Tommy Faile

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Tommy Faile
Born September 15, 1928
Lancaster, South Carolina
Died August 2, 1998(1998-08-02) (aged 69)
Gaston County, North Carolina
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1946–1990s
Associated acts Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith, Snuffy Jenkins

Tommy Faile (September 15, 1928 – August 2, 1998) was an American songwriter and singer best known for composing "Phantom 309" and singing "The Legend of the Brown Mountain Lights". He was known for his deep voice and comic on-stage banter.

Born in Lancaster, South Carolina, Faile got his start on local radio in 1946 with Snuffy Jenkins, Homer Sherrill and the Hired Hands on WIS in Columbia, South Carolina.[1] Faile also appeared on national radio in 1949 on "Philip Morris Night with Horace Heidt".[2] In 1951, he joined Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith's Crackerjacks as a bass player and singer. Faile also sang bass for Smith's gospel group, The Crossroads Quartet. Faile remained with Smith for eighteen years, and later had his own television show in the early 1970s, which aired on WBTV in Charlotte, North Carolina.[3] In 1995, he joined Curly Howard's radio program on WKMT.[4] He died of a heart attack in 1998.[5]


  1. ^ Jones, Loyal (2008). "Tommy Faile". Country Music Humorists and Comedians. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press. p. 156. ISBN 978-0-252-03369-8. 
  2. ^ Tommy Faile Gives Good Account of Himself on NBC's 'Phillip Morris Night' Broadcast, Lancaster News, February 1949 (via BT Memories)
  3. ^ Tommy Faile (Myspace)
  4. ^ Joe DePriest, "Tommy Faile: Still Singing, Playing Country Music," The Charlotte Observer, April 27, 1995.
  5. ^ Obituary (excerpt)

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