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The Day the Rock Star Died: Hank Williams
Hank Williams
Season 1  |  Episode 13  |  Smooth/Arts  |  March 7, 2019

Hank Williams is regarded as one of the most significant and influential American singers and songwriters of the 20th century. Williams recorded 35 singles (five released posthumously) that reached the top 10 of the Billboard Country and Western Best Sellers chart, including 11 that ranked No.1 (three posthumously). After an initial rejection, Williams joined the Grand Ole Opry. writing hits Your Cheatin' Heart, Hey, Good Lookin', and So Lonesome I Could Cry. In 1952, he was dismissed by the Grand Ole Opry because of his unreliability and alcohol abuse. On January 1, 1953, he suffered heart failure while travelling to perform at a concert in West Virginia and died as a result. Despite his short life, Williams is one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th and has been cited as a key musical influence on Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones.

Hank Williams is regarded as one of the most significant and influential American singers and songwriters of the 20th century. Williams recorded 35 singles (five released posthumously) that reached the top 10 of the Billboard Country and Western Best Sellers chart, including 11 that ranked No.1 (three posthumously). After an initial rejection, Williams joined the Grand Ole Opry. writing hits Your Cheatin' Heart, Hey, Good Lookin', and So Lonesome I Could Cry. In 1952, he was dismissed by the Grand Ole Opry because of his unreliability and alcohol abuse. On January 1, 1953, he suffered heart failure while travelling to perform at a concert in West Virginia and died as a result. Despite his short life, Williams is one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th and has been cited as a key musical influence on Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones.

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