Hank Williams Biography

Hiram King "Hank" Williams, Sr. was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Regarded as one of the most significant and influential singers and songwriters of the 20th Century, Williams recorded 35 singles that would place in the Top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers chart, including 11 that ranked number one.

Born in Mount Olive, Butler County, Alabama, Williams moved to Georgiana, where he met Rufus Payne, a black street performer who gave him guitar lessons in exchange for meals or money. Payne had a major influence on Williams's later musical style, along with Roy Acuff and Ernest Tubb. During this time, Williams informally changed his name to Hank, believing it to be a better name for country music. He moved to Montgomery and his music career began there in 1937 when WSFA radio station producers hired him to perform and host a 15-minute program. He formed as backup the Drifting Cowboys band, which was managed by his mother, and dropped out of school to devote his time to his career. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Hank Williams
Full Name:
Hiram King Williams
Nationality:
United States of America
Profession:
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Author
Date of Birth:
September 17, 1923
Astrological Sign:
Virgo
Date of Death:
January 1, 1953
Age at Death:
29
Marriages
Divorces
  • 1952-05-29
    Country music legend Hank Williams and Audrey Sheppard granted divorce for the second and final time after seven years of marriage. Their first divorce was in 1948.
Hank Williams Timeline
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