He was born in Mount Olive, Alabama, which is as big as you think it is, and he moved to Montgomery at the age of 14. There he had his own 15-minute radio show and started playing music with a group, which led to him dropping out of school.
Williams recorded such songs as "Your Cheatin' Heart" and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry." He was the first performer to do six encores at the Grand Old Opry in Nashville. But alcoholism and prescription drug abuse took their toll, and Williams died of heart failure in 1953 at the age of 29.
But he left quite a legacy, as he's part of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Williams played many times in Montgomery, so it's only fitting that a statue of him (pictured here) is right across the street from the old Auditorium - site of many of those concerts. A Hank Williams Museum is located in Montgomery, and he is buried in the Oakwood Annex in that city.
Seems like a good time for a little music:
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