Hank Williams

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Hank Williams
Hank Williams
Hank Williams in a publicity photograph for WSM in 1951
Birthday/Birthplace Hiram Williams
(1923-09-17)September 17, 1923
Mount Olive, Butler County, Alabama, U.S.
Deceased January 1, 1953(1953-01-01)
Oak Hill, West Virginia, U.S.
Cause of death Heart failure brought about by alcoholism and prescription drug abuse
Resting place Oakwood Annex Cemetery
Montgomery, Alabama, U.S.
32°23′05″N 86°17′29″W / 32.3847°N 86.2913°W / 32.3847; -86.2913
Other names
  • Luke the Drifter
  • The Hillbilly Shakespeare
  • The Singing Kid
  • Timber Snake
Profession(s) Singer-songwriter
Wife/Husband Audrey Sheppard (m. 1944; div. 1952)
Kid(s) Hank Williams, Jr.
Jett Williams
Family Hank Williams III (grandson)
Holly Williams (granddaughter)
Sam Williams (grandson)
Official Website www.hankwilliams.com
Musical career
  • Country
  • Western
  • honky-tonk
  • rockabilly
  • folk
  • blues
  • gospel
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • fiddle
Active Years 1937–1952
Record Labels
  • Sterling
  • MGM
Worked with
  • Drifting Cowboys
  • Audrey Williams
  • Hank Williams Jr
  • Lefty Frizzell
  • Stonewall Jackson
  • Jerry Byrd
  • Ray Price
  • Hank Snow
  • Hank Thompson

Hank Williams (Mount Olive (Alabama), September 17, 1923 – Oak Hill (West Virginia), January 1, 1953) was an American singer-songwriter. Considered an icon of country music and one of the most influential musicians of the twentieth century. Outstanding performer of Honky Tonk music, he recorded numerous hits that, along with his charismatic performances and compositions, gave him a great reputation.

Hank Williams’s Biography


Hiram King Williams was born in a log cabin in Garland. He was going to be called Hiram, but his name was misspelled as “Hiriam” on his birth certificate, he was born with a mild undiagnosed case of spina bifida occulta, a disorder of the spine, cause of pain throughout his life and an important factor in his later abuse of alcohol and drugs. It was the third and last child, preceded by a brother who died shortly after the birth and his sister Irene.


In July 1936, the Williams and McNeil families opened a boarding house in downtown Montgomery. It was at this time that Hiram decided to change his name informally to Hank, a name he said was best for his desired career in country music. At the end of school and on weekends, Williams sang and played his Silvertone guitar on the sidewalk in front of the WSFA radio studios. He quickly caught the attention of the producers of this chain who, from time to time, invited him to come in to perform live. There were so many listeners who asked the radio station for more songs from the Singing Kid that the producers hired him with their own fifteen minutes, twice a week, for a weekly salary of fifteen dollars.

His success on the radio fueled his entry into the musical career. His generous salary was enough to start with his own group he called Drifting Cowboys. The entry of the United States in World War II in 1940 marked the beginning of difficult times for Hank Williams, in part because the members of his group enlisted in the army.

Hank Williams Net Worth – $100 Thousand

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