A name that has been well-known in the country music community for decades has been Hank Williams Jr. Born Randall Hank Williams in May of 1949 in Shreveport, Louisiana, Williams spent time with a number of contemporary musicians, including Johnny Cash, Fats Domino, Earl Scruggs and Jerry Lee Lewis. Williams has claimed that his mother, Audrey, was a strong force that helped guide his career. She encouraged him to follow in his father’s footsteps, in appearance and in sound. However, in the 70s, Williams began pursuing a different musical direction, one that was more unique to him and one that would make him a superstar. He began challenging country music, blending in more rock and blues in the country sound.
Williams has released over fifty studio albums during his career and nearly one hundred singles, including about a dozen Number One hits. He has topped the charts with songs like “Eleven Roses,” “Texas Women,” “Dixie on My Mind,” “All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down),” “Honky Tonkin’,” I’m for Love,” “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Mind Your Own Business” and “Born to Boogie.” He has reached the Top 5 even more times with songs including “Long Gone Lonesome Blues,” “It’s All Over but the Crying,” “Pride’s Not Hard to Swallow,” “Last Love Song,” “Family Tradition,” “Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound,” “Women I’ve Never Had,” “The American Dream,” “Queen of My Heart,” “Man of Steel” and “Heaven Can’t Be Found.”
Hank Williams Jr. has been recognized with a number of awards, as well, from CMT, the Emmys, the Grammys, the Academy of Country Music, the Country Music Association and Music City News. He has been named Entertainer of the Year four times, has won Video of the Year another four times, and has won the Vocal Event of the Year award in 1989. At the ‘89 Grammys, he was awarded with the Best Country Collaboration with Vocals award. From the Emmys, he has won the Composed Theme award four times. In 2007, he was named Tennessean of the Year by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.
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