Kingsport is a city in Sullivan and Hawkins counties in the U. S. state of Tennessee. As of the 2010 census the population was 48,205. Kingsport is the largest city in the Kingsport–Bristol–Bristol, TN-VA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had a population of 309,544 as of 2010; the Metropolitan Statistical Area is a component of the Johnson City–Kingsport–Bristol, TN-VA Combined Statistical Area – known as the "Tri-Cities" region. Census data from 2006–2008 for the Tri-Cities Combined Statistical Area estimates a population of 496,454. Kingsport is included in what is known as the Mountain Empire, which spans a portion of southwest Virginia and the mountainous counties in northeastern Tennessee; the name "Kingsport" is a simplification of "King's Port" referring to the area on the Holston River known as King's Boat Yard, the head of navigation for the Tennessee Valley. Kingsport was developed after the Revolutionary War, at the confluence of the North and South Forks of the Holston River. In 1787 it was known for an ancient mineral lick.
It was first settled about a mile from the confluence. The Long Island of the Holston River is near the confluence, within the present-day corporate boundaries of Kingsport; the island was an important site for the Cherokee, colonial pioneers and early settlers, mentioned in the 1770 Treaty of Lochaber. Early settlements at the site were used as a staging ground for other pioneers who were traveling overland on the Wilderness Road leading to Kentucky through the Cumberland Gap. First chartered in 1822, Kingsport became an important shipping port on the Holston River. Goods originating for many miles around from the surrounding countryside were loaded onto barges for the journey downriver to the Tennessee River at Knoxville. In the Battle of Kingsport during the Civil War, a force of 300 Confederates under Colonel Richard Morgan stopped a larger Union force for nearly two days. An army of over 5,500 troops under command of Major General George Stoneman had left Knoxville to raid Confederate targets in Virginia: the salt works at Saltville, the lead works at Wytheville, the iron works in Marion.
While Col. Morgan's small band held off a main Union force under Major General Cullem Gillem on the opposite side the Holston River, Union Col. Samuel Patton took a force of cavalry to a ford in the river 2.5 miles north and came down behind the Confederates. Out-numbered, out-flanked, demoralised by the bitter winter weather, Col. Morgan surrendered; the Confederates suffered 18 dead, 84 prisoners of war were sent to a Union prison in Knoxville. The city lost its charter. On September 12, 1916, Kingsport residents demanded the death of circus elephant Mary, she had killed city hotel worker Walter Eldridge, hired by the circus the day before as an assistant elephant trainer. Eldridge was killed by the elephant while he was leading her to a pond; the elephant was impounded by the local sheriff. Leaders of several nearby towns threatened to prevent the circus from performing if it included the elephant; the circus owner, Charlie Sparks, reluctantly decided that the only way to resolve the situation was to hold a public execution.
On the following day, she was transported by rail to Erwin, where a crowd of over 2,500 people assembled in the Clinchfield Railroad yard to watch her hang from a railroad crane. Re-chartered in 1917, Kingsport was an early example of a "garden city". Part of it was designed by city planner and landscape architect John Nolen of Cambridge, Massachusetts, it was nicknamed as the "Model City" from this plan, which organized the town into areas for commerce, churches and industry. Most of the land on the river was devoted to industry. Most of the Long Island is now occupied by Eastman Chemical Company, headquartered in Kingsport; as part of this plan, Kingsport built some of the earliest traffic circles in the United States. Kingsport was among the first municipalities to adopt a city manager form of government, to professionalize operations of city departments, it developed its school system based on a model promoted by Columbia University. Pal's Sudden Service, a regional fast-food restaurant chain, opened its first location in Kingsport in 1956.
Kingsport is located in western Sullivan County at 36°32′N 82°33′W, at the intersection of U. S. Routes 11W and 23. Kingsport is the northwest terminus of Interstate 26. US 11W leads east 22 miles to Bristol and southwest 28 miles to Rogersville, while US 23 leads north 38 miles to Big Stone Gap, Virginia. I-26 and US 23 lead south 8 miles to Interstate 81 and 83 miles to North Carolina; the city is bordered to the west by the town of Mount Carmel, to the southeast by unincorporated Colonial Heights, to the northeast by unincorporated Bloomingdale. The Kingsport city limits extend north to the Virginia border. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 50.8 square miles, of which 49.8 square miles are land and 0.93 square miles, or 1.86%, are water. Most of the water area is in the South Fork Holston River. Allandale Amersham Borden Mill Village Gibson Town Fair Acres The Fifties District Highland Park Huntington Hills Indian Springs Lynn Garden Morrison City Preston Forest Preston Hills Ridgefields Riverview Rotherwood Heights Tellico Hills As of the census of 2000, there were 44,90
Keep On the Sunny Side
Keep on the Sunny Side is a popular American song written in 1899 by Ada Blenkhorn with music by J. Howard Entwisle; the song was popularized in a 1928 recording by the Carter Family. A recording of the song with The Whites was featured in the 2000 movie O Brother, Where Art Thou?. A variant, "Stay on the Sunny Side", is sometimes sung as a campfire song, it features only the chorus, with some altered lyrics, with knock-knock jokes being told between choruses. In 1899 Ada Blenkhorn was inspired to write the Christian hymn by a phrase used by her nephew. Blenkhorn's nephew was disabled and always wanted his wheelchair pushed down "the sunny side" of the street; the Carter Family learned of the song from A. P. Carter's uncle, a music teacher, they recorded the song in Camden, New Jersey in 1928. "Keep on the Sunny Side" became their theme song on the radio in years. A. P. Carter's tombstone has a gold record of the song embedded in it. In years, the Carter Family treated "Keep on the Sunny Side" as a theme song of sorts.
A 1964 album by the Carter Family was titled Keep On the Sunny Side, Cash recorded a version for his 1974 album The Junkie and the Juicehead Minus Me accompanied by June Carter Cash, Johnny Cash's daughter Rosanne Cash and June Carter's daughters Carlene Carter and Rosie Nix Adams. June Carter Cash recorded a version for her final solo album, Wildwood Flower, released posthumously in 2003. There's a troubled side of life. Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side, Keep on the sunny side of life. Tho' the storm in its fury break today, Crushing hopes that we cherished so dear and cloud will in time pass away, The sun again will shine bright and clear. Let us greet with a song of hope each day, Tho' the moments be cloudy or fair. Henry Date. Pentecostal Hymns, Number Three. Google Books. Chicago: Hope Pub. Co. p. 28. Retrieved July 15, 2009; the free score on www.traditional-songs.com
A. P. Carter
Alvin Pleasant Delaney Carter professionally recording as A. P. Carter, was an American musician and founding member of The Carter Family, one of the most notable acts in the history of country music. A. P. Carter was born to Robert C. Carter and Mollie Arvelle Bays in Maces Springs, Virginia, an area in present-day Hiltons, located in Poor Valley. A. P. was sometimes called "Doc."On June 18, 1915, he married Sara Dougherty and they had three children: Gladys and Joe. In 1927, he formed the Carter Family band together with his wife, they were joined by Sara's cousin, married to A. P.'s brother, Ezra Carter, they together formed the first commercial rural country music group. Since A. P.'s employment was as a traveling salesman, Carter was known for traveling extensively throughout Central Appalachia. His home in Poor Valley, in Deep South-Western Virginia, is centrally located among Eastern Tennessee, Western North Carolina, Eastern Kentucky, South-Eastern West Virginia.. Carter was accompanied by his friend Lesley Riddle and blending songs from Appalachian musicians, from attending church services in many isolated localities.
This latter was the cause of Carter Family's many religious songs. Some of the songs became so identified with A. P. Carter that he has been popularly, but mistakenly, credited with writing them. For example, "Keep on the Sunny Side of Life" was published in 1901 with the words being credited to Ada Blenkhorn and the music credited to Howard Entwisle, "The Meeting in the Air" has been published giving credit for music and words to I. G. Martin. In a case of perfect timing, RCA Victor was interested, in 1927, in widening the scope of their recordings and records, so as to sell more of their record players, called "Victrola". RCA sent a "mobile" recording team around the country, seeking popular music, one of their stops was in Bristol, just a few miles from Maces Spring, the Carter Family went there to record some songs, which soon became popular country-wide. A. P. and Sara separated in 1932, in part as a result of Sara having an affair with A. P.'s cousin, due to A. P.'s long absences from home in his job as a traveling salesman, as well as in search of new musical ideas.
They divorced in 1939. The band remained together for several years afterwards, but broke up in 1943. While Maybelle and her daughters continued to tour as The Carter Family, A. P. left the music business to run a general store in Virginia. A. P. Carter died in Kingsport, Tennessee, on November 7, 1960, at the age of 68, he was buried in the Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church cemetery in the Maces Springs area of Hiltons, Virginia. Despite dying in relative obscurity, A. P. Carter was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970. Carter was inducted as part of The Carter Family in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1970. In 1993, his image appeared on a U. S. postage stamp honoring the Carter Family. In 2001 he was inducted posthumously into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor. PBS aired a one-hour show on A. P. Carter and the Carter Family in 2005 on American Experience, titled "Will The Circle Be Unbroken". In recent years, The Barter Theatre in Abingdon, has performed a play based on A.
P.'s life called Keep on the Sunny Side. On her 2008 album All I Intended to Be, Emmylou Harris includes the song "How She Could Sing the Wildwood Flower", co-written with Kate and Anna McGarrigle, about the relationship between A. P. and Sara, inspired by a documentary. The song "When I'm Gone," written by A. P. Carter and performed by the Carter Family in 1931, had been revived in 2009 when Lulu and the Lampshades created a reworked version using the cup game as percussion, titled "Cups," which in turn was famously covered by Anna Kendrick for her 2012 film "Pitch Perfect." The A. P. and Sara Carter House, A. P. Carter Homeplace, A. P. Carter Store and Ezra Carter House, Mt. Vernon Methodist Church are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as components of the Carter Family Thematic Resource. In keeping with A. P.'s dying wishes, his daughter Janette Carter restarted regular performances at A. P. Carter's general store venue, the organization became known as the Carter Family Fold, which continues to offer regular Appalachian music performances.
Songs written by A. P. Carter Nashville Songwriters Foundation PBS Special: The Carter Family: Will the Circle Be Unbroken. Friends of the Carter Family Fold A. P. Carter at Find a Grave
Ceredo, West Virginia
Ceredo is a town in Wayne County, West Virginia, United States, along the Ohio River. The population was 1,450 at the 2010 census. Ceredo is a part of the WV-KY-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area; as of the 2000 census, the MSA had a population of 288,649. The city is near the location of the Southern Airways Flight 932 aviation disaster. On November 14, 1970, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9 airplane carrying the Marshall University football team crashed on a hillside on approach to the Tri-State Airport, killing all 75 on board. A movie about the tragedy, We Are Marshall, was released in 2006. Ceredo was so named by its founder because of the bountiful harvest of corn upon the site; the name is derived from the goddess of corn and harvest. New England Congregationalists founded Ceredo to demonstrate the superiority of an economic system not based on slave labor. Eli Thayer, an abolitionist congressman from Massachusetts, believed that bringing abolitionists like himself into southern states could bring about the end of slavery.
While some welcomed the newcomers, several area newspapers published opinions against this "invasion." The newspaper of nearby Ashland, however, supported this move. By 1857, the city was established with a newspaper of its own and several industries. With John Brown's raid at Harpers Ferry in 1859 and the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, the situation for this abolitionist colony appeared bleak, its purpose to bring about the peaceful end of slavery over, several residents volunteered for pro-Union regiments. Ceredo is located at 38°23′36″N 82°33′37″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.26 square miles, of which, 1.53 square miles is land and 0.73 square miles is water. As of the census of 2010, there were 1,450 people, 638 households, 378 families residing in the city; the population density was 947.7 inhabitants per square mile. There were 718 housing units at an average density of 469.3 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 98.2% White, 0.1% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% from other races, 1.2% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.8% of the population. There were 638 households of which 20.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.9% were married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.0% had a male householder with no wife present, 40.8% were non-families. 37.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.6% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.07 and the average family size was 2.64. The median age in the city was 48.9 years. 16.1% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the city was 42.6% male and 57.4% female. As of the census of 2000, there were 1,675 people, 821 households, 466 families residing in the city; the population density was 1,246.5 people per square mile. There were 888 housing units at an average density of 660.8 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 97.73% White, 0.06% Native American, 0.78% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, 1.01% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.90% of the population. There were 821 households out of which 19.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.8% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 43.2% were non-families. 41.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 23.6% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.01 and the average family size was 2.69. In the city, the population was spread out with 17.9% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 22.7% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, 26.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females, there were 73.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 68.6 males. The median income for a household in the city was $24,323, the median income for a family was $33,700. Males had a median income of $30,735 versus $21,615 for females; the per capita income for the city was $14,733. About 10.4% of families and 15.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.0% of those under age 18 and 13.6% of those age 65 or over.
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Ceredo has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps. Dagmar, TV star of the 1950s lived in Ceredo in the 1990s Charles B. Hoard and Member of the United States House of Representatives Beau Smith, comic book writer, columnist Eli Thayer, Member of the United States House of Representatives and founder of Ceredo James Dixon Williams, Hollywood movie pioneer and co-founder of First National Pictures was born in Ceredo about 1877 List of cities and towns along the Ohio River City website
Country music known as country and western, hillbilly music, is a genre of popular music that originated in the southern United States in the early 1920s. It takes its roots from genres such as folk blues. Country music consists of ballads and dance tunes with simple forms, folk lyrics, harmonies accompanied by string instruments such as banjos and acoustic guitars, steel guitars, fiddles as well as harmonicas. Blues modes have been used extensively throughout its recorded history. According to Lindsey Starnes, the term country music gained popularity in the 1940s in preference to the earlier term hillbilly music. In 2009 in the United States, country music was the most listened to rush hour radio genre during the evening commute, second most popular in the morning commute; the term country music is used today to describe many subgenres. The origins of country music are found in the folk music of working class Americans, who blended popular songs and Celtic fiddle tunes, traditional English ballads, cowboy songs, the musical traditions of various groups of European immigrants.
Immigrants to the southern Appalachian Mountains of eastern North America brought the music and instruments of Europe along with them for nearly 300 years. Country music was "introduced to the world as a Southern phenomenon." The U. S. Congress has formally recognized Bristol, Tennessee as the "Birthplace of Country Music", based on the historic Bristol recording sessions of 1927. Since 2014, the city has been home to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. Historians have noted the influence of the less-known Johnson City sessions of 1928 and 1929, the Knoxville sessions of 1929 and 1930. In addition, the Mountain City Fiddlers Convention, held in 1925, helped to inspire modern country music. Before these, pioneer settlers, in the Great Smoky Mountains region, had developed a rich musical heritage; the first generation emerged in the early 1920s, with Atlanta's music scene playing a major role in launching country's earliest recording artists. New York City record label Okeh Records began issuing hillbilly music records by Fiddlin' John Carson as early as 1923, followed by Columbia Records in 1924, RCA Victor Records in 1927 with the first famous pioneers of the genre Jimmie Rodgers and the first family of country music The Carter Family.
Many "hillbilly" musicians, such as Cliff Carlisle, recorded blues songs throughout the 1920s. During the second generation, radio became a popular source of entertainment, "barn dance" shows featuring country music were started all over the South, as far north as Chicago, as far west as California; the most important was the Grand Ole Opry, aired starting in 1925 by WSM in Nashville and continuing to the present day. During the 1930s and 1940s, cowboy songs, or Western music, recorded since the 1920s, were popularized by films made in Hollywood. Bob Wills was another country musician from the Lower Great Plains who had become popular as the leader of a "hot string band," and who appeared in Hollywood westerns, his mix of country and jazz, which started out as dance hall music, would become known as Western swing. Wills was one of the first country musicians known to have added an electric guitar to his band, in 1938. Country musicians began recording boogie in 1939, shortly after it had been played at Carnegie Hall, when Johnny Barfield recorded "Boogie Woogie".
The third generation started at the end of World War II with "mountaineer" string band music known as bluegrass, which emerged when Bill Monroe, along with Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs were introduced by Roy Acuff at the Grand Ole Opry. Gospel music remained a popular component of country music. Another type of stripped-down and raw music with a variety of moods and a basic ensemble of guitar, dobro or steel guitar became popular among poor whites in Texas and Oklahoma, it became known as honky tonk, had its roots in Western swing and the ranchera music of Mexico and the border states. By the early 1950s a blend of Western swing, country boogie, honky tonk was played by most country bands. Rockabilly was most popular with country fans in the 1950s, 1956 could be called the year of rockabilly in country music, with Johnny Cash emerging as one of the most popular and enduring representatives of the rockabilly genre. Beginning in the mid-1950s, reaching its peak during the early 1960s, the Nashville sound turned country music into a multimillion-dollar industry centered in Nashville, Tennessee.
The late 1960s in American music produced a unique blend as a result of traditionalist backlash within separate genres. In the aftermath of the British Invasion, many desired a return to the "old values" of rock n' roll. At the same time there was a lack of enthusiasm in the country sector for Nashville-produced music. What resulted was a crossbred genre known as country rock. Fourth generation music included outlaw country with roots in the Bakersfield sound, country pop with roots in the countrypolitan, folk music and soft rock. Between 1972 and 1975 singer/guitarist John Denver released a se
The autoharp is a musical instrument in the chorded zither family. It features a series of chord bars attached to dampers, when pressed, mute all of the strings other than those that form the desired chord. Although the word autoharp was a trademark of the Oscar Schmidt company, the term has colloquially come to be used for any hand-held, chorded zither, regardless of manufacturer. Debate exists over the origin of the autoharp. A German immigrant in Philadelphia, US, Charles F. Zimmermann, was awarded US 257808 in 1882 for a design for a musical instrument that included mechanisms for muting certain strings during play, he named his invention the "autoharp". Unlike autoharps, the shape of the instrument was symmetrical, the felt-bearing bars moved horizontally against the strings instead of vertically, it is not known if Zimmermann commercially produced any instruments of this early design. Karl August Gütter of Markneukirchen, built a model that he called a "Volkszither", which most resembles the autoharp played today.
Gütter obtained a British patent for his instrument circa 1883–1884. Zimmermann, after returning from a visit to Germany, began production of the Gütter design in 1885, but with his own design patent number and name. Gütter's instrument design became popular, Zimmermann has been misnamed as the inventor. A stylized form of the term autoharp was registered as a trademark in 1926; the word is claimed as a trademark by the U. S. Music Corporation, whose Oscar Schmidt division manufactures autoharps; the USPTO registration, covers only a "Mark Drawing Code Words, and/or Numbers in Stylized Form" and has expired. In litigation with George Orthey, it was held that Oscar Schmidt could only claim ownership of the stylized lettering of the word autoharp, the term itself having moved into general usage; the autoharp body is made of wood, has a rectangular shape, with one corner cut off. The soundboard features a guitar-like sound-hole, the top may be either solid wood or of laminated construction. A pin-block of multiple laminated layers of wood occupies the top and slanted edges, serves as a bed for the tuning pins, which resemble those used in pianos and concert zithers.
On the edge opposite the top pin-block is either a series of metal pins, or a grooved metal plate, which accepts the lower ends of the strings. Directly above the strings, on the lower half of the top, are the chord bars, which are made of plastic, wood, or metal, support felt or foam pads on the side facing the strings; these bars are mounted on springs, pressed down with one hand, via buttons mounted to their topside. The buttons are labeled with the name of the chord produced when that bar is pressed against the strings, the strings strummed; the back of the instrument has three wooden, plastic, or rubber "feet", which support the instrument when it is placed backside down on a table top, for playing in the traditional position. Strings run parallel to the top, between the mounting plate and the tuning pins, pass under the chord bar assembly. Modern autoharps most have 36 strings, with some examples having as many as 47 strings, rare 48-string models, they are strung in a semi-chromatic manner which, however, is sometimes modified into either diatonic or chromatic scales.
Standard models have 12, 15 or 21 chord bars available, providing a selection of major and dominant seventh chords. These are arranged for systemic reasons. Various special models have been produced, such as diatonic one-, two-, or three-key models, models with fewer or additional chords, a reverse-strung model; the range is determined by the number of their tuning. A typical 36-string chromatic autoharp in standard tuning has a 3½ octave range, from F2 to C6; the instrument is not chromatic throughout this range, however, as this would require 44 strings. The exact 36-string tuning is: There are a number of gaps in the lowest octave, which functions to provide bass notes in diatonic contexts; the chromatic part of the instrument's range begins with A3. Diatonically-strung single-key instruments from modern luthiers are known for their lush sound; this is achieved by doubling the strings for individual notes. Since the strings for notes not in the diatonic scale need not appear in the string bed, the resulting extra space is used for the doubled strings, resulting in fewer damped strings.
Two- and three-key diatonics compromise the number of doubled strings to gain the ability to play in two or three keys, to permit tunes containing accidentals, which could not otherwise be rendered on a single key harp. A three-key harp in the circle of fifths, such as a GDA, is called a festival or campfire harp, as the instrument can accompany fiddles around a campfire or at a festival; the standard, factory chord bar layout for a 12-chord autoharp, in two rows, is: The standard, factory chord bar layout for a 15-chord instrument, in two rows, is: The standard, factory chord bar layout for a 21-chord instrument is in three rows: A variety of chord bar layouts may be had, both in as-delivered instruments, after customization. Until the 1960s, no pickups were available to amplify the autoharp other than rudimentary contact microphones, which had a poor-quality, tinny sound. In the early 1960s, a bar magnetic pickup was designed for the instrument by Harry DeArmond, manufactured by Rowe Industries.
Pinkerton's Assorted Colours used the instrument on their 1966 single "Mirror, mirror". In the 1970s, Oscar Schmidt came
Hank Thompson (musician)
Henry William Thompson as Hank Thompson, was an American country music singer-songwriter and musician whose career spanned seven decades. Thompson's musical style, characterized as honky tonk Western swing, was a mixture of fiddles, electric guitar and steel guitar that featured his distinctive, smooth baritone vocals, his backing band, The Brazos Valley Boys, was voted the top Country Western Band for 14 years in a row by Billboard. The primary difference between his music and that of Bob Wills was that Thompson, who used the swing beat and instrumentation to enhance his vocals, discouraged the intense instrumental soloing from his musicians that Wills encouraged. Although not as prominent on the top country charts in decades, Thompson remained a recording artist and concert draw well into his 80s; the 1987 novel Crazy Heart by Thomas Cobb was inspired by Thompson's life by his practice of picking up a local band to back him when he toured. In 2009 Cobb's novel was turned into a successful film directed by Scott Cooper and starring Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges.
Born in Waco, Thompson was interested in music from an early age and won several amateur harmonica contests. He decided to pursue his musical talent after serving in the United States Navy in World War II as a radioman and studying electrical engineering at Princeton University before his discharge, he had intended to continue those studies on the GI Bill following his 1946 discharge and return to Waco. That year, after having regional hits with his first single "Whoa Sailor" for Globe Records and simultaneously "California Women" for another Dallas label, he chose to pursue a full-time musical career. 1952 brought his first No. 1 single, "The Wild Side of Life," which contained the memorable line "I didn't know God made honky-tonk angels". Other hits for Thompson followed in quick succession in the 1960s. Thompson began singing in a plaintive honky tonk style similar to that of Ernest Tubb, desiring to secure more engagements in the dance halls of the Southwest, he reconfigured his band, the Brazos Valley Boys, to play a "light" version of the Western swing sound that Bob Wills and others made famous, emphasizing the dance beat and meticulous arrangements.
From 1947 to 1965, he recorded for Capitol Records joined Warner Bros. Records, where he remained from 1966 through 1967. From 1968 through 1980, he recorded for its successors, ABC Dot and MCA Records. In 1997, Thompson released Hank Thompson and Friends, a collection of solo tracks and duets with some of country music's most popular performers. In 2000, he released Seven Decades, on the Hightone label; the title reflected his recording history during the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s. Thompson was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989 and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1997, he continued touring throughout the U. S. until shortly before he became ill. He worked with a reconstituted version of the Brazos Valley Boys that included a few original members. Thompson's last public performance had been on October 2007 in his birthplace of Waco, Texas. Like many men of his generation, Thompson had been a smoker for most of his adult life, had been admitted into a Texas hospital in mid-October for shortness of breath.
After having been diagnosed with a aggressive form of lung cancer, Thompson canceled the rest of his 2007 "Sunset Tour" on November 1, 2007, two days after being released, retired from singing. He went into hospice care at his home in Keller and lost his battle with the disease five days on November 6, 2007, aged eighty-two. According to his spokesman Tracy Pitcox president of Heart of Texas Records, Thompson requested that no funeral be held. On November 14, a "celebration of life," open to both fans and friends, took place at Billy Bob's Texas, a Fort Worth, Texas country and Western nightclub that bills itself as The World's Largest Honky Tonk. Academy of Country Music List of country musicians Country Music Association List of best-selling music artists Inductees of the Country Music Hall of Fame Rumble, John.. "Hank Thompson". In The Encyclopedia of Country Music 1st edition 1998. Paul Kingsbury, Editor. New York: Oxford University Press. Pp. 536–7. Official Website Thompson at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Obituary in The Times of London, 16 November 2007 Hank Thompson at Find a Grave