Legendary country musician Hank Williams would have turned 100 on September 17th. There were numerous celebrations and honors to pay tribute to the late icon.
In Shreveport, Louisiana, the town held a sing-along event to honor the impact the musician had on the town.
In an interview with KTBS, Winston Hall, a local entertainer commented, “Hank Williams would not be Hank Williams without Shreveport and Bossier City. So we like to get up, scream that from the rooftops, that if you’re going to talk about [him], you got to mention Shreveport. You got to mention Bossier City.”
In Montgomery, Alabama, the singer-songwriter’s birthday was honored as Hank Williams’ Day. According to Mongomery-Selma WSFA, his granddaughter, Holli Williams, was there to discuss the honor. She said, “It just always never ceases to amaze me how many people continue to come year after year to support our family. One thing I love so much about our grandfather is how much he brought everyone together, all walks of life, all ages, no matter where you’re from, what your life is, he just brings so much harmony to people.”
History of Hank Williams
Hank Williams was born Hiram Williams, on September 17th, 1923, in Butler County, Alabama. He died on January 1st, 1953, in Oak Hill, West Virginia. He was the father of Hank Williams Jr., who went on to become a music legend himself. But, before Hank Sr. died at the young age of 29, he carved out for himself an unforgettable music career. Williams released 225 songs and sold roughly 10 million albums across the world. He is highly respected not just by fans, but by the music establishment. He is in the Country Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Songs on Spotify You Should Listen To
Spotify made a playlist of the country music icon’s music, including deep cuts and major hits. The following is a short list of the best of the best.
- “Hey, Good Lookin'”
- “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”
- “Jambalaya (On the Bayou)”
- “Born to Boogie”
- “Move It On Over”