Hank Williams Biography
Hank ‘ Williams was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Considered one of the 20th century’s most important and influential American musicians and musicians, Williams recorded 35 singles that reached the top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers chart, including 11 that was number one.
Hank Williams Age
Hiram King “Hank” Williams (September 17, 1923 – January 1, 1953) was born in Butler County, Alabama. His parents were Jessie Lillybelle and Elonzo Hubble “Lon” Williams. He was of English descent. ] Elonzo Williams worked as a railroad engineer for the W.T. Smith Lumber Company. He was drafted during the First World War, serving from July 1918 to June 1919.
Hank Williams Songs
I Ain’t Got Nothin’ but Time
I Can’t Escape from You
I Can’t Get You Off of My Mind
I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still in Love with You)
I Could Never Be Ashamed of You
I Don’t Care (If Tomorrow Never Comes)
(I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle (co-written with Jimmie Davis)
I Hope You Shed a Million Tears (lyrics by Williams, recorded by Vince Gill and Rodney Crowell for The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams)
I Just Don’t Like This Kind of Living
I Lost the Only Love I Knew (co-written with Don Helms)
I Saw the Light
I Wish You Didn’t Love Me So Much
I Won’t Be Home No More
I’d Still Want You
I’ll Be a Bachelor ‘Til I Die
I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive (co-written with Fred Rose)
I’m a Long Gone Daddy
I’m Blue, I’m Lonesome (co-written with Bill Monroe)
I’m Gonna Break Your Heart
(I’m Gonna) Sing, Sing, Sing
I’m Not Coming Home Anymore
I’m Praying For the Day (co-written with Pee-Wee King)
I’m So Happy I Found You (lyrics by Williams, recorded by Lucinda Williams for The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams)
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry
I’m Sorry for You, My Friend
I’m Yvonne Of The Bayou co-written with Jimmy Rule and likely Moon Mullican
I’ve Been Down That Road Before
If You Call This Loving (co-written with Jimmy Fields)
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Hank Williams Wife
Williams married Audrey Sheppard on December 15th, 1944. It was her second and first marriage. Their son, Randall Hank Williams, was born on May 26, 1949, who would attain fame as Hank Williams Jr. in his own right. The marriage, always turbulent, quickly disintegrated, and Williams had serious issues with alcohol, morphine, and other pain relievers that he had prescribed to relieve the severe back pain caused by his spina bifida. The couple divorced on May 29, 1952.
On October 18, 1952, in Minden, Louisiana, Williams and Billie Jean Jones Eshlimar were married by a peace court. It was the second marriage for both (each divorced with children). The next day, two public ceremonies were also held at the Civic Auditorium in New Orleans, where 14,000 seats were sold for each.
A judge held after the death of Williams that the marriage was not legal because the divorce of Jones Eshlimar had not become final until 11 days after she married Williams. The first wife of Williams, Audrey, and his mum, Lillie Williams, were the driving forces behind declaring the marriage invalid and pursuing the matter for years. Williams had also married Audrey Sheppard before her divorce was final, on the tenth day of a required 60-day reconciliation period.
Hank Williams Jr
Randall Hank Williams (born May 26, 1949) is an American southern rock singer-songwriter and musician, professionally known as Hank Williams Jr., or alternately as “Bocephus.” His musical style is often regarded as a mixture of rock, blues, and southern rock. He is the son of country singer Hank Williams and Hank Williams III’s dad, Holly Williams, Hilary Williams, Sam Williams and Katie.
Williams started his career following in the footsteps of his famous father, covering the songs of his father and imitating the style of his father. Williams ‘ first appearance on television was in a 1964 episode of ABC’s The Jimmy Dean Show, where he sang several songs connected with his dad at the age of fourteen. Later that year, he was a guest star on ABC’s Shindig!.
Hank Williams Death
On January 1, 1953, Hiram King “Hank” Williams died. Williams was born with a mild case of spina bifida occult, a spinal column disorder that gave him lifelong pain— a factor in his subsequent alcohol and drug abuse. In 1951, Williams fell during a hunting trip in Tennessee, reactivating his old back pains and causing him to be dependent on alcohol and prescription drugs.
Williams was scheduled to play at the Charleston, West Virginia Municipal Auditorium. Because of an ice storm, Williams had to cancel the concert; he recruited college student Charles Carr to drive him to his next appearance at the Canton Memorial Auditorium in Canton, Ohio, on New Year’s Day 1953. The two stopped in the Andrew Johnson Hotel in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Carr requested a doctor for Williams, who was feeling the combination of the chloral hydrate and alcohol he consumed on the way from Montgomery. A doctor injected Williams with two shots of vitamin B12 that contained morphine. Carr talked to Williams for the last time when they stopped at a restaurant in Bristol, Virginia.
Carr later kept driving until he reached a gas station on Oak Hill, West Virginia, where Williams was discovered unresponsive in the back seat. After determining that Williams was dead, Carr asked for help from the owner of the station who notified the police. After an autopsy, the cause of death was determined to be “insufficiency of the right ventricle of the heart.”
Hank Williams Funeral
The body was transferred on January 2 to Montgomery. It was put in a two-day silver coffin shown for the first time at the boarding house of his mother at 318 McDonough Street. His funeral was held at the Montgomery Auditorium on January 4, with his coffin on the flower-covered stage.
During the ceremony, Ernest Tubb sang “Beyond the Sunset” followed by Roy Acuff with “I saw the Light” and Red Foley with “Peace in the Valley.”] The silver coffin was filled with an estimated 15,000 to 25,000 people and 2,750 mourners were in the auditorium. Four females fainted during the funeral and a fifth was performed in hysterics from the auditorium after dropping at the bottom of the coffin.
His funeral was said to have been much larger than ever for any other Alabama citizen, and the largest event ever held in Montgomery, surpassing the inauguration of Jefferson Davis as President of the Confederacy. About two tons of flowers were sent.