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Awards & Inductions

* Inductions

  • 1989 – Inducted Into the Country Music Hall of Fame
  • 1997 – Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame
  • 1999 – Inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame
  • 2002 – Inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame
  • 2004 – Inducted into the Southwestern Swing Society Hall of Fame
  • 2004 – Inducted into the Heart of Texas Country Music Association Hall of Fame
  • 2006 – Inducted into the Thumb Pickers Hall of Fame
  • 2006 – Inducted into the Texas Trail Hall of Fame
  • September 6, 2014 – Inducted into the Cheyene Frontier Days Hall of Fame

*Award and Achievements

  • 1951 – 1964 – Awarded Billboard Magazines “Touring Band of the Year” 14 years in a row!
  • 1978 – Awarded Oklahoma Goodwill Ambassador Award
  • 2006 – Received the Will Rogers Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 1948 – 1980 – 59 Billboard Top 40 hit songs
  • 1945 – 2007 – Over 7500 personal appearances
  • October 7, 2007 – Received a Message of Commendation from Texas Governer Rick
  • Perry and declared Hank Thompson Day by Waco Mayor Virginia DuPuy

* Industry First

  • 1954 – First color broadcast of a variety show on television with “The Big Red Shindig”
    starring Hank Thompson.
  • 1955 – First music artist to receive corporate sponsorship (Falstaff Beer and Light
    Crust Flour).
  • 1961 – First “live” country music album recorded with “Live At The Golden Nugget”.
  • 1966 – First act to tour with a sound and lighting system, that Hank created himself.

Movie Soundtracks – Hank Thompson and the Brazos Valley Boys had the following songs that appeared in the soundtrack of these major motion pictures.

Date
1966
1978
1983
1992
1994
1997
2000
2003
2006
2006
2008
2008

Movie Title
Smoky
Every Which Way But Loose
Beats Of The Heart – Chase The Devil (TV Movie)
Black Hearts Bleed Red (Short film)
Imaginary Crimes
U-Turn
Vinyl
Second Hand Lions
RV
Slither
The Sweet Lady With The Nasty Voice
W

Song
Smoky
A Six Pack To Go
The Wild Side of Life
Shotgun Boogie
Make Room in Your Heart (For A Memory)
Honky Tonk Girl
Time Wounds All Heels
Red Skin Gal
Honky Tonk Town
I Find You Cheatin’ On Me
(I’ve Got A) Humpty Dumpty Heart
Blue Skirt Waltz

Hank Thompson had a Commercial and Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) license with an Instrument and Multi-engine rating. In 1954 he purchased his first airplane, a single engine 4 passenger Cessna 180, then in 1958 he purchased a twin engine 4-6 passenger Piper Apache, then in the 1960’s he purchased a twin engine 6 passenger Cessna 310. He and Ann flew the airplanes to his shows and on personal trips.

Hank Thompson had a Commercial and Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) license with an Instrument and Multi-engine rating. In 1954 he purchased his first airplane, a single engine 4 passenger Cessna 180, then in 1958 he purchased a twin engine 4-6 passenger Piper Apache, then in the 1960’s he purchased a twin engine 6 passenger Cessna 310. He and Ann flew the airplanes to his shows and on personal trips.

Hank Thompson - Awards and Inductions
Piper Apache
Top Row from left – Tommy Canfield, Buddy White, Bob White, Bobby White and Hank
Bottom Row from left – Vic Davis, Billy Gray, Dubert Dobson & Billy Stewart

Hank Thompson - Awards and Inductions
Hank in the Cessna 180 greeting Nudie, Roy Rogers & Rex Allen

Hank Thompson - Awards and Inductions
Hank Thompson and his Cessna 310