Tompall Glaser

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Tompall Glaser
Glaser in 1977
Glaser in 1977
Background information
Birth nameThomas Paul Glaser
Born(1933-09-03)September 3, 1933
Spalding, Nebraska, U.S.
DiedAugust 13, 2013(2013-08-13) (aged 79)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1950–2013
LabelsMGM/Curb, ABC, Dot/MCA, Bear Family, Clint Miller
Associated actsTompall & the Glaser Brothers, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, Jim Glaser

Thomas Paul "Tompall" Glaser (September 3, 1933 – August 13, 2013) was an American outlaw country music artist.


Glaser was born in Spalding, Nebraska, the son of Alice Harriet Marie (née Davis) and Louis Nicholas Glaser.[1][2] He was raised on a farm.

In the 1950s, he recorded as a solo artist. He later formed a trio with brothers Chuck and Jim called Tompall & the Glaser Brothers.[1]

Tompall and his brothers shared the bill with Patsy Cline at The Mint casino in Las Vegas, in November–December, 1962.

Tompall Glaser's highest-charting solo single was Shel Silverstein's "Put Another Log on the Fire", which peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles (now Hot Country Songs) charts in 1975.

Tompall appeared with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Jessi Colter on the album Wanted! The Outlaws. In the 1970s his Nashville recording studio, dubbed "Hillbilly Central," was considered the nerve center of the nascent Outlaw country movement. Glaser, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson were central figures in that movement.

Glaser died on August 13, 2013, in Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 79, after a long illness.[3] He was survived by his wife, June Johnson Glaser. His brother, Jim, died of a heart attack on April 6, 2019, at the age of 81. His brother, Chuck, died two months later on June 10, 2019, at the age of 83.

Solo discography[edit]


Year Album US Country
1973 Charlie
1974 Take the Singer with the Song
1975 Tompall (Sings the Songs of Shel Silverstein)
1976 The Great Tompall and His Outlaw Band 13
1977 Tompall Glaser & His Outlaw Band 38
The Wonder of It All
1986 Nights on the Borderline
1992 The Rogue
The Outlaw
2001 The Best of Tompall Glaser & the Glaser Brothers
2006 My Notorious Youth
2007 Outlaw to the Cross


Year Single Chart Positions[4] Album
US Country US Bubbling CAN Country
1973 "Bad, Bad, Bad Cowboy" 77 Charlie
1974 "Texas Law Sez" 96 Take the Singer with the Song
"Musical Chairs" 63 Tompall (Sings the Songs of Shel Silverstein)
1975 "Put Another Log on the Fire (The Male Chauvinist National Anthem)" (credited to Tompall) 21 3 34
1976 "T for Texas" (credited to Tompall and His Outlaw Band) 36 Wanted! The Outlaws
1977 "It'll Be Her" 45 Tompall Glaser & and His Outlaw Band
"It Never Crossed My Mind" 91 The Wonder of It All
1978 "Drinking Them Beers" 79

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Wolff, Kurt. "Tompall Glaser biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-04-01.
  2. ^ "Thomas Paul GLASER Obituary (2013) the Tennessean".
  3. ^ Associated Press. "Tompall Glaser, an original Nashville outlaw, dies". Retrieved August 13, 2013.
  4. ^ "Billboard charted singles" (PDF). Mike Curb official website. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-03-08. Retrieved 2008-04-01.

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