Hank Williams

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    Seymour Stein
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    Early Influences


Candid. Passionate. Captivating. Hank Williams set the stage for the modern country star.

Williams sang brutally honest songs about his life in the language of the everyman. His straightforward approach earned him a following that has stayed loyal throughout the years.

Hall of Fame Essay


Michael Hill

“Hey, Good Lookin’,” ‘‘Cold, Cold Heart,” “You Win Again,” “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” - these songs are among the classics of country music, and every one was written and sung by Hank Williams.

Williams brought country music into the modern era. He was an astonishingly prolific songwriter, a supremely expressive singer and a performer who blended barely repressed sexuality with an aura of tragic doom.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Program 1987
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To Nashville with love
Seymour Stein