TOM T HALL-THE MAN WHO HATED FRECKLES.wmv

As a teenager, Hall 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. His early career included being a radio announcer at WRON, a local radio station in Ronceverte, West Virginia. Hall was also an announcer at WVRC Radio in Spencer WV in the 1960s. Hall’s big songwriting break came in 1963, when country singer Jimmy C. Newman recorded his song, “DJ For a Day.” Soon, Hall moved to Nashville, and within months, he had songs climbing the charts. Hall has been nicknamed “The Story Teller,” and he has written songs for dozens of country stars, including Johnny Cash, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Waylon Jennings, Alan Jackson, and Bobby Bare. One of his earliest successful songwriting ventures, “Harper Valley PTA,” was recorded in 1968 by Jeannie C. Riley, sold over six million copies, and won both a Grammy Award and CMA award. The song would go on to inspire a motion picture and television program of the same name. Hall himself has recorded this song, on his album The Definitive Collection (as track #23). Hall’s recording career took off after Ms. Riley’s rendition of the song, and he had such hits as “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)”, and many others. He
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