An amiable second-stringer, country crooner Tommy Overstreet had a string of hits in the 1970s, never quite hitting Number One, but leaving behind a lot of loyal fans. Overstreet was mostly a mellow singer, but he had some rugged twang in there as well. (Amazing true fact (according to the Wikipedia): Overstreet was apparently related to 1920's crooning star Gene Austin, who recorded the original hit version of "My Blue Heaven"(!) Here's a quick look at his work...




Discography - Best-Ofs

Tommy Overstreet "The Best Of Tommy Overstreet" (Varese Sarabande, 1998)
This sadly out-of-print collection covers the bulk of his hits for the ABC/Dot label in the 1970s, and while the material strains a little bit, it's really no worse than many of Overstreet's countrypolitan contemporaries. Sometimes he'd try and go all Waylon on us, other times he'd be more croony and soft... But on balance, he was really alright. This CD best-of is probably more worth having than his original LPs, but either way would be kinda rewarding, in a corny kinda way. (Amazing true fact (according to the Wikipedia): Overstreet was apparently related to 1920's crooning star Gene Austin, who recorded the hit version of "My Blue Heaven"(!)


Tommy Overstreet "Solid Gold Hits" (Laser Light, 1993)


Tommy Overstreet "Country Gospel Favorites" (Madacy, 2006)
A 3-CD set of religious recordings...


Tommy Overstreet "Welcome To My World Of Love" (Acrobat, 2008)


Tommy Overstreet "Heaven Is My Woman's Love: Tommy Overstreet Sings His Hits" (IMC, 1998)


Tommy Overstreet "20 Classic Songs" (Varese Sarabande, 2008)
Re-recorded versions of his old hits...




Discography - Albums

Tommy Overstreet "Gwen (Congratulations)" (Dot, 1971) (LP)


Tommy Overstreet "This Is Tommy Overstreet" (Dot, 1972) (LP)


Tommy Overstreet "Heaven Is My Woman's Love" (Dot, 1972) (LP)


Tommy Overstreet "My Friends Call Me T.O." (Dot, 1973) (LP)


Tommy Overstreet "Woman, Your Name Is My Song" (Dot, 1974) (LP)


Tommy Overstreet "I'm A Believer" (ABC/Dot, 1975) (LP)


Tommy Overstreet "Greatest Hits, v.1" (ABC/Dot, 1975) (LP)


Tommy Overstreet "Live From The Silver Slipper" (ABC/Dot, 1975) (LP)


Tommy Overstreet "Turn On To Tommy Overstreet" (ABC/Dot, 1976) (LP)
(Produced by Ron Chancey)

A pretty uptempo set with socko, robust arrangements and only a few drippy countrypolitan ballads. It seems like Overstreet was really trying to keep up with the times, if not ahead of the curve -- this is pretty slick and bombastic, but it's not completely cheesy. None of these songs really leapt out at me as ones I'd want in permanent rotation at Chez Sixpack, but I enjoyed listening to this record, and really hadn't expected to. Worth a spin -- among some of the better Top 40 Nashville stuff you'll hear from this era.


Tommy Overstreet "Vintage '77" (ABC/Dot, 1977) (LP)


Tommy Overstreet "Hangin' 'Round" (ABC/Dot, 1977) (LP)


Tommy Overstreet "There'll Never Be Another First Time" (Pinnacle, 1978) (LP)


Tommy Overstreet "Better Me" (ABC/Dot, 1978) (LP)


Tommy Overstreet "I'll Never Let You Down" (Elektra, 1979) (LP)


Tommy Overstreet "The Real Tommy Overstreet" (Elektra, 1980) (LP) B000P3AJAS


Tommy Overstreet "The Best Of Tommy Overstreet" (Elektra, 1982) (LP)


Tommy Overstreet "Nuggets" (51 West, 1982)


Tommy Overstreet "Audiograph Alive" (Audiograph, 1982)


Tommy Overstreet "Dream Lover" (Intercord, 1982)


Tommy Overstreet "Good Lovin' Feelin' " (Intercord, 1983) (LP)


Tommy Overstreet "Memories Old And New, v.1" (Deja Vu, 1984)


Tommy Overstreet "Memories Old And New, v.2" (Deja Vu, 1985)




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