I REMEMBER THE YEAR THAT… TOM T. HALL DIED- 85– ‘THAT’S HOW I GOT TO MEMPHIS’-‘DON’T FORGET THE COFFEE BILLY JOE’

When I think of my favorite songwriters- he doesn’t come immediately to mind for some reason- but when I think a little deeper on it- and consider none rock/pop songwriters- Tom T. Hall certainly makes the list. The first thing I saw this morning was that Tom T. Hall had died at the age of 85. The two songs he is most famous for- are probably ‘Harper Valley P.T.A’ which was a huge country and pop smash back in 1968 for Jeannie C. Riley- it sold 6 million copies and put Hall on the map as a songwriter and helped launch his own career. He was big in the 70’s- in the past 30 years he was pretty quiet only releasing a few albums- but one 1997’s Home Grown may have been his best album. His most famous song that he had a hit with has to be ‘The Year That Clayton Delaney Died.’ His nickname was ‘The Storyteller’- and he was one of the great storyteller songwriters. My two favorite Tom T. Hall songs- here is Tom T singing ‘ That’s How I Got To Memphis’- and below that from a T Tribute album- RB Morris doing ‘Don’t Forget The Coffee Billy Joe.’

3 responses to “I REMEMBER THE YEAR THAT… TOM T. HALL DIED- 85– ‘THAT’S HOW I GOT TO MEMPHIS’-‘DON’T FORGET THE COFFEE BILLY JOE’

  1. I grew up with him constantly on radio and I saw him briefly when he came to have a guitar made…of course I was just a kid…but I never talked to him.
    He was part of my childhood. What a great storyteller.

  2. The really great songs (I don’t care what genre) always tell a story, and Tom was one of the best at that. Not necessarily the most exciting guy, but he shows how being exciting is overrated.

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