Hank Williams Jr.
Hank Williams Jr. was a very well-known country artist in the south. He was famous for being the first to combine rock with country. Also, trying to combine blues with country. But, most of his fame came from his father. He was born in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1949. The son of Hank Williams. Hank Jr. was just three when his father died. Five years later, he was performing Hank Sr.'s songs on stage and by age 14 he had recorded his first record. Throughout his teens, Hank Jr. performed to sold-out crowds and on national television, carrying on his father's legacy through music. By the early 1970s, though, Hank Jr. learned to create his own musical identity that combined country with Southern rock and blues. The
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Twenty have been certified gold, seven went platinum, one triple-platinum. His new music was a turnoff to some long-time fans, but it was embraced by a new crowd that liked this newly bearded man, who, as he sang in “The New South,” “started turning up loud and looking at the crowd and bending them guitar strings.” Hank, Jr.’s music was now known everywhere. For Hank, Jr., everything changed with that 1975 dive off Ajax Mountain. The music world caught on to those changes around 1979, the year he released his first million-selling album, Whiskey Bend, along with his autobiography, Living Proof. In the early 1980s, he catapulted to full-on superstar status, with major hits including “Texas Women,” “Dixie On My Mind,” “All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down),” and in 1984, “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight,” a party anthem featuring a combination with stars from inside and outside country music. The father lived 29 years, and the son spent nearly that long standing in his shadow. But it is what the son did after turning 29 that has landed him a place in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame that has made him a BMI Icon award winner and one of the best-selling artists in country music history. By finding his own powerful voice, by turns rebellious and vulnerable, he has become a music icon. He remains an inspiration to Alan Jackson, Kid Rock, Jamey Johnson and other followers and a sure-bet for eventual entry into