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Whatever Happened to Hank Williams?

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There are many legendary names and artists in Country Music.

Webb PierceKitty WellsPatsy ClineBuck OwensConway TwittyLoretta LynnTammy WynetteMerle HaggardWillie Nelson.  And many more.

But one name, one artist is more than legendary.  He is iconic.

Hank Williams.

Born in September, 1923 in Butler County Alabama, Hank Williams became the face of Country Music (or ‘Hillbilly Music’ as referred to by many at the time).

And not only the name of the man, but the names of the song’s that still live today, from the above ‘Lovesick Blues’ and so many more…’I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’, ‘I Saw The Light’, ‘Cold, Cold Heart’, ‘I’ll Never Got Out Of This World Alive’, and the one featured below, Hank on stage singing his ‘new’ hit, ‘Hey, Good Lookin”.

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All in all….the importance of Hank Williams cannot be overstated.

Hank Williams died over 60 years ago and yet the words and music he wrote are still be recorded today and enjoyed by millions that, perhaps, think they’re something new.  And in a way they are, because they’ve never grown old or gone out of style.  That’s the mark of a great song(s).

So whatever happened to this giant of the genre’?

Well, Hank Williams died at the age of 29.  That’s right, the biggest name in the history of Country Music didn’t live to see his 30th birthday.  He produced all that great music and didn’t live to see 30.

Hank Williams died in the back seat of a car on the way to a concert.  The official date of death was New Years Day, January 1, 1953.  Hank had died sometime that night, New Years Eve/New Years Day.

For more on Hank Williams, including rare footage of his funeral, see the video below.

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