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November 14, 1951: Hank Williams on The Perry Como Show

November 14, 1951: Hank Williams and the Drifting Cowboys made their nationally televised debut on the Perry Como Chesterfield Show. 

1951 had proved to be a banner year for Williams and is considered by many to be the pinnacle of…

The Truth About Hank Williams' Middle Name

 

Thousands of people around the world will make posts on social media paying respects to one of the most celebrated figures in country music history and rightfully so. Nearly seventy years after his death, he remains one of the most…

Hank Williams' Greenville Homecoming

August 15, 1952: With word of his release from radio station WSM and the Grand Ole Opry just starting to hit the newspapers, “Hank Williams Day” was celebrated in the city of Greenville, Alabama with a Homecoming parade and two…

Remembering Don Helms (1927-2008)

Born in New Brockton, Alabama on February 28, 1927, Don first joined Hank Williams’ Drifting Cowboys band in 1943 when he was 17 years old. He continued playing with Hank until he joined the U.S. Army in September of 1945…

Hank Williams and the Lovesick Blues

The path of country music was altered on June 11, 1949 by a forgotten vaudeville song and a hardly known 25 year old singer from south Alabama on the stage of the Ryman auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee; Hank Williams and…

Remembering Audrey Williams (1923-1975)

While Audrey Williams’ name may never adorn the walls of the Country Music Hall of Fame, without her, two of the biggest stars in the genres history wouldn’t be there either. Hank Williams and Hank Williams, Jr. are both enshrined…

January 1, 1953: The Death of Hank Williams (Part III)

Charles Carr pulled the Cadillac up to the front of the Andrew Johnson Hotel in Knoxville, Tennessee at 7:00 p.m. He went inside and booked a room for the night for himself and Hank Williams. Carr told the bell captain…

December 31, 1953: The Death of Hank Williams (Part II)

December 31, 1952: Hank Williams and Charles Carr checked out of the Redmont Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama and started their journey north towards Charleston, West Virginia around 7:00 a.m. There were 550 miles between them and their destination, a 12…

December 30, 1952: The Death of Hank Williams (Part I)

During the first few weeks of December, 1952, promoter A.V. Bamford managed to get Hank Williams booked on two shows that would be his first north of the Mason-Dixon Line since his departure from the Grand Ole Opry in August…

December 28, 1952: Hank Williams' Final Public Appearance

December 28, 1952: The last known photo of Hank Williams was taken as he gave what would be his final performance for 130 members and guests of American Federation of Musicians’ local 479 in Montgomery at their eighth annual holiday…

December 21, 1950: Hank Williams records "Cold, Cold Heart"

December 21, 1950: Hank Williams recorded "Cold Cold Heart", "Dear John", "Just Waiting" and "Men With Broken Hearts" in a session at Castle Studios in the Tulane Hotel located in Nashville, Tennessee. The session was held from 7:15 p.m. to…

Remembering Fred Rose (1897-1954)

August 24, 1897: Fred Rose was born in Evansville, Indiana. He has been called the “Irving Berlin of country music,” and simply “Mr. Country Music.” Pretty strange for someone who once said, “I thought country music was the most horrible…