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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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 ~ Inducted in the 1961 Country Music Hall of Fame ~ Hank Williams's legend has long overtaken the rather frail and painfully introverted man who spawned it. Almost singlehandedly, Williams set the agenda for contemporary country songcraft, but his appeal rests as much in the myth that even now surrounds his short life. His is the standard by which success is measured in country music on every level, even self-destruction. ~ 1961 © Country Music Hall Of Fame

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

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