Recognize This 1970’s (11 Top 10 Hits) Country Music Star?
He was one of Country Music's biggest hitmaker's in the 1970's. And it lasted virtually the entire decade.
By the time I began my on-air radio career in 1974 (48 years ago, how is that possible??), he was already an established country star with a half-dozen Top 10 hits. Yes, if you loved country music in the 70's, there's no doubt you heard and loved Tommy Overstreet.
Born in Oklahoma City and raised in Houston and Abilene, Texas, Tommy got into music as a child, influenced by Gene Austin, a music star back in the 1920's and 1930's. And while he managed a record company in the 1960's, it was in the 70's that Tommy decided to bring his own talents into the recording studio and on the stage.
The first of those 11 Top 10 hits was 1971's "Gwen (Congratulations)" and ten more followed by the end of the decade.
So while for many the 1970's may be remembered most for the birth of the Outlaw Country Music Movement, or maybe the decade that brought us all those CB country hits, for others of us, well, we remember the great Tommy Overstreet.
Tommy passed away at his home in Oregon in 2015 at the age of 78. But those great country hits (now classics) from the 1970's? Those will never die.
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