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" HANK WILLIAMS " Georgiana - Alabama- USA- 1923

Journal by edmondsallan

Come on folks lets get a huggin and a jy-ffin and sing along with this great country artist . I must be getting old . I can remember my " gran " loving this guy and his singing a-a-a-all those years ago !!!
That reminds me , where did I put his long playing records ?????
I reckon its time to blow some dust off !! - you would think that - no not me -the records !!! CYA

Hank Williams
Country/Western, Mount Olive

Born on September 17, 1923 in Georgiana, Alabama, Hiram "Hank" Williams was a superstar by the age of 25. He began playing guitar at the age of 8, receiving lessons from a local blues singer, Rufus Payne. In his early teens, Williams, inspired by gospel and country music, especially Ernest Tubb and Roy Acuff, began singing in Georgiana and Greenville. After Williams' father abandoned the family, his mother Lilly moved them to Montgomery in 1937. Williams formed the Drifting Cowboys in 1941, and landed a gig with local radio station WSFA.

In 1946, Williams went to Nashville to meet Fred Rose, co-head of Acuff-Rose Publishing. Rose took Williams into the studio to record Never Again (1946) and Honky Tonkin' (1947). The success of the singles won Williams a contract with MGM Records in 1947, and Rose came on board as his manager and producer. Williams next single, Move It Over (1947), climbed into the country Top Five; he followed it with I'm a Long Gone Daddy which peaked in the Top Ten. Williams, accompanied by his band the Drifting Cowboys, joined with the Louisiana Hayride for their tours and radio programs.

Williams next release, Lovesick Blues, was released in the spring of 1949. Spending 16 weeks at number one on the country chart and crossing over into the pop Top 25, Lovesick Blues propelled Williams to the Grand Ole Opry and stardom. The success of his Opry debut on June 11, 1949, still one of the most talked- about debut appearances, made him a regular. That year, 1949, was a good year for Williams; four additional singles hit the Top Five - Wedding Bells, Mind Your Own Business, You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave), and My Bucket's Got a Hole in It. The hits kept coming in 1950 and 1951; Williams produced numerous number one country records, including Long Gone Lonesome Blues, Why Don't You Love Me, Moanin' the Blues, Dear John, and Cold Cold Heart.

More Top Ten hits followed in 1952: Half As Much, Jambalaya, Settin' the Woods on Fire, You Win Again, and I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive. Williams' popularity crossed boundaries, and he found himself appearing on the Perry Como television show and touring with Bob Hope, Jack Benny, and Minnie Pearl during his career. His songwriting talents and his ardent lyrics affected audiences, impacted popular music and transformed country music for all time. Considered the father of modern country, Williams' influence continued to be felt long after he stopped performing.

While Williams' career was booming, his personal life was unstable. He had married Audrey Mae Sheppard, a farmgirl from Banks, Alabama, in 1944; their son, Randall Hank, was born in 1949. The marriage was rocky, complicated by Williams drinking and, in 1951, a prescription drug addiction. As Williams' popularity and fame grew, so too did his drinking and recklessness. In 1952, Williams and Audrey separated; the same year he was asked to leave the Grand Ole Opry. Williams continued to perform, but his excessive drinking drove away many of his band members and some of his fans.

A second marriage, to 19-year old Billie Jean Eshlimar, was overshadowed by a paternity agreement Williams signed with another girlfriend, Bobbie Jett. The combination of drinking and drugs finally took Williams life on January 1, 1953. Headed to a New Year's Eve concert in Canton, Ohio, Williams overdosed on morphine and whisky in the back seat of a chauffeured Cadillac. He was 29. Bobbie Jett gave birth to Williams' daughter three days after his funeral.

The 1953 releases of Your Cheatin' Heart, Kaw-Liga, and Take These Chains from My Heart provided Williams with posthumous hits. In 1961, he was one of the first inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame and later was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. Both Williams' children have pursued careers in music.
source: famous people Alabama

Till we meet again -Regards - edmondsallan

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by 1bobbylee on 2011-06-21 01:01:09

Sure is nice to know that you appreciate great music when you hear it.
YYAAAAAA Who!! YIPPEE YA YAY! "Ride em cowboy!" I'm a southern boy. Best doggone music I've ever heared!

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