Tompall & the Glaser Brothers

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Tompall & The Glaser Brothers
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Tompall & The Glaser Brothers in 1980. L-R: Chuck, Tompall, Jim
Background information
Origin Spalding, Nebraska, United States
Genres Country
Years active1950s–1973, 1979–1982
Labels Decca, Vocalion, MGM/Curb, Elektra
Past membersChuck Glaser
Jim Glaser
Tompall Glaser

Tompall & the Glaser Brothers was an American country music group composed of three brothers: Chuck Glaser (February 27, 1936 – June 10, 2019), Jim (December 16, 1937 – April 6, 2019), and Tompall (September 3, 1933 – August 13, 2013). The Glaser Brothers started singing together at country fairs and contests in and around the Spalding area when they were preteens. In 1957, the group got their big break when they appeared on the Arthur Godfrey's Talent Show and attracted the attention of several well known country stars, including Marty Robbins. [1]

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Biography

Between 1960 and 1975, the trio recorded ten studio albums and charted nine singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts. (Their material for Bravo Records was released under the name The Charleston Trio. [2] ) The Glasers became members of the Grand Ole Opry in the 1960s. The group took a hiatus from 1973 to 1978, during which time each brother pursued individual interests. They reunited in 1979 and released several singles and two albums including, Loving Her Was Easier, which reached #2 on the Billboard charts.

In 1962 the Glaser Brothers started a publishing company and began to take on songwriters that other name brand studios had chosen to ignore. One of those songwriters was John Hartford, who wrote Gentle on My Mind , a song that has been recorded by over 300 artists including Glen Campbell, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash, among others. The popularity of the song is enormous and it has been performed live over 6 million times. [3]

In 1970 the brothers opened their own studio at 916 19th Ave. South in Nashville, TN. The new studio, Glaser Sound, was often referred to as Hillbilly Central because it was a haven for artists who wanted to have more artistic control over their own music and careers. [1] The studio included a publishing company, production company, talent agency, and design services for album covers. In that venue creative experimentation thrived [4] as new opportunities for songwriters and artists became commonplace.

On the very day that the publishing company was sold in 1975, Chuck was rushed to the hospital with a stroke. Following his recovery, which also included relearning how to sing, Chuck began to explore other lucrative business ventures including producing a syndicated television show, and a children’s album among others . [5] Tompall and Jim continued with their musical careers, both achieving success as solo artists.

In 1990 the brothers were asked to reunite for one final show at the Grand Ole Opry in a tribute to Hank Snow. Out of respect for Snow, they accepted the offer. [6]

In 2013, a documentary entitled From Nebraska Ranchers to Nashville Rebels: The Story of the Glaser Brothers was released. Produced by Newshound Productions, the film provides new information about the brothers as individuals and as a group. The sources for the documentary came from family, friends, and music industry insiders. The documentary features comments by Jim Glaser, Chuck Glaser, Cowboy Jack Clement, Bobby Bare, Kinky Friedman, Ronny Robbins, Robert K. Oermann, Marshall Chapman, Gordon Stoker, Willis Hoover, Bill Holmes, Doyle Grisham among others. [7]

Tompall died on August 13, 2013, at the age of 79, leaving behind his widow, June Johnson Glaser. His funeral service was conducted at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Nashville, Tennessee on August 16, 2013. The private family service was conducted by Father Edward Steiner, senior pastor at the Cathedral. [8] Jim died on April 6, 2019, aged 81. [9] Chuck died on June 10, 2019, aged 83. [10]

Discography

Albums

YearAlbum US Country
1960This Land - Folk Songs
1967Country Folks
Tompall & the Glaser Brothers41
1968Through the Eyes of Love18
The Wonderful World of the Glaser Brothers
1969Now Country
1970Soundtrack From "...tick...tick...tick..."42
1971The Award Winners
1972Rings and Things33
Sing Great Hits from 2 Decades
1973Charlie
1974Greatest Hits
1975Vocal Group of the Decade
1981Lovin' Her Was Easier36
1982After All These Years54
2002The Best of Tompall Glaser & the Glaser Brothers

Singles

YearSingle [11] Chart PositionsAlbum
US Country CAN Country
1959"She Loves the Love I Give Her"This Land - Folk Songs
1966"Gone, On the Other Hand"24Tompall & the Glaser Brothers
1967"Through the Eyes of Love"27Through the Eyes of Love
1968"The Moods of Mary"42
"One of These Days"36The Wonderful World of the Glaser Brothers
1969"California Girl (And the Tennessee Square)"A11Now Country
"Wicked California"24
"Walk Unashamed"30
1970"All That Keeps Ya Goin'"33
"Gone Girl"23single only
1971"Faded Love" (with Leon McAuliffe and the Cimarron Boys)22The Award Winners
"Rings"721Rings and Things
1972"Sweet, Love Me Good Woman"2341
"Ain't It All Worth Living For" (with The Nashville Studio Band)15singles only
1973"A Girl Like You"46
"Charlie"4785Charlie
1980"Weight of My Chains"43single only
"Sweet City Woman"3439
1981"Lovin' Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)"22Lovin' Her Was Easier
"Just One Time"17
1982"It'll Be Her"19
"I Still Love You (After All These Years)"28After All These Years
"Maria Consuela"88

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