Thursday, May 25, 2017

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: May 25, 1936 – Tom T. Hall

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From The Kentucky Encyclopedia -
Tom T. Hall, songwriter and recording artist, was born on May 25, 1936, in Olive Hill, Kentucky, the son of Virgil and Dell Hall. He learned to play the guitar at age four and wrote his first musical composition when he was nine. His early start in radio broadcasting and performing at WMOR in Morehead, Kentucky, was interrupted when Hall joined the U.S. Army. After discharge from the army, he established himself as one of the most successful songwriters in the music industry and began a parallel career in recording and performing. "Harper Valley PTA," which he wrote, sold 6 million records. For his numerous musical hits, Hall received a Grammy and forty-six BMI Awards, and he was elected to the Nashville Songwriters Association Hall of Fame in 1978. His best-known country hits include "Old Dogs, Children And Watermelon Wine," "Country Is," "Sneaky Snake," and "The Ballad Of Forty Dollars." Successful also as an author, Hall has six books to his credit, including The Songwriter's Handbook (1976) and The Storyteller's Nashville (1979), an autobiography.

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

Hall, Tom T. The Storyteller's Nashville. 1st ed. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1979. Print.
ML420.H1167 A3, Special Collections Research Center

Hall, Tom T. Storyteller, Poet, Philosopher. United States] : New York, N.Y.: Mercury ; Manufactured and Distributed by PolyGram Records, 1995.
BCD46, Fine Arts-Media Center

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