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Hank Williams

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Hank Williams (September 17, 1923 – January 1, 1953), born Hiram King Williams, was an American and musician regarded as the most important music artist of all time. 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.

Born in Mount Olive, Butler County, Alabama, Williams moved to Georgiana, where he met Rufus Payne, a black street performer who gave him guitar lessons in exchange for meals. Payne had a major influence on Williams’s later musical style. During this time, Williams informally changed his name to Hank, believing it to be a better name for country music. After moving to Montgomery, Williams began his career in 1937 when WSFA radio station producers hired him to perform and host a 15-minute program. He formed as backup the Drifting Cowboys band, which was managed by his mother, and dropped out of school to devote all of his time to his career.

When several of his band members were conscripted to military service during World War II, Williams had trouble with their replacements and started drinking heavily, causing WSFA to dismiss him. Williams eventually married Audrey Sheppard, who became his manager for nearly a decade.

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  • HankTheDrifter

    Simply the greatest.

    26 Feb 8:40am Reply
  • BasedYoona

    please come to brazil!

    9 Feb 9:23pm Reply
  • patisawesome121

    the perfect music for drinking by yourself [7]

    27 Jan 7:09am Reply
  • Nakkinak

    the perfect music for drinking by yourself [6]

    14 Dec 2014 Reply
  • IronGrave

    No one else compares. Hank's version of Lost Highway might be the single greatest song I've ever heard.

    14 Nov 2014 Reply
  • J-Thomas

    The good ol' love sick blues boy

    1 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Qong

    Great music! I love the simplicity and truth in it, just good old honest lyrics that really anyone can relate to.

    18 Sep 2014 Reply
  • raphaelmg94

    Kaw-Liga do moonrise kingdom melhor musica, to viciado aqui

    12 Aug 2014 Reply
  • d1lll1nger

    Brilliant!

    29 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Antonionii

    The greatest of all time, I wish I could have lived in his era to see him perform.

    6 Jul 2014 Reply
  • annabeatle

    the perfect music for drinking by yourself [5]

    22 Jun 2014 Reply
  • damnchick

    Mooving on over!

    7 Jun 2014 Reply
  • thelucaswesley

    talent skips a generation?

    23 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Toulorge

    "sad his kids turned out as they did, but that doesn't change the fact that SR was and is a genius." I agree about Hank Sr. and Jett (to a certain degree), but Hank III and Holly have been doing great recently, especially Holly.

    20 Apr 2014 Reply
  • xEbayx

    makes the perfect soundtrack to fallout new vegas

    11 Apr 2014 Reply
  • DoomIsLife

    The greatest to ever do it.

    2 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Alex-Voronov

    the perfect music for drinking by yourself [3]

    25 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Slurmz94

    the perfect music for drinking by yourself [2]

    25 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Slimpickens511

    To all you Hank fans, I've just released an album of Hank songs titled "Hankering". You can listen to it here .. www.slimpickens.com.au Cheers Slim Pickens - Australia

    12 Mar 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    сыграл гораздо большую роль в истории рок-н-ролла, чем все блюзовые ниггеры вместе взятые, по сути именно он первым начал писать настоящие рок-н-ролльные тексты

    20 Feb 2014 Reply
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