Tompall Glaser – Another Country Outlaw Gone
Year by year we seem to lose more and more Country Music legends. Now, we’ve lost one of the artists that appeared on Country Music’s first platinum certified album for selling one million copies, Wanted: The Outlaws.
Tompall Glaser was already an established act in music before his involvement with the Outlaws project with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter. Tompall and his brothers, Jim and Chuck, were popular back-up vocalists singing on hits like Johnny Cash’s ‘Ring Of Fire’ and Marty Robbins’ ‘El Paso.’ Then came success behind the scenes opening a recording studio, which gave artists more control than producers, and the launching of a publishing company that favored songwriters keeping control and ownership of their material.
While the public will best remember Tompall Glaser for his classic ‘Put Another Log On The Fire’ (The Male Chauvinist Song) from Wanted: The Outlaws, he also scored a few other charting hits under the name Tompall and the Glaser Brothers with ‘California Girl (And The Tennessee Square)’ from 1969, ‘Rings’ from 1971, and ‘Lovin’ Her Was Easier Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again’ (penned by Kris Kristofferson) from 1981.
Starting as a folk act, the trio left their biggest musical imprint in Country Music as regular performers on the Grand Ole Opry and the winners of the 1970 CMA Vocal Group of the Year Award. Tompall’s brother Jim also scored a No. 1 solo Country hit with ‘You’re Gettin’ To Me Again’ in 1984.
Tompall Glaser passed on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at the age of 79.