Tommy Overstreet

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Tommy Overstreet
Also known asT.O.
Born(1937-09-10)September 10, 1937
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
Origin Abilene, Texas, United States
DiedNovember 2, 2015(2015-11-02) (aged 78)
Hillsboro, Oregon, U.S.
Genres Country, Nashville sound
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active1968–1986
Labels Dot Records

Tommy Overstreet (September 10, 1937 – November 2, 2015) was an American country singer. Often known simply as "T.O." by fans and radio disc jockeys, Overstreet had five top-five hit singles in the Billboard country charts and 11 top-10 singles. His popularity peaked in the 1970s. He lived in Hillsboro, Oregon. [1]

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Early life

Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Overstreet grew up in both Houston and Abilene, Texas. He decided on a singing career when he was very young, influenced largely by his cousin, "Uncle" Gene Austin. [2] [3] Austin was a singing star of the 1920s and 1930s.

Career

Overstreet's musical career started when he was 17, singing on country and western star Slim Willet's television show in Abilene. [4] In the late 1950s, Overstreet started a group called "The Shadows."

He first recorded at Norman Petty's studio in Clovis, New Mexico, along with Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs.[ citation needed ] In 1960, Overstreet recorded in New York City at Roulette Records, with Doc Severinsen on trumpet, Sam "The Man" Taylor on saxophone, and the Ray Charles Singers singing backup.

In 1967, Overstreet was hired to manage Dot Records in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1970, he decided to pursue a recording career, quickly establishing himself as a country hit maker that very year with a top-five hit, "Gwen (Congratulations)", which peaked at number five on the Billboard country music chart.

Overstreet made frequent guest appearances on the TV variety show Hee Haw . [5] [6] His highest charting Billboard hit was 1972's "Ann (Don't Go Runnin')", which went to number two.

His other top-20 hits were "I Don't Know You Anymore" (number five in 1971), "Heaven is My Woman's Love" (number three in 1972), "Send Me No Roses" (number seven in 1973); "I'll Never Break These Chains" (number seven in 1973), "(Jeannie Marie) You Were a Lady" (number seven in 1974), "If I Miss You Again Tonight" (number eight in 1974), "I'm a Believer" (number 9 in 1975), "That's When My Woman Begins" (number six in 1975), "If Love was a Bottle of Wine" (number 11 in 1976), "Don't Go City Girl on Me" (number five in 1977), "Yes, Ma'am" (number 12 in 1978), and "Fadin' In, Fadin' Out" (number 11 in 1978).

Overstreet died at his home in Oregon on November 2, 2015. He had been suffering from a variety of undisclosed ailments in recent years. [7]

Discography

Albums

YearAlbum US Country Label
1971Gwen (Congratulations)33Dot
1972This Is Tommy Overstreet22
Heaven Is My Woman's Love9
1973My Friends Call Me T.O.23
1974Woman, Your Name Is My Song41
1975I'm a Believer38ABC/Dot
Greatest Hits Vol. One18
The Tommy Overstreet Show
Live from the Silver Slipper
36
1976Turn On to Tommy Overstreet46
1977Vintage '7726
Hangin' 'Round44
1978Better Me
1979I'll Never Let You DownElektra
1980The Real Tommy Overstreet
1982The Best of Tommy Overstreet
Dream MakerIntercord
1983Good Lovin' Feelin'

Singles

YearSingleChart PositionsAlbum
US Country US CAN Country
1968"Every Day I Fall More in Love with You"singles only
1969"Watching the Trains Go By"
"Games People Play"
"Rocking a Memory (That Won't Go to Sleep)"73
1970"Painted by the Wine"
"Good Day Sunshine"
1971"If You're Looking for a Fool"56Gwen (Congratulations)
"Gwen (Congratulations)"51232
"I Don't Know You (Anymore)"53
1972"Ann (Don't Go Runnin')"21This Is Tommy Overstreet
"A Seed Before the Rose"1612Heaven Is My Woman's Love
"Heaven Is My Woman's Love"31023
1973"Send Me No Roses"710My Friends Call Me T.O.
"I'll Never Break These Chains"710
1974"(Jeannie Marie) You Were a Lady"33Woman, Your Name Is My Song
"If I Miss You Again Tonight"82I'm a Believer
1975"I'm a Believer"99
"That's When My Woman Begins"64The Tommy Overstreet Show
Live from the Silver Slipper
"From Woman to Woman"168single only
1976"Here Comes That Girl Again"1523Turn On to Tommy Overstreet
"Young Girl"2937
1977"If Love Was a Bottle of Wine"1112Vintage '77
"Don't Go City Girl On Me"55
"This Time I'm in It for the Love"20Hangin' 'Round
1978"Yes Ma'am"1215
"Better Me"2034Better Me
"Fadin' In, Fadin' Out"1118
1979"Tears (There's Nowhere Else to Hide)"
(w/ The Nashville Express)
91single only
"Cheater's Kit"4532Better Me
"I'll Never Let You Down"27I'll Never Let You Down
"What More Could a Man Need"23The Real Tommy Overstreet
"Fadin' Renegade"36
1980"Down in the Quarter"41
"Sue"47The Best of Tommy Overstreet
"Me and the Boys in the Band"72
1983"Dream Maker"69Dream Maker
"Heart of Dixie"84
1984"I Still Love Your Body"87singles only
1986"Next to You"74

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References

  1. Bray, Kari (June 23, 2013). "Hillsboro fire destroys barn and property of country singer Tommy Overstreet". The Oregonian . Retrieved June 24, 2013.
  2. Gene Austin Biography
  3. Tommy Overstreet Biography on VH1
  4. Tommy Overstreet Biography on CMT
  5. Hee Haw Musical Guestlist [ permanent dead link ] on Hee Haw
  6. Tommy Overstreet Biography on CMT
  7. Dauphin, Chuck (November 3, 2015). "Tommy Overstreet, 1970s Country Hitmaker, Dies at Age 78". Billboard . Retrieved November 3, 2015.