40 Facts About Hank Williams

1. Hank Williams is today known as Jett Hank Williams and is a singer and songwriter.

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2. Hank Williams had a daughter from a brief relationship with Bobbie Jett.

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3. Hank Williams has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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4. At the peak of his success, Hank Williams was plagued by back problems and alcohol dependence.

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5. Hank Williams was severely injured in a mountain-climbing accident in 1975.

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6. Hank Williams married for the second time on October 19, 1952.

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7. Since the start of their relationship, Hank Williams had sometimes allowed her to play with the Drifting Cowboys.

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8. In 1946, Hank Williams earned a writer's contract after auditioning for Acuff-Rose publishing.

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9. Hank Williams attended Sidney Lanier High School in Montgomery, but left school at the age of 16.

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10. Hank Williams was born September 17, 1923, in Mount Olive, Alabama.

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11. In 1951, Hank Williams hosted a fifteen-minute show for Mother's Best flour in WSM radio.

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12. In May 2014, further radio recordings by Hank Williams were released.

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13. Hank Williams was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961 and into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 1985.

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14. Hank Williams is widely recognized as "The King of Country Music", a title he shares with fellow artists Roy Acuff and George Strait.

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15. Hank Williams said he did not, and those are believed to be his last words.

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16. Hank Williams was scheduled to perform at the Municipal Auditorium in Charleston, West Virginia on Wednesday December 31, 1952.

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17. Hank Williams purchased the DSC title for $25 from the Chicago School of Applied Science; in the diploma, he requested that the DSC be spelled out as "Doctor of Science and Psychology".

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18. In 1950, Hank Williams began recording as "Luke the Drifter" for his religious-themed recordings, many of which are recitations rather than singing.

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19. On June 11, 1949, Hank Williams made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry, where he became the first performer to receive six encores.

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20. Hank Williams eventually started to host a show on KWKH and started touring across western Louisiana and eastern Texas, always returning on Saturdays for the weekly broadcast of the Hayride.

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21. On September 14, 1946, Hank Williams auditioned for Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, but was rejected.

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22. Hank Williams became recognized as a songwriter, Sheppard became his manager and occasionally accompanied him on duets in some of his live concerts.

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23. Hank Williams wrote songs weekly to perform during the shows.

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24. In 1945, when he was back in Montgomery, Hank Williams started to perform again for radio station WSFA.

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25. Hank Williams worked for the rest of the war for a shipbuilding company in Mobile, Alabama, as well as singing in bars for soldiers.

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26. Hank Williams continued to show up for his radio show intoxicated, so in August 1942 radio station WSFA fired him for "habitual drunkenness".

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27. Hank Williams dropped out of school in October 1939 so that he and the Drifting Cowboys could work full-time.

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28. Hank Williams showed up unannounced at the family's home in Montgomery.

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29. Hank Williams wrote the lyrics and used the tune of Riley Puckett's "Dissatisfied".

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30. Hank Williams won the first prize of $15, singing his first original song "WPA Blues".

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31. In 1937, Hank Williams got into a physical altercation with his physical education coach about exercises the coach wanted him to do.

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32. Hank Williams told Hill that his mother was interested to talk with him about his problems and her need to collect Elonzo Williams's disability pension.

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33. At a chance meeting in Georgiana, Hank Williams met US Representative J Lister Hill while he was campaigning across Alabama.

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34. From that time on, Lillie Hank Williams assumed responsibility for the family.

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35. In 1930, when Hank Williams was seven years old, his father began suffering from facial paralysis.

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36. Hank Williams was drafted during World War I, serving from July 1918 until June 1919.

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37. Hank Williams was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame (1970), and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1987).

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38. Hank Williams was unable to read or notate music to any significant degree.

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39. Hank Williams eventually married Audrey Sheppard, who was his manager for nearly a decade.

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40. Hank Williams formed the Drifting Cowboys backup band, which was managed by his mother, and dropped out of school to devote his time to his career.

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