Legal name: Henry William Thompson

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Henry William 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 Artist RatingReleases
1985 The Kings of Country and Western, Volume 1 Various Artists 5 1
1995 A Celebration of Country 'n' Pop Music Various Artists 1
2007 #1 Hits of the 50's: Country Roads Various Artists 1
2010 Songs From The Mojave Wasteland - Music As Heard In Fallout: New Vegas Various Artists 1
2010 Fallout: New Vegas - Radio New Vegas Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1979 38 Country Classics Various Artists 1
1982 Tumbling Tumbleweeds Various Artists 1
1988 Country USA: 1961 Various Artists 1
1989 30 Years of No. 1 Country Hits Various Artists 1
1989 Country USA: 1958 Various Artists 1
1989 Country USA: 1960 Various Artists 1
1989 The Country Music Jamboree, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1990 Country USA: 1952 Various Artists 1
1990 Country USA: 1953 Various Artists 1
1990 Country USA: 1954 Various Artists 1
1990 Country USA: 1955 Various Artists 1
1990 Country USA: 1956 Various Artists 1
1990 The Capitol Collector's Series Various Artists 1
1991 The Sounds of Texas Various Artists 1
1992 Capitol Records 50th Anniversary 1942-1992 Various Artists 1
1993 Country Songs That Will Live Forever Various Artists 1
1994 The Great Sound of Country Various Artists 1
1994 Country Lover Various Artists 1
1994 Listen to a Country Song Various Artists 1
1994 The 101 Greatest Country Hits, Volume 1: Forever Country Various Artists 4
1994 The Best Country Album in the World... Ever! Various Artists 2
1995 Dr. Demento Gooses Mother! Dr. Demento 1
1995 Country Legends Various Artists 1
1995 Easy-Listening Country: Legendary Performers Various Artists 1
1995 Only Country 1950-1954 Various Artists 1
1996 50 Number One Country Hits Various Artists 1
1996 Best of Country Classics Various Artists 1
1996 Christmas Greatest Hits Various Artists 1
1996 Country Greats: The Platinum Collection Various Artists 1
1997 Country Classics: Barroom Hits Various Artists 1
1997 Mega Country Various Artists 1
1997 The Essential Country Favourites Various Artists 1
1997 The Essential Country Greats Various Artists 1
1998 A Time to Remember: 1949 Various Artists 1
1998 A Time to Remember: 1952 Various Artists 1
1998 A Time to Remember: 1948 Various Artists 1
1998 Classic Country: Golden '50s Various Artists 1
1998 Geschichte der Pop Musik Various Artists 1
1999 Where Were You When the Fun Stopped? Various Artists 1
1999 A Capitol Rockabilly Party, Part 1 Various Artists 1
1999 A Capitol Rockabilly Party, Part 2 Various Artists 1
1999 Classic Country: Golden '50s Various Artists 1
1999 Classic Country: The Nashville Era: 1958-1963 Various Artists 1
2000 As Good as It Gets: Western Swing Various Artists 1
2000 Classic Country: '50s Legends Various Artists 1
2000 Classic Country: 1941-1951 Various Artists 2
2000 Classic Country: The '50s: Treasures Various Artists 1
2001 An Empty Glass: A Collection of Drinking Songs Various Artists 1
2001 All Time Top 100 #1 Country Classics Various Artists 1
2001 1000 Original Hits: 50's Various Artists 1
2001 All-time Country Favourites Various Artists 1
2001 Classic Country: 1944-1949 Various Artists 1
2001 Classic Country: 1950-1956 Various Artists 1
2001 Country Legends Various Artists 1
2001 Merry Christmas (disc 2) Various Artists 1
2001 The Very Best of Country Legends Various Artists 1
2003 Heartland Christmas Various Artists 1
2003 Legends of Country: 26 All Time Favourite Country Hits Various Artists 1
2003 Legends of Country: 27 All Time Favourite Country Hits Various Artists 1
2004 Swinging Hollywood Hillbilly Cowboys Various Artists 1
2004 The Road to Nashville: A History of Country Music 1926-1953 Various Artists 1
2004 Classic Country: 1961-1965 Various Artists 1
2004 Country Gold, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2004 Greatest Hits of the 50's Various Artists 1
2005 The History of Country & Western Music Various Artists 1
2005 Country & Western Various Artists 1
2005 K-Tel Presents: #1 Country Various Artists 1
2005 Post War Country Various Artists 1
2005 Your Cheatin' Heart: Classic Country Hits Various Artists 1
2007 Hightone Records Anthology: Rockin’ From the Roots Various Artists 1
2008 Drifter's Escape: The Music That Inspired Bob Dylan's John Wesley Harding and Nashville Skyline Various Artists 1
2008 Doughboys, Playboys and Cowboys Various Artists 1
2008 Country & Western Hits Various Artists 1
2008 Country's Greatest Hits Various Artists 1
2009 Country's Greatest Hits Various Artists 1
2009 The Golden Age of Country Various Artists 2
2010 Rock‐A‐Billy, Rock and Roll & Hillbilly (red) Various Artists 1
2010 Big Bad Country Various Artists 1
2010 200 No.1 Hits Various Artists 1
2010 Red Hot Rockabilly Various Artists 1
2010 Rockabilly’s Gravest Hits Various Artists 1
2011 CMAA Presents 101 Country Classics Various Artists 1
2011 Th’is Country: Country Stars Various Artists 1
2012 The Original Sound Of Country 1956 Various Artists 1
2013 Rock‐A‐Billy Dynamite Various Artists 1
2014 Ballermann Country-Die Große Western Party 2014 Various Artists 1
2014 Next in Line: Influence, Volume 3 Johnny Cash 1
2017 The Many Faces of Rod Stewart Various Artists 1
... and the Answer Is, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
50 Years of Country Various Artists 1
55 Original Country Classics Various Artists 1
All Star Country/Western Cavalcade Various Artists 1
American Popular Music: From Minstrelsy to MTV Various Artists 1
American Roadsongs From Coast To Coast Various Artists 1
Country Girl Various Artists 1

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