Hank Williams in a 1951 publicity photo for WSM Radio
|Birth name||Hiram King Williams|
|Also known as||The Lovesick Blues Boy
Luke the Drifter
Hank Williams, Sr.
The Hillbilly Shakespeare
|Born||September 17, 1923
Mount Olive, Alabama, U.S.
|Died||January 1, 1953 (aged 29)
Oak Hill, West Virginia, U.S.
|Genres||Country, Western, gospel, blues, honky-tonk, folk|
|Associated acts||Drifting Cowboys|
Williams is known as "the Father of Country and Western Music", because his songs were some of the first to come from that . As with many musical , Williams did not set out to create a new kind of music. He simply wanted to make music that his listeners would enjoy, that he would also enjoy making for them.
Some of Williams's songs are "Your Cheatin' Heart", "Hey Good Lookin'", "Jambalaya", and "Cold, Cold Heart". The songs were easy to remember, and many fans sang along when they heard them. Other singers began to include Hank Williams songs in their radio and early television, and also made live appearances.. Williams made recordings, performed on
Williams was one of the first alcohol and drugs. Well-meaning fans and friends would buy Williams drinks, or invite him to parties, and he would lose control. He began to miss shows, and to give bad performances because of the effects of drugs and alcohol. He lost many of his best engagements, and his suffered.to have problems with
Williams died at age 29 in early 1953, after a Hank Williams Jr., who also grew up to become a country musician. Williams' songs are still popular, and sung by many musicians. Hank Jr. performed his father's music for many years, but later found success with songs of his own.of alcohol drinking. He left behind a wife and son,
Other websites [change]
- Official website
- Official Hank Williams Fan Club
- Hank Williams' Boyhood Home & Museum
- at the Country Music Hall of Fame – 1961 Inductee
- at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame &ndasg 1987 Inductee
- at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame – 1985 Inductee
- PBS – American Masters
- Image of Hank Williams' death certificate
- Sites related to final day