Tuesday, November 24, 2020
– Hal Ketchum has passed away at age 67.
Some of his biggest hits were "Long Haired Country Boy," which was nominated for a CMA award in 1997, "Past the Point of Rescue," "Small Town Saturday Night" and "Hearts are Gonna Roll."
Ketchum retired from music in 2019 due to having Alzheimer's Disease.
His wife, Andrea, posted on Facebook, "With great sadness and grief we announce that Hal passed away peacefully last night at home due to complications of Dementia. May his music live on forever in your hearts and bring you peace."
Ketchum's 1991 album, "Past the Point of Rescue," was his most commercially successful, having been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Between 1991 and 2006, Ketchum had 17 entries on the Billboard Hot Country Songs.
He released 11 studio albums since 1986, including nine for divisions of Curb Records.
Ketchum was born April 9, 1953 in Greenwich, N.Y. He started playing clubs when he was 15 and moved to Austin in 1981. In 1986, Ketchum recorded 11 of his self-penned songs under his full name Hal Michael Ketchum. This album, "Threadbare Alibis," was released in 1988 on the Watermelon Records. Ketchum later moved to Nashville, striking a deal with Curb Records.
Curb released his debut, "Past the Point of Rescue," in 1991, a folk-based country.
Ketchum became the 71st member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1994. His most recent U.S. releases are "Father Time" in 2008 and "I'm the Troubadour" in 2014.
On April 14, 2019, Ketchum's wife, Andrea, announced on his Facebook page that he had been suffering from early-onset senile dementia (including Alzheimer's disease) throughout much of his most recent tour, leading him to no longer being able to perform.