Country star Tompall Glaser has died at the age of 79. The singer passed away at his Nashville, Tennessee home on Tuesday (13Aug13) after battling a long, undisclosed illness.
Born Thomas Paul Glaser, he embarked on a career in music with his two brothers, Chuck and Jim, during the 1950s.
They left their home in Nebraska for Nashville after receiving an offer to sing back-up for Marty Robbins, and he soon signed them to his Robbins Records label as Tompall & The Glaser Brothers.
The vocal trio appeared on songs such as Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire, Roy Orbison's Leah and Robbins' own tune El Paso, but it wasn't until 1966 that the group scored its own hit, Gone, On The Other Hand.
Tompall & The Glaser Brothers' other notable releases include Rings, Lovin' Her Was Easier Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again and Maria Consuela.
Glaser achieved some success as a solo star, particularly with 1975's Put Another Log On The Fire (Male Chauvinist National Anthem). He also helped to pen Bobby Bare's The Streets of Baltimore and co-produced Waylon Jennings' landmark Honky Tonk Heroes album in 1973.
Glaser later featured on Wanted! The Outlaws, which brought together previously released material from Glaser, Jennings, Willie Nelson and Jessi Colter in 1976.
The siblings also established their own publishing company and recording studio, affectionately called Hillbilly Central, after becoming disillusioned with the Nashville music business, earning themselves a reputation as country rebels.
Jennings famously recorded his Dreaming My Dreams album at the new facility, while John Hartford, Billy Ray Reynolds and Roger 'Captain Midnight' Schutt use the studio for their own works, too.