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.
On December 31, 1952, Williams was scheduled to perform at the Municipal Auditorium in Charleston, West Virginia. Advance ticket sales totaled US$3,500 (equivalent to $29,000 in 2012). Because of an ice storm in the Nashville area, Williams could not fly, so he hired a college student, Charles Carr, to drive him to the concerts. Carr called the Charleston auditorium from Knoxville to say that Williams would not arrive on time owing to the ice storm and was ordered to drive Williams to Canton, Ohio for the New Year's Day concert there.They arrived at the Andrew Johnson Hotel in Knoxville, Tennessee, where Carr requested a doctor for Williams, as he was feeling the combination of the chloral hydrate and alcohol he had drunk on the way from Montgomery to Knoxville. Dr. P.H. Cardwell injected Williams with two shots of vitamin B12 that also contained a quarter-grain of morphine. Carr and Williams checked out of the hotel, the porters had to carry Williams to the car, as he was coughing and hiccupping. At around midnight on January 1, 1953, when they crossed the Tennessee state line and arrived in Bristol, Virginia Carr stopped at a small all-night restaurant and asked Williams if he wanted to eat. Williams said he did not, and those are believed to be his last words. Carr later drove on until he stopped for fuel at a gas station in Oak Hill, West Virginia, where he realized that Williams was dead. The filling station's owner called the chief of the local police. In Williams' Cadillac the police found some empty beer cans and the unfinished handwritten lyrics to unfinished. Hank was one of the true greats of country and nothing more need be said. here we give you two tracks of Hank Including the original settin' the woods on fire by Hank. which we just posted by Johnny Burnette and as an Example as to How good Johnny's version Was. But let's not take it Away from Hank he wrote it And his version is still superb. and to some People better. after all Me saying johnny's Is Better Is only An Opinion You Make Up your own Mind Leave some Comments on your opinion if You Like. Enjoy
|Birth name||Hiram King Williams|
|Also known as||The Lovesick Blues Boy|
Luke the Drifter
Hank Williams, Sr.
The Hillbilly Shakespeare
|Born||September 17, 1923|
Mount Olive, Alabama
|Died||January 1, 1953 (aged 29)|
Oak Hill, West Virginia
|Genres||Country, Western, gospel,blues, honky-tonk, folk|
|Associated acts||Drifting Cowboys|