His biggest success was "The Lumberjack," an international hit that sold over 1.5 million copies. In 1965, it peaked at number 5 on the Billboard country charts in the USA. This success was such a phenomenon that he has been since called Mr. Lumberjack.
On May 27, 2012, Hal Willis was also inducted to the Quebec Museum of Rock & Roll through a ceremony held in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Canada at the international Festival des guitares du monde de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue:www.fgmat.com.
In March 2013, at the age of 79 years old, Hal Willis is coming out with a new single hit: "Working in the Goldmine".