Hank Williams collection, ca.1950-1978.
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Hank Williams was born Hiram Hank Williams near Georgiana, Ala., 17 Oct. 1923. After being taught by a local African-American Rufus Payne and in the Baptist Church to play the guitar and sing, Hank began performing at the age of fourteen. Hank and his band, The Drifting Cowboys, became regulars on nationally known radio programs, such as the Louisiana Hayride and the Grand Ole Opry with songs like "Lovesick Blues," "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," "Cold, Cold Heart," "Your...
Hank Williams (b. September 17, 1923, Mt. Olive, AL–d. January 1, 1953, Oak Hill, WV) was an American singer-songwriter. Williams recorded 35 singles (five released posthumously). Born in Mount Olive, Butler County, Alabama, Williams relocated to Georgiana with his family, where he met Rufus Payne. Payne had a major influence on Williams' later musical style, along with Roy Acuff and Ernest Tubb. The songs he wrote and recorded have been covered by numerous artists and have been hits in vari...