This famed country music icon was best known for his chart-topping country song and lone pop hit “Easy Loving.” This song gave him the Song of the Year award by the Country Music Association (CMA). Moreover, from 1953 to 1987, he charted singles that boosted his 65-year-old career. Later, he became a gospel singer performing at music festivals and other venues. Unfortunately, he passed away on October 27, 2018, at the age of 91.

This singer that we are talking about is not just a talented singer, but also a phenomenal songwriter. Freddie Hart, as many people would call him, got his fame for the chart-topping hits he wrote for some country legends like Patsy Cline, George Jones, and Carl Smith. More than a singer-songwriter, he also served the country as he was a World War II Marine veteran. This well-loved country hitmaker was one of those who helped shape the form of real, good, old country music. With this, let’s have a glimpse of his colorful journey as a classic country musician.

A Legend Has Passed

Born on December 21, 1926, Frederick Segrest grew up in Loachapoka, Alabama. He was more professionally known as Freddie Hart. He passed away last week in Burbank, California, after a year-long battle with pneumonia.

Throughout his more than 60 years in the music industry, this cherished singer-songwriter became a pillar and inspiration to budding country music artists. His best-known song, “Easy Loving” did not only become a number one country hit but also sat atop the pop charts.

As officially announced on his website, Freddie Hart’s passing has devastated many especially the country music community. It has shaken the world of music and left millions grieving. Another icon has passed away.

Going back in time, Hart began his career as a professional musician. To recall, country legend Lefty Frizzell hired him to go on the road with him. Also, Lefty lent Hart a hand in earning a recording contract with Capitol Records. From there, his career blossomed to what we are celebrating today.

Freddie Hart may have left us physically, but the power of his music and works will forever be cherished in country music history.

Let’s listen again to his 1971 award-winning hit, “Easy Loving:”