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Hank Williams
[Hiram King Williams, 1923-1953]

Hank Williams [1923-53]                 short profile

music of Hank Williams

books about Hank Williams

Hank Williams on film

The Williams Family


"There would be no rock 'n' roll without Hank Williams; he was the poor man's Cole Porter,
the hillbilly Shakespeare." — K.H. Orton

"People don't write music. It's given to them" — Hank Williams

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Hiram 'Hank' Williams was born 17 September 1923 in Mount Olive, Alabama; he died at the age of 29
in the back seat of his Cadillac, near Oak Hill, West Virginia, while enroute to a performance on 1 January 1953.

   4-minute Hank Williams medley (guitar/midi)   

official Hank Williams website
Hank Williams entry at Wikipedia

The Music of Hank Williams

Hank Williams, Sr. discography ar Wikipedia
Hank Williams, Sr. Music Store at Amazon

Hank Williams sheet music {100+ items} for Kindle at Amazon

list of songs written & co-written by Hank Williams {over 160} at Wikipedia


Hank Williams, Sr. recording of "I Saw The Light" [1948]
watch amateur video slideshow [2:44] at YouTube

Hank Williams, Sr. recording of "I'll Fly Away" [unreleased until 2008]
listen to video [2:05] at YouTube


Hank Williams' Greatest Hits  "20 of Hank Williams's Greatest Hits" [1990]
Island Def Jam MP3 album [10/97] 20 tracks for $7.99
Polygram audio CD [10/90] 20 tracks for $11.83
Polygram audio tape [10/90] 20 tracks - out of prodn/used
contains "Baby, We're Really In Love", "Cold, Cold Heart", "Half As Much", "Hey, Good Lookin'", "Honky Tonk Blues", "Honky Tonkin'", "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)", "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry", "Jambalaya (On The Bayou)", "Kaw-Liga", "Lovesick Blues", "Move It On Over", "My Heart Would Know", "Ramblin' Man", "Take These Chains From My Heart", "There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight", "Why Don't You Love Me", "Window Shopping", "You Win Again", and "Your Cheatin' Heart"
Complete Hank  
"The Complete Hank Williams, Sr." Box Set [1998]
Polygram audio CDs [9/98] 225 tracks on 10 disks for $142.05
The Best of Hank Williams album  "The Best of Hank Williams" [remastered 1999]
Polygram audio CD [10/99] 12 tracks for $7.84
Complete songs   "Hank Williams Complete" [2000]
all 128 songs that Hank wrote

Hal Leonard Publng 12x9 pb [2/2000] for $13.88
Hank Williams Rare Demos CD  "Rare Demos: First To Last" [2000]
Country Music Foundation audio CD [9/2000] 24 tracks for $32.63
a compilation of two memorable LPs, "Just Me and My Guitar" [1985] and "The First Recordings" [1986]
Timeless   "Timeless: An All-Star Hank Williams Tribute" [2001]
Performances by Johnny Cash, Sheryl Crow, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris,
Mark Knopfler,Tom Petty, Hank Williams III & others

Universal audio CD [9/2001] 12 tracks for $11.28
official website
Hank Williams Ultimate Collection  
"The Ultimate Collection" [remastered 2002]
Mercury Nashville audio CD [7/2002] 42 tracks on 2 disks for $22.99
Hank Williams Unreleased Recordings album on CD  "Hank Williams: The Unreleased Recordings" CD Boxed Set [2008]
Time Life Ent. audio CD set [10/2008] 54 tracks on 3 disks for $35.32
studio recordings from 1951, for sponsor Mother's Best Flour Company; sound restoration
& mastering by Joe Palmaccio; 28 of these songs exist in no other recordings by Hank

"Hank Williams: Complete Mother's Best" [2010] on 15 CDs {from Time-LIFE?}

"Johnny Cash Sings Hank Williams" album

Books About Hank Williams

bio by RMW   "Sing a Sad Song: The Life of Hank Williams" [1981]
by Roger M. Williams

Univ IL Press 9x6 pb [7/81] for $20.95
Univ IL Press hardcover [6/81] out of print/used
bio by CE   "Hank Williams: The Biography" [1994]
by Colin Escott, with George Merritt & William MacEwen

Little, Brown pb [7/95] for $19.99
Little, Brown hardcover [6/94] out of print/used
Hank Williams Snapshots From The Lost Highway book  "Hank Williams: Snapshots From The Lost Highway" [2001]
by Colin Escott & Kira Florita

DaCapo Press 9¾x9¾ pb [10/2002] for $14.00
DaCapo Press 10¼x10¼ hardcover [10/2001] for $24.50
publisher bookpage

Hank Williams on Film
it is said that there is/are only ten minutes on film of Hank Williams, Sr.
Hank Williams credits [since 1951] at Internet Movie Database

Cheatin' Heart movie soundtrack album  "Your Cheatin' Heart" [MGM movie 1964]
Directed by Gene Nelson; starring George Hamilton, Susan Oliver, Red Buttons & Arthur O'Connell
M.G.M. widescreen color DVD-R [12/2010] status unclear
Rhino soundtrack CD [8/97] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia

The Show Hank Williams Never Gave one-man tribute starring Sneezy Waters  "Hank Williams: The Show He Never Gave" [Canada 1981]
Film of amazing one-man tribute show starring Sneezy Waters, directed by David Acomba
Echo Bridge Home Ent. color DVD [8/2008] for $5.42
White Star color DVD [9/2005] for $12.16
Kultur Video color VHS [6/95] for $11.94
full credits from IMDb
Hank Williams Tradition  
"In The Hank Williams Tradition" [1990 documentary]
White Star/Kultur DVD [3/2002] for $16.19
White Star/Kultur VHS [3/2002] for $6.98
A&E/Biography episode Hank Williams The Lonesome Heart of Country  "Hank Williams: The Lonesome Heart of Country" [A&E/Biography 1998]
A&E Home Video color DVD [12/2008] for $15.93
A&E Home Video color VHS [2/2000] out of prodn/used
credits from IMDb
Hank Williams, Man & His Music  "Hank Williams: The Man and His Music" [2003]
cover songs by Hank Williams Jr, Johnny Cash, Roy Acuff, Teresa Brewer & others
Red Distrbn color DVD [11/2003] for $14.22
Red Distrbn color VHS [11/2003] out of prodn/used
Honky Tonk Blues video  "Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues" episode of "American Masters"
[P.B.S. June 2004] Directed by Morgan Neville, co-written & co-produced by Morgan Neville & Colin Escott

TV bio 'director's cut' with half hour added; includes "Kate Smith Show" TV performance, interviews with family & contemporary country artists (Ray Price, Billy Walker, Charlie Walker, Big Bill Lister) and members of Hank's backup band, The Drifting Cowboys
Mercury Nashville color DVD [6/2004] for $15.64
full credits at IMDb • P.B.S. program website

"The Last Ride: A Story of Hank Williams"
[Mozark/Live Bait June 2012]
The Last Ride feature film  Knoxville, Tennessee college student Silas agrees to drive a shiny new Cadillac and deliver its passenger sober and in time to perform on stage New Year's Eve in Charleston, West Virginia; but an ice storm near Nashville prevents air or auto travel, so that concert is cancelled, and Silas is ordered to drive to Canton, Ohio for a New Year's Day concert. Directed by Harry Thomason; written by Howard Klausner & Dub Cornett; starring Henry Thomas {as Hank}, Jesse James, Fred Dalton Thompson, Kaley Cuoco, Stephen Tobolowsky & Ray McKinnon
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
full credits at IMDb • official movie site • movie entry at Wikipedia
watch 5/2012 trailer [2:31] at IMDb

"I Saw The Light" [Sony Pictures Classics March 2016]
poster for 'I Saw the Light' 2016 film about Hank Williams  The short life and career of prolific country Western songwriter and singer Hank Williams, Sr.
Filmed in Louisiana; adapted & directed by Marc Abraham; based on the 1994 biography by Colin Escott, George Merritt & William MacEwen; starring Tom Hiddleston {as Hank Williams}, Elizabeth Olsen, David Krumholtz, Cherry Jones, Bradley Whitford, Maddie Hasson, Wrenn Schmidt, Emily Marie Palmer, Josh Pais {as Dore Schary}, Joe Chrest, Elise Fyke, James DuMont, Wayne Pιre, Charlie Talbert, David Maldonado, Vanessa Amaya, Casey Groves, Rob Boltin, Jayson Warner Smith {as Hank Snow}, Casey Bond, Jeff Pope {as Red Foley}, Douglas M. Griffin, Von Cleve Lewis {as Ray Price}, Garrett Kruithof, Crystal Cook {as Kitty Wells}, Fred Parker Jr. {as Faron Young}, Joshua Brady, Rodney Crowell, Rod Hermansen {as Roy Acuff}, Robert D. Johnson {as Ernest Tubbs}
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
full credits at IMDb • official movie site • watch 12/2015 official trailer [2:03] at YouTube

The Williams Family

Hank Williams, Jr.
official Hank Williams, Jr. website
Hank Williams, Jr. entry at Wikipedia
Hank Williams, Jr. credits at Internet Movie Database
unofficial Hankville fansite

Complete Hank Williams Junior album on CD  
"The Complete Hank Williams, Jr." Box Set [1999]
Curb Records audio CD set [4/99] 63 tracks on 3 disks for $20.97
Living Proof   "Living Proof: The Hank Williams, Jr. Story" [tv movie March 1983]
Directed by Dick Lowry; starring Richard Thomas, Lenora May & Clu Gulager
Warner VHS [7/96] for $19.99
full credits from IMDb
Book by Hank Williams, Jr. [1979]
Dell pb [3/83] out of print/used
Full Access   "Hank Williams, Jr.: Full Access" [1990]
Artisan VHS [12/2001] for $9.98
Almeria Club  "The Best of Hank Williams, Jr." Songbook
Hal Leonard 11½x8¾ pb [7/2000] for $8.76

"Almeria Club" Songbook
Hal Leonard 12x9 pb [7/2002] for $10.47

Hank's daughter Jett Williams
Jett Williams's official website
Jett Williams entry at Wikipedia
Jett Williams's Country Vintage website

Jett's 'That Reminds Me of Hank' tribute music CD

Hank Junior's son
Shelton Williams, performing as 'Hank III'

official Hank Williams III website
Hank Williams III entry at Wikipedia

Hank III music catalog at Amazon.com

singer-songwriter Holly Williams
Hank Junior's daughter
Holly Williams

Holly Williams's official website
Holly Williams entry at Wikipedia

Holly Williams's recordings at Amazon

singer-songwriter Hilary Williams
Hank Junior's daughter
Hilary Williams

Hilary Williams's MySpace homepage

L i n k s

Hank Williams entry at Wikipedia
Hank Williams biographies at Amazon.com
Hank Williams credits [since 1951] at Internet Movie Database
browse Hank Williams concerts on VHS
browse original recordings
browse tribute recordings

official Hank Williams website
page at The Country Music Hall of Fame
Hank Williams Museum [est. 1999] in Montgomery, Alabama
biography page at DaCapo Press
inducted to Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame 1987

Hank Williams Fan Club
RM's Hank Williams fansite
FH's Hank Williams fansite
Country Capsule fanpage
page at CountryStars.com
"Hank Williams: Still Cookin'" radio documentary [2003]

here on the Hank Williams & Family Page at Spirit of America Bookstore

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