Country music legend Hank Snow dead at 85

Funeral services will be held Thursday at the Grand Ol' Opry in Nashville for Hank Snow, one of Canada's greatest country and western singing stars. He died at his home in Nashville Monday at the age of 85.

Snow leaves behind a legacy as one of the most prolific recording artists in country music history.

He recorded more than 800 songs during his career which spanned about 50 years, said Kyle Young, executive director of the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.

Snow was perhaps best known for his hit, "I'm Movin' On". It was the top country song of 1950.

But Young says Snow was much more than just a country and western singer.

"Two things that I think were overlooked (during his career) was that he was a fine guitar player and certainly after he got his career rolling he demonstrated he was a masterful and shrewd businessman."

Snow recorded more than 100 albums and sold an estimated 70 million records during his career. Forty of his songs were Top 10 hits on the country music charts.

Clarence Eugene ("Hank") Snow was born in the fishing village of Brooklyn, just outside Liverpool, Nova Scotia.

His early life wasn't an easy one. He suffered abuse at home. The train station in Liverpool was one place where he used to sleep to escape the abuse. That station is now the Hank Snow Country Music Centre.

Young says Snow never forgot his troubled youth and in later years he created the Hank Snow Foundation for Abused Children.

"Hank spent a good deal of his time in later years trying to help kids, particularly kids who had been orphaned or fallen on hard times."