'70s hit maker Overstreet dies

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 – Tommy Overstreet, 78, who had a string of hits in the '70s, died at his Oregon home on Nov. 2 after suffering from undisclosed illnesses.

Overstreet was born in Oklahoma City, Okla. and grew up in Houston and Abilene, Texas. His cousin, "Uncle" Gene Austin, a singing star in the 1920s and 1930s with his hit "My Blue Heaven," was an influence on Overstreet.

Overstreet first recorded at Norman Petty's studio in Clovis, N.M. along with Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs. In 1957, he managed Dot Records in Nashville and 3 years later, he pursued his own recording career. He had a top five hit that year with "Gwen (Congratulations)."

Mining a countrypolitan style, other hits included "I Don't Know You (Anymore)," "Ann (Don't Go Runnin)," which was his highest charting hit, at number 2 in 1982, "Heaven Is My Woman's Love, " "Send Me No Roses," "I'll Never Break These Chains," "(Jeannie Marie) You Were a Lady" and "That's When My Woman Beings." His last top 10 was "Don't Go City Girl On Me" from 1975.

Overstreet recorded albums for Dot, Elektra and Intercord. His last release was "Good Lovin' Feelin'" in 1983.

In the late '80s, Overstreet established a base in Branson, Mo.

Overstreet was a frequent guest on the Hee Haw show.