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It was the middle of America’s Great Economic Depression. Hank Williams was just seven when his father left. The stress from World War I still burned in his father’s brain, and he committed himself into Veteran’s hospital.
Hank’s mother worked. She played organ at church, and Hank sang in the choir. At age 14, he won a singing contest and was called the Singing Kid. He was on the radio and toured Alabama with his band and mother as agent and driver.
By 1944, Hank Williams had played every club in Alabama. By 1949, he earned his first #1 record. And in June that year, he played country music’s biggest stage, the Grande Ole Opry, receiving six incredible encores. His fame shot sky high.
But like his father, Hank knew distress. He needed drugs for back pain. He drank too much, and his marriage failed. He lost his Opry work for failing to appear. And tragically, he died of a heart attack in his car on the way to a show. He was 29. But Williams remains a legend. He was a magnetic performer. He created ideal songs that penetrate the heart and that musicians will sing and imitate forever.