American country music artist, Hal Ketchum is dead. Hal Ketchum has passed away at the age of 67 from complications of dementia.
Born in Greenwich, New York, Ketchum began his musical career tt the age of 15, performing in clubs as a drummer with a rhythm and blues trio. In 1981, Ketchum moved to Austin, Texas, where he began to visit Gruene Hall, a small dance hall near his home. This influenced him to try his hand at singing and songwriting, and by 1985 he was playing at small Texas clubs. In 1986, Ketchum recorded 11 of his self-penned songs under his full name Hal Michael Ketchum.
This album, Threadbare Alibis, was released in 1988 on the Watermelon Records label.
According to Rollingstone, The Country Singer Hal Ketchum was Diagnosed With Alzheimer last year (2019).
His Wife revealed the news in a Facebook post, says Ketchum is retiring from touring.
In a Facebook post from the musician’s wife Andrea, she noted, “He has been battling this for some time now, but because of his love for his fans, he continued performing as long as it was possible… Dementia is an exhausting and confusing illness and now it’s time for Hal to stay home with loved ones.”
On April 9th, 1998, on his 45th birthday, Ketchum was diagnosed with acute transverse myelitis, a neurological disorder related to multiple sclerosis, which causes an enlargement of the base of the spinal cord. After months of physical therapy, Ketchum was once again able to walk, play the guitar and perform live. His most recent album, I’m the Troubadour, was released in 2014.
A native of Greenwich, New York, Ketchum, then billed as Hal Michael Ketchum, moved to Austin, Texas, in 1981, where he would record his first LP, Threadbare Alibis, which led to a publishing deal and a move to Nashville.
Ketchum’s 1991 debut LP for Curb Records, Past the Point of Rescue, sold in excess of 600,000 copies, earning him a gold record.
All four singles released from it reached country’s Top 20, including a cover of the Vogues’ 1965 hit “Five O’Clock World,” written by Nashville songwriter-producer Allen Reynolds. The 1992 follow-up album, Sure Love, scored three Top Tens, including the Number Two single “Mama Knows the Highway.” This was followed two years later by the critically lauded Every Little Word, with the Top Ten ballad “Stay Forever.”
Watch Hal Ketchum Perform “I Know Where Love Lives”