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Hank Williams
September 17, 1923 – January 1, 1953


Father of Modern Country Music

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Hank Williams on the Louisiana Hayride
Hank Williams funeral
Hank Williams wearing suit
LEFT: Hank Williams received his start on the Louisiana Hayride radio show in 1948 and soon became the most popular star of The Grand Ole Opry and one of America's most beloved entertainers. CENTER: His funeral in 1953 was the biggest event in Montgomery, Alabama, since the death of Confederate President Jefferson Davies. RIGHT: Although he could neither read nor write music, Hank Williams wrote about 150 songs that helped take Country music from its rural setting and put it into the jukeboxes and living rooms of middle America.

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Hiram 'Hank' Williams
America lost its innocence after World War II, and so did Country music. Sentimental and nostalgic lyrics yielded to the more contemporary themes of Honky Tonk – most notably drinkin' and cheatin'.
This was the stuff of Honky Tonk, and Hank Williams – "The Drifting Cowboy" – was its most successful artist. Hank sang about what he knew best – loneliness and heartbreak.
His songs – almost autobiographical – document the 6-year journey of a very lonely man trying to reconcile love through the bottom of a bottle. His plaintive lyrics soon transcended Country music and tugged at the heartstrings of middle America.
Because of the universality of his music, as attested by its success on the Pop charts, Hank Williams was one of the first three nominees, along with Jimmie Rodgers and Fred Rose, to be inducted into The Country Music Hall of Fame when it was established at Nashville in 1961.
He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

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Hank Williams official website
Hank Williams website
Hank Williams - Rock + Roll Hall of Fame webpage
official site
by Mercury Records
Joey Allcorn's comprehensive fan site
bio / timeline

Other Recommended Sites
Hank Williams Museum
site under construction
Hank Williams Appreciation site
a miscellany of links

Related Sites


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Hank Williams
Sing a Sad Song
Still In Love
With You
Louisiana
Hayride Years
Hank Williams - The Biography by Colin Escott
Hank Williams - Sing a Sad Song by Roger M Wiliams
Hank Williams - Still in Love with You by Lycrecia Williams ans Dale Vinicur
Hank Williams - Louisiana Hayride Years by Horace Logan and Bill Sloan
The Biography
by Colin Escott
The Life of Hank Williams
by Roger M Williams
The Story of Hank and Audrey Williams
by Lycrecia Williams and Dale Vinicur
Making Musical History in Country's Golden Age
by Horace Logan and Bill Sloan


Hank Williams:
So Lonesome
Snapshots From The Lost Highway
The Legend of Hank Williams
The Essential Hank Williams
Hank Williams - So Lonesome by Colin Escott
Hank Williams - Snapshots from the Lost Highway by Colin Escott and Kira Florita
The Legend of Hank Williams by Colin Escott and George Merritt
The Essential Hank Williams by Tim Jones, Harold McAlindon, Richard Courtney
by Bill Koon
by Colin Escott, Kira Florita
Audio Book with Music
by Colin Escott and George Merritt,
by Tim Jones, Harold McAlindon, Richard Courtney

Other Hank Williams Titles Available Online
Your Cheatin' Heart: A Biography of Hank Williams by Chet Flippo
Ain't Nothin As Sweet As My Baby: The Story of Hank Williams' Lost Daughter
by Jett Williams

Hank Williams Songbooks
Hank Williams: Complete Hal Leonard Publishing
The Best of Hank Williams Hal Leonard Publishing
The Hank Williams Songbook by Fred Sokolow
Hank Williams: The Complete Lyrics edited by Don Cusic
Gospel Songs of Hank Williams by Hal Leonard (Editor)

Bibliography
Hank Williams by George William Koon


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40 Greatest Hits
The Complete
Hank Williams
20 Greatest Hits
Hank Williams - 40 Greatest Hits
The Complete Hank Williams
Hank Williams - 20 Greatest Hits
Uni/Mercury Nashville
2 CDs / 40 tracks
Uni/Mercury/Polydor
Box Set
10 CDs / 225 tracks
Uni/Mercury/Polygram
1 CD / 20 tracks

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Other Hank Williams Recordings Available Online
Rare Demos: First to Last (Audium Entertainment / 1 CD)
Alone with His Guitar (Uni/Mercury Nashville / 1 CD)
Alone And Forsaken (Uni/Mercury/Polygram / 1 CD / 18 tracks)
Beyond The Sunset (Uni/Mercury/Polygram / 1CD / 12 tracks)
I Saw The Light (Uni/Mercury/Polygram / 1CD / 12 tracks)
The Original Singles Collection (Uni/Mercury/Polygram / 3CD Box Set / 84 tracks)
Honky Tonkin' (Valley Entertainment / 1CD / 12 tracks)
Low Down Blues (Uni/Mercury/Polygram / 1CD / 16 tracks)

Live Recordings of Hank Williams
Live at the Grand Ole Opry (Uni/Mercury/Polygram / 2CDS / 31 tracks)
Health & Happiness Shows (Uni/Mercury/Polygram / 2CDs / 49 tracks)

Spoken Word Biographies with Music
The Legend Of Hank Williams Audio Book with Music by George Merritt, Colin Escott, Art Celsie


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BIOGRAPHIES / DOCUMENTARIES

Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues
Hank Williams:
The Lonesome Heart of Country
Louisiana
Hayride
In the Tradition of Hank Williams
Hank Williams - The Show He Never Gave with Sneezy Waters
Louisiana Hayride
Biography
2004
info / order
VHS | DVD
A&E Biography
2008
info / order
Documentary
2005
info / order


MOVIES

"Your
Cheatin' Heart"
Hank Williams:
The Show He Never Gave
Hank Williams - Your Cheatin' Heart
Hank Williams - The Show He Never Gave with Sneezy Waters
Movie
info / order
VHS | DVD
Movie
info / order
VHS | DVD


TRIBUTES

Hank Williams:
The Man and His Music
In The
Hank Williams Tradition
Hank Williams - The Man and His Music
In the Tradition of Hank Williams
Artists' Tribute
info / order
VHS | DVD
Artists' Tribute
info / order
VHS | DVD


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