“Their music can live in your hearts forever and will give you peace.”
“I have known Hal Ketchum since 1985, when I first booked him at Gruyn Hall,” Tracy Ferguson, a longtime friend and personal manager of Ketch, told CNN. “He played his first official gig in the front room of the old hall for about 25 people. All he had to do was sing a note to everyone, to feel that he had something special and to keep the country music world in mind. It didn’t take long. He. “
Ketchum has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry – a weekly country music showcase – since 1994, his website says.
His website states that Ketchum sold 15 top 10 singles and five million albums.
In 2010, Ketchum moved to Texas, where he would go on to play in theaters and venues, such as The Birchmere and Eddy’s Attic, Ferguson said. Ketchum was diagnosed with dementia in 2017, and he played his last show at home on the stage of Gruin Hall, according to Ferguson.
“One thing that stood out about Hal was his continued love for his fans, and he gave himself to them as much as possible,” Ferguson said. “His kindness and sweet soul will be remembered by everyone who knew or met him.”