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Musician Tom T. Hall’s Cause of Death at 85 is Unknown


Sadly, songwriter, singer, instrumentalist, short-story writer, and novelist Tom Hall has unfortunately passed away at the age of 85. Tom T. Hall’s cause of death is not revealed yet.

Thomas T. Hall was born in Olive Hill, Kentucky; as a teen, he started with a band known as the Kentucky Travelers that performed before traveling theatre. Hall performed over the Armed Forces Radio Network and wrote comic songs about Army experiences during a stint in the Army.

Hall worked as a radio announcer at WRON, a local radio station in Ronceverte, West Virginia, at WMOR 1330AM, and WGOH 1370AM, both in Kentucky as an early career. He was also an announcer at WSPZ, which later became WVRC Radio in Spencer, West Virginia, in the 1960s.

Musician Tom T. Hall died at 85
The great musician Tom T. Hall passed away at the age of 85

Tom Hall’s big songwriting break came when country singer Jimmy C. Newman recorded his song, “DJ For a Day,” in 1963. Then he went to Nashville and started working as a $50-a-week songwriter for Newkeys Music, writing up to half a dozen country songs every day.

The artist had been nicknamed “Storyteller,” and he had written songs for many country stars, including George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Bobby Bare, and Alan Jackson.

One of his earliest successful songwriting experiments was “Harper Valley PTA,” which was recorded in 1968 by Jeannie C. Riley, hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Country Singles, won a Grammy Award and a CMA Award. Hall himself had recorded this song on the album “The Definitive Collection.”

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Musicain Tom T. Hall’s Cause of Death not Revealed

There is no report about Tom T. Hall’s cause of death. Some of Hall’s biggest hits are including:

  • A Week in a Country Jail
  • “Watermelon Wine”
  • “I Love”
  • “Country Is”
  • “I Like Beer”
  • “The Year Clayton Delaney Died”
  • “Faster Horses”
  • “That Song Is Driving Me Crazy”

Tom Hall is also noted for his children-oriented songs, including “Sneaky Snake” and “I Care.”In 1979, Hall appeared on the PBS music program Austin City Limits during Season 4.

The artist has written 12 No.1 hit songs, with 26 more that reached the Top 10. He was also included in Rolling Stones’ list of 100 Greatest Songwriters.

Thomas T. Hall was married to bluegrass songwriter and producer Dixie Hall in 1969, and they lived together in Franklin, Tennessee, until Dixie’s death on January 16, 2015. She was born Iris Lawrence in the West Midlands, England, in 1934 and had emigrated to the US in 1961.

Tom and Dixie had met each other at a 1965 music industry award dinner she was invited as Dixie Deen for having written the song “Truck Drivin’ Son-of-a-Gun” for Dave Dudley.

Tom leaves behind his singer, musician, and songwriter son, Dean Hall, from his 1961 marriage to Opal “Hootie” McKinney. In the early 1980s, Dean Hall worked for his father, first as a roadie and then as a guitar player, before joining Bobby Bare’s band.

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Reactions to Tom T. Hall’s Death

Several fans, friends, and supporters reacted and stated their condolences on social media websites following this tragic news.

Thomas T Hall suddenly died at the age of 85
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A fan wrote: “R.I.P. Tom T. Hall (1936-2021), singer/songwriter who wrote some amazing songs, like Homecoming, That’s How I Got to Memphis, I Miss A Lot of Trains and a personal favorite when I was a kid, The Year That Clayton Delaney Died.”

Another tweeted: “Just learnt that #tomthall has passed away. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, fans, and colleagues in the business. Thank you for your service to entertainment “The Storyteller” Rest In Peace Tom T Hall.”

An online user wrote: “The name every old man has called me since birth. R.I.P. to my namesake* *My middle name starts with a ‘W'”

Another fan also tweeted: “Tom T. Hall was one of our great songwriters. Tonight we’re without one of our truly original voices. A few thoughts and a song I enjoy. Hope you do too. Rest in peace, Tom.”

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The family needs privacy; please respect them during this difficult time. More information about his death will be updated as we receive it.

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  1. Stacy Harris August 21, 2021

    Tom’s cause of death is not “unknown.” It is simply not being released at this time.

  2. Donna Kelly August 22, 2021

    I met Tom T Hall in the early 80’s in Wheeling, West Virginia. After many concerts we became friends and he would take my children for rides on his bus after a concert. I was accepted into a group of people who loved him and went to as many concert as time and distance would allow.
    They are all gone now, and so another era is over for me. I will always remember him, his music, and the way he treated my family and me. He was one of a kind. Thank you,Tom, for the gift of your music and your life.

    1. US day News August 22, 2021

      Dear Donna,
      So sorry for your loss; please accept our condolences. As you mentioned, Tom T Hall is alive with his music forever. He will rest in paradise.

  3. Suicide-Prevention August 23, 2021

    This was a suicide, according to a source here in Franklin, TN


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