Hank Williams, singer, songwriter
Singer ~ Songwriter
birth name: Hiram Williams

Hank Williams

September 17, 1923, Georgiana, AL ~ January 1, 1953, Oak Hill WV

He lived a life as troubled and reckless as that depicted in his songs. ~ Allmusic: Hank Williams ~ retrieved September 15, 2013 © Allmusic

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Also on September 17 ~ Guy Picciotto born ~ Jimmy Yancey dies 

September 17, 1994 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (5) Changing Faces, Stroke You Up ~ #2 (2) Lisa Loeb, Stay (I Missed You) ~ #1 (1) Boyz II Men, I'll Make Love To You

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Most country singers rely upon outside sources for at least some of their songs. Williams was an exception to that rule: his concerts were composed almost exclusively of pieces he wrote himself, now-classic tunes like Cold, Cold Heart, I Saw the Light, Your Cheatin' Heart, and Why Don't You Love Me? According to Roger M. Williams in Stars of Country Music, the fact that Williams had such a lengthy and varied repertory is one mark of his greatness. The critic adds: “A larger mark is the extraordinary number of truly memorable songs [Williams] turned out. Those songs transcend country music, or any category short of pop. They are part of America's musical heritage, and they elevate the man who wrote them to a very high rank among the nation's songwriters.” ~ Musicianguide: Hank Williams ~ retrieved April 24, 2014 © Musicianguide

Hank Williams ~ Ranked #27 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Singers in 2008 ~ “At first listen, Hank may not sound like a real good singer,” says Merle Haggard, “but he had a unique method of sincerity. I never heard anything Hank sang that I didn't believe.” ~ 2008 © Rolling Stone

Hank Williams ~ Hank Williams Sings (1952) ~ #15 #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012.



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