Hank Thompson

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Legal name: Henry William Thompson

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Henry William "Hank" Thompson (September 3, 1925 – November 6, 2007) was an American country music entertainer whose career spanned seven decades.

Thompson's musical style, characterized as honky tonk Western swing, was a mixture of fiddles, electric guitar and steel guitar that featured his distinctive, smooth baritone vocals.

His backing band, The Brazos Valley Boys, was voted the top Country Western Band for 14 years in a row by Billboard. The primary difference between his music and that of Bob Wills was that Thompson, who used the swing beat and instrumentation to enhance his vocals, discouraged the intense instrumental soloing from his musicians that Wills encouraged; however, the "Hank Thompson sound" exceeded Bob Wills in Top 40 country hits.

Although not as prominent on the top country charts in later decades, Thompson remained a recording artist and concert draw well into his 80s.

The 1987 novel Crazy Heart by Thomas Cobb was inspired by Thompson's life, specifically by his practice of picking up a local band to back him when he toured. In 2009 Cobb's novel was turned into a successful film directed by Scott Cooper and starring Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges.

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1952 Favorites 1
1955 Songs of the Brazos Valley 1
1958 Favorite Waltzes 1
1959 Songs for Rounders 1
1960 Most of All 1
1961 An Old Love Affair 1
1967 The Gold Standard Collection 1
1968 On Tap in the Can or in the Bottle 1
1968 Country Blues 1
1968 Sings the Gold Standards 1
1969 Hank Thompson Salutes Oklahoma 1
1969 Smoky the Bar 1
1970 You Always Hurt the One You Love 1
1971 Next Time I Fall in Love (I Won't) 1
1972 Cab Driver: A Salute to the Mills Brothers 1
1973 Kindly Keep It Country 1
1974 Movin' On 1
1975 Sings Nat King Cole 1
1976 Back in the Swing of Things 1
1977 Doin' My Thing 1
1977 The Thompson Touch 1
1978 Brand New Hank 1
1980 Take Me Back to Tulsa 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1971 25th Anniversary Album 1
1972 Greatest Hits, Volume 1 1
1987 Hank Thompson 20 Greatest Hits 1
1992 The Country Music Hall of Fame 1
1998 Sound of the Brazos Valley 1
2006 Country Legend 1
2008 A Six Pack To Go / Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight 1
2008 Treasures 1
2009 The Very Best of Hank Thompson 1
All-Time Greatest Hits 1
Famous Country Music Makers 1
Hank Thompson & His Brazos Valley Boys #2 1
Hank Thompson & His Brazos Valley Boys #9 1
Seven Decades 1
The Best of Hank Thompson 1966-1979 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1961 At the Golden Nugget 1
1963 At the State Fair of Texas 1

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
1946 Swing Wide Your Gate of Love / Whoa Sailor 1
1947 California Woman / What Are We Gonna Do 1
1947 Lonely Heart Knows / Starry Eyed Texas Gal 1
1947 Whoa Sailor / Swing Wide Your Gate of Love 2
1948 Green Light / You Remembered Me 1
1948 Second Hand Girl / My Heart Is Jig-Saw Puzzle 1
1948 Yesterday's Mail / What Are We Gonna Do About Midnight 1
1949 You Broke My Heart / I Find You Cheatin' on Me 1
1949 Tomorrow Night / My Front Door Is Open 1
1949 Grass Looks Greener Over Yonder / Soft Lips 1
1949 Cat Has Nine Lives / Give a Little Take a Little 1
1950 All That Goes Up Must Come Down / Standing on the Outside Looking in Now 1
1950 She's a Girl Without Any Sweetheart / Take a Look at the Broken Heart 1
1950 California Women / Humpty Dumpty Heart 1
1950 Cat Has Nine Lives / My Front Door Is Open 1
1950 Green Light / Mary Had a Little Lamb 1
1950 Rock in the Ocean / Grass Looks Greener 1
1950 Second Hand Girl / Don't Flirt With Me 1
1950 Soft Lips / Give a Little Take a Little 1
1950 Today / Whoa Sailor 1
1950 Tomorrow Night / Swing Wide Your Gate of Love 1
1950 You Remembered Me / I Find You Cheatin' on Me 1

Unspecified type

Year Title RatingReleases
Dance Ranch / Songs For Rounders 1
Hank World 1

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