Hal Ketchum dead: Country singer from Upstate NY dies at 67

Brenda Watkins
November 25, 2020

Hal Ketchum, the Grand Ole Opry member and hit country singer of "Small Town Saturday Night", died Monday night at 67 as a result of complications from dementia.

Ketchum's 1991 album, "Past the Point of Rescue", was his most commercially successful, having been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. 2020 has been hard ... so many country music artists and songwriters have gone home this year ...

"Past The Point of Rescue is my career song...."

Some of his biggest hits were "Long Haired Country Boy", which was nominated for a CMA award in 1997, "Past the Point of Rescue", "Small Town Saturday Night" and "Hearts are Gonna Roll". He earned another Top 10 hit in 1995 with 'Stay Forever, ' the lead single from Every Little Word.

Ketchum has been an individual from the Grand Ole Opry - a week after week blue grass music grandstand - since 1994, his site says.

Ketchum lost the feeling of the left side of his body after a diagnosis with acute transverse myelitis in 1998.

Ferguson said Ketchum moved in 2010 to Texas where he would continue to play in theaters and venues such as The Birchmere and Eddie's Attic.

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Near the end of the Nineties, Ketchum was also beset with health issues. He was also a skilled carpenter and enjoyed making toys.

Later focusing more on his songwriting and performing as he worked the Lone Star State's clubs, in 1988 he released his first album Threadbare Alibis before setting his sights on Nashville.

Ketchum retired from touring back in 2019 after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

Ferguson said, "One of the things that distinguishes Hall is his constant love for his fans, and he has given as much of himself as possible to them".

He passed away yesterday evening (Nov 23) according to his wife.

Hal Ketchum (pictured at Farm Aid in Dallas, Texas on March 14, 1992) has passed away following complications from dementia.

"His music lives on in your heart forever and gives you peace", she wrote on Facebook.

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