Tompall Glaser, Outlaw Pioneer, Dies at 79

Appeared on classic Wanted! The Outlaws album.

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Tompall Glaser, a multitalented artist who became part of the iconic Outlaw movement of the 1970s, died Tuesday, Aug. 13, at the age of 79. The cause of death was not immediately disclosed.

Tompall was born Sept. 3, 1933, in Spalding, Neb. He and his two younger siblings Jim and Chuck formed a successful group, Tompall & The Glaser Brothers, that scored several hits during the late 1960s and 1970s, including “Gone Girl” and the Top 10 “Rings.” They won the Country Music Association award for Vocal Group of the Year in 1970.

The trio also operated a recording studio in Nashville that became known as Hillbilly Central. The studio attracted artists like Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson, who shared the same anti-establishment attitude of the brothers, and essentially gave birth to the so-called Outlaw movement, which saw its heyday in the 1970s.

Tompall appeared on the classic album Wanted! The Outlaws, which also featured Waylon, Willie Nelson and Waylon’s wife, Jessi Colter, and was the first country album to receive platinum certification for sales of 1 million copies.

Tompall & The Glaser Brothers re-formed in 1980 and enjoyed their biggest hit, “Lovin’ Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again),” which peaked at No. 2. The act broke up in 1982 and never got back together.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Tompall’s family at this time.

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