Ep. 9 Hank Williams

     Hiram "Hank" King Williams changed the country music genre in just just a few short years of his pre-developed career. Hank was born in Mount Olive, Alabama in 1923. He started out learning blues guitar from African American blues guitarist, Rufus Payne, AKA 'Tee Tot'. He quickly picked up his guitar talent, earning himself a spot on a local radio station in Alabama at the age of 18. It was at this time Hank was dubbed 'The Singing Cowboy', playing in various medicine shows, fairs, and the famous country-fest, the Louisiana Hayride. His first single as an MGM artist was released in 1947 titled 'Move It On Over'. After Hank performed 6 encores at the Grand Ole Opry, it became clear to him that he needed a concrete band, and formed the famous Drifting Cowboys. Some of Hanks smash hits include 'Lovesick Blues', 'You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave)', and 'My Bucket's Got A Hole In It'. He had a total of 11 number one hits during his short lived career. Due to a staggering downward spiral of painkillers, morphine, and alcohol, Hank began to lose control of his life in his late 20's. In Jan 1953, Hank was rushed to the hospital while heading to a concert, and died of hemorrhages in his heart. He was 30 years old. 

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