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Hank Williams

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Your Cheatin' Heart Hank Williams 02:46
Honky Tonk Blues Hank Williams, Jr., Hank Williams III, Hank Williams 02:19
I'll Never Get out of This World Alive Hank Williams 02:29
Jambalaya (On The Bayou) Hank Williams 02:47
I Saw the Light Hank Williams 02:49
Hey Good Lookin' Hank Williams with His Drifting Cowboys 02:56
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry Hank Williams 02:45
Lovesick Blues Hank Williams with His Drifting Cowboys 02:45
Honkytonkin' Hank Williams 02:47
Crazy Heart Hank Williams, The Drifting Cowboys 02:27

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Playlists & music by Hank Williams

Cover of playlist Country Essentials Country Essentials 50 tracks - 32 948 fans
Cover of playlist Acoustic Blues Acoustic Blues 49 tracks - 73 101 fans
Cover of playlist The Joy of Country (BBC Four) The Joy of Country (BBC Four) 56 tracks - 923 fans
Cover of playlist The End of the Fucking World soundtrack The End of the Fucking World soundtrack 60 tracks - 11 079 fans
Cover of playlist City Sounds New Orleans City Sounds New Orleans 50 tracks - 7 542 fans
Cover of playlist A Song for Guy (BBC 6 Music) A Song for Guy (BBC 6 Music) 265 tracks - 2 614 fans
Cover of playlist Country Music Legends Country Music Legends 81 tracks - 6 250 fans
Cover of playlist 100% Hank Williams 100% Hank Williams 50 tracks - 581 fans
Cover of playlist Novità Jazz Novità Jazz 64 tracks - 163 fans
Cover of playlist 100% Wes Anderson 100% Wes Anderson 50 tracks - 2 098 fans
Cover of playlist Cat Power - All Covers Cat Power - All Covers 86 tracks - 138 fans
Cover of playlist Americana Americana 125 tracks - 496 fans
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In the realms of American country music few names are revered more than Hank Williams, Nashville superstar and writer of enduring classics like Your Cheatin' Heart, Hey Good Looking, You Win Again and I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry. Yet Williams, the son of an Alabama railway engineer, was a troubled character who effectively drank himself to death on New Year's Day in 1953, aged 29. He was born with a spinal disorder which caused him lifelong pain while his family suffered many problems - his father was seriously injured in World War One and the family lost all their possessions in a house fire. Hiram Williams - who changed his name to Hank after moving to Montgomery in 1937 - was initially inspired to perform after being taught guitar by a local street singer, Rufus Payne. The first song he wrote was WPA Blues, set to the tune of Sonny Boy Williamson's Dissatisfied - and it won him $15 in a talent show. Williams' colourful storytelling style made him very popular singing on the streets and local radio stations and he formed his own backing group, the Drifting Cowboys, to travel around Alabama performing, managed by his mother Lillie. Their progress was halted by America's entry into World War Two when all the Drifting Cowboys were drafted, while Williams spent the war years working for a shipbuilding company as his drinking accelerated. After the war he continued writing songs to sing on the WSFA radio station but, already an erratic personality, he was turned down by country music's premier show, the Grand Ole Opry. But he was signed by MGM Records, who released his first major country hit Move It On Over. He then appeared regularly on the popular radio show Louisiana Hayride and he had a crossover hit in 1949 with Lovesick Blues before finally being accepted on the Grand Ole Opry and, on his debut, received six encores. In the 1950s he adopted the name Luke The Drifter to sing religious material but he was thrown off the Grand Ole Opry again as his drunkenness escalated and he began to develop heart problems. Williams was at the peak of his popularity, though, when he died in the back of a car taking him to a gig.