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Freddie Hart

Country music is full of rags-to-riches stories, but few took longer to unfold than Freddie Hart's -- his chart-topping hit "Easy Loving" arrived nearly 20 years into his recording career.

Hart was born Fred Segrest on December 21, 1926, in Loachapoka, Alabama. He was one of 15 children from a poor sharecropper's family that struggled to provide enough food for its members, but shared a love of music and the Grand Ole Opry.

Hart began playing guitar at the age of five, and joined the Civilian Conservation Corps at 12. He falsified his age to enlist in the Marines at the age of 14 and fought in the Pacific during World War II. He earned black belts in jujitsu and judo, and made his first public appearances singing at officers clubs.

After leaving the military, he decided to pursue country music as a career and adopted the stage name "Freddie Hart." Wayne Raney and Lefty Frizzell helped him place his first songs and sign with Capitol Records in 1953. At his second Capitol session, he recorded an original song titled "Loose Talk" that Carl Smith covered and took to number one. Hart moved to Columbia Records in 1956 and appeared regularly on the Town Hall Party television program with Frizzell, Tex Ritter, Johnny Bond, and other country stars.

Despite the exposure, Hart's recordings weren't selling very well at this stage, but his songs continued to be recorded by other artists. He finally began charting moderate hits in the late '50s and early '60s with songs such as "The Wall," "Chain Gang," and "The Key's in the Mailbox." He moved from label to label in the '60s and in 1970 he returned to Capitol Records. His first hits for the label were again minor at best, and Capitol dropped him from their roster. Then, in 1971, a DJ began playing "Easy Loving" from the album of the same name, and it climbed to number one, winning the Country Music Association Song of the Year award and crossing over to the pop Top 40.

Hart followed up "Easy Loving" with an incredible string of hip, sexy love songs that raced to the highest rungs of the country chart. He was able to sustain the momentum well into the '70s, and rounded out the decade as one of its Top 20 country hitmakers. When Hart's chart performance declined toward the end of the '70s, he left Capitol for Sunbird and made several moderate hits. His final hit came in 1987, but he continued to perform into the 21st century, recording a gospel album in 1996 and making personal appearances in Branson, MO. Outside of music, Hart owned a trucking company and operated a school for children with disabilities, but country fans will always remember him for his phenomenal run of sweet and sexy country hits in the early and mid-'70s. ~ Greg Adams, Rovi
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theddotson
Nothing like a good old loving Alabama man. Freddie is refreshing in his kind soul and beautiful voice.
tmeek89
I love his easy, slow romantic songs.
God Bless a man I knew very little about til now..
Freddie Hart came to Missouri to perform at my in-laws venue, The bus got him there early which he needed a place to stay. We went to my house where he took a nap before the concert. I had to laugh when he told me that he had never slept on a water bed before. Our last visit with him was years back at Nashville's- F a n Fair....Very nice generous man
Love Freddie Hart's music and his voice!!
love his music
Love to listen to this man.
The Greatest
what a strong man , to his country, an his fans. long live freddie hart.
laurie1939
SOMEONE ON PANDORA WANTED TO KNW ABOUT THE SONG OF HANK WILLIAMS GUITAR SONG BY freddie hart i found it under QWJS classic country/ by livingDream 2 lots of his songs and concerts you can see ............ . . .
vonjon2
I met Freddie at a concert in Salt Lake City in the 70s, my date wanted to meet him so we went up and he shook my hand and we chatted a bit. I have wonderd what happend to him and now i set here listining to his recordings and I've heard them befor many times and i didn't realize it was Freddie hart.A great singer.
frances49
I always loved Freddie. I love his music and his style and I got to kiss him one time.That made my day!!
like every one i fell in love with easy loven...but on that same album he sang ...wrapped sweetly in the arms of love...its a great song...just was in the shadow of one much greater...bu t would love to find it...so i could listen to it again ..
"Easy Lovin" is "our song" for my hubby & me. We were hippies who moved in together in the Haight Ashbury in 1971, married, and had 7 kids and now 11 grandkids. Thank you Freddie Hart from a coup0le who feel in love to Easy Loving when he was my "old-man" and I was his "old-lady".. ( h e ' s my boyfriend now & I'm his girlfriend~~ j u s t kidding we've been married for almost 40 years)
I met him back in the 1970s - what a gentleman.
great song
love this guy and the songs he sings...my hang up it you
Freddie Hart has one of the most awsome voices I have ever heard. I think he is great. I love every one of his songs. and have all of his cassettes.
Great Artist, and Easy Loving is a great song.

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