Country singer Tommy Overstreet has died at the age of 78 after years of illness. He passed peacefully at his home in Hillsboro Oregon on Nov. 2.

Tommy had reportedly been suffering from a variety of illnesses over the last few years, and he succumbed this week. “Tommy Overstreet has passed away at his home,” fellow country musician Rex Allen Jr. wrote on Facebook. “Tommy was a great guy and headlined the first tour I ever worked. So sad.”
The late singer got his start at just 17 years old, when he began singing on Slim Willet’s television show in Texas. From there, he went on to form a band called The Shadows in the 1950s. After years of recording, Tommy was hired as the manager of Dot Records in Nashville in 1967, and three years later, he got back in the studio to establish himself as a country music hit maker.  Tommy was often seen on Hee Haw and The Midnight Special.

His first biggest hit, which we play on 97.9 Bear Radio was “Ann” (Don’t Go Runnin’). Another of Tommy’s big songs you hear on The Bear is “Heaven Is My Woman’s Love,”

Once the 70s ended, Tommy mostly stepped away from the spotlight and his music career — he released his last album in 1983, and his final single in 1986.