Tommy Overstreet

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
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Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Thomas Cary Overstreet, 10 September 1937, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. Overstreet grew up in Houston, the home town of his uncle, the 30s pop singer Gene Austin, and learned to play the guitar at the age of 14. Here he first appeared on KTHT radio and in a local production ofHit The Road, but after completing high school, he moved to Abilene. During 1956-57, he studied radio and television production at the University of Texas and also featured on Slim Willett’s local television show, at one time appearing as Terry Dean from Abilene. Between 1957 and 1964 (military service excepted), he toured with Gene Austin, after which he worked for a time as a songwriter with Pat Boone’s Cooga Music in Los Angeles. He recorded, without success, for Dunhill and eventually returned to Texas. In 1967, he moved to Nashville, where his University training saw him become manager of Dot Records’ office. He also recorded for the label and after two minor hits, he had...

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