- Tommy Overstreet
Tommy Overstreet (born
September 10, 1937in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is a " Nashville Sound"-style country music singerwhose popularity peaked in the 1970s. Overstreet, often known simply as "T.O." by fans and radio disc jockeys, has eleven top ten singles in the Billboardcountry charts and five top five hits.
Overstreet grew up in both Houston,
Texasand Abilene, Texas. He decided on a singingcareer when he was very young, influenced largely by his uncle, Gene Austin.Fact|date=May 2007 Austin was a singing star of the 1920s and 1930s.
Overstreet's musical career started when he was seventeen years old, singing on
country-westernstar Slim Willet's television show in Abilene.Fact|date=May 2007 In the late 1950s, Overstreet started a group called "The Shadows." They entertained at various venues throughout western Texas, including Air Force bases and movie theaters.Fact|date=May 2007
Overstreet first recorded at
Norman Petty's studio in Clovis, New Mexico, along with Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs.Fact|date=May 2007 In 1960, Overstreet recorded in New York Cityat Roulette Records, with Doc Severinsenon trumpet, Sam "The Man" Taylor on saxophoneand the Ray Charles Singerssinging backup.Fact|date=May 2007 But the recordings never saw the light of day, due to the payolascandal of 1960.
In 1967, Overstreet was hired to manage
Dot Recordsin Nashville, TN. In 1971, he decided to pursue a recording career, quickly establishing himself as a country hitmaker that very year with a top five hit, "Gwen (Congratulations)," which peaked at #5 on the Billboard country music chart. Overstreet's highest charting Billboard hit was 1972's "Ann (Don't Go Runnin')," which went to #2.
His other top-20 hits were "I Don't Know You Anymore" (#5 in 1971), "Heaven is My Woman's Love" (#3 in 1972), "Send Me No Roses" (#7 in 1973); "I'll Never Break These Chains" (#7 in 1973), "(Jeannie Marie) You Were a Lady" (#7 in 1974), "If I Miss You Again Tonight" (#8 in 1974), "I'm a Believer" (#9 in 1975), "That's When My Woman Begins" (#6 in 1976), "If Love was a Bottle of Wine" (#11 in 1976), "Don't Go City Girl on Me" (#5 in 1977), "Yes, Ma'am" (#12 in 1978, and "Fadin' In, Fadin' Out" (#11 in 1978).
songwriter, Overstreet has written over 500 songs. At the beginning of his career, famed pop singer Pat Boonerecorded some of Overstreet's songs.Fact|date=May 2007
Overstreet remains active as a concert performer and is still an occasional recording artist, including recording
gospeland big band music.Fact|date=May 2007 He is extremely popular in Europeand has toured there many times.
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