On this day in Alabama history: Hank Williams was born

On this day in Alabama history: Hank Williams was born
Train car at boyhood home of Hank Williams, Georgiana, 2010. (The George F. Landegger Collection of Alabama Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

September 17, 1923

Country music legend Hiram “Hank” Williams was born in Mount Olive in Butler County. His influence on country and other genres of music was and remains significant. Williams helped make country music more widely accepted beyond the rural fan base. With hits like “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “Lovesick Blues,” “I Saw the Light,” “I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love With You),” “Hey, Good Lookin’” and “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” Williams seemed to own the popular music charts during his short 29 years of life. He was the first artist inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961 and he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Williams was among the inaugural Alabama Music Hall of Fame inductees in 1985 and he received a Special Awards and Citations Pulitzer Prize in 2010.

Read more at Encyclopedia of Alabama or the Hank Williams Boyhood Home and Museum

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