Some folks might say the decade of the1970's was the greatest decade in country music history.

And I wouldn't argue with them

The 70's gave us great hits, now classics, like Lynn Anderson's 'Rose Garden', C.W. McCall's 'Convoy', Don Williams 'Tulsa Time', not to mention Loretta Lynn's 'Coal Miners Daughter', Charley Pride's 'Kiss An Angel Good Mornin', 'The Gambler' from Kenny Rogers and on and on and on.

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And right there in the middle of all that greatness was a fella that scored an incredible 11 Top Ten singles of his own. Yes, Tommy Overstreet took his place among the great country music artists of the 1970's.

Born in Oklahoma City, Tommy burst upon the national country music scene in 1971 with his smash hit Gwen (Congratulations)...and didn't stop.  Through the decade he scored time and again with great hits like I Don't Know You Anymore, Ann (Don't Go Runnin', Heaven Is My Woman's Love and (Jeannie Marie) You Were A Lady.

Yes, Tommy lived at or near the top of the country music chart along with Jones, Haggard, Twitty and Wynette. His last 1970's trip into the Top Twenty was 1978's Fadin' In, Fadin' Out.

Tommy continued delighting live concert crowds with those great hits and more. He passed away at his home in Oregon on the 2nd of November in 2015 after suffering a variety of ailments.

He was 78 years old.

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