Almost two months before his birthday, American country music singer and songwriter Freddie Hart died. Today, he would have turned 92. But even if the talented musician is no longer around, it’s certain that his fans and supporters did not forget their idol’s special day. The same is true with us here on Country ThangDaily! Sending him our warm greetings and heartfelt messages – in heaven. And through this article, we think highly of his great legacy and honor his significant contributions to the music business.
His Country Music Career Journey
Freddie Hart, whose real name was Frederick Segrest, was born on December 21, 1926. He was a native of Loachapoka, Alabama. At the tender age of five, Hart already displayed an inclination toward music. His talent in playing the guitar at such a young age has been observed. His huge family of 15 children had been deprived of material wealth but they’re abundant with something else. That is their love of music and the Grand Ole Opry.
When Hart left the military, that’s when he decided to pursue a country music career. Adopting the stage name Freddie Hart, the Alabama-native signed with Capitol Records in 1953. With great help from Wayne Raney and Lefty Frizzell, Hart recorded his first songs with the said label. He moved to Columbia Records three years later where he worked with other country stars including Tex Ritter, Johnny Bond, Frizzell, and many more.
Like many stars in country music, Hart has his own rags-to-riches story. But his story is one-of-a-kind. Although the singer has already gained wide exposure in his career, his records were not selling that well. In fact, it took him almost 20 years in the industry before scoring his biggest hit. In 1971, his single “Easy Loving” began to be played by a DJ. Surprisingly, the song climbed to No. 1 on the country chart. Moreover, it entered other country music charts, making it a sought-after country record. Released from the album of the same name, the song also entered the Top 40 of the pop music chart. It became Hart’s only pop hit. On top of that, Hart won the CMA’s Song of the Year Award for “Easy Loving” in 1971and 1972. Listen to his breakthrough hit below.
Hart was able to keep the momentum by following his breakthrough hit with a string of hip, sexy love songs. Many of these records reached the summit of the charts. Among his high-charting songs were “Bless Your Heart,” “My Hang-Up Is You,” “Got the All Overs for You (All Over Me),” and “Super Kind of Woman.”