Hank Thompson, RIP

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Honky-tonk great Hank Thompson passed away Tuesday night at the age of 82 from aggressive lung cancer. Here he is singing, "Whoa, Sailor," his first big hit, a tune about a sailor trying to chat up a girl in a bar, with a funny twist at the end:

Although he was born in Texas and finished his days there, he felt an attachment to Oklahoma, too. He lived in the Tulsa area for a time, and lent his name to Rogers State College's Hank Thompson School of Country Music.

There will be no funeral for Mr. Thompson, according to his wishes. Instead, he will be cremated; some of his ashes will be spread in Texas and Oklahoma, and the remainder will be buried in Waco next to his parents. He's survived by Ann. A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Billy Bob's Texas, 2520 Rodeo Plaza in Fort Worth.

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One of my favorites and he's been around forever. He was, interestingly, the only Ivy-League educated country music star I can think of; he took some classes at Princeton.* I had hoped to hear him play live before he died;... Read More


Dave Byers said:

RIP Hank...
My favorite was 'Wildwood Flower, the way he picked it and sang it.
from Beaver, UT

W. said:

It's been tough in the past month or so for old-time country music fans. First, Porter Wagnoner. Now, Hank Thompson.

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