Hiram "Hank" Williams
September 17, 1923 - January 1, 1953
- At one time Hank had 5 of the top 12 Pop Songs!
- Hank was first signed by Acuff-Rose as a songwriter. He
received a draw of $50 a month
- When Hank played at the Opry the word "beer" was not
allowed. When Hank sang his hit "My Bucket's Got A Hole In
It (I Can't Buy No Beer), he inserted the word "milk" for
the word "beer". The crowd loved it.
- Hank wore Nudie suits, or western clothes with hand
painted ties, and always wore hand tooled boots.
- During his 29 year lifetime, hank recorded 129 songs.
- Hank's stardom lasted less than 4 years (1949-Jan 1953)
- Hank stood over 6 feet tall and weighed around 140
- Hank made his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry on
June 11, 1949. He sang his hit song, "Lovesick Blues" which
had sold over 3 million copies. He received a standing
ovation and six encores. Red Foley had to literally plead
with the audience to let the show continue!
|There have over 700 tribute songs written and
recorded about Hank Williams. The most well known are:
- "Midnight in Montgomery"--Alan Jackson
- "The Ride"--David
- "Time Marches On"--Tracy Lawrence
- "Hank, You Wrote My Life"--Moe Bandy
- "I Don't Think Hank Done it This Way"--Waylon Jennings
- "If You Don't Like Hank Williams, You Can Kiss My