Label: Warner Bros. Records - W 1686 • Format: Vinyl LP • Country: US • Genre: Folk, World, & Country • Style: Country
Henry William Thompson September 3, — November 6, was an American country music singer-songwriter and musician whose career spanned seven decades. Thompson's musical style, characterized as honky tonk Western swingwas a mixture of fiddles, electric guitar and steel guitar that featured his distinctive, smooth baritone vocals.
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; however, the "Hank Thompson sound" exceeded Bob Wills in Top 40 country hits. Although not as prominent on the top country charts in later decades, Thompson remained a recording artist and concert draw well into his 80s.
The novel Crazy Heart 50% Vol - Betercore - Youthcrust Discography Thomas Cobb was inspired by Thompson's life, specifically by his practice of picking up a local band to back him when he toured.
Born in Six Days Of The Road - Hank Thompson - Hank Thompson The Gold Standard Collection Of , TexasUnited States,  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 discharge and return to Waco.
Other hits for Thompson followed in quick succession in the s and s. Thompson began singing in a plaintive honky tonk style similar to that of Ernest Tubbbut, 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 tohe recorded for Capitol Recordsthen joined Warner Bros. Recordswhere he Rapture (Matt Darey Mix) - Erasure - In My Arms II from through InThompson released Hank Thompson and Friendsa collection of solo tracks and duets with some of country music's most popular performers.
Inhe released a new album, Seven Decadeson the Hightone label. The title reflected his recording history during the s, s, s, s, s, s, and s. He continued touring throughout the U. Often, 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 8,in his birthplace of Waco, Texas. Like many men of his generation, Thompson had been a smoker for most of his adult life, and had been admitted into a Texas hospital in mid-October for shortness of breath.
After having been diagnosed with a particularly aggressive form of lung cancerThompson canceled the rest of his "Sunset Tour" on November 1,two days after being released, and retired from singing. He then went into hospice care at his Six Days Of The Road - Hank Thompson - Hank Thompson The Gold Standard Collection Of in Keller, Texas and lost his battle with the disease five days later on November 6,aged eighty-two.
According to his spokesman Tracy Pitcox, also president of Heart of Texas Records, Thompson requested that no funeral be held. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Thompson politician.
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