Freddie Hart

Date: 1976 February 17
Length: 140 min.
Call Number: OH69


Country music performer and songwriter. Born December 21, 1926. Real name: Frederick Segrest. Career active 1950s-1980s. Wrote several hit songs including Carl Smith’s 1954 hit “Loose Talk,” and Porter Wagoner’s 1966 hit “Skid Row Joe.” His biggest success came with his recording of “Easy Loving,” which was voted the Country Music Association (CMA) song of the year for 1971 and 1972.

Interview Summary

1976 February 17
(2 hours, 20 minutes)
Singer-songwriter Freddie Hart talks about his career in country music. Discussion includes his childhood; his early musical interests; working with Lefty Frizzell; his early career; his songwriting; adopting Hart as his stage name; experiences from his recording career; appearing on Town Hall Party; his first guitar; experiences as a traveling musician; and comments on how his experiences have shaped his philosophy of life.