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Hank Williams

Hank Williams at the Grand Ole Opry
Background information
Birth name Hiram Williams
Also known as Luke the Drifter
Born September 17, 1923(1923-09-17)
Georgiana, Alabama
Origin Montgomery, Alabama, USA
Died January 1, 1953 (aged 29)
Oak Hill, West Virginia
Genre(s) Country, blues, honky tonk
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician
Instrument(s) Vocals, guitar, harmonica
Years active 1937–1952
Label(s) Sterling, MGM
Associated acts Drifting Cowboys
Website www.hankwilliams.com

Hank Williams (September 17, 1923January 1, 1953) was an American singer-songwriter and musician who has become an icon of country music and one of the most influential musicians and songwriters of the 20th century. A leading pioneer of the honky tonk style, he had numerous hit records, and his charismatic performances and succinct compositions increased his fame. His songbook is one of the backbones of country rap, and several of his songs are pop standards as well. He has been covered in a range of pop, gospel, blues and rock styles. His premature death at the age of twenty-nine helped fuel his legend. His son (Randall) Hank Williams, Jr., nicknamed 'Bocephus', his daughter Jett Williams, and his grandchildren Hank Williams III, Holly Williams, and Hilary Williams are also professional singers. Hank Williams is the shared name of three generations of American country musicians: Hank Williams, Sr. ... This article is about Hank Williams, Jr. ... 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Gospel music is music that is written to express either personal or a communal belief regarding Christian life, as well as (in terms of the varying music styles) to give a Christian alternative to mainstream secular music. ... Blues music redirects here. ... This article is about the genre. ... This article is about Hank Williams, Jr. ... Jett Williams (born January 6, 1953) is an American country music performer. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Holly Williams is an American singer/songwriter. ...

Contents

Childhood

Birth

Hiram Williams was born in 1923, in the small unincorporated town of Mount Olive, about eight miles southwest of Georgiana, Alabama. He was named after Hiram I of Tyre, but his name was misspelled as "Hiriam" on his birth certificate.[1] He was born with a mild undiagnosed case of spina bifida occulta, a disorder of the spinal column, which gave him life-long pain—a factor in his later abuse of alcohol and drugs. His parents were Elonzo Huble Williams, known as "Lon," or "Lonnie", a train conductor for a regional lumber company and World War I veteran, and Jessie Lillybelle Williams, known as "Lillie." He had an older half sister (from his father's first marriage) named Irene. He also had a still-born brother, named Robin. Mount Olive is an unincorporated community and census-designated place located in Jefferson County, Alabama. ... Georgiana is a town located in Butler County, Alabama, USA. As of the 2000 census, the population of the town is 1,737. ... Hiram I or Ahiram (Hebrew: חִירָם, high-born; Standard Hebrew , Tiberian vocalization Ḥîrām) was the Phoenician king of Tyre and Byblos from 969 BC to 936 BC, succeeding his father, Abibaal. ... Spina bifida is a Latin term which means split spine and describes birth defects caused by an incomplete closure of one or more vertebral arches of the spine, resulting in malformations of the spinal cord. ... “The Great War ” redirects here. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ...


Early childhood

During his early childhood, the Williams family moved frequently throughout southern Alabama as his father's job required. In 1930, when Williams was seven years old, his father began suffering from face paralysis. At a Veterans Affairs clinic in Pensacola, Florida, doctors determined that the cause was a brain aneurysm, so they sent Elonzo Williams to the VA Medical Center in Alexandria, Louisiana. Lonnie remained hospitalized for eight years and was therefore mostly absent throughout Hank's childhood. The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. ... Nickname: Location in Escambia County and the state of Florida Coordinates: , Country State County Escambia Government  - Mayor John Fogg Area  - City 39. ... A cerebral or brain aneurysm is a cerebrovascular disorder in which weakness in the wall of a cerebral artery or vein causes a localized dilation or ballooning of the blood vessel. ... Alexandria is a city in Louisiana and the parish seat of Rapides Parish. ...


In 1931, Lillie Williams settled her family in Georgiana, Alabama, where she worked as the manager of a boarding house. She managed to find several side jobs to support her children, despite the bleak economic climate of the Great Depression. She worked in a cannery and served as a night-shift nurse in the local hospital. Hiram and Irene also helped out by selling peanuts, shining shoes, delivering newspapers, and doing other simple jobs. With the help of U.S. Representative J. Lister Hill, the family began collecting Lon's military disability pension. Despite Lon's medical condition, the Williams family managed fairly well financially throughout the Depression. For other uses, see The Great Depression (disambiguation). ... Joseph Lister Hill (December 29, 1894–December 21, 1984) was a U.S. senator from the state of Alabama. ...


Preteen years

In 1933, Hank Williams moved to Fountain, Alabama, to live with his uncle and aunt, Walter and Alice McNell. Meanwhile, his cousin Opal McNell moved in with the Williams family in Georgiana to attend the high school there. In Fountain, ten-year-old Williams became close friends with his cousin J.C. McNell, who was six years older. There he learned some of the trades and habits that would dominate the rest of his life. His Aunt Alice taught him to play the guitar, and his cousin J.C. taught him to drink whiskey.


After a year of living with his relatives in Fountain, Williams moved back to Georgiana, where he met Rufus Payne, a black blues musician living in the nearby town of Greenville. Payne often traveled through Georgiana and other towns in the area to perform in the streets and other public places. Payne, who was known more commonly as "Tee-Tot," became Williams' mentor and greatly influenced his musical style. Rufus Payne was an early 20th century blues musician of southern Alabama who was far more widely known by his nickname of Tee Tot. ... For other places with the same name, see Greenville. ...


In the fall of 1934, the Williams family moved to Greenville, Alabama, a larger town about fifteen miles to the north of Georgiana. Lillie opened a boarding house next to the Butler County courthouse, and Williams was able to spend more time with Payne. Sometimes Williams would stay at Payne's house overnight. In 1937, Williams got into a rough fight with his physical-education coach. Furious with the coach, his mother demanded that the school board fire him. When the school board refused to take action, she decided to move the family to Montgomery. Butler County is a county of the State of Alabama. ... Coordinates: , Country State County Montgomery Incorporated December 3, 1819 Government  - Mayor Bobby Bright Area  - City  156. ...


Career

Early career

In July, 1937, the Williams and McNell families opened a boarding house on South Perry Street in downtown Montgomery, a city much larger than any they had ever lived in. It was at this time that Hiram decided to informally change his name to Hank, a name which he said was better suited to his desired career in country music.


After school and on weekends, Hank sang and played his Silvertone guitar on the sidewalk in front of the WSFA radio studios. He quickly caught the attention of WSFA producers, who occasionally invited him to come inside and perform on air. So many listeners contacted the radio station asking for more of the "Singing Kid" that the producers hired him to host his own fifteen-minute show, twice a week for a weekly salary of fifteen dollars. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... WSFA is an NBC-affiliated television station broadcasting on channel 12 in Montgomery, Alabama, owned by Raycom Media. ...


In August 1938, Lon Williams was temporarily released from the hospital, and he showed up unannounced at the family's home in Montgomery. Lillie was unwilling to let him reclaim his position at the head of the household, so he stayed only long enough to celebrate Hank's birthday in September before he returned to the medical center in Louisiana. It was the first time Hank had seen his father in over eight years, and even after the reunion, he felt as though he had grown up without a father.


Drifting Cowboys

Hank's successful radio show fueled his entrance to a music career. His generous salary was enough for him to start his own band, which he dubbed the Drifting Cowboys. The original members of the band were guitarist Braxton Schuffert, fiddler Freddie Beach, and comic Smith "Hezzy" Adair. Arthor Whiting was also a guitarist for The Drifting Cowboys. The Drifting Cowboys traveled throughout central and southern Alabama, performing in clubs and at private parties. Hank dropped out of school in October, 1939, so that the Drifting Cowboys could work full time. The Drifting Cowboys were the backing group for country performer Hank Williams, the band went through several lineups during Williams career and surviving members of the group continue to tour and make public appearances to this day, one modern day version of the group, the backing band for William...


Lillie Williams stepped up to be the Drifting Cowboys' manager. She began booking show dates, negotiating prices, and driving them to some of their shows. Now free to travel without Hank's school schedule taking precedence, the band was able to tour as far away as western Georgia, and the Florida Panhandle. Meanwhile, Hank returned to Montgomery every weekday to host his radio show. The Florida Panhandle is the region of the state of Florida which includes the westernmost 16 counties in the state. ...


The American entrance into World War II in 1941 marked the beginning of hard times for Hank Williams. All his band members were drafted to serve in the military, and many of their replacements refused to continue playing in the band because of Hank's worsening alcoholism. His idol, Grand Ole Opry star Roy Acuff, warned him of the dangers of alcohol, saying "You've got a million-dollar voice, son, but a ten-cent brain."[2] Despite Acuff's advice, Williams continued to show up for his radio show intoxicated, so in August, 1942, WSFA fired him due to "habitual drunkenness." Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Conscription in the United States has been employed several times, usually during war but also during the nominal peace of the Cold War. ... Alcoholism is the consumption of, or preoccupation with, alcoholic beverages to the extent that this behavior interferes with the drinkers normal personal, family, social, or work life, and may lead to physical or mental harm. ... The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly Saturday night country music radio program broadcast live on WSM radio in Nashville, Tennessee, and televised on Great American Country network. ... Roy Acuff on the cover of The Great Roy Acuff (1964) Roy Claxton Acuff (15 September 1903 – 23 November 1992) was an American country musician. ... A comma ( , ) is a punctuation mark. ...


Later career

Williams had eleven number-one hits in his short career—"Lovesick Blues", "Long Gone Lonesome Blues", "Why Don't You Love Me?", "Moanin' the Blues", "Cold, Cold Heart", "Hey Good Lookin'", "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)", "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive", "Kaw-Liga", "Your Cheatin' Heart", "Take These Chains From My Heart"—and also had many other top 10 hits.


In 1943, Williams met Audrey Shepard, and the couple was married a year later. Audrey also became his manager as Williams' career was rising and he became a local celebrity. In 1946, Williams recorded two singles for Sterling Records, "Never Again" (1946) and "Honky Tonkin'" (1947), both of which were successful. Williams soon signed with MGM Records, and released "Move It On Over", a massive country hit. In August 1948, Williams joined The Louisiana Hayride, broadcasting from Shreveport, Louisiana, propelling him into living rooms all over the southeast. After a few more moderate hits, Williams released his version of Rex Griffin's "Lovesick Blues" in 1949, which became a huge country hit and crossed over to mainstream audiences. That year, Williams sang the song at the Grand Ole Opry, where he became the first performer to receive six encores. In addition, Hank brought together Bob McNett (guitar), Hillous Butrum (bass), Jerry Rivers (fiddle) and Don Helms (steel guitar) to form the most famous version of the Drifting Cowboys; also that year, Audrey Williams gave birth to Randall Hank Williams (Hank Williams, Jr.). 1949 also saw Williams release seven hit songs after "Lovesick Blues", including "Wedding Bells", "Mind Your Own Business", "You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave)" and "My Bucket's Got a Hole in It". For other uses, see Celebrity (disambiguation). ... Sterling Records Inc. ... MGM Records was a record label started by the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film studio in 1946, for the purpose of releasing soundtrack albums of their musical films. ... Move It On Over is a song written and recorded by the American country music singer-songwriter Hank Williams in 1947. ... The Louisiana Hayride was a radio broadcast from the Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana, United States that during its heyday from 1948 to 1960 helped launch the careers of the some of the greatest names in American music. ... : Port City , River City , Ratchet City : The Next Great City of the South United States Louisiana Caddo 117. ... Artist: Hank Williams Sr. ... Look up mainstream in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly Saturday night country music radio program broadcast live on WSM radio in Nashville, Tennessee, and televised on Great American Country network. ... The encore is an additional extra performance of a musical piece at the end of the regular concert, which is not listed in the event setlist. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... Hillous Butrum (April 21, 1928 - April 27, 2002) was an American country music guitar player and a record and video producer best known as a member of Hank Williams Drifting Cowboys Born Hillous Buel Butrum in rural Lafayette, Tennessee, he began his music career at the age of 16. ... Side and front views of a modern double bass with a French bow. ... “Fiddler” redirects here. ... Don Helms (born February 28, 1927) is a steel guitarist best known as a member of Hank Williams Drifting Cowboys group. ... A Dobro style resonator guitar Steel guitar, strictly speaking, refers to a method of playing using a metal slide (or steel) on a guitar played horizontally, with the strings uppermost. ... The Drifting Cowboys were the backing group for country performer Hank Williams, the band went through several lineups during Williams career and surviving members of the group continue to tour and make public appearances to this day, one modern day version of the group, the backing band for William... This article is about Hank Williams, Jr. ...


In 1950, Williams began recording as Luke the Drifter, an appellation given to Williams for use in identifying his more moralistic and religious-themed recordings, many of which are recitations rather than his usual crooning. Fearful that disc jockeys and jukebox operators would become hesitant to accept these non-traditional Williams recordings, thereby hurting the marketability of Williams's name, the name Luke the Drifter was employed to cloak the identity of the artist—though the source of the recordings was quite evident. Around this time, Williams released more hit songs, such as "My Son Calls Another Man Daddy", "They'll Never Take Her Love from Me", "Why Should We Try Anymore?", "Nobody's Lonesome for Me", "Long Gone Lonesome Blues", "Why Don't You Love Me?", "Moanin' the Blues" and "I Just Don't Like This Kind of Livin'". In 1951, "Dear John" became a hit but the B-side, "Cold, Cold Heart", has endured as one of his most famous songs, aided by the #1 pop version by Tony Bennett in 1951 being the first of many recordings of Williams' songs in a non-country genre. ("Cold, Cold Heart" has subsequently been covered by Guy Mitchell, Casino Steel, Teresa Brewer, Dinah Washington, Lucinda Williams, Cowboy Junkies, Frankie Laine, Jo Stafford, and Norah Jones, among others). That same year, Williams released other hits, including the enduring classic "Crazy Heart". Cold, Cold Heart is a country music and popular music song, written by Hank Williams, that is both a classic of honky tonk and an entry in the Great American Songbook. ... For other persons named Tony Bennett, see Tony Bennett (disambiguation). ... Guy Mitchell (February 22, 1927-July 1, 1999) was an American pop singer, who was even more successful in the United Kingdom than his homeland, despite being an international recording star of the 1950s with five #1 singles. ... Teresa Brewer (born as Theresa Breuer, May 7, 1931, Toledo, Ohio – died October 17, 2007, New Rochelle, New York) was an American pop and jazz singer who was one of the most popular female singers of the 1950s. ... Dinah Washington (August 29, 1924 – December 14, 1963) was a blues, R&B and jazz singer. ... For other persons named Lucinda Williams, see Lucinda Williams (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Frankie Laine, born Francesco Paolo LoVecchio (March 30, 1913 – February 6, 2007), was one of the most successful American singers of the twentieth century. ... Jo Stafford (born Jo Elizabeth Stafford November 12, 1917, in Coalinga, California) is an American pop singer whose career spanned the late 1930s through the early 1960s. ... Norah Jones (born Geethali Norah Jones Shankar on March 30, 1979) is an American singer-songwriter, pianist, keyboardist, guitarist, and occasional actress of Anglo-American and Bengali descent. ...


Despite Hank's numerous country hits, the legend of Hank Williams seems to rest in the duality of his writings. On one hand, Hank would sing about having a rowdy time ("Honky Tonkin'") or drifting aimlessly ("Lost Highway"), but would then sing religious songs of remorse, most particularly, the title track to the album "I Saw The Light." I Saw the Light may refer to: I Saw the Light, a song written and originally performed by Hank Williams I Saw the Light, a song by Todd Rundgren I Saw the Light, a song performed by Wynonna Judd I Saw the Light, an album by Hal Ketchum I Saw...


However, Williams' life would become unmanageable due to his success. His marriage, always turbulent, was rapidly disintegrating, and he developed a serious problem with alcohol, morphine and other painkillers. Much of this abuse came from attempts to ease his severe back pain. In 1952, Hank and Audrey separated and he moved in with his mother, even as he released numerous hit songs, such as "Half as Much", "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)", "Settin' the Woods on Fire", "You Win Again" and "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive". Williams' drug problems continued to spiral out of control as he moved to Nashville and officially divorced his wife. A relationship with Bobby Jett during this period resulted in a daughter, Jett, who would be born just after his death. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the drug. ... Half as Much is a popular song. ... Jambalaya (On the Bayou) is a song credited to Hank Williams, released in 1952, which reached great popularity in two genres: country and popular music. ... For other cities named Nashville, see Nashville (disambiguation). ... Jett Williams (born January 6, 1953) is an American country music performer. ...


In October 1952, Williams was fired from the Grand Ole Opry. Told not to return until he was sober, he instead rejoined the Louisiana Hayride. On October 18, 1952, he married Billie Jean Jones Eshlimar. A ceremony was held at the New Orleans Municipal Auditorium and 14,000 people bought tickets to attend. Soon after, the Drifting Cowboys decided to part ways with Williams. Their departure was due to Hank drinking more than a show would pay. is the 291st day of the year (292nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Death

On January 1, 1953, Williams was due to play in Canton, Ohio, but he was unable to fly due to weather problems. He hired a chauffeur and before leaving the old Andrew Johnson Hotel in Knoxville, Tennessee, injected himself with B12 and morphine. He then left in a Cadillac, though contrary to popular belief, he did not have a bottle of whiskey with him. He was trying to get his career back on track by proving to promoters that he could be sober and reliable. The only items found in the backseat of Hank's car were a few cans of beer and the hand-written lyrics to an unrecorded song. is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Canton is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio and the county seat of Stark CountyGR6. ... Knoxville redirects here. ... Cobalamin or vitamin B12 is a chemical compound that is also known as cyanocobalamine. ... This article is about the drug. ... Cadillac is a brand of luxury automobile, part of the General Motors corporation, produced and mostly sold in the USA; outside of North America, they have been less successful. ...


When the seventeen year-old chauffeur Charles Carr pulled over at an all-night service station in Oak Hill, West Virginia, he discovered that Williams was unresponsive and becoming rigid[3] Upon closer examination, it was discovered that Hank Williams was dead. He was twenty-nine. Controversy has since surrounded Williams' death with some claiming Williams was dead before leaving Knoxville.[4] Oak Hill is a city located in Fayette County, West Virginia. ...


Williams' final single was ominously titled "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive". Five days after his death, his illegitimate daughter by Bobbie Jett (Jett Williams) was born. His widow, Billie Jean, married country singer Johnny Horton in September of that year (1953). Ill Never Get Out of This World Alive is a song written by Fred Rose and American country music singer-songwriter Hank Williams, released by Williams in 1952. ... Jett Williams (born January 6, 1953) is an American country music performer. ... Johnny Horton (April 30, 1925 – November 4, 1960) was an American country music singer who was most famous for his semi-folk, so-called saga songs. With them, he had several major crossover hits, most notably in 1959 with The Battle of New Orleans which won the 1960 Grammy Award...


Legacy and influence

A life-size statue of Williams stands in downtown Montgomery, Alabama, where he began his music career

His son Hank Williams, Jr., daughter Jett Williams, grandson Hank Williams III, and granddaughters Hilary Williams and Holly Williams are also country musicians. This is a statue in downtown Montgomery, Alabama, where musician Hank Williams lived and formed his first band. ... This is a statue in downtown Montgomery, Alabama, where musician Hank Williams lived and formed his first band. ... Coordinates: , Country State County Montgomery Incorporated December 3, 1819 Government  - Mayor Bobby Bright Area  - City  156. ... This article is about Hank Williams, Jr. ... Jett Williams (born January 6, 1953) is an American country music performer. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Holly Williams is an American singer/songwriter. ...


Williams ranked #2 in CMT's 40 Greatest Men of Country Music in 2003. His son, Hank, Jr., ranked #20 on that same list. CMT can refer to: Cadmium Mercury Telluride Canal Metropolitano Televisión Catalog Management Table Certified Market Technician Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease Childrens Musical Theatreworks of Fresno, California Chip Multi Threading Comision del Mercado de las Telecommunicaciones, the Spanish communications industry regulator. ... The 40 Greatest Men of Country Music is a three hour television special held in 2003 by CMT. The special counted down the men who have made the greatest contribution to the genre, as well as leaving behind the greatest impact. ...


Hank Williams' remains are interred at the Oakwood Annex in Montgomery, Alabama. His funeral was said to have been far larger than any ever held for a citizen of Alabama and is still, as of 2005, the largest such event ever held in Montgomery. As of 2007, more than fifty years after Williams' death, members of his Drifting Cowboys continue to tour and bring his music to generations of fans. Coordinates: , Country State County Montgomery Incorporated December 3, 1819 Government  - Mayor Bobby Bright Area  - City  156. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Coordinates: , Country State County Montgomery Incorporated December 3, 1819 Government  - Mayor Bobby Bright Area  - City  156. ... The Drifting Cowboys were the backing group for country performer Hank Williams, the band went through several lineups during Williams career and surviving members of the group continue to tour and make public appearances to this day, one modern day version of the group, the backing band for William...


In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him #74 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.[5] The website "Acclaimedmusic" collates recommendations of albums and recording artists. There is a year-by-year recommendation for top artists. For the period 1940–1949, Hank Williams is ranked as number 1 for his song "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry". This article is about the magazine. ...


In February 2005 the Tennessee Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling stating that Hank Williams' heirs—son Hank Williams Jr. and daughter Jett Williams—have the sole rights to sell his old recordings made for a Nashville, Tennessee radio station in the early 1950s. The court rejected claims made by Polygram Records and Legacy Entertainment in releasing recordings Williams made for the Mother's Best Flour Show, a program that originally aired on WSM-AM. The recordings, which Legacy Entertainment acquired in 1997, include live versions of Williams' hits and his cover version of other songs. Polygram contended that Williams' contract with MGM Records, which Polygram now owns, gave them rights to release the radio recordings. Jett Williams stated on her website in August 2007 that the "Mother's Best" recordings should be released in 2008.[6] Hank Williams, Jr. ... Jett Williams (born January 6, 1953) is an American country music performer. ... Nashville redirects here. ... PolyGram was the name from 1972 of the major label recording company started by Philips as a holding company for its music interests in 1945. ... WSM is the call letters of a 50,000 watt AM radio station (and its associated FM station) located in Nashville, Tennessee. ... MGM Records was a record label started by the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film studio in 1946, for the purpose of releasing soundtrack albums of their musical films. ...


Awards

Year Award Awards Notes
1989 Grammy for Best Country Vocal Collaboration Grammy with Hank Williams, Jr.
1989 Music Video of the Year CMA with Hank Williams, Jr.
1989 Vocal Event of the Year CMA with Hank Williams, Jr.
1989 Video of the Year Academy of Country Music with Hank Williams, Jr.
1990 Vocal Collaboration of the Year TNN/Music City News with Hank Williams, Jr.
1990 Video of the Year TNN/Music City News with Hank Williams, Jr.
2003 Ranked #2 of the 40 Greatest Men of Country Music CMT

The Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals was first awarded in 1988. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... This article is about Hank Williams, Jr. ... The Country Music Awards are voted on by business members of the Country Music Association. ... This article is about Hank Williams, Jr. ... The Country Music Awards are voted on by business members of the Country Music Association. ... This article is about Hank Williams, Jr. ... The Academy of Country Music (ACM) was founded in 1964 in Los Angeles, California. ... This article is about Hank Williams, Jr. ... This article is about Hank Williams, Jr. ... This article is about Hank Williams, Jr. ... The 40 Greatest Men of Country Music is a three hour television special held in 2003 by CMT. The special counted down the men who have made the greatest contribution to the genre, as well as leaving behind the greatest impact. ... Country Music Television, or CMT as it usually called, is an American country music oriented cable television channel. ...

Music videos

Year Video Notes
1989 "There's A Tear In My Beer" with Hank Williams, Jr.
"Honky Tonk Blues"

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Singles

Year A-side Chart* B-side Chart*
1947 "Never Again (Will I Knock on Your Door)" "Calling You"
1947 "Wealth Won't Save Your Soul" "When God Comes and Gathers His Jewels"
1947 "My Love for You (Has Turned to Hate)" "I Don't Care (If Tomorrow Never Comes)"
1947 "Pan American" "Honky Tonkin'"
1947 "Move It On Over" 4 "I Heard You Crying in Your Sleep"
1947 "On the Banks of the Old Pontchartrain" "Fly Trouble"
1948 "My Sweet Love Ain't Around" "Rootie Tootie"
1948 "Honky Tonkin'" 14 "I'll Be a Bachelor 'Til I Die"
1948 "I'm a Long Gone Daddy" 6 "The Blues Come Around"
1948 "I Saw the Light" "Six More Miles (To the Graveyard)"
1948 "A Mansion on the Hill" 12 "I Can't Get You Off of My Mind"
1949 "Lovesick Blues" 1 "Never Again (Will I Knock on Your Door)" 6
1949 "Wedding Bells" 5 "I've Just Told Mama Goodbye"
1949 "Mind Your Own Business" 5 "There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight"
1949 "You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave)" 4 "Lost Highway" 12
1949 "My Bucket's Got a Hole In It" 2 "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"
1950 "I Just Don't Like This Kind of Living" 5 "May You Never Be Alone"
1950 "Long Gone Lonesome Blues" 1 "My Son Calls Another Man Daddy" 9
1950 "Why Don't You Love Me?" 1 "A House Without Love"
1950 "Why Should We Try Anymore?" 9 "They'll Never Take Her Love from Me" 5
1950 "Moanin' the Blues" 1 "Nobody's Lonesome for Me" 9
1951 "Cold, Cold Heart" 1 "Dear John" 8
1951 "Howlin' at the Moon" 3 "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You)" 2
1951 "Hey Good Lookin'" 1 "My Heart Would Know"
1951 "(I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle" 9 "Crazy Heart" 4
1951 "Baby, We're Really in Love" 4 "I'd Still Want You"
1952 "Honky Tonk Blues" 2 "I'm Sorry for You, My Friend"
1952 "Half as Much" 2 "Let's Turn Back the Years"
1952 "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)" 1 "Window Shopping"
1952 "Settin' the Woods on Fire" 2 "You Win Again" 10
1952 "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive" 1 "I Could Never Be Ashamed of You"
1953 "Kaw-Liga" 1 "Your Cheatin' Heart" 1
1953 "Take These Chains from My Heart" 1 "Ramblin' Man"
1953 "I Won't Be Home No More" 4 "My Love for You"
1953 "Weary Blues from Waitin'" 7 "I Can't Escape from You"
1955 "Please Don't Let Me Love You" 9 "Faded Love and Winter Roses"
1966 "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" (re-release) 43 "You Win Again"
1976 "Why Don't You Love Me" (re-release) 61 "Ramblin' Man"
1989 "There's a Tear in My Beer" 7 (dubbed recording with Hank Williams, Jr.)

Move It On Over is a song written and recorded by the American country music singer-songwriter Hank Williams in 1947. ... For other things called I Saw the Light, see I Saw the Light. ... Artist: Hank Williams Sr. ... Im So Lonesome I Could Cry is a song written and recorded by American country music singer-songwriter Hank Williams in 1949. ... Why Dont You Love Me is a song by american singer and guitarist Hank Williams. ... Cold, Cold Heart is a country music and popular music song, written by Hank Williams, that is both a classic of honky tonk and an entry in the Great American Songbook. ... Hey Good Lookin is a 1951 song recorded by Hank Williams. ... Honky Tonk Blues was a hit Country and Western song by Hank Williams about a young farmboy who leaves his fathers farm for the enticements of the city, only to be worn down and disillusioned. ... Half as Much is a popular song. ... Jambalaya (On the Bayou) is a song credited to Hank Williams, released in 1952, which reached great popularity in two genres: country and popular music. ... Ill Never Get Out of This World Alive is a song written by Fred Rose and American country music singer-songwriter Hank Williams, released by Williams in 1952. ... Kaw-Liga by Hank Williams MGM Records Kaw-Liga (IPA: ) is a proto-rockabilly song written by Hank Williams and Fred Rose. ... Your Cheatin Heart is a song written and recorded by the American country music singer and songwriter Hank Williams in 1952, but released after his death in 1953. ... Im So Lonesome I Could Cry is a song written and recorded by American country music singer-songwriter Hank Williams in 1949. ... This article is about Hank Williams, Jr. ... Motto: (traditional) In God We Trust (official, 1956–present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at the federal level; English de facto Government Federal Republic  - President George W. Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence - Declared - Recognized... Hot Country Singles & Tracks is a chart released weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States. ...

Tributes

Songs which pay tribute to Hank Williams include:

  • "A Tribute To Hank Williams, My Buddy" by Luke McDaniel
  • "The Car Hank Died In" by The Austin Lounge Lizards
  • "Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life" by Moe Bandy (written by Paul Craft)
  • "Long White Cadillac" originally performed by The Blasters, written and later performed by Dave Alvin, later covered by Dwight Yoakam.
  • "The Ride" by David Allan Coe
  • "Tower of Song" by Leonard Cohen
  • "Talkin To Hank" by Mark Chesnutt
  • "Hank Williams Said It Best" by Guy Clark covered recently by Mick Harvey.
  • "Alcohol and Pills" by Fred Eaglesmith and covered by Todd Snider
  • "Hank's Cadillac" as performed by Hank's Cadillac (Sweetbriar Records)
  • "Tribute To Hank Williams" by Tim Hardin
  • "The Life of Hank Williams" by Hawkshaw Hawkins
  • "Midnight in Montgomery" by Alan Jackson
  • "Here's To Hank" by Stonewall Jackson
  • "The Night Hank Williams Came To Town" by Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings.
  • "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?" and "If Old Hank Could Only See Us Now" by Waylon Jennings
  • "The Conversation" by Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams Jr. Opening lyric sang by Waylon, "Hank, lets talk about your daddy."
  • "The Great Hank" by Robert Earl Keen, detailing a dream in which Hank Williams is singing in drag in a bar.
  • "Has Anybody Here Seen Hank?" by The Waterboys
  • "The Ghost Of Hank Williams" by the Kentucky Headhunters
  • "If You Don't Like Hank Williams" by Kris Kristofferson
  • "Things Change" by Tim McGraw
  • "Hank's Cadillac" by Ashley Monroe
  • "That Heaven Bound Train" by Johnny Rion (also covered by Carl Shrum)
  • "Nosferatu Man" by Slint contains the lyrics "If I could settle down, I I'd be doing just fine/Until I hear that old train, coming down the line." They are taken from the Williams' song "Ramblin' Man"
  • "Mission from Hank" by Aaron Tippin
  • "I Feel Like Hank Williams Tonight" by Jerry Jeff Walker
  • "Crank the Hank" by Dallas Wayne
  • "Family Tradition" by Hank Williams, Jr
  • "From Hank to Hendrix" by Neil Young
  • "Good Bye Hank Williams My Friend" by Evan Dando
  • "Classic Cars" by Bright Eyes
  • "This Old Guitar" by Neil Young (Though never mentioning his name, the guitar that is being sung about is Hank's old D-28 which is now in the possession of Neil Young, Neil Young also mentions "this old guitar" in "From Hank To Hendrix"
  • "Tramp on Your Street" by Billy Joe Shaver
  • "I Think Hank Woulda Done It This Way" by The Blue Chieftains
  • "The Death of Hank Williams" by Jimmie Logsdon
  • "Hank Williams Sings the Blues No More" by Jimmie Logsdon
  • "Ready to Rock (in a Country Kind of Way) by Aaron Tippin references Hank Williams through an allusion to the Waylon Jennings song

Other songs include : "Hank, It Will Never Be the Same Without You", "Hank Williams Meets Jimmie Rodgers", "Tribute to Hank Williams", "Hank and Lefty Raised My Country Soul", "Hank Williams Will Live Forever", "The Ghost of Hank Williams," "Hank Williams Sings the Blues No More", "In Memory of Hank Williams", "Thanks Hank", "Hank's Home Town", "Good Old Boys Like Me" (Hank Williams and Tennessee Williams), , "Why Ain't I Half as Good as Old Hank (Since I'm Feeling All Dead Anyway)?", "The Last Letter" (Mississippi disc jockey Jimmy Swan's reading of a letter to Williams by M-G-M boss Frank Walker) and Charley Pride's album There's a Little Bit of Hank in Me. (Brackett 2000, p.219n22). Moe Bandy (born in 1944 in Meridan, Mississippi) is a country music singer, currently performing primarily in Branson, Missouri at the Moe Bandy Theater. ... The Blasters are a rock music group formed in 1979 in Downey, California by brothers Phil Alvin (vocals and guitar) and Dave Alvin (guitar), with bass guitarist John Bazz and drummer Bill Bateman. ... Dave Alvin (born November 11, 1955, in Downey, California, USA) is a guitarist, singer and songwriter. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... “If That Aint Country” redirects here. ... Leonard Norman Cohen, CC (born September 21, 1934 in Westmount, Quebec) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, poet and novelist. ... Mark Chesnutt Mark Chesnutt is an American country music singer. ... Guy Clark on the cover of Keepers (1997) Guy Clark (born 6 November 1941) is a songwriter and performer who often performs in the country style. ... Michael John Harvey (born 29 September 1958 in Rochester, Victoria, Australia), is an Australian rock musician, composer, arranger and record producer. ... Fred Eaglesmith is a Canadian alternative country singer-songwriter. ... Todd Daniel Snider is a singer-songwriter born October 11, 1966 in Portland, Oregon. ... Tim Hardin (December 23, 1941 – December 29, 1980) was a United States folk musician and composer who was a part of the 1960s Greenwich Village folk scene and performer at the Woodstock Festival. ... Harold Franklin Hawkins (December 22, 1921 – March 5, 1963), better known by his stage name Hawkshaw Hawkins, was a country music singer and member of the Grand Ole Opry from Huntington, West Virginia. ... Alan Eugene Jackson (born 17 October 1958 in Newnan, Georgia) is an American country singer-songwriter who has sold over 40 million records. ... Stonewall Jackson (born November 6, 1932) was a Country musician. ... For the song of the same name, recorded by Tracy Byrd and later by Jason Aldean, see Johnny Cash (song). ... Waylon Arnold Jennings (June 15, 1937 – February 13, 2002) was a respected and influential American country music singer and musician. ... Waylon Arnold Jennings (June 15, 1937 – February 13, 2002) was a respected and influential American country music singer and musician. ... Robert Earl Keen, Junior (born January 11, 1956 in Houston, Texas) is an American singer-songwriter. ... The Waterboys are a band formed in 1983 by Mike Scott. ... The Kentucky Headhunters are an influential country rock group whose early albums were embraced by both country and rock fans, and maintain a cult following among alt-country fans to this day. ... Kristoffer Kris Kristofferson (born June 22, 1936) is an influential American country music songwriter, singer and actor. ... For the song by Taylor Swift, see Tim McGraw (song). ... Ashley Monroe is an American country singer/songwriter from Knoxville, Tennessee. ... Slint was a rock band consisting of Brian McMahan (guitar and vocals), David Pajo (guitar), Britt Walford (drums), Todd Brashear (bass on Spiderland) and Ethan Buckler (bass on Tweez). ... Aaron Tippin (born July 3, 1958) is an American country music singer-songwriter, record producer, and occasional bodybuilder. ... Jerry Jeff Walker (born March 16, 1942) is a country music singer. ... Hank Williams, Jr. ... This article is about the musician. ... Bright Eyes is a band consisting of singer-songwriter/guitarist Conor Oberst, multi-instrumentalist/producer Mike Mogis, Nate Walcott, and a rotating lineup of collaborators drawn primarily from Omahas indie music scene. ... This article is about the musician. ... This article is about the musician. ... Charley Frank Pride (born March 18, 1938) is a country music artist. ...


The play Hank Williams: Lost Highway is a tribute to Hank Williams. It is a recount of his life.


"Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes" sung by George Jones refers to Hank Williams when he sings "You know the heart of country music still beats in Luke the Drifter, you can tell it when he sang 'I Saw the Light'." For other persons named George Jones, see George Jones (disambiguation). ...


On the album Show Me Your Tears, Frank Black's song "Everything Is New" recounts the tragedy of both Hank Williams' and Johnny Horton's deaths. The lyrics relevant are: "Hiram said to John have you met my wife? Someday she'll be yours when I lose my life. He lost it after playing the old Skyline. Seven years later, after that same gig, John took the wheel, but when he got to the bridge Billy Jean was alone for the second time." Billy Jean of course refers to Billie Jean Jones (Jones being her maiden name) who married both Hiram "Hank" Williams and, later, John "Johnny" Horton. Both men died in vehicles, and both played their last (separate) concerts at Austin, Texas's "the old Skyline" Club (as the song mentions). [1] Show Me Your Tears is the final album to be released to date by Frank Black and the Catholics. ... For other persons named Frank Black, see Frank Black (disambiguation). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards and appeal to a wider international audience, this article may require cleanup. ...


FEAR, The seminal LA punk band also wrote a song about Hank; "Hank Williams was queer" which appeared on their Budweiser 7". [7]


Quotes

  • "A good song is a good song, and if I'm lucky enough to write it, well....! I get more kick out of writing than I do singing. I reckon I've written a thousand songs and had over 300 published."[8] — Hank Williams
  • "When I wrote about Hank Williams 'A hundred floors above me in the tower of song', it's not some kind of inverse modesty. I know where Hank Williams stands in the history of popular song. 'Your Cheatin' Heart', songs like that, are sublime, in his own tradition, and I feel myself a very minor writer."[9]Leonard Cohen

Leonard Norman Cohen, CC (born September 21, 1934 in Westmount, Quebec) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, poet and novelist. ...

References

  1. ^ Hemphill, Paul (2005). Lovesick Blues: The Life of Hank Williams. New York: Penguin Group. ISBN 0-670-03414-2. 
  2. ^ Escott, Colin (1994). Hank Williams: The Biography. Boston: Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 0-316-24986-6. 
  3. ^ www.vitia.org/wordpress/2003/09/26/this-isnt-hanks-story/.
  4. ^ www.metropulse.com/dir_zine/dir_2002/1250/t_cover.html.
  5. ^ The Immortals: The First Fifty. Rolling Stone Issue 946. Rolling Stone.
  6. ^ www.jettwilliams.com/news.htm.
  7. ^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budweiser_(single)
  8. ^ Gleason, Ralph (06-28-1969). 1952 interview of Hank Williams. Rolling Stone.
  9. ^ Cohen, Leonard (2004-09-17). Who held a gun to Leonard Cohen's head?. The Guardian. Retrieved on 2006-06-20.
  • Escott, Colin (1998). "Hank Williams". In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, Editor. New York: Oxford University Pres. pp. 589–90.
  • The Time-Life Country and Western Classics: Hank Williams, p.2. Quoted in Brackett, David (1995/2000). Interpreting Popular Music. ISBN 0-520-22541-4.

Ralph J. Gleason (1917-1975) was an influential American jazz and pop music critic. ... Leonard Norman Cohen, CC (born September 21, 1934 in Westmount, Quebec) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, poet and novelist. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 171st day of the year (172nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

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  • PBS – American Masters
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NAME Hiram King Williams
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Hank Williams
SHORT DESCRIPTION Country Music Artist
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PLACE OF BIRTH Georgiana, Alabama, United States of America
DATE OF DEATH January 01, 1953
PLACE OF DEATH Oak Hill, West Virginia, United States of America
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