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Hank Williams

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Biography

Williams in a WSM Radio publicity photo, 1951

Source: Wikipedia

Hiram King "Hank" Williams, Sr. (/hæŋk wɪljəmz /; September 17, 1923 – January 1, 1953) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Regarded as one of the most significant and influential American singers and songwriters of the 20th century, Williams recorded 35 singles (five released posthumously) that would place in the Top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers chart, including 11 that ranked number one.

Fact file

  • Birth name: Hiram King Williams
  • Also known as: Luke the Drifter The Hillbilly Shakespeare The Singing Kid
  • Born: September 17, 1923 Butler County, Alabama, United States
  • Died: January 1, 1953 (aged 29) Oak Hill, West Virginia, United States
  • Genres: Country Western honky-tonk folk blues gospel
  • Occupation(s): Singer-songwriter musician
  • Instruments: Vocals guitar
  • Years active: 1937–1953
  • Labels: Sterling MGM
  • Associated acts: Drifting Cowboys Audrey Williams
  • Website: www.hankwilliams.com Signature of Hank Williams

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In episode three, "Country Music" emotionally outlines the life and untimely death of Hank Williams.        

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