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Who Hank Thompson
What Singer Hank Thompson, 82, to Retire
When November 2, 2007
Where Waco, TX

Country music singer Hank Thompson has canceled the rest of his tour and retired from singing, two days after his release from a hospital, his spokesman said Friday.

Thompson, 82, was hospitalized with an undisclosed illness. He is recovering near his suburban Fort Worth home, said Tracy Pitcox, Thompson's spokesman and owner of Heart of Texas Records.

"We are hoping for the best," Pitcox said.

Thompson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989. He had 29 hits reach the top 10 on country music charts between 1948 and 1974. In 1952, his album "The Wild Side of Life" reached No. 1. Some of his most famous songs include "Humpty Dumpty Heart" and "A Six Pack to Go."

The last show Thompson played was Oct. 8 in his native Waco. That day was declared "Hank Thompson Day" by Gov. Rick Perry and Waco Mayor Virginia DuPuy.

Thompson's first recording was "Whoa, Sailor" in 1946. That year, he started a band called the Brazos Valley Boys, which went on to win Billboard Magazine's touring band of the year award 14 straight times.

Thompson has sold over 60 million records, Pitcox said.

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