The Official Hank Thompson website announces that due to illness Mr. Thompson announces the close of the tour and his official retirement. Mr. Thompson would like to thank all of his fans and friends for making his life a pleasure. All prayers, cards, and letters would be appreciated. Please send cards and letters to: Hank Thompson P.O. Box 163573, Fort Worth, TX 76161

Hank started his career in the 40's and had his first hit with Whoa Sailor in 1946. Other hits were Humpty Dumpty Heart and Oklahoma Hills.

Jim Reeves liked the music of Hank very much and one time in the 50's, was a member of the Hank Thompson fan club. Jim sang quite a few Hank Thompson songs before he had inked with Abbott label. A demo recording of Humpty Dumpty Heart, dating from around 1951, has been released on the Bear Family 16 CD Jim Reeves boxed set. He recorded  Oklahoma Hills on the RCA label.

In 1989, Hank was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.

A book about Hank's life and career, My Side Of Life, written by Hank and Warren Kice, is expected to be released within a few weeks.

One can read more about the life and career of Hank Thompson here.