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Hank Thompson suffers from cancer

Monday, November 5, 2007 – Country star Hank Thompson is sick with lung cancer and is in hospice care. He was released from a hospital last week.

Thompson, 82, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989. He had 29 hits reach the top 10 on country music charts between 1948 and 1974. He had a number 1 hit in 1952 for 15 weeks with "The Wild Side of Life." Other hits included "Humpty Dumpty Heart," Wake Up, Irene" and "A Six Pack to Go." Thompson charted 79 times between 1948 and 1983.

Thompson's last show was in Waco, Texas on Oct. 8. The day was declared "Hank Thompson Day" by Gov. Rick Perry and Waco Mayor Virginia DuPuy. Thompson's first recording was "Whoa, Sailor" in 1946. That year, he started a band called the Brazos Valley Boys.

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CD review - The Quintessential Hank Thompson 1948-1979 Hank Thompson is a true legend of country music, and his vast legacy is examined with this single-disc career retrospective that expertly summarizes the three-decade period that marked the heyday of Thompson's career both in terms of popularity and creativity. Compiled and distributed by the noted reissue specialists at Australia's Raven Records, this 30-track set covers Thompson's best work for a variety of labels including Capitol Records Nashville, Dot Records and MCA Records. ...
This is the kind of album a major country artist would be unlikely to release these days: An entire album of nothing but songs about drinking beer and hanging out in bars! Released in 1966, 2 years after Thompson had left his longtime label, Capitol Records, "A Six Pack to Go" was a collection of tracks recorded between 1950 ("A Broken Heart and a Glass of Beer") and 1962 (a re-recording of his earlier hit "The Wild Side of Life"). In spite of the fact that recording technology changed a great ...
The concept is simple enough: reintroduce Hank Thompson to a new generation by teaming him with (mostly) younger performers on a collection of new material and remakes of his old hits. In many cases - and with an unsympathetic producer - this can be a recipe for disaster. Fortunately, Thompson has taken his time with the project and, just as importantly, found a strong right arm in producer Bill Millet, whose warm, rich sound is a welcome antidote to the cold digital sheen found on most modern ...

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