by Alyssa Norwin
Country music has lost one of its greats. Tommy Overstreet sadly died at his home in Oregon on Nov. 2, 2015, just two days ahead of the CMA Awards. He was 78 years old.
Tommy had reportedly been suffering from a variety of illnesses over the last few years, and he succumbed this week. “Tommy Overstreet has passed away at his home,” fellow country musician Rex Allen Jr. wrote on Facebook. “Tommy was a great guy and headlined the first tour I ever worked. So sad.”
The late singer got his start at just 17 years old, when he began singing on Slim Willet’s television show in Texas. From there, he went on to form a band called The Shadows in the 1950s. After years of recording, Tommy was hired as the manager of Dot Records in Nashville in 1967, and three years later, he got back in the studio to establish himself as a country music hit maker.
His first biggest hit, which made it all the way to No. 5 on the Billboard country charts, was “Gwen (Congratulations),” and some of his other biggest songs included “I Don’t Know You Anymore,” “Heaven Is My Woman’s Love,” and “That’s When My Woman Begins,” among many others. He also became a regular guest on shows like Hee Haw and The Midnight Special.
Once the 70s ended, Tommy mostly stepped away from the spotlight and his music career — he released his last album in 1983, and his final single three years later. He moved to Branson, Missouri, which wound up being a popular location for retired country artists right around that time. He married twice and had several children.
Source: Hollywood Life