why You Can in 1976, The Laughing Man of Woodmont Coves in ’82 and What a Book! in ’96. In total, he has published nine books.
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