Gene Watson Peer’s Quote from Tommy Overstreet: January 2010

Gene Watson’s Peers within the country music industry believe in the sheer talent of this unassuming man from east Texas, so much so that Gene Watson is regarded by many of them as ‘the singer’s singer’ – and rightly so!

All of Gene Watson’s Peers, who were contacted by The Gene Watson Fan Site, during 2010, were most gracious with their time and words.

It is here, within this special part of The Gene Watson Fan Site, that you have an opportunity to read a quote from Tommy Overstreet, which he submitted to this site on Wednesday 20 January 2010.

Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to Tommy Overstreet who made a special contribution to this unique part of this online ‘celebration of a Lone Star Hero’.

Tommy Overstreet

Tommy Overstreet
This quote was submitted on Wednesday 20 January 2010.

‘Gene Watson is a good friend and a great country artist’

Thank you, Tommy Overstreet, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Tommy Overstreet…

Tommy Overstreet

Tommy Overstreet, who was born on Friday 10 September 1937 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma was a ‘Nashville Sound’-style country music artist whose popularity peaked in the 1970s.

Tommy Overstreet, often known simply as ‘T.O’ by fans and radio disc jockeys, achieved eleven Top 10 singles on the Billboard country music singles chart, along with five Top 5 hit singles.

Tommy Overstreet grew up in both Houston, Texas and Abilene, Texas.

Tommy Overstreet decided on a singing career when he was very young, influenced largely by Gene Austin, his third cousin; Gene Austin (24 June 1900 – Monday 24 January 1972) was a singing star of the 1920s and 1930s.

Tommy Overstreet’s musical career started when he was seventeen years old, singing on country music star Slim Willet’s television show in Abilene, Texas.


In the late 1950s, Tommy Overstreet started a group called ‘The Shadows’, who entertained at various venues throughout western Texas, including Air Force bases and movie theatres.

Tommy Overstreet first recorded at Norman Petty’s studio in Clovis, New Mexico along with Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs.


In 1960, Tommy Overstreet recorded in New York City at Roulette Records, with Doc Severinsen on trumpet, Sam ‘The Man’ Taylor on saxophone and Ray Charles Singers singing background vocals.  But these recordings never saw the light of day.


In 1967, Tommy Overstreet was hired to manage Dot Records in Nashville.


Between 1968 and 1970, Tommy Overstreet saw the release of the following non-album singles:

‘Every Day I Fall More In Love With You’ / this track was released in 1968, but it did not chart

‘Watching The Trains Go By’
/ this track was released in 1969, but it did not chart

‘Games People Play’, which was written by Joe South (Wednesday 28 February 1940 – Wednesday 5 September 2012)
/ this track was released, on Dot Records, in 1969, but it did not chart

‘Rocking A Memory (That Won’t Go To Sleep)’
(No. 73, 1969)

‘Painted By The Wine’ (written by Darrell Statler)
/ this track was released, on Dot Records, in 1970, but it did not chart

‘Good Day Sunshine’
 / this track was released in 1970, but it did not chart


In July 1971, Tommy Overstreet saw the release of his debut album, ‘Gwen, Congratulations’ (Dot Records, 1971), which included three tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

‘If You’re Looking For A Fool’ (written by Thomas McRee) (No.56, 1971)

‘Gwen (Congratulations)’ (written by Ricci Moreno and Jerry Gillespie)
 (No.5, 1971)

‘I Don’t Know You (Anymore)’, which was written by Ricci Moreno and Charlie Black (Wednesday 23 November 1949 – Friday 23 April 2021)
 (No.15, 1971)

Tommy Overstreet’s debut album, ‘Gwen, Congratulations’ (Dot Records, 1971), also included the following tracks:

‘Help Me Make It Through The Night’ (written by Kris Kristofferson)
‘Me & You & A Dog Named Boo’ (written by Kent LaVoie)
‘Girl (You Came & Eased My Mind)’, which was written by Charlie Black (Wednesday 23 November 1949 – Friday 23 April 2021)
‘I Still Love You Enough (To Love You All Over Again)’ (written by Ricci Moreno)
‘If’ (written by David Gates)
‘I Remembered You, Baby’, which was written by Ray Griff (Monday 22 April 1940 – Wednesday 9 March 2016)
‘One Love, Two Hearts, Three Lives’ (written by David Patton)
‘Put Your Hand In The Hand’, which was written by Gene MacLellan (Wednesday 2 February 1938 – Thursday 19 January 1995)

Tommy Overstreet’s debut album, ‘Gwen, Congratulations’ (Dot Records, 1971), reached No.33 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1971.


In January 1972, Tommy Overstreet saw the release of ‘This Is Tommy Overstreet’ (Dot Records, 1972), which included one track, which was a hit single on the Billboard country music singles chart:

‘Ann (Don’t Go Runnin’)’, which was written by Buzz Cason (Monday 27 November 1939 – Sunday 16 June 2024)
 (No.2, 1972) / this track was Tommy Overstreet’s highest charting Billboard country music hit single

Tommy Overstreet’s ‘This Is Tommy Overstreet’ (Dot Records, 1972) also included the following tracks:

‘Easy Loving’, which was written by Freddie Hart (Tuesday 21 December 1926 – Saturday 27 October 2018)
‘You Do It Again’, which was written by Ricci Moreno and Charlie Black (Wednesday 23 November 1949 – Friday 23 April 2021)
‘Kiss An Angel Good Morning’, which was written by Ben Peters (Tuesday 20 June 1933 – Wednesday 25 May 2005)
‘How’d We Ever Get This Way’ (written by Ricci Moreno)
‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’, which was written by John Denver (Friday 31 December 1943 – Sunday 12 October 1997), Bill Danoff and T. Nivert
‘Louisville’ (written by Ricci Moreno and Jerry Gillespie)
‘Is It That Easy’, which was written by Ricci Moreno and Charlie Black (Wednesday 23 November 1949 – Friday 23 April 2021)
‘Within This World of Mine’ (written by Tommy Overstreet and D. McLennan)
‘She’s All I Got’ (written by J. Williams Jr. and G. Bonds)
‘If This Is Our Last Time’, which was written by Dallas Frazier (Friday 27 October 1939 – Friday 14 January 2022)

Tommy Overstreet’s ‘This Is Tommy Overstreet’ (Dot Records, 1972) reached No.22 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1972.


In November 1972, Tommy Overstreet saw the release of ‘Heaven Is My Woman’s Love’ (Dot Records, 1972), which included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

‘A Seed Before The Rose’ (written by Ricci Moreno and Jerry Gillespie)
(No.16, 1972)

‘Heaven Is My Woman’s Love’ (written by Sharon Dobbins)
(No.3, 1972)

Tommy Overstreet’s ‘Heaven Is My Woman’s Love’ (Dot Records, 1972) also included the following tracks:

‘To Get To You’ (written by J. Chapell)
‘Your Love (Is Just Like Sugar)’ (written by Ricci Moreno and Jerry Gillespie)
‘How Do I Tell You Goodbye’ (written by Ricci Moreno)
‘Baby’s Gone’ (written by Ricci Moreno and Bobby Fischer)
‘Love Don’t Live Here Anymore’ (written by Kris Kristofferson)
‘Forget Him’, which was written by Ricci Moreno and Charlie Black (Wednesday 23 November 1949 – Friday 23 April 2021)
‘I Believe In You’ (written by Ricci Moreno and Bobby Fischer)
‘It’s Gonna Take A Little Bit Longer’, which was written by Ben Peters (Tuesday 20 June 1933 – Wednesday 25 May 2005)
‘Don’t Be Afraid To Give Me Love’ (written by L. Baunach, M. Blackford, A. Morton and L. Morton)

Tommy Overstreet’s ‘Heaven Is My Woman’s Love’ (Dot Records, 1972) reached No.9 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1972.


In September 1973, Tommy Overstreet saw the release of ‘My Friends Call Me T.O.’ (Dot Records, 1973), which included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

‘Send Me No Roses’, which was written by Ricci Moreno and Charlie Black (Wednesday 23 November 1949 – Friday 23 April 2021)
 (No.7, 1973)

‘I’ll Never Break These Chains’, which was written by Ricci Moreno, Tommy Rocco and Charlie Black (Wednesday 23 November 1949 – Friday 23 April 2021)
 (No.7, 1973)

Tommy Overstreet’s ‘My Friends Call Me T.O.’ (Dot Records, 1973) also included the following tracks:

‘Behind Closed Doors’, which was written by Kenny O’Dell (born Kenneth Gist Jr.) (Wednesday 21 June 1944 – Monday 27 March 2018)
‘Welcome To My World of Love’ (written by Bobby Fischer, A. Richards and Ricci Moreno)
‘She’s Got To Be A Saint’ (written by Joe Paulini and Mario J. DiNapoli)
‘Sleep My Lady (Dream of Me)’ (written by Tommy Overstreet and R. Norcross)
‘You Got Everything That You Want’ (written by Ricci Moreno and Bobby Fischer)
‘I Never Meant To Love Her’ (written by Ricci Moreno and Tommy Rocco)
‘Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree’ (written by I. Levine and L.R. Brown)
‘Your Love Controls My Life’ (written by Tommy Overstreet, B. McCracken and A. Cunningham)
‘Sweet Country Woman’ (written by C. Tharp and S. St. John)

Tommy Overstreet’s ‘My Friends Call Me T.O.’ (Dot Records, 1973) reached No.23 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1973.


In April 1974, Tommy Overstreet saw the release of ‘Woman, Your Name Is My Song’ (Dot Records, 1974), which included one track, which was a hit single on the Billboard country music singles chart:

‘(Jeannie Marie) You Were A Lady’, which was written by Charlie Black (Wednesday 23 November 1949 – Friday 23 April 2021), Ricci Moreno and Tommy Rocco
(No.3, 1974)

Tommy Overstreet’s ‘Woman, Your Name Is My Song’ (Dot Records, 1974) also included the following tracks:

‘Carolyn’, which was written by Tommy Collins (Sunday 28 September 1930 – Tuesday 14 March 2000)
‘Laura (What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got)’, which was written by Leon Walton (known professionally as Leon Ashley) (Monday 18 May 1936 – Sunday 20 October 2013) and Margie Singleton
‘Goodbye Rosey’ (written by A. Richards)
‘Sundown Mary’ (written by Gantry and L. Baunach)
‘Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town’, which was written by Mel Tillis (Monday 8 August 1932 – Sunday 19 November 2017)
‘Gwen (Congratulations)’ (written by Ricci Moreno and Jerry Gillespie) (No.5, 1971)
‘Smile At Me, Sweet Nancy’ (written by Tommy Overstreet, A. Cunningham and Jim Vest)

‘Ann (Don’t Go Runnin’)’, which was written by Buzz Cason (Monday 27 November 1939 – Sunday 16 June 2024) (No.2, 1972) / this track was Tommy Overstreet’s highest charting Billboard country music hit single

‘Sweet Caroline’ (written by Neil Diamond)
‘Polk Salad Annie’, which was written by Tony Joe White (Friday 23 July 1943 – Wednesday 24 October 2018)

Tommy Overstreet’s ‘Woman Your Name Is My Song’ (Dot Records, 1974) reached No.41 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1974.


In December 1974, Tommy Overstreet saw the release of ‘I’m A Believer’ (Dot Records, 1974), which included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

‘If I Miss You Again Tonight’, which was written by Ricci Moreno, Charlie Black (Wednesday 23 November 1949 – Friday 23 April 2021) and Marianne Mareno (No.8, 1974)

‘I’m A Believer’ (written by Ricci Moreno and Tommy Rocco)
(No.9, 1975)

Tommy Overstreet’s ‘I’m A Believer’ (Dot Records, 1974) also included the following tracks:

‘Cry Like A Baby’ (written by Jerry Gillespie and Ricci Moreno)
‘I See The Want To In Your Eyes’, which was written by Wayne Carson (Monday 31 May 1943 – Monday 20 July 2015)
‘Unfaithful Fools’ (written by Bobby Fischer)
‘I’ll Love Him Right Out of Your Mind’, which was written by J. Barnhill and Patricia Karen Bunch (Thursday 22 June 1939 – Monday 30 January 2023)
‘One Hell of A Woman’ (written by M. Davis and M. James)
‘What Will You Do Now, Mrs Jones’ (written by Ricci Moreno and Tommy Rocco)
‘To Reach The Woman In You’ (written by Tommy Overstreet and D. Vest)
‘More Than One Kind of Love’ (written by T. Carter)
‘Please Don’t Tell Me How The Story Ends’ (written by Kris Kristofferson)

Tommy Overstreet’s ‘I’m A Believer’ (Dot Records, 1974) reached No.38 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1974.


In July 1975, Tommy Overstreet saw the release of ‘Greatest Hits, Volume 1’ (Dot Records, 1975), which included the following tracks:

‘Heaven Is My Woman’s Love’ (written by Sharon Dobbins)
 (No.3, 1972)

‘Gwen (Congratulations)’ (written by Ricci Moreno and Jerry Gillespie)
 (No.5, 1971)

‘If I Miss You Again Tonight’, which was written by Ricci Moreno, Charlie Black (Wednesday 23 November 1949 – Friday 23 April 2021) and Marianne Mareno
 (No.8, 1974)

‘I’m A Believer’ (written by Ricci Moreno and Tommy Rocco)
(No.9, 1975)

‘A Seed Before The Rose’ (written by Ricci Moreno and Jerry Gillespie)
 (No.16, 1972)

‘I Don’t Know You (Anymore)’, which was written by Ricci Moreno and Charlie Black (Wednesday 23 November 1949 – Friday 23 April 2021)
(No.15, 1971)

‘If You’re Looking For A Fool’ (written by Thomas McRee)
(No.56, 1971)

‘(Jeannie Marie) You Were A Lady’, which was written by Charlie Black (Wednesday 23 November 1949 – Friday 23 April 2021), Ricci Moreno and Tommy Rocco
(No.3, 1974)

‘Send Me No Roses’, which was written by Ricci Moreno and Charlie Black (Wednesday 23 November 1949 – Friday 23 April 2021)
(No.7, 1973)

‘Ann (Don’t Go Runnin’)’, which was written by Buzz Cason (Monday 27 November 1939 – Sunday 16 June 2024)
 (No.2, 1972) / this track was Tommy Overstreet’s highest charting Billboard country music hit single

‘I’ll Never Break These Chains’, which was written by Ricci Moreno, Tommy Rocco and Charlie Black (Wednesday 23 November 1949 – Friday 23 April 2021)
(No.7, 1973)

Tommy Overstreet’s ‘Greatest Hits, Volume 1’ (Dot Records, 1975) reached No.18 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1975.


In November 1975, Tommy Overstreet saw the release of ‘The Tommy Overstreet Show At The Silver Slipper’ (Dot Records, 1975), which included one track, which was a hit single on the Billboard country music singles chart:

‘That’s When My Woman Begins’ (written by Jerry Gillespie) (No.6, 1975)

Tommy Overstreet’s ‘The Tommy Overstreet Show At The Silver Slipper’ (Dot Records, 1975) reached No.36 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1975.


In late 1975, Tommy Overstreet saw the release of ‘From Woman To Woman’ (written by Jerry Gillespie and Ricci Moreno), a non-album single, which reached No.16 on the Billboard country music singles chart.


In September 1976, Tommy Overstreet saw the release of ‘Turn On To Tommy Overstreet’ (Dot Records, 1976), which included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

‘Here Comes That Girl Again’, which was written by Rory Bourke, Eugene David Dobbins (Monday 19 March 1934 – Sunday 23 November 2008) and Johnny Wilson
 (No.15, 1976)

‘Young Girl’ (written by J. Fuller)
(No.29, 1976)

Tommy Overstreet’s ‘Turn On To Tommy Overstreet’ (Dot Records, 1976) also included the following tracks:

’90 Proof Lies’ (written by Tommy Overstreet and B. Rippy)
‘Love Let Me Down’, which was written by Larry Butler (Thursday 26 March 1942 – Friday 20 January 2012) and Roger D. Bowling (Sunday 3 December 1944 – Sunday 26 December 1982)
‘One Woman Man’ (written by A. Moore)
‘Shoulder To Shoulder (Arm In Arm)’ (written by B. Morrison and J. Zerface)
‘In Between The Shadows & The Sun’ (written by John Adrian)
‘Summertime Lovin’ (written by L. Martine Jr.)
‘See You On Sunday’ (written by D. Lambert and B. Potter)
‘Tell My Woman I Miss Her’ (written by Tommy Overstreet and D. Vest)
‘I’ll Give Up (When You Give Up On Me)’ (written by Tommy Overstreet, D. Vest and J. Hainsworth)

Tommy Overstreet’s ‘Turn On To Tommy Overstreet’ (Dot Records, 1976) reached No.46 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1976.


In January 1977, Tommy Overstreet saw the release of ‘Vintage ’77’ (Dot Records, 1977), which included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

‘If Love Was A Bottle of Wine’ (written by Sterling Whipple)
(No.11, 1977)

‘Don’t Go City Girl On Me’ (written by Michael Kusser and Rafe Van Hoy)
(No.5, 1977)

Tommy Overstreet’s ‘Vintage ’77’ (Dot Records, 1977) also included the following tracks:

‘Two Pretty Words That Do Not Rhyme’ (written by John Adrian)
‘Moment of Weakness’, which was written by Jerry Gillespie and Charlie Black (Wednesday 23 November 1949 – Friday 23 April 2021)
‘My Thoughts Go Back To You’ (written by Roger Murrah and Tim Lewis)
‘I Never Really Missed You (‘Til You Were Gone)’ (written by A. Cunningham and Dale Dodson)
‘Like You’, which was written by Blake Mevis (1949 – Wednesday 9 February 2022)
‘Lady Beware’ (written by Tommy Rocco)
‘Lies’ (written by Rafe Van Hoy and Bobby Braddock)
‘You Bring Out The Best In Me’ (written by Linda Darrell)

Tommy Overstreet’s ‘Vintage ’77’ (Dot Records, 1977) reached No.26 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1977.


In October 1977, Tommy Overstreet saw the release of ‘Hangin’ Round’ (Dot Records, 1977), which included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

‘This Time I’m In It For The Love’ (written by Bob McDill)
(No.20, 1977)

‘Yes, Ma’am’ (written by Sonny Throckmorton)
(No.12, 1978)

Tommy Overstreet’s ‘Hangin’ Round’ (Dot Records, 1977) also included the following tracks:

‘Hangin’ On To What I Got’
‘Memory Before My Time’
‘Cheater’s Honeymoon’
‘Don’t Go City Girl On Me’
‘What Am I Doin’ Hangin’ Round’
‘It’s All Coming Home’
‘I Just Want To Feel The Magic’
‘Anything To Keep From Going Home’
‘Blue Eyed Love’

Tommy Overstreet’s ‘Hangin’ Round’ (Dot Records, 1977) reached No.44 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1977.


In 1978, Tommy Overstreet saw the release of ‘Better Me’ (ABC Records, 1978), which included three tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

‘Better Me’ (written by Sterling Whipple)
(No.20, 1978)

‘Fadin’ In, Fadin’ Out’ (written by Bobby Braddock and Sonny Throckmorton)
(No.11, 1978)

‘Cheater’s Kit’, which was written by Rory Bourke, Eugene David Dobbins (Monday 19 March 1934 – Sunday 23 November 2008) and Johnny Wilson
(No.45, 1979)

Tommy Overstreet’s ‘Better Me’ (ABC Records, 1978) also included the following tracks:

‘Stolen Wine’, which was written by Blake Mevis (1949 – Wednesday 9 February 2022) and Michael Garvin
‘I Can’t Love Without You’, which was written by Charlie Black (Wednesday 23 November 1949 – Friday 23 April 2021) and Tommy Rocco
‘If This Is Freedom (Then I Want Out)’ (written by Jerry Abbott and Charles Stewart)
‘I Wanna Be There When The Lovin’ Starts’, which was written by Curly Puttman (Thursday 20 November 1930 – Sunday 30 October 2016), Sonny Throckmorton and Don Cook
‘One Lives In My Life (One Lives In My Heart)’ (written by Richard Mainegra and Michael Kosser)
‘Shadows of Love’, which was written by Wayland D. Holyfield (Sunday 15 March 1942 – Monday 6 May 2024)
‘Nice Guys Always Finish Last’ (written by Sterling Whipple)


In 1979, Tommy Overstreet saw the release of ‘Tears (There’s Nowhere Else To Hide)’, a non-album single, which reached No.91 on the Billboard country music singles chart; the track featured guest vocals from The Nashville Express.


In April 1979, Tommy Overstreet saw the release of ‘I’ll Never Let You Down’ (Elektra Records, 1979), which included one track, which was a hit single on the Billboard country music singles chart:

‘I’ll Never Let You Down’ (written by Dennis B. Payne) (No.27, 1979)

Tommy Overstreet’s ‘I’ll Never Let You Down’ (Elektra Records, 1979) also included the following tracks:

‘Forever In Blue Jeans’ (written by R. Bennett and Neil Diamond)
‘I’m Not Dead, Maria’ (written by Bob Milsap)
‘One More Second Time Around’ (written by Eric Elder)
‘You’ve Got Somebody, I’ve Got Somebody’ (written by Michael Craig Johnson)
‘How Right You Are’ (written by Dennis B. Payne)
‘Here Today & Gone Forever’ (written by Randy Goodrum)
‘Just A Simple Song’ (written by Eric Elder)
‘I’ve Got To Hold On To You’ (written by Bob ‘Gunnar’ Gelotte)
‘You Needed Me’
(written by Randy Goodrum)


In July 1979, Tommy Overstreet saw the release of ‘The Real Tommy Overstreet’ (Elektra Records, 1979), which included three tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

‘What More Could A Man Need’, which was written by Chick Rains (Wednesday 5 November 1941 – Friday 21 January 2022) (No.23, 1979)

‘Fadin’ Renegade’ (written by Coke Sams)
(No.36, 1979)

‘Down In The Quarter’ (written by Sonny Tackett)
(No.41, 1980)

Tommy Overstreet’s ‘The Real Tommy Overstreet’ (Elektra Records, 1979) also included the following tracks:

‘Smokey Mountain Lullabye’ (written by Jerry Flowers)
‘The Best Days of My Life’ (written by Rod Stewart and Jim Cregan)
‘You’ (written by Bob ‘Gunnar’ Gelotte)
‘Only A Fool’ (written by Chuck Boris and Ernie Harwell)
‘Lost Her In The Sun’, which was written by John Stewart (Tuesday 5 September 1939 – Saturday 19 January 2008)
‘Goin’ Up’s Easy, Comin’ Down’s Hard’ (written by Bob Milsap)
‘Give Me Some Good News, Cheryl’ (written by R. Dicus and R. Arnold)


In September 1982, Tommy Overstreet saw the release of ‘The Best of Tommy Overstreet’ (Elektra Records, 1982), which included the following tracks:

‘Heaven Is My Woman’s Love’ (written by Sharon Dobbins)
 (No.3, 1972)

‘Gwen (Congratulations)’ (written by Ricci Moreno and Jerry Gillespie)
 (No.5, 1971)

‘Ann (Don’t Go Runnin’)’, which was written by Buzz Cason (Monday 27 November 1939 – Sunday 16 June 2024)
 (No.2, 1972) / this track was Tommy Overstreet’s highest charting Billboard country music hit single

‘Mississippi (Why You Bayou)’
 / this track was an album track from 1979

‘I’ll Never Break These Chains’, which was written by Ricci Moreno, Tommy Rocco and Charlie Black (Wednesday 23 November 1949 – Friday 23 April 2021)
(No.7, 1973)

‘Me & The Boys In The Band’
(No.72, 1980)

‘(Jeannie Marie) You Were A Lady’, which was written by Charlie Black (Wednesday 23 November 1949 – Friday 23 April 2021), Ricci Moreno and Tommy Rocco
(No.3, 1974)

‘That’s When My Woman Begins’ (written by Jerry Gillespie)
 (No.6, 1975)

‘Send Me No Roses’, which was written by Ricci Moreno and Charlie Black (Wednesday 23 November 1949 – Friday 23 April 2021)
(No.7, 1973)

‘Sue’
(No.47, 1980)


In 1982, Tommy Overstreet saw the release of ‘Tommy Overstreet’s General Store Nuggets’ (51-West Records, 1982), which included the following tracks:

‘He Stopped Loving Her Today’, which was written by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman (Thursday 20 November 1930 – Sunday 30 October 2016)

‘My Own Kind of Hat’, which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 – Wednesday 6 April 2016) and Red Lane (Thursday 2 February 1939 – Wednesday 1 July 2015)

‘Back On My Mind Again’, which was written by 
Conrad Pierce and Charles William Quillen (Monday 21 March 1938 – Friday 19 August 2022)

‘Love Will Turn You Around’

‘Georgia On My Mind’

‘Burgers & Fries’

‘September Song’

‘Old Flame’

‘Sail Away’

‘I Wouldn’t Have Missed It For The World’


In 1983, Tommy Overstreet saw the release of ‘Dream Maker’ (Intercord Records, 1983), which included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

‘Dream Maker’ (written by B. Hill and J.R. Wilde (No.69, 1983)

‘Heart of Dixie’ (written by Bob McDill) (No.84, 1983)

Tommy Overstreet’s ‘Dream Maker’ (Intercord Records, 1983) also included the following tracks:

‘Lonestar Lonesome’ (written by S. Stone and J. Cunningham)
‘Jesus Saves’ (written by Tommy Overstreet)
‘It’s Down To Me & Him (& Up To You)’ (written by Tommy Overstreet)
‘I’ll Be Around’ (written by E. Flatford)
‘More Than You Can Stand’ (written by Tommy Overstreet and Dale Dodson)
‘I’ll Never Get Over You’ (written by Tommy Overstreet)
‘When Did You Start To Stop Loving Me’, which was written by Michael Kosser and Curly Puttman (Thursday 20 November 1930 – Sunday 30 October 2016)
‘Too Late To Go Home’ (written by L. Chiriacka)
‘Rough Rider’ (written by Tommy Overstreet and B. Rippy)


In 1983, Tommy Overstreet saw the release of ‘Good Lovin’ Feelin’ (Intercord Records, 1983), which included the following tracks:

‘Good Lovin’ Feelin’ (written by Bob Millsap)
‘Lovesong Singalong’ (written by Bob Millsap)
‘I Guess I’m Good For Something (After All)’ (written by Tommy Overstreet and D. Vest)
‘Arms Around My Past’ (written by Tommy Overstreet)
‘Comin’ On Again’ (written by L. Williams)
‘Wanted (Everywhere But Home)’ (written by Tommy Overstreet and D. Vest)
‘Tied To A Tiger’ (written by Bob Millsap)
‘When I’ve Drank Texas Dry’ (written by Tommy Overstreet and D. Vest)
‘Whiskey Woman’ (written by Tommy Overstreet)
‘Lonestar Cowboy’, which was written by Don Wayne and Blake Mevis (1949 – Wednesday 9 February 2022)
‘Sad Songs & Guitars’ (written by T. Knapp)


In 1983, Tommy Overstreet saw the release of ‘Audiograph Alive’ (Audiograph Records, 1983), which included the following tracks:

‘Fadin’ In, Fadin’ Out’ (written by Bobby Braddock and Sonny Throckmorton)
 / this track reached No.11 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1978

‘Heaven Is My Woman’s Love’ (written by Sharon Dobbins)
 / this track reached No.3 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1972

‘Fadin’ Renegade’ (written by Coke Sams)

‘Carolyn’, which was written by Tommy Collins (Sunday 28 September 1930 – Tuesday 14 March 2000)

‘Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town’, which was written by
Mel Tillis (Monday 8 August 1932 – Sunday 19 November 2017)

‘(Jeannie Marie) You Were A Lady’, which was written by Charlie Black (Wednesday 23 November 1949 – Friday 23 April 2021), Ricci Moreno and Tommy Rocco
/ this track reached No.3 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1974

‘Gwen (Congratulations)’ (written by Ricci Moreno and Jerry Gillespie)
 / this track reached No.5 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1971

‘What More Could A Man Need’, which was written by Chick Rains (Wednesday 5 November 1941 – Friday 21 January 2022) / this track reached No.23 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1979

‘Me & The Boys In The Band’ (written by Bob Milsap) / the track reached No.72 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1980

‘Yes, Ma’am’ (written by Sonny Throckmorton)
 / the track reached No.12 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1978


In 1984, Tommy Overstreet saw the release of ‘I Still Love Your Body’, a non-album single, which reached No.87 on the Billboard country music singles chart.


In 1986, Tommy Overstreet saw the release of ‘Next To You’, a non-album single, which reached No.74 on the Billboard country music singles chart.




On Monday 16 February 2015, England’s Hux Records released Tommy Overstreet’s ‘The Best of Tommy Overstreet’ (Hux Records, 2015) as HUX143.

‘Tommy Overstreet was one of country music’s biggest stars in the 1970s and was regularly featured on the country charts throughout the decade.

But, when he had his first hit, he was no newcomer.  He’d been performing since his early teens and had been a radio and TV regular in Oklahoma and Texas since the mid-1950s.

Top 5 hits like ‘Heaven Is My Woman’s Love’, ‘Gwen (Congratulations)’, and ‘I Don’t Know You Anymore’ saw Overstreet push country music in a new, more adult direction.  This won him fans not only in America, but also in Canada, Britain and much of Europe.

Here, we gather together the cream of his country hits, as well as a selection of album tracks where Tommy stamps his style on classics by Neil Diamond, Kenny Rogers (Sunday 21 August 1938 – Friday 20 March 2020) and Charlie Rich (Wednesday 14 December 1932 – Tuesday 25 July 1995).

Many of these tracks are issued here on CD for the first time.  The accompanying 16-page booklet includes photographs, extensive liner notes and complete lyrics to every featured track’.

Hux Records‘ Tommy Overstreet’s ‘The Best of Tommy Overstreet’ (Hux Records, 2015) included the following tracks:

‘Gwen (Congratulations)’ (written by Ricci Moreno and Jerry Gillespie)
 (No.5, 1971)

‘I Don’t Know You (Anymore)’, which was written by Ricci Moreno and Charlie Black (Wednesday 23 November 1949 – Friday 23 April 2021)
(No.15, 1971)

‘Ann (Don’t Go Runnin’)’, which was written by Buzz Cason (Monday 27 November 1939 – Sunday 16 June 2024)
 (No.2, 1972) / this track was Tommy Overstreet’s highest charting Billboard country music hit single

‘A Seed Before The Rose’ (written by Ricci Moreno and Jerry Gillespie)
 (No.16, 1972)

‘Heaven Is My Woman’s Love’ (written by Sharon Dobbins)
 (No.3, 1972)

‘Send Me No Roses’, which was written by Ricci Moreno and Charlie Black (Wednesday 23 November 1949 – Friday 23 April 2021)
(No.7, 1973)

‘I’ll Never Break These Chains’, which was written by Ricci Moreno, Tommy Rocco and Charlie Black (Wednesday 23 November 1949 – Friday 23 April 2021)
(No.7, 1973)

‘(Jeannie Marie) You Were A Lady’, which was written by Charlie Black (Wednesday 23 November 1949 – Friday 23 April 2021), Ricci Moreno and Tommy Rocco
(No.3, 1974)

‘If I Miss You Again Tonight’, which was written by Ricci Moreno, Charlie Black (Wednesday 23 November 1949 – Friday 23 April 2021) and Marianne Mareno
 (No.8, 1974)

‘I’m A Believer’ (written by Ricci Moreno and Tommy Rocco)
(No.9, 1975)

‘That’s When My Woman Begins’ (written by Jerry Gillespie)
 (No.6, 1975)

‘From Woman To Woman’ (written by Jerry Gillespie and Ricci Moreno) (No.16, 1975)

‘Here Comes That Girl Again’, which was written by Rory Bourke, Eugene David Dobbins (Monday 19 March 1934 – Sunday 23 November 2008) and J. Wilson
 (No.15, 1976)

‘If Love Was A Bottle of Wine’ (written by Sterling Whipple)
 (No.11, 1977)

‘Don’t Go City Girl On Me’ (written by Michael Kusser and Rafe Van Hoy)
 (No.5, 1977)

‘This Time I’m In It For The Love’ (written by Bob McDill) (No.16, 1975)

‘Yes, Ma’am’ (written by Sonny Throckmorton)
 (No.12, 1978)

‘Better Me’ (written by Sterling Whipple)
 (No.20, 1978)

‘Fadin’ In, Fadin’ Out’ (written by Bobby Braddock and Sonny Throckmorton)
 (No.11, 1978)

‘Me & You & A Dog Named Boo’ (written by Kent LaVoie)
/ this track was originally included on Tommy Overstreet’s debut album, ‘Gwen, Congratulations’ (Dot Records, 1971)

‘Help Me Make It Through The Night’ (written by Kris Kristofferson)
/ this track was originally included on Tommy Overstreet’s debut album, ‘Gwen, Congratulations’ (Dot Records, 1971)

‘Behind Closed Doors’, which was written by Kenny O’Dell (born Kenneth Gist Jr.) (Wednesday 21 June 1944 – Monday 27 March 2018)
 / this track was originally included on Tommy Overstreet’s ‘My Friends Call Me T.O.’ (Dot Records, 1973)

‘Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree’, which was written by Irwin Jesse Levine (Wednesday 23 March 1938 – Tuesday 21 January 1997) and Lawrence ‘Larry’ Russell Brown
/ this track was originally included on Tommy Overstreet’s ‘My Friends Call Me T.O.’ (Dot Records, 1973)

‘Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town’, which was written by
Mel Tillis (Monday 8 August 1932 – Sunday 19 November 2017) / this track was originally included on Tommy Overstreet’s ‘Woman Your Name is My Song’ (Dot Records, 1974)

‘Sweet Caroline’ (written by Neil Diamond)
/ this track was originally included on Tommy Overstreet’s ‘Woman Your Name is My Song’ (Dot Records, 1974)

‘Polk Salad Annie’, which was written by Tony Joe White (Friday 23 July 1943 – Wednesday 24 October 2018)
 / this track was originally included on Tommy Overstreet’s ‘Woman, Your Name is My Song’ (Dot Records, 1974)


As a songwriter, Tommy Overstreet wrote over five hundred songs.


Tommy Overstreet remained active as a concert performer up until his death, on Monday 2 November 2015, and was still an occasional recording artist, including recording gospel and big band music.

Tommy Overstreet was extremely popular in Europe and had toured there many times.

Sadly, Tommy Overstreet died at his home in Oregon on Monday 2 November 2015.


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