May 25 Happy Birthday “Tom” T. Hall

Happy Birthday Thomas “Tom” 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 12 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.
He began playing guitar at age 4 and wrote his first song at age 9. Age 17, 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.

As a recording artist he has had seven #1 songs. Hall won the 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 since 1971. In 1968, his “Harper Valley PTA,” recorded by Jeannie C. Riley, became a huge international hit on both pop and country charts, selling nearly 2 million records in two weeks.
Tom’s first bluegrass hit was “Fox on the Run” (1976, from the album Magnificent Music Machine (Mercury) with musicians Bill Monroe, J. D. Crowe, Jimmy Martin, Kenny Baker and others.)

In 1971, he became a member of the Grand Old Opry. On February 12, 2008, Hall was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. And in 2011, was inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame.
He was presented with the BMI “Icon” Award for his lifetime songwriting achievements in 2012.
He met his future wife, “Miss Dixie, ” at an awards dinner in 1964, the same year he scored a Top 10 with Dudley via the song “Mad.” She and Hall were married four years later. In 2015, Dixie Hall (“Miss Dixie”) died at the age of 80.

About the author

I enjoy researching Bluegrass, Bluegrass Gospel, and Country birthdays, anniversaries and interesting trivia dates. I am a piano/organ performance major who has taught privately and served as church accompanist since 1968 in North Carolina and Central Kentucky. Although classically trained, I appreciate all genres of music. My mother, who was also a church musician and taught public school music grades K-12, knew that Bluegrass music was the purest American music. She always introduced her students to this fine genre and began my musical studies with her at age 2. Bach to Berachah Valley, Mozart to Jimmy Martin, Sibelius to Stanley Brothers, the list goes on, I hope you find some moments of enjoyment and learn a few interesting facts along the way.
I am thankful for the many resources we have at our fingertips including Google. FaceBook and BluegrassBios by Wayne Rice. It was he who inspired me to tackle the task of trying to pass on knowledge about Bluegrass music. Thanks Wayne~!
Lou Ellen Wilkie

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