Freddie Hart, who rose to nationwide stardom on the heels of the basic “Easy Loving,” handed away Saturday morning (Oct. 27) in Burbank, Calif. His publicist, Scott Wikle, confirmed his demise on Hart’s Facebook web page. He was 91.
Born Frederick Segrest on December 21, 1926 in Loachapoka, Ala., he discovered the guitar at age 5 and stop faculty at 12. By the age of 15, he was sufficiently old to efficiently mislead the United States Marine Corps, and served his nation in World War II. After he returned to the States, he moved to Los Angeles, the place he taught courses in self-defense on the Los Angeles Police Academy.
Hart’s preliminary success within the trade got here as a tunesmith, crafting songs for Carl Smith (“Loose Talk”), Patsy Cline (“Lovin’ In Vain”) and Porter Wagoner (“Skid Row Joe”).
Hart took a job within the backing band for Lefty Frizzell, and obtained a contract with Capitol as a recording artist, however no hits got here from the deal. He fared higher throughout a quick stint with Columbia, charting Top-20 singles with “Chain Gang” and “The Key’s In The Mailbox.” In the mid 1960s he moved to Kapp Records, however success for the higher half continued to elude Hart as a recording artist.
In 1969, Hart resigned with Capitol, and shortly signed with Buck Owens’ publishing firm. Alas, it was together with his pen that he made his preliminary influence for the label, writing Owens’ duet with Susan Raye, “Togetherness.” Hart was at risk of being dropped from the label when an Atlanta disc jockey started enjoying the B-side of a Hart single, “Easy Loving” — and the remaining was historical past.
The music quickly started to take flight, hitting the highest of the Country Songs chart, and No. 17 on the Hot 100. The tune gained Song of the Year from each the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music, in addition to a Grammy Award. Other hits adopted, “My Hang-Up Is You,” “Trip To Heaven” and ‘Bless Your Heart” amongst his different chart-toppers. He remained a radio presence into the 1980s, with 1981’s “You Were There” being his remaining Top-40 hit, registering a No. 38 peak.
Hart continued to tour and document, with a lot of his later years spent specializing in gospel music. He had simply completed a brand new document, God Bless You, which can be launched quickly on Nashville America Records, and was produced by David Frizzell.
The entertainer was one to diversify his earnings through the years, not completely counting on document gross sales. He owned a songwriting firm, a faculty for the blind, a trucking firm, and a series of martial arts studios, the place he acquired an opportunity to indulge his love of karate.
Freddie is survived by his spouse of 61 years, Ginger and sons Freddie Jr., Andy, Joe and Victor. Funeral preparations are pending.