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BRASFIELD Howard Thomas, Jr.
Male 1953 - 1989

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  • Suffix  Jr. 
    Birth  28 Oct 1953  Jasper, Walker, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Also Known As  Tommy 
    Died  14 Dec 1989  Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Death  17 Dec 1989  Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    SSN issued  Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Name  Howard T. Brasfield  [1
    Name  Howard T. Brasfield Jr. 
    Name  T Woodford 
    Name  Tommy Brasfield 
    Occupation  Songwriter and musician Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence  Muscle Shoals, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Social Security Number  421-72-2678  [1
    Person ID  I27283  Brasfield-Brassfield Genealogies
    Last Modified  17 Feb 2015 
    Father  BRASFIELD Howard Thomas,   b. 02 Jun 1921, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Apr 1983 
    Mother  HUDSON Billie,   b. 08 May 1932,   d. Nov 1979 
    Family ID  F9039  Group Sheet
  • Notes 
    • Tommy Brasfield moved to the Shoals area as a child where he attended school and graduated from Muscle Shoals High School.

      By the age of 19, Brasfield was a hit songwriter, having penned the hit "Angel In Your Arms", which the group Hot took to the top of the Pop Charts. Barbara Mandrell recorded the song, taking it to Number 5 in the Country Charts.

      At the time of his death in late 1989, Brasfield had written a total of over 20 Top 10 singles and had made the Top 5 in every chart except gospel and jazz.

      Brasfield also wrote "There's No Gettin' Over Me" for Ronnie Milsap, which climbed to Number 1 on the Country and Adult Contemporary charts and Number 5 on the Pop Charts. The song was the most performed country song in the world in 1982, according to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

      His song "Holding Her and Loving You," recorded by Earl Thomas Conley, was a Number 1 Country hit. The song earned "Song of the Year" honors in 1982 from the Nashville Songwriter's Association, International, and was named one of the Top 10 songs of the year by Music City News. Conley later recorded Brasfield's "Once In A Blue Moon", which was also a Number 1 Country hit.

      T.G. Sheppard recorded several of Brasfield's songs, including "One Owner Heart," "I'm In Over My Heart," and "Half Past Forever", all Top 5 records. Other Number 1 hits include "Till You're Gone," by Barbara Mandrell, and "She Sure Got Away With My Heart" by John Anderson.

      During the mid-80s, Brasfield moved into the field of production, working with country acts such as Canyon for 16th Avenue Records.

      Chart Songs as a Songwriter
      Song Title Recording Artist Chart* Year
      Holding Her And Loving You Earl Thomas Conley 1 1981
      Once In A Blue Moon Earl Thomas Conley 1 1986
      There's No Gettin' Over Me Ronnie Milsap 1 1981
      Till You're Gone Barbara Mandrell 1 1982
      Half Past Forever T.G. Sheppard 2 1987
      She Sure Got Away With My Heart John Anderson 3 1984
      One Owner Heart T.G. Sheppard 4 1985
      Angel In Your Arms Hot 7 1977
      Angel In Your Arms Barbara Mandrell 8 1985
      In Over My Heart T.G. Sheppard 9 1986
      I'm Gonna Hurt Her On The Radio Charlie Pride 13 1988
      Be My Baby Jody Miller 15 1972
      She's Steppin' Out Con Hunley 17 1981
      Hold Me Like You Never Had Me Randy Parton 30 1981
      Never Say Never T. Graham Brown 30 1989
      High Cost Of Loving Charlie Ross 33 1982
      Holding Her & Loving You Clay Walker 68 1998

      *Chart position is based on Billboard Magazine Pop, Country, R&B, & A/C Charts. Other music industry charts may have shown higher chart positions.
      Title Obituary
      Section/pg B/010

      Date 17 Dec 1989
      Newspaper Tennesean
  • Sources 
    1. [S161] Social Security Death Index, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2007;), Database online. Number: 421-72-2678; Issue State: Alabama; Issue Date: 1967..
      Record for Howard T. Brasfield