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Country Legend Hank Thompson Retires

Hank Thompson, best known for his classic hit single “The Wild Side of Life,” has been diagnosed with lung cancer and has announced his retirement.

Hank, 82, has enjoyed a country music career spanning nearly 60 years. His first single, “Humpty Dumpty Heart,” was released in 1948, and since that time, he has scored three No. 1 singles and several Top 10s. His biggest hit, “The Wild Side of Life,” spent 15 weeks at the top in 1952. Though Hank had not been active in recording in recent years, he still kept a busy touring schedule. Hank, who was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989, is recovering at his home near Ft. Worth, Texas.

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