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date: 12 November 2019

Hall, Tom T.locked

  • Ronnie Pugh
  • , revised by Lee Bidgood

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(b Olive Hill, KY, May 25, 1936). American country music singer-songwriter and guitarist. After preparing for a career in journalism at Roanoke (Virginia) College, he worked with a bluegrass band, the Kentucky Travelers, as a disc jockey on radio station WMOR, and as a songwriter. In the US Army from 1957 to 1961, he was a disc jockey for the Armed Forces Network while stationed in Germany and later worked at radio stations in Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia. In 1963, Jimmy C. Newman’s record of Hall’s “DJ for a Day” (Decca) reached the top ten on Billboard’s “Hot Country Singles” chart. Hall moved to Nashville in 1964; working at first as a salaried songwriter, he began writing for Dave Dudley (“Mad,” Mercury, 1964), Johnny Wright (“Hello Vietnam,” Decca, 1965), Roy Drusky, Stonewall Jackson, Flatt and Scruggs, and others. Although not interested in a performing career at first, Hall released “I Washed My Face in the Morning Dew,” Mercury, ...

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