Tom t. Hall Obituary, Death – On August 20, 2021, Thomas “Tom T.” Hall, who was 85 years old and lived in Franklin, Tennessee, passed away. Tom T. was a country music singer and composer from the United States who was known by his stage name, “The Storyteller.” Olive Hill, Kentucky is where Hall first made his home. He joined the United States Army and did his service in Germany. In his younger years, he worked as a disc jockey and announcer in Kentucky and West Virginia.
After moving to Nashville in 1964, he was able to secure a publishing contract with Jimmy C. Newman and Jimmy Key, under which he was paid $50 per week to write songs. Later in his career, he penned a total of 26 songs that entered the Top 10, including “Harper Valley PTA,” which was the most successful international pop crossover song of all time, and “I Love,” which peaked at position No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Tom T. was recognized as one of the world’s 100 greatest songwriters by Rolling Stone magazine.
Johnny Cash, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Waylon Jennings, Alan Jackson, and Bobby Bare are some of the artists for whom Hall composed songs. Jeannie C. Riley’s single “Harper Valley PTA” was released in 1968, and it went on to sell more than six million copies, earning her a Grammy Award as well as a CMA Award. The songs “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),” “That Song Is Driving Me Crazy,” “That’s How I Got to Memphis,” and a great deal of other songs were also huge hits for him. Both he and his wife, Dixie, were well-known in the bluegrass and country music communities in addition to the animal rights movement.