Singer/songwriter Tommy Hunter was one of the most enduring, best-loved performers in Canadian country music. He was born and raised in London, Ontario and became interested in country music at age nine. He made his professional debut at age 12 at a theater in Woodstock, Pennsylvania; two years later, he was playing guitar at local dances. At age 16, he left home to play in country clubs all over North America, making his CBC radio debut in 1952. Four years later, he was performing with the Sons of the West. When the band auditioned for a new CBC-TV series, Country Hoedown, in 1956, Hunter became the program's featured singer and stayed on until its cancellation in 1965. In 1958, he also spent eight weeks on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts on CBS while also hosting a daily network radio broadcast, The Tommy Hunter Show. His television show of the same name began in 1962 and ran until 1989, making it the longest-running network country music show in the world. In addition, he debuted on the Grand Ole Opry in 1965. Following the cancellation of The Tommy Hunter Show (which also ran on TNN from 1983 to 1989), he and his band, the Travelin' Men, continued to tour and record.~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi