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Hart dies at 91

Monday, October 29, 2018 – Freddie Hart, best known for his chart-topping country song and lone pop hit "Easy Loving," which won the Country Music Association Song of the Year award in 1971 and 1972, died today at 91 in Burbank, Cal.

"Easy Loving," from 1971, was the first of six chart toppers for Hart in the U.S.

Hart also hit the top with "My Hang Up is You," "Bless Your Heart," ""Got the All Overs for You (All Over Me)," "Super Kind of Woman" and "Trip to Heaven."

Hart was on the charts from 1963-87. He later became a gospel singer.

Frederick Seagrest, later known as Freddie Hart, was born to a sharecropper family in Loachapoka, Ala., in 1926. He grew up in nearby Phenix City, Ala., along with his 11 siblings. Hart learned to play guitar at age five and quit school at 12. At 15, Hart lied about his age to join the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, serving on Guam and Iwo Jima. He later lived in California and taught self-defense at the Los Angeles Police Academy.

Carl Smith covered Hart's song "Loose Talk" in 1955. Hart enjoyed success as a songwriter with Patsy Cline ("Lovin' In Vain"), George Jones ("My Tears are Overdue") and Porter Wagoner ("Skid Row Joe") all covering his songs.

In the early 1950s, Hart made a move west to California. In 1951, he became a member of Lefty Frizzell's band for a year. Hart put out several singles including his own take of "Loose Talk."

Hart left for Columbia and had success with"The Wall" in 1959 which made the Top 20.

Hart continued shifting signing with Kapp Records in 1965. He enjoyed top 40 hits from 1965-8. Hart enjoyed several hits including "Hank Williams' Guitar" (1965), "Born A Fool" (1968) and "Togetherness" (1968).

n 1969, Hart re-signed with Capitol Records. He released "Easy Loving" in 1971, which was first recorded in the summer of 1969. The song was number one on the country charts. The song also earned Hart a Grammy Award nomination.

Hart followed with a number of hits, including "Got the All Overs For You (All Over Me)," "If You Can't Feel It (It Ain't There)" (1973), "Hang In There Girl" (1974), "The Want-To's" (1974), "My Woman's Man" (1975), "The First Time" (1975), "I'd Like To Sleep Till I Get Over You" (1975) and "The Warm Side of You" (1975).

Hart later got into gospel, recording music for that genre.

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