Country Singer Hal Ketchum Dies

Hal Ketchum

He was enjoying regional success in Texas prior to signing with Curb Records for his 1991 Past the Point of Rescue album, however.

"Past The Point of Rescue is my career song...."

"So sad to hear that Hal Ketchum has gone to live amongst the angels". A decade later, he first achieved Nashville stardom with the 1991 single "Small Town Saturday Night".

Some of his most legendary hits as an artist include, "Long Haired Country Boy" which got nominated for a CMA award in 1997, "Past the Point of Rescue", "Small Town Saturday Night" and "Hearts Are Gonna Roll". Before making it in music, Ketchum worked as a cabinet maker.

He had another hit with Stay Forever off of his 1994 record, Every Little Word. He was also a member of the Grand Ole Opry and performed several times at the Franklin Theatre.

Ketchum was also diagnosed with acute transverse myelitis in 1998 and lost the use of the left side of his body. Outside of music, the country star was an active painter - his pieces have been showcased in Santa Fe, New Mexico's highly regarded Pena Studio Gallery - and a master carpenter, with a particular interest in crafting toys.

Per a statement posted by Andrea to Ketchum's official Facebook page on April 14, 2019, the singer and songwriter at that time officially retired from music due to his dementia. "Dementia is an exhausting and confusing illness and now it's time for Hal to stay home with loved ones".

He passed away yesterday evening (Nov 23) according to his wife.

"With great sadness and grief we announce that Hal passed away peacefully last night at home due to complications of Dementia", she writes.

To all the musicians, you took the time from your busy schedules to play Hal songs in her honor, and while he watched the show he kept saying, 'Wow, these are my friends!

County music artist Hal Ketchum has died of complications from dementia, his wife, Andrea, announced in a Facebook post.



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