Chanteur Country US né le 27 Avril 1929 au Texas, Tommy Hill est le frère de Goldie Hill et a enregistré chez Enterprise (51), Decca (52-53), Feature (53-54), Hickory (54-56), Starday (59-62) et CMR Records (72-73). Il est décédé le 31 Mars 2002.

Tommy Hill never quite made it as a country star, despite a couple of decades of trying and crossing paths with (and even working for) stars and legends like Smiley Burnette, Webb Pierce, Hank Williams, and Johnny Horton. He wrote some very successful songs and produced important hits by others, and also left some hot rockabilly sides behind.
Born on a farm near Coy City, TX, on the eve of the Great Depression, Hill was one of four children. He spent a good part of that childhood picking cotton in order to help his family survive. He also listened to the radio and especially enjoyed the music of Jimmie Rodgers, the Delmore Brothers, Cowboy Slim Rinehart, and Wayne Raney. It was while dragging sacks of cotton through the fields that Hill vowed to try for a career as a musician. He learned guitar listening to Ernest Tubb's lead player, Jimmie Short, and was proficient enough as a teenager to get a gig playing on radio with Big Bill Lister in San Antonio -- he was good enough, in fact, to blow the competition out of the studio.
With his brother Ken, Hill got gigs working with Red River Dave McEnery, and one day in 1948, musician/actor Smiley Burnette (of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers fame) passed through San Antonio and found himself in need of a guitar player or two. Tommy and Ken were hired for the gig and stayed with Burnette, who brought them to California, which got them into the background scenes in his movies as extras and musicians.
The Hollywood work only lasted for 18 months before Hill and his brother returned to Texas to try and really make it in the music business. Sometime in 1949, Hill was playing in a group called the Texas Hillbillies, and he managed to cross paths during the years that followed with Hank Williams and Johnny Horton. A couple of years later, Hill got picked up by Webb Pierce as a fiddle player. They only worked together for about four months, during which time Pierce cut one of Hill's original songs, "Slowly," before Hill decided to form a band of his own. Pierce's manager, Tillman Franks (who also later managed Horton), got Hill a contract with Decca Records in 1952. He formed his own band in Shreveport, LA, with his sister Goldie, who had a hit with Hill's "Let the Stars Get in My Eyes" (retitled "Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes"), which he had originally written for Kitty Wells.
Hill had little success with Decca and was persuaded to join Hickory Records, the recording arm of Acuff-Rose publishers. By that time, rock & roll was rumbling out of the South and the Midwest, and Hill ran across a fellow Texan with a yen to record, steering him to Decca in Nashville -- that marked the start of Buddy Holly's commercial recording career. He also saw Ronnie Self in concert and took to heart the kind of music that the kids were listening to. He tried his hand at rockabilly, recording a single session one night that took more than 35 years to see the light of day.
Somehow, however, success eluded Hill. He had no hits during his three years at Hickory Records, and he subsequently hooked up with Starday Records, where he eventually became a producer, handling many of the label's releases until 1968. After a stint with MGM Records, Hill went into partnership with his fellow guitarist, Pete Drake, in the Stop label, which recorded the Jordanaires and Johnny Bush, among others, during its brief existence. Finally, in 1972, Hill formed Gusto Records, and two years later went into partnership with Moe Lytle; the two eventually bought out the King and Starday labels, and Hill was the producer of Starday's biggest hit, "Teddy Bear" by Red Sovine.
Hill hasn't been heard from since the early '60s as a recording artist, and none of his country sides are currently in print. In 1993, however, Bear Family Records released his long-lost rockabilly session from that June night in 1958. Despite his talent and his years of playing and writing, Hill never scored a hit; however, as he observed in Colin Escott's notes for Get Ready Baby, he had a habit of always giving his best songs away to others.

Talents : Vocals, Guitar

Style musical : Traditional Country, Rockabilly

That Life That I'm Living (1953)

Ain't Nothing Like Loving (1958) (unissued)

Oil On My Land (1959)

Walls Of Stone (1959)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10

DISCOGRAPHY

78 t. & Singles

1951 SP ENTERPRISE 416 (US)

Texas Hillbillies - Until Heaven Comes Along - I'll Take Texas / I'm Gonna Shoo My Blues Away

111952 78 t. DECCA 28474 (US) More I Give The More You Take / I Ain't Settin' Where I Was
11/1952 SP DECCA 9-28474 (US)

More I Give The More You Take / I Ain't Settin' Where I Was

04/1953 78 t. DECCA 28690 (US) The Last Letter / Love Me For A Lifetime
04/1953 SP DECCA 9-28690 (US)

The Last Letter / Love Me For A Lifetime

1953 SP FEATURE 1077 (US)

That Life That I'm Living / What Is It, Darling?

1953 SP FEATURE 1089 (US)

Jess Little & Bass Slaughter - The Blues Are Back Again / I Must Leave You Now

1954 SP FEATURE 2001 (US)

End Of My Stairway / In The Middle Of The Morning

02/1954 78 t. HICKORY 1002 (US) Love Me, Baby / Life That I'm Living
02/1954 SP HICKORY 45-1002 (US)

Love Me, Baby / Life That I'm Living

07/1954 78 t. HICKORY 1010 (US) Bright Lights Is Your Heaven / Say It Now
07/1954 SP HICKORY 45-1010 (US)

Bright Lights Is Your Heaven / Say It Now

02/1955 78 t. HICKORY 1020 (US) Collision With Love / Honky Tonk Romance
02/1955 SP HICKORY 45-1020 (US)

Collision With Love / Honky Tonk Romance

07/1955 78 t. HICKORY 1031 (US) Diddle Dumpling / Six Foot Of Earth
07/1955 SP HICKORY 45-1031 (US)

Diddle Dumpling / Six Foot Of Earth

12/1955 78 t. HICKORY 1039 (US) Mister Jukebox / Sugar Manner
12/1955 SP HICKORY 45-1039 (US)

Mister Jukebox / Sugar Manner

04/1956 78 t. HICKORY 1047 (US) I Wanta Show My Baby Off / Although I'm Second Hand
04/1956 SP HICKORY 45-1047 (US) I Wanta Show My Baby Off / Although I'm Second Hand
04/1959 SP Starday 45-429 (US)

Oil On My Land / Walls Of Stone

12/1962 SP Starday 45-611 (US)

K.C. Train Whistle Blues / Twin Fiddle Polka

1965 SP Starday 45-723 (US) That's Truck Drivin' (Slim Jacobs) / Cabin Call (Tommy Hill’s String Band)
1972 SP CMR 45-101 (US)

Ain't She A Crying Shame? / Why-Why-Why?

1972 SP CMR 45-102 (US)

Strength Of My Weakness / My Heart Is Mine

1972 SP CMR 45-103 (US)

Paint Your World Happy / When She Comes Running Back To Me

1973 SP CMR 45-105 (US)

Sweet Dreams And Lonely Memories / Make It Easy On Yourself



Unissued Tracks

1958 Unissued - (Bear Family CD 15709 (#1)) Ain't Nothing Like Loving
1958 Unissued - (Bear Family CD 15709 (#3)) Can't Help It
1958 Unissued - (Bear Family CD 15709 (#7)) Do Me A Favor
1958 Unissued - (Bear Family CD 15709 (#5)) Get Ready Baby [vers. 1]
1958 Unissued - (Bear Family CD 15709 (#9)) Get Ready Baby [vers. 2]
1958 Unissued - (Bear Family CD 15709 (#8)) Have A Little Faith In Me
1958 Unissued - (Bear Family CD 15709 (#2)) In The Middle Of The Morning [vers. 1]
1958 Unissued - (Bear Family CD 15709 (#10)) In The Middle Of The Morning [vers. 2]
1958 Unissued - (Bear Family CD 15709 (#4)) Life Begins At 4 O'Clock
1958 Unissued - (Bear Family CD 15709 (#6)) Love Words

Albums

1963 LP 12" ABC Paramount ABC 446 (mono) / ABCS-446 (stereo) (US)

Pickin' 'N' Grinnin' - The Bluegrass Hillbillies - The Ballad Of Jed Clampett / Big Red's Special / Nine-Pound Hammer / Shortnin' Bread / Silver Threads And Golden Needles / Tom Dooley / Hand Me Down My Walkin' Cane / Drunkard's Hiccups / This Land Is Your Land / The Lonesome Mohawk / Darlin' Cora / I Ain't Got Nobody

1963

LP 12" Starday SLP-210 (mono) / S-SLP-210 (stereo) (US)

The Swingin' Sound of Modern Country Music with Percussion - Tommy Hill's Nashville String Band - Frankie & Johnny / Bayou Medley / Jole Blon - Big Mamou / Tennessee Volunteer March / String Boogie Woogie / The Waltz You Saved For Me / Dixieland Rag / Twin Fiddle Polka / K.C. Train Whistle Blues / New Westphalia Waltz / Cherokee Swing / Western Dance Medley: Faded Love-A Maiden's Prayer - Just Because

1969 LP 12" Starday S-SLP-439 (US)

Golden Country Melodies - Tommy Hill & Nashville Cats - Release Me (And Let Me Love Again) / Honey / Bummin' Around / Theme From Giddy Up Go / Y'all Come / Melody From Danny Boy / Gentle On My Mind / Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On / Blues Stay Away From Me / Alabam / Harper Valley PTA / Am I That Easy To Forget

1993 CD Bear Family BCD-15709 (GER)

Get Ready Baby - Ain't Nothing Like Loving / In The Middle Of The Morning / I Can't Help It / Life Beginf At Four O' Clock / Oh Get Ready Baby / Love Words / Do Me A Favor / Have A Little Faith On Me / Oh Get Ready Baby / In The Middle Of The Morning

2004 CD Hillbilly Researcher HBR # 74 (UK)

Tommy Hill - Until Heaven Comes Along I'll Take Texas / I'm Gonna Shoo My Blues Away / I Ain't Settin' Where I Was / The More I Give, The More I Take / Love Me For A Lifetime / The Last Letter / The Life That I'm Living (Feature) / What Is It Darling? / The Life That I'm Living (Hickory) / Bright Lights Is Your Heaven Love Me, Baby Say It Now / The Blues Are Back Again / I Must Leave You Now / The End Of The Stairway / In The Middle Of The Morning / Honky Tonk Romance / I Wanta Show My Baby Off / Collision With Love / Although I'm Second Hand / Six Foot Of Earth / Diddle, Diddle Dumpling / Mr. Jukebox / Sugar Nanner / Walls Of Stone / Oil On My Land

2010 CD BACM CD 293 (UK)

The Life That I’m Living - Until Heaven Comes Along I'll Take Texas / I'm Gonna Shoo My Blues Away / I Ain't Settin' Where I Was / The More I Give, The More I Take / Love Me For A Lifetime / The Last Letter / The Life That I'm Living (Feature) / What Is It Darling? / The Life That I'm Living (Hickory) / Bright Lights Is Your Heaven Love Me, Baby Say It Now / The Blues Are Back Again / I Must Leave You Now / The End Of The Stairway / In The Middle Of The Morning / Honky Tonk Romance / I Wanta Show My Baby Off / Collision With Love / Although I'm Second Hand / Six Foot Of Earth / Diddle, Diddle Dumpling / Mr. Jukebox / Sugar Nanner / Walls Of Stone / Oil On My Land

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