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Hal Ketchum, ‘Small Town Saturday Night’ singer, dies at 67 after fight with dementia

Hal Ketchum, ‘Small Town Saturday Night’ singer died at 67 years old on Monday night because of inconveniences from dementia, his significant other said.

“With great sadness and grief we announce that Hal passed away peacefully last night at home due to complications of dementia,” Ketchum’s wife, Andrea, confirmed in a post on the late singer’s Facebook page and website.

“May his music live on forever in your hearts and bring you peace.”

Ketchum, who was referred to for blue grass music hits, for example, “Unassuming community Saturday Night” and “Long Haired Country Boy,” delivered his first collection in 1988. He would proceed to deliver 10 additional collections, as per his site.

“I’ve known Hal Ketchum since 1985, when I first booked him at Gruene Hall,” Ketchum’s longtime friend and personal manager Tracie Ferguson told CNN. “He played his first official gig in the front room of the old Hall for about 25 people. He only had to sing one note for everyone to realize that he had something special and it didn’t take long for the country music world to notice him.”

Ketchum has been an individual from the Grand Ole Opry – a week after week blue grass music grandstand – since 1994, his site says.

Ketchum would proceed to have 15 top 10 singles and 5,000,000 collections sold, his site says.

In 2010, Ketchum moved to Texas where he would proceed to play in theaters and settings, for example, The Birchmere and Eddie’s Attic, Ferguson said. Ketchum was determined to have Dementia in 2017, and he played his keep going show at home on the phase of Gruene Hall, as indicated by Ferguson.