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Hank Williams Sr (Official Thread)

Discussion in 'Country Music' started by dazedconfused, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. dazedconfused

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    Hank Williams, Sr. Official Website
    Hank Williams Discography

    Born: September 17, 1923
    Died: January 1, 1953

    Hank Williams (September 17, 1923 – January 1, 1953), born Hiram King Williams, was an American singer-songwriter and musician regarded as one of the most important country music artists of all time. Williams recorded 35 singles (five released posthumously) that would place in the Top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers chart, including 11 that ranked number one.

    Born in Mount Olive, Alabama, Williams moved to Georgia, where he met Rufus Payne, a black street performer who gave him guitar lessons in exchange for meals. Payne had a major influence on Williams's later musical style. During this time, Williams informally changed his name to Hank, believing it to be a better name for country music. After moving to Montgomery, Williams began his career in 1937 when WSFA radio station producers hired him to perform and host a 15-minute program. He formed as backup the Drifting Cowboys band, which was managed by his mother, and dropped out of school to devote all of his time to his career.

    When several of his band members were conscripted to military service during World War II, Williams had trouble with their replacements and started drinking heavily, causing WSFA to dismiss him. Williams eventually married Audrey Sheppard, who became his manager for nearly a decade. After recording "Never Again" and "Honky Tonkin'" with Sterling Records, he signed a contract with MGM Records. In 1948 he released "Move it on Over," which became a hit, and also joined the Louisiana Hayride radio program. In 1949, he released a cover of "Lovesick Blues," which carried him into the mainstream of music. After an initial rejection, Williams joined the Grand Ole Opry. He had 11 number one songs between 1948 and 1953, though he was unable to read or notate music to any significant degree. Among the hits he wrote were "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Hey, Good Lookin'," and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry."

    During his last years Williams's consumption of alcohol, morphine and other painkillers severely compromised his professional and personal life. He divorced his wife and was dismissed by the Grand Ole Opry due to frequent drunkenness. Williams died suddenly in 1953 at the age of 29. Despite his short life, Williams has had a major influence on country music. The songs he wrote and recorded have been covered by numerous artists, many of whom have also had hits with the tunes, in a range of pop, gospel, blues and rock styles.




     
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    I have some Hank in my collection! :grinthumb
     
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    Groovy Man I'm Not Like Everybody Else

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    Re: Hank Williams Sr

    Hey Good Lookin' :)



    Classic stuff!

    :cheers2

    Early roots of rock n' roll. :grinthumb
     
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    I'm not as big of a fan of Hank Sr as I am of Hank Jr (speaking of which, I keep meaning to open a thread on him and keep forgetting to), but there's no doubt Ol' Hank had a LOT of influence both in country music and in the early roots of rock and roll.


    Speaking of Hank Jr, here's a song he did with my favorite country artist of all time, Waylon, talking/singing about Hank Sr.

    Hank Jr + Waylon Jennings - The Conversation



    :grinthumb Its the official video from the song which is cool because it also includes a number of clips of Hank Sr playing at various shows.
     
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    Lynch Here for the cookies and the tunes

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    BTW: nice intro writeup. :)
     
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    I always think that to die at the age of 29 was a great shame ...given the quality of material he released ..
     
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    Here is my Hank CD.....

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    1. Move It on Over
    2. Lovestick Blues
    3. Wedding Bells
    4. Honky Tonkin'
    5. I'm a Long Gone Daddy
    6. Never Again
    7. Mind You Own Business
    8. Cold, Cold Heart
    9. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
    10. My Bucket's Got a Hole in It
    11. Rootie Tootie
    12. A Mansion on the Hill
    13. Dear John
    14. Moanin' the Blues
    15. On the Banks of the Old Pontchartrain
    16. There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight
    17. Long Gone Lonesome Blues
    18. They'll Never Take Her Love from Me
    19. You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave)
    20. I'll Be a Bachelor 'Til I Die

    Put this on and turn it way up, add a few cold beers and it`s near perfection! :cheers:
     
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    ^ That's a very nice ''Best of'' CD....

    But they always leave out a great song or two...

    like this Hank Williams classic...

     
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    Re: Hank Williams Sr

    I think Angel of Death might be one of my current favs. (Song-wise)

    Hank Williams Angel of death - YouTube

    Any Hank vinyl around here (Halifax, NS) is ridiculously over priced. It sucks so bad. I have to hope to find things from friends or garage sales. I have a few albums however.
     
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    Cool, is that a Luke the drifter tune? It sure sounds like it.
     

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