Hal Ketchum Diagnosed With Alzheimer's, Retires From Touring

Pete Lacker

Hal Ketchum, the '90s country hitmaker known for his songs "Small Town Saturday Night," "Past the Point of Rescue," "Sure Love" and more, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. The singer-songwriter has retired from performing and touring.

Ketchum's wife Andrea made the announcement in a post on Ketchum's official Facebook page on April 14.

"Unfortunately, Hal is suffering from Alzheimer's/ Dementia. He has been battling this for some time now, but because of his love for his fans, he continued performing as long as it was possible. Dementia is an exhausting and confusing illness and now it's time for Hal to stay home with loved ones," the post reads. "Hal is otherwise healthy and happy, enjoying time with his family and friends. We all deeply appreciate how much love that you all have for Hal and how much his music means to you!"

Dear friends and fans of Hal, this is Andrea, Hal's wife. I know everyone is wondering why there are no future tour...

Posted by Hal Ketchum on Sunday, April 14, 2019

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Ketchum was born in Greenwich, New York, but moved to Austin, Texas in 1981. The singer began performing at nearby  venues such as Gruene Hall and Cheatham Street Warehouse, where he developed a following. Ketchum later moved to Nashville, Tenn. and signed a record deal with Curb Records. He released his debut album Past the Point of Rescue in 1991. The album spawned the hit title track along with  "Small Town Saturday Night" and "I Know Where Love Lives."

Ketchum's 1992 album Sure Love included three Top 10 hits, including the No. 2 hit "Hearts are Gonna Roll" and "Mama Knows the Highway," which reached No. 8 in 1993. He became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1994.

Ketchum now resides in Texas.


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Hal Ketchum Diagnosed With Alzheimer's, Retires From Touring