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Hank Thompson

Biography

Nation musician who had a profession span of seven years and who played a honky tonk design of music and used metal guitars and fiddles. He earned many harmonica-playing contests when he was young and offered in the U.S. Navy during Globe Battle II, where he was a radioman before going after music full-time. He was inducted in to the Nation Music Hall of Popularity in 1989 as well as the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Popularity in 1997. His wife’s name is definitely Ann Williams. The novel Crazy Center by Thomas Cobb was influenced by him and it had been converted to a 2009 film starring Academy Honor champion, Jeff Bridges.

Quick Facts


Full Name Hank Thompson
Date Of Birth September 3, 1925
Died November 6, 2007, Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Place Of Birth Waco, TX
Weight 79 kg
Profession Country Singer
Education Princeton University, Southern Methodist University, Wild Side of Life, A Six Pack to Go, Blackboard of My Heart
Nationality American
Parents Jule Thomas Thompson, Zexia Ilda Wells Thompson, Wild Side of Life, A Six Pack to Go, Blackboard of My Heart
TV Shows Church Street Station
Star Sign Virgo

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#Fact
1He helped popularize the style of music called Western Swing, a combination of big-band sound with fiddle and steel guitar. He became known as "the King of Western Swing".
2He and his band started out playing in small clubs and honky-tonks, but their success took them to Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Palladium, the Smithsonian, and Las Vegas.
3With his background in electronics, he was an innovator, with several firsts to his credit: first act to tour with a sound and lighting system; first with corporate tour sponsorship; first to record a live album ("Live at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas", 1960); first country music show to play Vegas; and first to record in hi-fi stereo.
4While performing, he caught the attention of Tex Ritter who helped him obtain a contract with Capitol Records.
5October 8 is "Hank Thompson Day" in his hometown Waco, Texas.
6Served in the United States Navy.
7Studied electrical engineering at Southern Methodist University, University of Texas, and at Princeton.
8Performed on a local radio show, when he was just out of high school, as "Hank the Hired Hand".
9He has 29 Top Ten hits between 1948 and 1975.
10Life-long fan of Gene Autry.
11His band won Billboard Magazine's Touring Band of the Year award 14 consecutive times.
12Hero was Gene Autry.
13Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989.
14The name of his band is the Brazos Valley Boys.
15His number one hit "the Wild Side of Life", released in 1952 [15 weeks #1] was answered later the same year by Kitty Wells with her first #1 release, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Women" [6 weeks #1]
16His television show, locally produced in Oklahoma City in the early fifties, 'The Hank Thompson Show' was the first variety show telecast in colour.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Keeping Up with the Joneses2016writer: "A SIX PACK TO GO"
Grand Theft Auto V2013Video Game performer: "It Don't Hurt Anymore"
Cas & Dylan2013"Lost John", uncredited
W.2008/Iperformer: "Blue Skirt Waltz", "Shotgun Boogie"
The Sweet Lady with the Nasty Voice2008Documentary performer: "Humpty Dumpty Heart" / writer: "Humpty Dumpty Heart"
RV2006performer: "Honky Tonk Town" / writer: "Honky Tonk Town"
Slither2006performer: "I Find You Cheatin' On Me" / writer: "I Find You Cheatin' On Me"
Secondhand Lions2003writer: "Red Skin Gal"
Vinyl2000Documentary performer: "Time Wounds All Heels" / writer: "Time Wounds All Heels"
U Turn1997writer: "Honky-Tonk Girl" - as H. Thompson
Fallen AngelsTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1995 writer - 1 episode, 1995
Imaginary Crimes1994performer: "Make Room In Your Heart For A Memory" / writer: "Make Room In Your Heart For A Memory"
Black Hearts Bleed Red1992Short performer: "Shotgun Boogie"
Beats of the Heart: Chase the Devil - Religious Music of the Appalachian Mountains1983TV Movie documentary writer: "The Wild Side of Life"
Every Which Way But Loose1978performer: "Six Pack To Go" / writer: "Six Pack To Go" - as Thompson
The Last Picture Show1971performer: "Wild Side Of Life"
Smoky1966performer: "SMOKY"
The Jimmy Dean Show1964TV Series performer - 1 episode
Ozark Jubilee1959TV Series performer - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Last Picture Show1971for their music we thank: courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Sweet Lady with the Nasty Voice2008DocumentaryHimself
Austin City Limits1996-1999TV Series documentaryHimself
America's Music: The Roots of Country1996TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself (1996)
Hee Haw1970-1986TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Special Guest / Himself - Guest
Nashville on the Road1980TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Mike Douglas Show1971-1977TV SeriesHimself - Country Musician / Himself - Country Vocalist
The Alan Hamel Show1977TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1969-1970TV SeriesHimself
The Joey Bishop Show1967-1968TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1964TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Jimmy Dean Show1964TV SeriesHimself
Ozark Jubilee1959TV SeriesHimself - Singer
1954 World Series1954TV Mini-SeriesHimself - New York Giants Third Baseman

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