The song about a mother telling a group of busybodies to mind their own business was witty and feisty and became a No. It sold millions of copies and Riley won a Grammy for best female country vocal performance and an award for single of the year from the Country Ballad Of Forty Dollars Association. The story was so popular it even spawned a movie of the same name and a television series.
It was the most awesome time of my life; I caused all this stir. Tennessee Democrats urged Hall to run for governor inbut he declined. Yet Hall was no brooding nostalgist. Many of his Ballad Of Forty Dollars were comical—Hall was too cheerful for things to be otherwise. He was a moderately liberal Democrat troubled by Vietnam, Watergate, poverty, capital punishment, and similar concerns. In religion, Hall was, according to the man himself, a believing Christian—and very much a Protestant.
When it came on in the car, she would sing along with gusto while pointedly turning her head toward her children in the back seat. We often met her gaze with rolled eyes. First Things depends on its subscribers and supporters. Join the conversation and make a contribution today. He stopped recording and touring in the '90s, but finding a latter-day writing partner in Dixie, he kept on Ballad Of Forty Dollars his storytelling.
As he reflected to me, "That there is such a thing as a Tom T. Hall song, that was my greatest compliment.
Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. NPR Shop. Tom T. Hall developed the singer-songwriter as a trustworthy observer, a persona who could supply all the detail we needed to get the sense of the situation in three minutes flat.
Music Features. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. August 26, AM ET. Enlarge this image. He joined the U. Army in for four years including an assignment in Germany.
He turned to writing when he got back stateside and was discovered by Ballad Of Forty Dollars publisher Jimmy Key. He wrote songs for Jimmy Ballad Of Forty Dollars. Newman, Dave Dudley and Johnny Wright, but he had so many songs that he began recording them himself.
Ballad Of Forty Dollars was the most awesome time of my life; I caused all this stir. Tennessee Democrats urged Hall to run for governor inbut he declined. I was talking to Kris Kristofferson one time. Inmusic legend Bob Dylan singled out Hall for some harsh criticism in a rambling speech at a MusiCares event.
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