Country Hitmaker Tommy Overstreet Dies at 78

Country Hitmaker Tommy Overstreet Dies at 78

Tommy Overstreet, one of country’s consistent hitmakers of the 1970s, died Nov. 2 at his home in Oregon at age 78 following a series of health issues. Tommy scored 19 Top 20 hits during his recording career, which spanned the years 1969 through 1986.

Tommy was born Sept. 10, 1937, in Oklahoma City and took up singing at an early age. He moved to Nashville in 1967 to manage the Dot Records office, but always harbored dreams of becoming an entertainer. His most successful years as a recording artist came during the 1970s. Though he never enjoyed a No. 1 single, Tommy stayed on the charts consistently with hits like “Ann (Don’t Go Runnin’),” which peaked at the No. 2 spot, “Heaven Is My Woman’s Love” and “I Don’t Know You (Anymore).”

In the late 1980s, Tommy became one of the first country artists to make the move to Branson, Mo. In 2014, Tommy released a book of his memoirs, A Road Less Traveled.

Nash Country Weekly sends our condolences to Tommy’s family and friends.

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Chris Young Earns 3 CMA Award Nominations

Chris Young Earns 3 CMA Award Nominations

Congrats to Chris Young who is a 3-time CMA Award nominee this year.

His song “Famous Friends”, which he sings with Kane Brown, racked up nominations in the categories of Single, Musical Event, and Video of the Year.

Talking about his nominations, Chris says “I was blown away by the fact that there were three award nominations for the song. I mean, there’s so much that’s gone into it and so many people that have fallen in love with it and supported it and, you know, just having a hit with your friend in the first place is great with a song like “Famous Friends” with my buddy Kane Brown, but then to be nominated for three different CMA Awards, including Single of the Year. It’s just incredible.”

Chris, Kane and all the other nominees will learn if they’re taking home trophies, when the 55th Annual CMA Awards are handed out in Nashville on Wednesday November 10 – broadcasted live on ABC.

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