Hank Williams Sr.

Born: September 17, 1923
Mount Olive, AL, USA
Died: January 1, 1953

The legend of Hank Williams begins as a sickly child in Mount Olive West, Alabama. It is said that his physical condition as a youngster may have drawn him to music. He had spina bifida, and this would impare his play, as well as any involvement in sports he might have had. He developed an affection for a black street musician named Tee-Tot, and Tee-Tot taught him about music, giving him a taste of the blues. Quitting high school to become a career musician, Williams quickly became a popular local musician on the radio, as well as in clubs and honky-tonks. This should have been great, but Hank also had a reputation for being unreliable, and for drinking uncontrollably. In 1946, Williams went to Nashville, and began writing for the Acuff-Rose Publishing Company, a large country-western music publisher. Within a year, however, Hank was signed with MGM and making his own records, singing and playing the guitar. His demons followed him, however, and more often than not, he would show up for live performances drunk, and sometimes not at all. He was just about to live a country song, losing his house, his wife, his truck, and his career, when he did the unthinkable: He straitened his life out. He began working on a weekly radio show, and he was getting more exposure than ever before. And then it hit. The biggest hit of Hank Williams' career, Lovesick Blues, would become a momentous occasion in the short life of a real country-western hero. It was after this hit song the Hank was finally hired by the Grand Ole Opry. He was writing many commercially successful songs, but his personal life was falling apart. His wife was leaving him. He was drinking so much now that he was fired from the Grand Ole Opry. And his life ended suddenly, in the back seat of a Cadillac on the way to a gig in Canton, Ohio. His country music legacy lives on in his son, Hank Williams Jr.

Instruments Played / Skills:
Guitar Songwriter Vocals Fiddle

Conventional Country

Hank Williams Sr. Has Worked With:
Roy Acuff Merle Haggard Glenn Rhees Benny Martin

Hank Williams Sr. Was Influenced By:
Roy Acuff Ernest Tubb

Artists That Were Influenced By Hank Williams Sr.:
Hank the Drifter Phil Alvin Molly Bee Chuck Berry Johnny Burnette Mac Davis Ronnie Dove Bob Dylan Connie Eaton Duane Eddy George Jones Kris Kristofferson Jerry Lee Lewis Willie Nelson Gram Parsons Elvis Presley Doug Sahm Randy Travis
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