Today the country music world lost a great one. Tom T. Hall, the Kentucky native, and country music legend, has passed at 85 years old. One of the great songwriters of his generation regardless of genre, Hall will live on forever through his music and lyrics.
Of course, the entire country music world is mourning the loss of The Storyteller. However, those who knew him are taking the news especially hard. Travis Tritt took to Twitter in order to pay his respects to a mentor and friend.
Throughout his career, Tom T. Hall inspired and entertained millions with his songs. Whether he was singing about his beloved home state in songs like Kentucky In The Morning or singing a bit of the blues with That’s How I Got To Memphis. His simplistic songs contained miles of depth. His lyrics were powerful and captured listeners’ attention.
Within Tom T. Hall’s words and voice, audiences were moved. Those songs of heartache, yearning for home, or simply about old dogs, children, and watermelon wine transport the mind and heart. As for Travis Tritt and the rest of us, it is now a world without Earl Scruggs or Hall. That’s a mighty lonesome world.
Tom T. Hall, The Storyteller
Throughout his career, Tom T. Hall worked with so many great artists. Even more artists have covered his songs and cut recordings of their own. From Carter County, Kentucky, Hall was from coal country. In a region that has produced so many greats, he has few peers.
One of the most famous songs that he wrote includes Harper Valley PTA. Of course, most people know the song was performed by Jeannie C. Riley. It became an international hit and went to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and U.S. Hot Country charts. It became Riley’s only top-40 hit, but Tom T. Hall would be far from done writing hits.
Hall played music from an early age and his first band opened up for a traveling theater. After serving in the Army and performing on Armed Forces Radio, Hall returned to Kentucky as a radio announcer. He not only recorded classic country songs about adult life, but he also wrote successful children’s music as well.
Truly, Tom T. Hall is one of the greatest Kentuckians, songwriters, and people to ever live. It is a somber day with his loss. Celebrate by listening to your favorite song written or performed by Hall. There is so much to pick from, and if you haven’t taken a dive into his discography, do it.
Rest in Peace to The Storyteller.