An amiable second-stringer, country crooner Tommy Overstreet (1937-2015) had a string of hits in the 1970s, never quite hitting Number One, but leaving behind a lot of loyal fans. An Okie kid who started out working in Texas and the Southwest, Overstreet came to Nashville in 1967 and slowly worked his way up through the ranks and in later years opened a venue in Branson, Missouri. He was mostly a mellow singer, but had some rugged twang in there as well. (Amazing true fact (according to the Wikipedia): Overstreet was apparently related to 1920’s crooning star Gene Austin, who recorded the original hit version of “My Blue Heaven”(!) Here’s a quick look at his work…

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Tommy Overstreet “The Best Of Tommy Overstreet” (Varese Sarabande, 1998)

This sadly out-of-print collection covers the bulk of his hits for the ABC/Dot label in the 1970s, and while the material strains a little bit, it’s really no worse than many of Overstreet’s countrypolitan contemporaries. Sometimes he’d try and go all Waylon on us, other times he’d be more croony and soft… But on balance, he was really alright. This CD best-of is probably more worth having than his original LPs, but either way would be kinda rewarding, in a corny kinda way. (Amazing true fact (according to the Wikipedia): Overstreet was apparently related to 1920’s crooning star Gene Austin, who recorded the hit version of “My Blue Heaven”(!)

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Tommy Overstreet “Solid Gold Hits” (Laser Light Records, 1993)


Tommy Overstreet “Country Gospel Favorites” (Madacy Records, 2006)

A 3-CD set of religious recordings…

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Tommy Overstreet “Welcome To My World Of Love” (Acrobat Records, 2008)


Tommy Overstreet “Heaven Is My Woman’s Love: Tommy Overstreet Sings His Hits” (IMC Records, 1998)


Tommy Overstreet “20 Classic Songs” (Varese Sarabande, 2008)

Re-recorded versions of his old hits…

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Tommy Overstreet “The Tommy Overstreet Show” (ABC/Dot, 1975) same as Silver Slipper LP
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