Your browser will redirect to your requested content shortly. 40 Greatest Hey, Good Lookin’ – Hank Williams – 40 Greatest Hits is a two-record greatest hits compilation by American singer-songwriter Hank Williams. In 2003, the album was ranked number 94 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Except where otherwise indicated, all tracks composed by Hank Williams.
Most titles recorded at Castle Recording Studio, Nashville, TN. Lovesick Blues”, “My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It”, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and “I Just Don’t Like This Kind Of Living” recorded at Herzog Recording Studios, Cincinnati, OH. This page was last edited on 5 April 2018, at 21:53. Follow the link for more information. Born in Mount Olive, Butler County, Alabama, Williams relocated to Georgiana with his family, where he met Rufus Payne, who gave him guitar lessons in exchange for meals or money. When several of his band members were conscripted into military service during World War II, Williams had trouble with their replacements, and WSFA terminated his contract because of his alcohol abuse. Williams eventually married Audrey Sheppard, who was his manager for nearly a decade.
One year later, he released a cover of “Lovesick Blues” recorded at Herzog Studio in Cincinnati, which carried him into the mainstream of music. After an initial rejection, Williams joined the Grand Ole Opry. In 1952, he divorced Sheppard and was dismissed by the Grand Ole Opry because of his unreliability and alcohol abuse. On January 1, 1953, he suffered heart failure while traveling to perform at a concert in West Virginia, and died as a result.
His death came in the wake of many years of back pain, alcoholism and prescription drug abuse. The songs he wrote and recorded have been covered by numerous artists and have been hits in various genres, and he has been cited as a key musical influence on Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones. Williams was born in Butler County, Alabama. Elonzo Huble “Lon” Williams, and he was of English ancestry. After his return, the family’s first child, Irene, was born on August 8, 1922. Another son of theirs died shortly after birth.
Their third child, Hiram, was born on September 17, 1923, in Mount Olive. As a child, he was nicknamed “Harm” by his family and “Herky” or “Poots” by his friends. In the fall of 1934 the Williams family moved to Greenville, Alabama, where Lillie opened a boarding house next to the Butler County courthouse. Their first house burned, and the family lost its possessions. They moved to a new house on the other side of town on Rose Street, which Williams’ mother soon turned into a boarding house. The house had a small garden, on which they grew diverse crops that Williams and his sister Irene sold around Georgiana. The popular song “My Bucket’s Got a Hole in It” became a hit for Hank Williams in 1949.
There are several versions of how Williams got his first guitar. His mother stated that she bought it with money from selling peanuts, but many other prominent residents of the town claimed to have been the one who purchased the guitar for him. While living in Georgiana, Williams met Rufus “Tee-Tot” Payne, a street performer. Payne gave Williams guitar lessons in exchange for meals prepared by Lillie Williams or money. He taught Williams chords, chord progressions, bass turns, and the musical style of accompaniment that he would use in most of his future songwriting.
Later on, Williams recorded one of the songs that Payne taught him, “My Bucket’s Got a Hole in It”. It was at this time that Williams decided to change his name informally from Hiram to Hank. After school and on weekends Williams sang and played his Silvertone guitar on the sidewalk in front of the WSFA radio studio. In August 1938, Elonzo Williams was temporarily released from the hospital. He showed up unannounced at the family’s home in Montgomery. Lillie was unwilling to let him reclaim his position as the head of the household, so he stayed only long enough to celebrate Hank Williams’ birthday in September before he returned to the medical center in Louisiana.