(September 17, 1923 – January 1, 1953)
Hank Williams, born Hiram King Williams in Mount Olive, Alabama, was a singer-songwriter and musician regarded as one of the most important country music
artists of all time. Williams recorded 35 singles (five released posthumously)
that would place in the Top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers
chart, including 11 that ranked number one. He has received numerous honors
and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 under the
category Early Influence. He was ranked second in CMT’s 40 Greatest Men of
Country Music in 2003, behind Johnny Cash. His son, Hank Jr. is on the same list.