Country Music Pioneer Hank Thompson Retires

Country Music Hall of Fame member Hank Thompson has announced his retirement from a career that has spanned seven decades. Thompson, 82, was released from the hospital Wednesday (Oct. 31) after being diagnosed with an undisclosed illness. He is recovering at his home near Fort Worth, Texas. A honky-tonk singer and leader of his band, the Brazos Valley Boys, Thompson scored a total of 29 Top 10 singles, including “The Wild Side of Life,” which spent 15 weeks at No. 1 in 1949. Other hits include “Humpty Dumpty Heart,” “Rub-a-Dub-Dub” and “A Six Pack to Go.” Thompson, who has canceled all of his tour dates, last performed on Oct. 8 in Waco, Texas, his birthplace.