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Hank Thompson(Country Singer) Biography
Henry "Hank" William Thompson (September 3, 1925 – November 6, 2007) was a country music entertainer whose career spanned seven decades. He sold over 60 million records worldwide.
CareerHe was interested in music from an early age and won several amateur harmonica contests. He decided to pursue his musical talent after serving in the U.S. Navy in World War II as a radioman and studying electrical engineering at Princeton University before his discharge. He had intended to continue those studies on the GI Bill following his 1946 discharge and return to Waco. Later that year, after having a regional hit with his first single was "Whoa Sailor" for Blue Bonnet Records, he chose to pursue a fulltime musical career.
Retirement and deathOn November 1, 2007 Hank Thompson canceled the rest of his 2007 "Sunset Tour" and retired from singing, two days after being released from a Texas hospital and diagnosed with aggressive lung cancer. He went into hospice care at his home in Keller, Texas. Thompson's last performance had been on October 8, 2007 in Waco, Texas, his birthplace. He died a month later from lung cancer.
According to his spokesman Tracy Pitcox, who is also president of Heart of Texas Records, Thompson requested that no funeral be held. On November 14, a "celebration of life," open to both fans and friend, took place at Billy Bob's Texas, a Fort Worth, Texas country & western nightclub that bills itself as "The World's Largest Honky Tonk".
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