Facts about Hank Williams
Hank Williams Biography
Hank Williams was one of the superstars of modern country music when he died in 1953, at the age of 29. He began his career as a teenager in Montgomery, Alabama and began forming his own band, the Drifting Cowboys, around 1940. A recording session in Nashville in 1946 led to an MGM contract in 1947, and that year Williams had his first big hit, “Move It on Over.” By 1950 he was a touring and recording star, and his blend of blues and country drew fans from beyond the country music scene. Williams was born with a spinal problem, and surgery in 1951 only made things worse. He began taking painkillers and was earning a reputation as an unreliable drunk (the Grand Ole Opry fired him after three years, in 1952), but he was still popular with fans and continued to record a string of hit songs, including “Lovesick Blues,” “Hey, Good Lookin’,” “Cold, Cold Heart,” “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “Jambalaya” and “Honky Tonk Blues.” On his way to a concert in Ohio he died in the back seat of his Cadillac while a companion was driving. Williams probably died the night of 31 December 1952, but was officially pronounced dead on 1 January 1953.
His son, Hank Williams, Jr. (Randall Hank Williams), is a recording artist known for rock-flavored country hits of the 1980s, including “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight”…. Hank Williams was given a posthumous Pulitzer prize in 2010 for his contributions to music.