NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tompall Glaser, a country music singer and publisher best known for his association with the outlaw movement, has died. He was 79.
Louis Glaser, Tompall Glaser's nephew, said the singer passed away early Tuesday morning in Nashville after a long illness. He was born in Spalding, Neb., in 1934.
Glaser would never achieve the success of contemporaries like Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings but was a key player in the rebellion they started against Music Row in the early 1970s. He appeared on "Wanted! The Outlaws," a 1976 compilation that also included Nelson and Jennings and became country music's first platinum-selling album.
Originally breaking through with his brothers, the singer refused to conform to the Nashville system of business and over time opened his own publishing company and studio where some of Jennings' landmark albums were recorded.
According to a release from Newshound Productions, Glaser and his brothers performed at various venues in the region and hosted a radio program in Hastings, Neb., before being discovered by Marty Robbins, who brought them to Nashville. During those early years, they toured with Robbins, Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline, among others, before going on their own in the early 1960s.
A private family memorial is being planned, according to a family spokesman.