Hank Williams Biography

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Source: http://www.hankwilliams.com/hankbio_1.html
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On a warm night in June, 1949, with his first number one record spilling out of radios across the country, a frail young man walked onto the stage of Nashville's Ryman Auditorium for his Grand Ole Opry debut. Behind him lay nearly a decade of struggle and rejection in pursuit of this goal; ahead, a little more than five years in the limelight.

By 1953, literally worn out at twenty-nine, Hank Williams was gone. But he had given country music much of its standard repertoire, a new definition of stardom and a legend so enduring that he is still the model for countless singers and songwriters.

Born in Mount Olive West, Alabama (near Georgiana) on September 17th, 1923, Hiriam was the second child of Lon and Lillie Williams. Lon, a WWI veteran, was hospitalized during most of Hank's early life, leaving the boy's upbringing to his strong-willed mother. Small and fragile from the beginning (and afflicted with spina bifida), Hank may well have gravitated toward music as an alternative to sports. While living in Georgiana, he befriended Rufus Payne, a black street musician known as "Tee-Tot".

Years later, Hank would say that Payne had given him "all the music training I ever had", and most biographers consider Payne the source of the noticeable blues thread running through Hank's music. Hear a sample of "Long Gone Lonesome Blues"

At sixteen, living in Montgomery, Williams quit school and began his music career in earnest. He had made his first radio appearance on WSFA in late 1936 or early 1937, and would soon become one of the station's most popular performers. He also worked beer joints and regional shows with his band, already named the Drifting Cowboys. Lillie drove the group to venues in her station wagon and collected gate money. By the early 40s, Hank was one of the biggest draws in the region, and had come to the attention of several Nashville artists and music business luminaries. But his reputation as a singer was already matched by the one he'd built for drinking and unreliability. Most considered him an unsafe bet.

In 1943 Hank met Audrey Mae Sheppard, an Alabama country girl with a two-year old daughter, Lycrecia, from a previous marriage. Audrey learned to play stand-up bass (well enough, anyway, to play in the band) and began acting as manager.

They were married in December, 1944. She desperately craved a singing career, pushing for inclusion in the show at every chance. Her ambition, however, far exceeded her talent. Audrey would vie with Lillie for Hank's attention throughout the relationship. In 1946, she accompanied her husband to Nashville to meet publisher Fred Rose.

Rose, in partnership with Roy Acuff, ran a successful "hillbilly" publishing concern (Acuff-Rose, later a giant in the industry) and at first was interested in Williams only as a writer. (Hank had begun writing songs shortly after he started singing and playing guitar, and sold songbooks at his club appearances.) Within the year, however, Rose had made Hank's singing career a pet project, and arranged for him to record four songs for the Sterling label. In March 1947, in a deal engineered by Rose, Hank signed with MGM.

"Move It On Over" was his first MGM release and his first "Billboard" chart entry. He charted again in April, 1948 with "Honky Tonkin". Back home in Montgomery, Hank seemed poised for stardom; his regional popularity was higher than ever, bolstered now by his recording success. But he had entered the low arc of a repeating cycle that would haunt him for the rest of his days. More often than not, he showed up drunk (if at all) for live appearances, and was increasingly difficult for even his best friends to be around. Many, including Rose, gave up in frustration. Audrey filed for divorce in late April. With the big-time nearly in his grasp, Hank Williams was bottoming out.

Hank's story could easily have ended there, but the Williamses reconciled, the relationship with Rose was mended, and Rose set about finding an avenue for greater exposure. Decision makers at the Opry were still wary, but KWKH in Shreveport, Louisiana was interested in the emerging star for their Saturday night jamboree, the Louisiana Hayride, and Hank joined the show in August. "A Long Gone Daddy" had recently reached number six, but his next four releases failed to chart, and a fifth, "Mansion On The Hill," stopped short of the top ten. KWKH's fifty-thousand watts were putting Williams in living rooms all across the eastern US every Saturday night, but his records were falling flat.

Had he peaked? Was he, after all, only middling-star material?

Nearly fifty years later, in a world where today's icon is tomorrows inconsequential, it is difficult to imagine a song so igniting radio listeners that it holds the top spot on the charts for sixteen weeks. No one in Hank's circle wanted him to waste time or tape on "Lovesick Blues". The song was a throwaway, they said; a piece of fluff that was more likely to damage his career than to enhance it. Hank was insistent, though, and the song was given two quick passes at the end of a session. Released in February, 1949, it was number one -and more- by early May. "Lovesick Blues" was an "event"; popular beyond precedent, imagination or belief. And, suddenly, Hank Williams was big. Big enough, at last, for the Opry.

With success came increased creative freedom. Hank's "mainstream" songwriting and recording efforts continued to do extremely well, but he also delved into remorseful gospel themes and a series of recitations under the transparent pseudonym "Luke The Drifter". Hank the writer often seemed preoccupied with mortality and the futility of human relationships- his marriage to Audrey was now in steady decline, and those who knew him could easily see the real-life parallels in songs like "You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave), "Why Don't You Love Me" and "Cold, Cold Heart". Clearly, here was a man displaying his demons for all to see. Hank didn't have to "interpret" sad songs; he had only to sing from his heart.

For a time, fame and fortune staved off the consequences of his self-destructive lifestyle. By mid 1952, however, his life was coming apart at the seams. Audrey had filed for divorce again, this time for good. Wracked with back pain, he was dependent on alcohol and, it is believed, morphine. Often missing or too drunk to perform at curtain time, he was fired by the Opry, and headed back to the Hayride in Shreveport. In his final weeks, Hank spun hopelessly out of control. Even his marriage to pretty young Billie Jean Jones couldn't slow his headlong plunge. Sometime after midnight on New Year's Day, 1953, sleeping in the back seat of his Cadillac en route to a show, Hank Williams fulfilled the prophecy of his own "I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive".

Three of Hank's recordings reached the top of the charts in the year following his death. By 1954, his earthly voice silenced, the fragile young man from Alabama was only a legend. But in his last few torrid years, he had changed country music forever and his musical legacy remains its cornerstone.


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re songs released | Reviewer: Jean Jearman | 3/16/14

I have read in many places that Your Cheating Heart was not released until after Hank's death. Also his death report stated he had just recently been beat bad as he had a large lump on his head and had been kicked in the groin. I believe Mr. Mays told the truth completely.

PICTURE OF HANK WILLIAMS | Reviewer: Ann from Texas | 4/27/12

THIS AFTERNOON I FOUND THE PICTURE OF HANK WILLIAMS, EXACTLY THE SAME ONE THAT IS ON THIS SITE (ABOVE). IT IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION AND IT LOOKS AS IF IT WERE GIVEN TO SOMEONE NAMED
"FABRY" IS IT WORTH MONEY NOW THAT IT IS ABOUT 70+ YEARS OLD?


Greatest Singer/Songwriter | Reviewer: Eric | 3/22/12

At 57 I can honestly say in my opinion Hank Williams was the greatest singer/songwriter of all time, such a short life and career, but his influence can still be heard now almost 60 years later. Regardless of how he died, or who was responsible, the world lost a bright shining light that day.

Some facts and sone heresay | Reviewer: Daktari | 11/18/10

Hank had 7 top ten hits after his death: Kawliga, Your Cheatin' Heart, Take these chains from my Heart(and set me free), I Won't Be Home No More, Weary Blues from Waitin', Please Don't Let Me Love You, and the duet with Hank Jr-There's a Tear In My Beer. He did not live to hear any of these records play over the air ways. The first four were studeo recordings, and the remaining were radio transcripts and the demo that he dueted with Hank Jr, electronicly. It is noted that the re-release of the 1951 Ramblin Man sold Gold as the B side of one of these in 1953.

It is an interesting post by Blair Mays, if fiction, fact or a mixture, I don't know. This I do know. In the 60's I was a #1 fan of Hank for a 13 year old. My granderfather was from West Virginia. He was a expert at 5 finger banjo picking and old time music. At this time, Hank was not accepted as he is today. He was considered not mountain or bluegrass music, and just a shooting star performer who could not handle stardom or the big cigar music promoters. My grandfather mentioned the "car" went to Beckley and he had heard somes stories about it. My grandfather was sure Hank had died of an overdose, something that was not out in the public domain for 1963. I later read decades later that a Doctor at Beckley hospital clamed the Carr stopped briefly and Hank looked dead, but Carr left abruptly before Hank could be examined examined. Shortly up the road, Carr stopped at Oah Hill hospital, but this time stayed when told Hank wa dead. You have to wonder what would cause a person to drive a dead man for hours heading for a show date.

poor hank! | Reviewer: Morris Naogijig | 5/29/10

I believe that Hank Williams is dead,
I believe he was the greatest country music singer alive, and i am a big fan of him,infact I have a collection of his albums, I don't want to read of what happen to him on Dec 31, 1952 or Jan 1, 1953, the words in his songs tells the whole truth, " lost highway "

thanks,


the Death of Hank by Mr. Blair Mays | Reviewer: Richard | 1/1/10

I have recentley found these reveiws, and mr.Blairs is quit intreging.
Mr. Blair are you still alive,in your last statement you have a brain tumor. I hope your well and would love to speak with you and if anyone knows Mr Blair and his Accounts of hanks death i would love to talk to you.

Hank Williams Songs | Reviewer: James Ray | 1/20/09

I live in Louisville Ky , Hank Williams wrote many good songs, He was a great song writer, But
He did not write " The Death of Little Kathy Fiscus" It was wrote by a local recording artist
Jimmie Osborne from Louisville Ky. He recording
for King records, It was his most and bigest record, He wrote a lot of other songs,He was on a
local show here in Louisville Ky . for Bob Rine
Auto show for years. Radeo Show live from his Used
car lot which just closed last year after over 50 yrs.

Some mistakes for sure | Reviewer: Gary | 7/10/08

Several Hank Williams songs besides Tear In My Beer were released after his death . Also Hank did not write or record "The Death Of Little Kathy Fiscus". Louisville recording artist Jimmie Osborne wrote and recorded that song.

Gary

http://www.garyscountry.com

Hank Didn't Write Death Of Little Kathy Fiscus | Reviewer: Gary | 7/10/08

Several Hank Williams songs besides Tear In My Beer were released after his death . Also Hank did not write or record "The Death Of Little Kathy Fiscus". Louisville recording artist Jimmie Osborne wrote and recorded that song.

Gary

posts from other forums | Reviewer: blair mays | 1/1/08

To set the case right the 55th anniversary of Hank Williams
death is Dec 31, 1952.....not the Jan. 1 1953 date that his 1rst
driver Andy Carr has been using all the years to cover his tracks.
What Carr did on the last day of 1952 borders on negligent homicide.
He has been profiting shamelessly.

Along with Jimmy Rodgers before him he is perhaps the most important
white figure to bring the black American tradition of blues to a white
audience. On the last day of 1952 the most popular tunes of the day
were world war II vintage big bands--and then there was Hank whose
popularity was only beginning to snowball. After his death his
popularity became an seismic event. All modern American popular
music forms date to this last day of 1952. His last popular band
tunes are right there on the edge of rock and roll if you listen
closely. In fact his guitarist was recording with Elvis less than
a year later. Bob Dylan has recently bought up some of his un-
finshed stuff and in the tradition of Robert Johnson he may chart
a half a century after his death.

Here is an eyewitness account of his death. His death was closer to
that of Elvis than you might have imagined.

Hank's first driver has become a principal with the Hank Williams
museum when, actually he may have commited the crime of negligent
homicide
on that last day of 1952. I am an eyewitness
and will no longer have peace until the truth about Carr is known.

Here are the facts . The date of death was Dec.31, 1952 not Jan. 1,
1953

Driver Carr and Hank evidently left Khoxville on Dec 30--not Dec31
1952 as I remember them arriving in Bluefield at the King Tut Drive-
In at about 10 am on Dec 31, 1952.
There is an arrest record in Tennessee for which Carr was cited for
speeding which should settle that. There is a story that Hank
obtained morphine (or whatever) from a Dr. Horton in Bluefield--
this doctor was repeatedly busted for dispensing drugs without a
prescription or perfunctorally, thru-out the 50's. I have no
way of verifying that but can testify to the following.
I was in and out of the Tut all day as was my usual itinerary those
days, and observed Hank with one and maybe no more than 2 beers--
of which he drank little or none. I did observe Hank injecting
something into his arm in while sitting in the back seat of the
Cadillac less than hour before his death (about 4 pm Dec 31, 1952).
In fact Driver Carr sent me inside the Tut to get Tut owner Sox
White ; Sox tried to get Hank to withdraw the needle, but the
damage was already done. Less than an hour later Carr sent me
in to get Sox again. Sox came out and checked Hank's pulse and
then went back inside and got a mirror which he placed under
Hank's nose. (Sox's wife was nurse at he hospital in town). He
told Carr "this man is dead and get him the hell off premises as
he didn't want an trouble here". Carr left and only came back
to the Tut after he reported Hank's death about 12 hours later
and 50 miles up the road at Oak Hill WV. Hank's cadillac and
two or three police cars were at the Tut from about 5-9 pm the
next day Jan 1, 1953. Sox and waitress Hazel Schultz paid 2
visits to the car business next door that belonged to my dad and
forcefully insisted that I shut up and stay out of the Tut while
the cops were there.
The reason why Carr and Hank spent the day at the Tut was that
they were waiting for Bluefield taxi driver Danny Surface to get
off taxi duty. Snow was flying and the weather was turning bad.
Pre-Interstate WV roads were extremely treacherous in those days
and Carr had driven over 2 mountains, each of which took about
an hour at 15 mph in good weather--the second mountain
immediately before Bluefield.
The connection of the second driver was made at the Tut--Danny
Surface was waitress Hazel Schultz's boyfriend. Hank and
original driver Carr went uptown at about 12pm Dec 31 to the
Dough Boy Diner where taxi drivers hung out between rides-- to
arrange for Surface to take over driving duties (to Charleston
WV). Carr and Hank returned to the Tut before 1 pm.
As the name indicates the Doughboy was your typical WWI joint
and was quite derelic by then. The Tut was your stereotypical
WWII WV beer joint. It was built with a surplus quonset hut in
1945 but was paneled in real hardwood inside and was quite a
place with a wrap-around bar. Sox had a stainless steel kitchen
and had the best short orders in town.
About 20 -30 people saw Hank there that day--but no one paid too
much attention to Hank except Hazel Schultz--who swooned and
acted much like and rock and roll groupie from the 60's. Hazel
had left at about 3pm to work a shift at the already mentioned
Doughboy. (ie she double shifted all the way through the 50's
and became owner of the Tut after Sox died in the 70's). The
juke box was extremely dull in 52 except for left-over WWII swing
tunes and 2 or 3 of Hank's tunes. After Hank died several
more of his tunes became hits. A Hank tune was playing on the
art deco Juke when he first came in that morning and through-out
the day.
Hank was extremely sick the whole day and spent most of time
leaning on the counter. He was ejected by Sox after Hazel left
at about 3pm for fighting. Driver Car was outside in the
Cadillac running the heater while it happened. A bar regular
was dancing on the dance floor with his girl friend to a Hank
tune and drunkenly started beating her up on the floor. Hank
jumped up from the bar stool and got between them. The drunk
who was about 280lbs hit Hank hard with an uppercut to the nuts.
Sox always responded to these things with a butcher knife waving
over his head and EJECTED HANK INSTEAD OF THE DRUNK-- afterall
the drunk was a REGULAR. Most of those barflies who saw Hank
that day didn't believe it was actually him. Some like Sox
didn't care or condidered as just a "washed up radio singer" who
had just been ejected from the Opry. Superstar Hank didn't
emerge until agter his death.
It was common knowledge around Bluefield that Hank was at the
Tut and at the Doughboy the day of his death during the 50's
on up into the 60's. The local newspaper was right beside the
Doughboy in those days and never printed anything about his death
, but merely reprinted an article from Oak Hill. Maybe the drug
connection was too much, but there is no way they couldn't have
known. In about 59-60 Patsy Cline and Hank's first wife paid the
Tut a short visit. Hazel and Sox paid my dad a visit and told me
to keep my mouth shut. Patsy Cline had gone to beautician's
school in Bluefield right before her Career took off less than a
mile from the Tut. By the late 60's the common knowledge based
on first hand experience was waining with death of the Tut patrons
of the early 50's.
It is pretty certain that taxi driver Danny Surface didn't know
that Hank was already dead when he took over as driver from Carr.
It is unknown what they did with the dead Hank in the back seat
from about 5 or 6 pm Dec 31 until the death was reported about 12
hours later. Evidently there was an arrangement with Hank's
property in the trunk as Surface admitted selling 2 handguns
belonging to Hank on several occasions when he stopped by my
dad's carlot during the 50's and 60's. He was very slight of
build and oftentimes wore one of Hank's white handmade cowboy
jackets until his death. This jacket is the same one as that
which appeared on a record jacket cover.
If you examine the 50's version of the death you will see Danny
Surface mentioned in all the accounts including that of the
undertaker. He is listed as the driver at the time of the death.
Later accounts by Carr delete him altogether or alternately list
him as being picked up in Tennessee--where he never lived in his
life--he was a life-long resident of Bluefield. Early accounts
by Carr mention "a stop" at the Doughboy (which was off the main
road unlike the Tut) . Later accounts after Surface died eliminate
any mention of stopping in Bluefield at all.
I am willing to take a lie detector test to verify these facts.
I would like to see Carr do the same thing and own up to negligent
homicide for not taking Hank to the hospital after Sox ejected them
from the Tut. He has been living on Hank's legend since Dec 31,
1952.
Blair Mays

afterword;

Andy Carr sold posters for Hank's Dec 31, 1952 concert at Charleston
WV and Jan 1, 1953 concert at Canton Ohio (out of the trunk of
Hank's Cadillac) for years afterwards. The single most celebrated
person (aside from the Cadillac last ride at these anniversary bashes
at the Hank Williams Museum in Alabama is none other than Andy Carr.










After Hank was ejected from the Tut he got Carr to open
the trunk of the Caddy.... Andrew Carr sent me inside to get
owner sox White and both stopped Hank from going back inside.

Bluefield driver Danny Surface made it known that he had 2
of Hank's pistols. He said he sold them to a to-remain-
anonymous Nashville "personality" in the late 50's. He wore
Hank's white jacket oftentimes until (Surface's) death in the 70's.

Within about 15-20 minutes he self-administered the fatal dose
and Carr sent me back in to get Sox.

You can trace Carr's ever-changing version of the truth with a
little research yourself--even on the internet. If I had gone
to the police I would have been unwelcome in the Tut from then
on. Even my mother warned me not to get involved. What set me off
was the 50th anniversary story and Carr's profiting on what
is really negligent homicide and more.

Lot's of people around Bluefield knew at least one aspect of
Hank's last day in Bluefield up into the late 60's-70's. I'm
pretty sure Patsy Cline was among them. For me I'm perfectly
willing to take a lie detector test of any kind on the issue
of Hank's last day in Bluefield WV--something which I am sure
Carr will never do. Better move expeditiously if interested as
I have a cancerous tumor .......B Mays







After owner Sox White couldn't find any pulse, he ordered
first driver Carr off premises. Carr didn't take Hank
to the hospital but left in the direction of downtown
Bluefield..... Carr called the promoter of the Carleston
WV gig (scheduled for that night 8 or 9 pm [Dec 31, 1952]
and informed the promoter that Hank would not be able to
make it.

If Hank was dead at 4-5pm (it was still daylight) the call
was made at about 6pm. Carr never mentioned that Hank was
presumably dead. There is on-line proof of this call in
a WV state magazine publication ie Goldenseal which can be
googled. The call was made from Bluefield.




Hank spent his last day (Dec 31, 1952)very sick the entire
day. He had a sandwich or two before him and some open
beers--of which he partook little, if any of either. I made
it my business to know such things in those days as I was
was running errands for change (soft drinks, hamburgers,beer
etc)for the business next door(a car lot). When Hank ordered,
I hit him up for a soda. He had no change at all as Carr had
all his money. He gave me a guitar pick instead.



Donny Surface was the name everyone knew him by around Bluefield.
He was a life-long resident of Bluefield and never lived in Tennessee.
He was a life-long boyfriend of Hazel Schultz and taxi driver in town.
He was an extremely thin guy like Hank and in fact wore Hank's jacket
around Bluefield for years until his death in the 70's. He was Hazel
Schultz's boyfriend all those years even though she was married and
divorced a couple of times. Donny Surface made it known that he had
2 of Hank's pistols (for sale) for years and said he did sale them to
"a Nashville personality" (ie to remain anonymous) in the late 50's.
He visited my father's car lot many time until his death.


If memory serves me Hank and Carr left Knoxville about midnight Dec
30. Today the drive to Bluefield is about 4 1/2 hours. Route 11
even in those days was relatively straight and even had a few 4-laned stretches, but at Wytheville route 52 to Bluefield was extremely slow-
especially in the winter. Two mountains, Big Walker and East River could have taken an hour each pre-interstate.

It could have taken as much as 8 hours in 1952. In fact they arrived
right at opening time at King Tut in Bluefield at about 10 am
Dec 31. Carr may have been familiar with the Tennessee to
Roanoke route (where he lived for years) but the mountains were
snow covered and must have scared him to death. He asked Hazel
for he could fine an experienced driver--she recommended Donny.
Later at noon she left for the Dough Boy where she double-shifted.

Hank and Carr spent the day at the Tut except for a trip up town
to meet Surface. Surface agreed to drive but didn't get off until
5 or 6. Owner Sox ordered Carr off premises when he couldn't find
a pulse between 4-5 pm. Obviously Carr didn't take Hank to the hospital. But he did manage to call the Charleston WV promoter
to tell him that Hank couldn't make the 8 or 9 pm gig there. He
didn't mention that Hank was dead......

After 4-5 pm Dec 31 I have no further knowledge. However Carr was
back at the Tut with the Cadilac about 5pm the next night..Jan 1, 1953.




Hank's truck was full of items that were later sold by Carr and Surface.
When Sox put a mirror under Hank's nose and could detect no breath and
checked Hank's pulse and found nothing( his wife was an RN at a
Bluefield hospital).... and then ordered Carr off premises.....Carr
didn't take Hank to the hospital ...but waited to pickup Surface who
was coming off a taxi shift....

An Abingdon Va. man offered to give me a Hank poster for a museum
which is still available... he bought this poster in the 50's from
Carr.

What Carr did would still be considered negligent homicide in many
places. Since he is a principal at the museum where the car is--
honor him for his truthfullness if you wish.

The day Carr and Hank came in Dec 31 Carr never introduced himself
and told me to leave Hank alone when I was talking to him. When
he wanted me to run several errands to Sox he referred to me as
"kid" , never bothering to learn my name. I became aware of his name
only later.... Over the years he has used "Andrew" and Charles.
The old man with poster called him "Andy". His story has changed
over the years drastically . On the internet you can check it if you
please. Most of the time he has lived around Roanoke Va before
moving back to Alabama.

The fact remains he left Knoxville around midnight(ie Dec 30) and he
made a call to the Charleston WV promoter cancelling that Dec 31 gig
at about 6 pm Dec 31....without ever mentioning that Hank was dead;
this article is on-line in the WV state magazine Goldenseal

facts | Reviewer: tony Bachler | 8/31/07

Please research: one of the last songs Hank wrote and sung was one about a girl that fell into a well; KATHY FISCUS ; I was entertaining at that time and performed it meny meny times;;On april the 8 the year 49 death claimed a child so pure and so kind, kathy they called met her death that day, I know it was god that called her away====just the facts you $#

Hank died in Bluefield WV in 1952...not 1953 | Reviewer: Blair Mays | 8/17/07

Hank died in Bluefield WV in 1952...not 1953
He died about 3-4 pm Dec 31, 1952 in the parking
lot of the then King Tut Drive-In after a fight and an injection. Carr was waiting for 2nd driver
Surface to get off from taxi driving at 5pm. He
sent me in to get the owner to check if Hank was alive. Instead of taking Hank to the hospital he drove around Bluefield--even after picking up up Surface. I am tired of Carr living practically his whole life in Hank's shadow when he was really guilty of negligent homicide. We need
to have him take a lie detector test so that the truth be known and justice served.

Comments on Hank Williams' Life | Reviewer: Rick Conroy | 11/20/05

Hank was born 19 years before me, but I listened to him on radio when I was a youngster and a teenager, and even today. There are at leasts two books written about him, one close to the facts and the other an idealistic would-be biography that glazed over certain facts.
Hank died as a result of a drug and alcohol mixture overdose, not just alcohol. He was addicted to 'laudinum' as well as alchohol, partially as a result of chronic back pain and the need for relief. He was the product of a disfunctional home - his father being mentally ill and his mother an overbearing woman who was known to have run a 'cat house' before taking over Hank's career and dominating him until he at last broke away from her and went on the road with his own band.
Ttragically, Hank married a woman much like his mother had been, and she controlled his life for a few years, before their divorce. Shortly before his death he married for the second time and was trying to rebuild his shattered life when he succumbed to a mixture of too much alcohol and too much laudinum, on the way to a performance. Little is said about his second wife in most stories, since they were only married for a short time. Audrey, his first wife managed to gain control of his estate, for the most part, by hook-and-crook. Hank Junior broke away from his mother when she tried to control his musical career, too, and force him to sing only his father's songs. Hank died at the age of 29. Audrey died at the age of 52. Hank Junior has outlived both of his parents in years, though he went through some rough years of drugs and booze himself, as attested in his song, 'Family Tradition'. Hank Williams III is carrying on the 'family tradition', singing his grandfather's songs. His career has yet to come close to anything his father or grandfather have done. Perhaps his talents need honing before he can cast a shadow such as his forebearers.

Comments on Hank Williams' Life | Reviewer: Rick Conroy | 11/20/05

Hank was born 19 years before me, but I listened to him on radio when I was a youngster and a teenager, and even today. There are at leasts two books written about him, one close to the facts and the other an idealistic would-be biography that glazed over certain facts.
Hank died as a result of a drug and alcohol mixture overdose, not just alcohol. He was addicted to 'laudinum' as well as alchohol, partially as a result of chronic back pain and the need for relief. He was the product of a disfunctional home - his father being mentally ill and his mother an overbearing woman who was known to have run a 'cat house' before taking over Hank's career and dominating him until he at last broke away from her and went on the road with his own band.


YOUR BIO IS WRONG | Reviewer: Caitlin the young Hank Fan | 9/1/05

I would have to agree with the previous review placed on this bio. YOUR BIOGRAPHY IS SKEWED!!!! Like the fact that you say all of those songs were released after his death. Only "There's a Tear in my Beer" was released after his death!!!!
And the lyrics to Move it on over are THIS:
Came in last night about half past ten, That baby of mine wouldn't let me in. So move it on over. Move it on over. Move over little dog, 'cause the big dog's movin' in. She's changed the lock on our front door, 'n my door key don't fit no more. Get it on over. Scoot it on over. Move over skinny dog 'cause the fat dog's movin' in. She told me not to play around, But I done let the deal go down. Move it on over. Scoot it on over. Move over nice dog, the mean dog's movin' in.
GET YOUR STINKIN FACTS STRAIGHT! YOU ARE DISHONORING THE FATHER OF MODERN COUNTRY MUSIC!!!!


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