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Hank Williams Jr.

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Born Randall Hank Williams in Shreveport, Louisiana, and known by the nickname Bocephus (a name given to him by his father because he thought his son as a baby resembled a TV ventriloquist dummy named Bocephus), he was raised by his mother Audrey after his father’s death in 1953. He began performing when eight years old, and in 1963 made his recording debut with “Lone Gone Lonesome Blues”, a staple of his father’s career.

Williams’ early career was guided, some say outright dominated, by his mother Audrey Williams, who many claim was the driving force that led his father to musical superstardom during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Audrey, in many ways, wished for young Hank to be nothing more than a “Hank Williams, Sr. impersonator”, sometimes going as far as to have clothes designed for him that were identical to his father’s stage clothes and vocal stylings very similar to those of his father.

Although Williams’ recordings earned him numerous country hits throughout the 1960s and early 1970s, he became disillusioned with his role as a ‘Hank Williams clone’ and severed ties with his mother in order to pursue his own musical direction and tastes. After recording the soundtrack to Your Cheatin’ Heart, a biography of his father, Williams, Jr. hit the charts with one of his own compositions, “Standing in the Shadows”. The song signalled a move to rock and roll and other influences as he stepped from the shadow of his father.

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  • isitbeer30yet

    @catgus: interesting shout... I don't think I rate him worth comment either :)

    3 Nov 4:32pm Reply
  • BMWPRETTY

    Spank! .

    22 Jul 6:44am Reply
  • BMWPRETTY

    Spank! Whoooo! I love my wild days! All my roughly friends have settled down! An nobody wants to get Drunk and settle down! SPANK! Hangover heart more then they used too! All, of my rowdy friends have settled down! SPANK! Whooo! WHATEVER! :-)

    22 Jul 6:18am Reply
  • catgus

    As a Brit,I'd love to join in on the trashing of Obama,but I don't rate him worth comment....Hank on the the other hand,is supreme!

    27 May 4:01pm Reply
  • astralprison

    Damn, that was probably the most profound shout I've ever read on this site.

    18 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Hrexandro

    Obama's fuckin' gay as hell, goddamn crybabies.

    10 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Roust777

    Why Hank says bullshit about Obama? Why? I like Hank so but he said bullshit!

    30 Nov 2012 Reply
  • FolxPunxForLife

    Politically fucked and obnoxious in his old age but the man has decades of great tunes I will always enjoy.

    21 Nov 2012 Reply
  • PhatBasta

    Opinions are like a--holes,everyone has one...

    1 Nov 2012 Reply
  • CokeinmySoup

    Hes really good for a country artist.

    26 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Svartorn

    Talent skips a generation. Hank and Hank III >>>>>>>>>> Bocephus

    8 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Hrexandro

    What are you guys talking about? What did he say?

    10 Jun 2012 Reply
  • AbortingMary

    I don't really give a fuck what he said. I was happy to get a week of football without that dumb fuckin song. [2]

    19 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Andy_warhola

    For those of you who are Republicans like Hank (and have a sense of humor): http://www.last.fm/group/Mitt+Romney+-+The+Mittster

    5 Jan 2012 Reply
  • traqua89

    Obaaaamaaaa!

    5 Dec 2011 Reply
  • bleachgeek4973

    @PeonyCrackers: Sorry but that is a different situation, the real problem is he got his rights mixed up thinking he had freedom of speech on tv which he didn't. I personally don't care (not me) but still he expressed his opinion and even if you don't like it, it's still his opinion. He lost either way, maybe he'll learn from it (I doubt it from his response to being taken down).

    9 Oct 2011 Reply
  • promisedeyes

    It's telling that when you insult Obama, people whine like little spoiled toddlers. But criticize Hillary or Bill Clinton, and responses are calm and measured. There's a lesson there.

    7 Oct 2011 Reply
  • phil_colons

    I don't really give a fuck what he said. I was happy to get a week of football without that dumb fuckin song.

    6 Oct 2011 Reply
  • samcro_mama

    It's unfortunate this family is going to get such a bad wrap for a single comment this man has made. His father was, and his son is a great musician that will also feel the wrath of a nation over an ill stated opinion.

    5 Oct 2011 Reply
  • bleachgeek4973

    I don't see the big deal, he merely made an angry opinion (a lot of people do), and it's not like it was not based on something since he said why. I don't agree with it but it doesn't mean he's wrong for stating it. People need to remember, "Opinions are like assholes, everyone has one and they all stink". Lighten up.

    4 Oct 2011 Reply
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