BMI’s database credits Tom T. Hall with 909 published compositions, including:

  • “That’s How I Got to Memphis”
  • “(Old Dogs, Children And) Watermelon Wine”
  • “The Year That Clayton Delaney Died”
  • “Ballad of Forty Dollars”
  • “Harper Valley P.T.A.”
  • “I Love”
  • “I Care”
  • “Homecoming”
  • “Ravishing Ruby”
  • “Little Bitty”
  • “Bill Monroe For Breakfast”

Early Influences

  • Lonnie Easterling (inspiration for “Clayton Delaney,” from Hall’s famous song)
  • Bill Monroe
  • Authors Sinclair Lewis, Mark Twain, and Ernest Hemingway
  • Roanoke College

From the Archives

“You sit down as a person and write a song. If you’ve written a song by the time you stand back up, you’re a songwriter. But the person comes first. You can’t look at the thing from somewhere up above.”
—Quoted by Peter Cooper in Johnny’s Cash & Charley’s Pride, Spring House Press, 2017