Tommy Hunter

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Tommy Hunter
Birth name Thomas James Hunter
Born (1937-03-20) March 20, 1937 (age 77)
Origin London, Ontario, Canada
Genres Country
Occupations Singer
Years active 1956–2012
Website http://www.tommyhunter.com/

Thomas James "Tommy" Hunter, CM, O.Ont (born March 20, 1937 in London, Ontario) is a Canadian country music performer, known as "Canada's Country Gentleman".

Career[edit]

In 1956, he began performing as a rhythm guitarist on the CBC Television show, Country Hoedown. The Tommy Hunter Show began as a CBC radio program in 1960 and went on to replace Country Hoedown on CBC Television in 1965; Hunter's show was picked up by TNN in 1983 and ran on CBC until 1992. The book Cue the Elephant by Knowlton Nash (1996, McClelland & Stewart) featured some disparaging remarks from the show's make-up artist. "He could sell himself terrifically but there was no love lost between Tommy and the crew. Some of the guys loathed him ... Everybody made snide remarks behind Tommy's back ... people might say he was the biggest jerk in the world. But that was not my experience. For me, I saw a very easy down-to-earth manner. But Tommy does generate anti as well as pro feelings from people ... he didn't trust people around him, he became a monster to some."

People who performed on The Tommy Hunter Show early in their careers include:

After his show was cancelled by the CBC, Hunter continued to tour with his band, The Travelling Men.[1] He has announced his intention to retire after a final tour in 2012.[2]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Tommy Hunter was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1984. In 1986, Hunter was made a Member of the Order of Canada. He has received three Canadian Juno Awards and one Gemini Award. In 1990, he was given a place in the Country Music Hall of Fame's "Walkway of Stars". A street ("Tommy Hunter Way") was also renamed in his honour in his hometown of London, Ontario, in the late 1990s. He became a member of the Order of Ontario in 1996. In 2005 he was honored with a GMA Canada Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is handed out annually by the Gospel Music Association of Canada.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album
1964 Tommy Hunter
1968 Travelling with Tommy Hunter
1971 Time Slips Away
1973 Greatest Hits
1982 Tommy
1983 Tommy Hunter
1983 Gospel Readings and Recitations
1989 The Anniversary Sessions
1993 Sings for You
1994 Timeless Country Treasures
1995 Timeless Country Treasures Vol. 2

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Positions Album
CAN Country CAN AC US Country
1967 "Cup of Disgrace" 2 singles only
"The Battle of the Little Bighorn" 2
"Mary in the Morning" 1 66
1968 "Half a World Away" 2
"Can't Find a Space" 13
1969 "Walk With Your Neighbour" 4
1970 "Wait for Sunday" 3
1971 "Bill Jones General Store" 4 15
1974 "The Departure" 33
"Born to Be a Gypsy" 6
1975 "Love of a Good Woman" 32
1978 "The Great Mail Robbery" 33 28
1982 "Dance With Me Molly" 38 Tommy
"Fool Enough to Fall in Love Again" 34
1989 "The Man of '87" 49 The Anniversary Sessions
1990 "Couldn't See the Gold" (with Janie Fricke) 19
"Name the Place and Time" 64

References[edit]

  1. ^ Saxberg, Lynn (2009-01-27). "Canada's country gentleman a long way from done". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 2009-01-27. [dead link]
  2. ^ Dixon, Guy (2011-01-09). "Tommy Hunter hangs up his guitar". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2011-01-09. 

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