Hal Ketchum, "Small Town Saturday Night" Singer, Dead at 67

25 Novembre, 2020, 01:57 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Ketchum album cover

The news of his passing was shared with fans via the singer's official Facebook page.

Ketchum is best known for his hits "Small Town Saturday Night", "I Know Where Love Lives", "Hearts Are Gonna Roll", and "Mama Knows the Highway".

Ketchum's Alzheimer's disease/dementia diagnosis was first revealed by his wife, Andrea, in the spring of 2019.

She posted: "With great sadness and grief we announce that Hal passed away peacefully last night at home due to complications of Dementia".

"I know everyone is asking why there are no future tour dates, and speculating about why", she wrote on Facebook at the time. "Our family would like to share the cause for this". Unfortunately, Hale suffers from Alzheimer's / Dementia.

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Ketchum was also diagnosed with acute transverse myelitis in 1998 and lost use of the left side of his body.

At the time, Andrea called dementia "an exhausting and confusing illness" and said that it was time for her husband to "stay home with loved ones".

Ketchum was born April 9, 1953, in Greenwich, N.Y. He got his start at age 15, performing as a drummer with a R&B trio in small clubs before eventually making his way to Texas and launching a career as a singer-songwriter.

"Hal is otherwise healthy and happy, enjoying time with his family and friends", she added. In total, Ketchum's smooth, everyman voice was captured on 11 studio albums, including nine on Curb and his final 2014 independent album, I'm the Troubadour.

"To all of Hal's dear friends who have worked tirelessly on the Tribute Show, the Silent Auction, and GoFundMe, we all love you and will always do so".

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