Freddie Hart Biography

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Instruments: Vocals, Songwriter
Date of Birth: December 21,1926
Place of Birth: Lochapoka, Alabama

Born Fred Segrest, Hart was one of 15 children of sharecropper parents. He had to grow up quickly, at the age of five he began playing the guitar, by age 12 he had quit school and started working for his parents. At age 15, with the outbreak of World War II, he lied about his age and joined the Marine Corps., seeing action at both Guam and Iwo Jima. While in the military, Hart developed an interest in the martial arts, earning Black Belts in both Karate and Judo. After the war he taught self defense at the L.A. Police Academy.

In 1948, he met Hank Williams who taught him a great deal about songwriting. Then in 1951, he joined Lefty Frizzell's band for a year. It was through Frizzell that Hart got his first recording contract with Capitol Records.

By 1959 he had his first hit recording - "The Wall" on Columbia Records. It was in 1971, that Hart had his big hit "Easy Lovin'". The song went to number one on the country charts and to number seventeen on the pop charts. It won two Grammy awards and was recognized by The Country Music Association as "The Song of the Year" for two years in a row - 1971 and 1972.

Hart's songwriting has generated hits for Porter Wagoner and Charlie Rich among others. In discussing his songwriting Hart says, "I try to put down in my songs what every man wants to say, and what every woman wants to hear".

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Singer/songwriter Freddie Hart had a long, fascinating odyssey on his way to becoming a popular country hitmaker in the early '70s. Hart was born in Lochapoka, AL, in 1933, one of 15 children born to a sharecropper. When he was five years old, his grandfather fashioned him a makeshift guitar out of a cigar box and wire from a Model T. He ran away from home at age seven, and was sent to a Civilian Conservation Corps camp at 12. When Hart was 16, he enlisted in the Marines by lying about his age, and served in Iwo Jima and Okinawa; during his off hours, he performed country music in officers' clubs. After his discharge, he worked odd jobs in various locations, and wound up moving to Nashville in 1949 to be a roadie for Hank Williams. He cut a single later that year, the George Morgan-penned "Every Little Thing Rolled into One," and worked on his songwriting, with hints from Williams. He moved to Phoenix in 1950 to work at a cotton mill, but wound up meeting Lefty Frizzell there; he offered Frizzell one of his songs, but instead was signed up as Frizzell's tourmate. He recorded for Capitol without commercial success, and left Frizzell's show in 1953 to move to Los Angeles. There he made regular appearances on Town Hall Party, and also earned his black belt in karate, which enabled him to become an instructor at the Los Angeles Police Academy.

Hart also continued to write songs, and in 1955 Carl Smith took his co-composition "Loose Talk" to the top of the country charts. With success to his name, Hart finally landed another record deal with Columbia in 1959, and had minor hits with "The Wall" and "Chain Gang," recording in a style that was mostly honky tonk tinged with rock & roll. He made his Grand Ole Opry debut in 1961, but didn't chart again until 1965, when "Hank Williams' Guitar" narrowly missed the country Top 20. He released several albums on Kapp during the late '60s, and returned to Capitol in 1970, landing a moderate hit with "The Whole World Holding Hands."

By this point, Hart had refashioned himself as more of a country-pop singer with a slightly risqué (at least, for the genre and the time) take on romance. The move paid huge dividends when his 1971 single "Easy Living" came out of nowhere to top the country charts (it also crossed over to the pop Top 20). The album of the same name also hit number one country, and Hart followed it with three more number one singles in 1972 — "Bless Your Heart," "Got the All Overs for You (All Over Me)," and "My Hang-Up Is You." "Super Kind of Woman" and "Trip to Heaven," both from 1973, also hit number one, and "If You Can't Feel It (It Ain't There)" reached the Top Five. Hart landed three additional Top Five hits with 1974's "The Want-To's" and 1975's "My Woman's Man" and "The First Time." But suddenly, the hits dried up, and after a last album in 1977, Hart and Capitol parted ways. He recorded for a succession of smaller labels during the '80s, and charted several more singles over 1980-1982, with the Top 20 "Sure Thing" being the biggest. Released in 1987, "Best Love I Never Had" was his last commercially oriented appearance; he subsequently performed often in Branson, MO. He issued a gospel album, I Will Never Die, in 1996, and another one called Sermon on the Mountain appeared in 2002.

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Freddie has a BIG heart and always time for fans | Reviewer: Lorraine | 8/17/14

when I lived in Calif I went to a club every weekend where the "stars" would come hang out and have their own turns at singing on stage. I met Freddie there and saw him many weekends. once sitting around he said he was goint to Las Vegas to perform. He found I had never been to vegas nor my girlfriend. He said Oh everyone has to go to vegas once in their life. He paid for us a room and we drove up to the show. At the hotel he popped a button off his shirt and was hurring to get dressed. He brought us the shirt and we sewed the button on. He even called my parents from there as a favor for me since they were his #1 fans. He also called Ginger, his wife to check on her. She was pregnant with their 6th child and due anytime. After the show we all sat with the band and Susan Raye in the stars room. He is the kindest down to earth and funny warm singer I ever met and I have met MANY. No hanky Panky or out of line stuff. Just a sweet guy who wanted us to have a good time. I moved back to AZ and he came there Many times.

"The Blueroom" La Puente, CA - "1960's" | Reviewer: Ed Sweeny | 7/29/14

The first time I saw Freddie Hart he came to the Blue Room in "Puente"/"La Puente", Los Angeles County, CA. The Blue Room was an old "Shit Kicken" Bar that was frequented by many. What a great entertainer. From thet moment on he was one of my favorites.

My dad's stories | Reviewer: C. Ashmore | 7/25/14

Every time my dad heard Easy Lovin on the radio he used to tell me that when he was young, he worked with Freddie Hart at a furniture store in California, I imagine it was somewhere around Lynwood, which is in Los Angeles. It would have been very early 1950s maybe because it was before my folks were married (1957). My memory keeps saying it was Bekins Furniture or maybe Bekins Movers. I've always wondered if he was right, if it was THE Freddie Hart?

you were in kalamazoo mi | Reviewer: marie | 6/20/13

you were on tour with merle and bonnie.being friends with bonnie of course I was visiting with her. you were tired and not felling real well so I didn't push to try to me you.when I said ihad never met you bonnie insisted on sending someone to see ifyou could meet me me. you had already retired for the night. I did not feel bad about that I always hoped I would getto meet you later. I was also in Detroit the day you had to sing easy loving 3 times before the crow would let you go

WAS IT REALLY YOU? | Reviewer: Laverne Smith | 2/24/13

Around 1950, we lived between Judsonia, Arkansas and Bald Knob, ARkansas.
A young man who was our neighbor loved playing music. There was a grocery store with living quarters in the back, where the owners lived. The young man's name was Jimmy Doug. He brought a young man to the store that he had picked up hitch-hiking. They played music in the back of the store. We all went over and listened. I was told the man's name was Freddy Hart.
All of these years, I thought it was. I would like to know if it was really him.

Marty Stuart | Reviewer: Richard | 9/30/12

I saw Freddie Hart On the Marty Stuart Show on RFD-TV Last Night, Sep't. 29. He sang 'Keys in The Mail Box' and 'Easy Lovin'. I guess he dyes his hair, because it is just as brown as brown as a younger fellows hair would be. What a great voice he still has. I agree with Sue Jones' comment above. As for me, too, does that give away my age?

Thank you for your service in WWII and your lovely songs | Reviewer: Ann Wagner | 9/7/12

I read you were in Lancaster, Pa. Am sorry I didn't know about it
as I would have tried to get there to meet you and get an autographed pic. I always get the classic music station and they
never fail me to have your "Easy Lovin'" on the station. You'd
catch me singing along with the tv. I'm in York, Pa which isn't
but 26 miles from Lancaster. I'll have to keep an eye out for any
visits you might make to the area. Love your music. God Bless

Memories of Freddie | Reviewer: Nancy Rose | 10/26/11

He started out approaching our table during recess of his show at Bostonia Ballroom in El Cajon Ca. He was dressed in white with sequins. For whatever reason unknown to us, he stopped at our table and asked f we were doing anything after his show. Well, we all piled his long legs in our car and set out - early morning hours and ended up at a rodeo livestock barn looking around at the bulls. Freddie - still dressed in white - was very visible to the groundskeeper as we all jumped over the fence trying to escape the shotgun blast. Sorry Freddie - if you are reading this. It was total fun and we/I will never forget. You are such a human being, warm and friendly. We became great friends because he is so down to earth.

Freddie Hart | Reviewer: Ronald Renfro | 10/24/11

First... let me Thank You for Serving Our Country. Second,let me Thank You for Singing. i admire you and your a Credit to all...God Bless You. Sincerely, Pvt. Ronald C. Renfro/USMC1972-79

Thing I remeber. | Reviewer: Alfred Cutright | 8/5/11

I remember seeing Fredie Hart in late 50's, he set up a little stand beside Norwalk Blvd in Hiwanan Gardens Calif. (Artisia Area) He was a tall skinny red headed kid at that time. It is a coincidence that I was in WW2 on a LST. We carried the Marines to Iwo and of the 19 Amphib tanks only 2 were operating the 2nd morning. I remember seeing the single flag flying from Mt Saribachi. Later we took the Marines and tanks to Okinawa, Easter Sunday April Fools day. Later we took Ocupations troops to Japan (2 Trips) I don't know if he gets to read this, If he does I would like to thank him. I like his music. I will be 88 on Aug. 8 (8/8/88)

Thanks for some of the best memories | Reviewer: Ann brown | 5/8/11

I will always cherish the town hall party in early 50 , ca where you allowed me to be up on stage , it has been such a blessing to see such a great singer and song writer up close, and I still have the picture that you gave to me, you are a great man and loved by all who know you, thank you. Ann Brown

Got the All Overs for You! | Reviewer: Sue Jones | 5/2/11

I agree with people who have already written reviews - Freddie Hart is a TRUE C&W singer - with a God given talent! His voice is beautiful! His song "Easy Lovin" was great but my favorite was "Got the All Overs for You", and yes, when it came out, I truly was in a relationship that made that song REAL to me! Voices like Freddie Hart seem to be a thing of the past in today's C&W music - what a shame! And no, I can hardly listen to any of it anymore! Does that give my age? Well, these young ones sure don't have good taste in C&W!

luv u 4 life | Reviewer: shaon mervine | 4/23/11

I saw freddie at the high school in Niles Michigan. I don't recall the year I wasn't a student. I still have his autographed photo. I am now 66 and although I sang all my life I never made it like freddie. I write songs too. in fact I sent one on an udition tape to a certain artist and he had one of his stars record it and of course put his name on it. but that's life u were a big influence on me. If I can't feel it I don't sing it. BLESS YOU .

FOREVER FREDDIE HART !! | Reviewer: marty | 4/5/11

All of my life, (several years ), I have been a fan of Mr. Hart. I could only wish that country music STILL HAD the sound and the feel or emotions that it used to back in the day. THANK YOU MR. HART FOR ALL OF THE MUSIC YOU' VE GIVEN US, & HERE'S TO MANY YEARS TO COME!!!! GOD BLESS!!

Following your career throughout the years | Reviewer: Gene kelly | 4/4/11

Thanks to you I have so many of your early records. Shaking your hand at American music theater in Lancaster pa a few years bac mKeep singing, stay healthy and you are the true. Country! Heard you on the Bill Mack show this past summer!

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