The evidence is everywhere. Some of the most talented people in music and the movies have always met an untimely end. And while the world continues to showcase such examples, one cannot help but think of Hank Williams Sr., one of the biggest influences in country music in the 1940s, and rock n roll in the 1950s.
His influence on the former has been so great that most singers and songwriters in the New Millenium regard him as one of the best country music titans that truly gave it star value, and gave it a completely new direction.
Yet the road to success was anything but easy, and after almost a decade of struggle, while also learning the ropes from Rufus Payne (a black street musician), it was in the month of June in 1949 that this country music giant took his first few steps to greatness as he made his debut at the Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
Almost five years later, the spotlight was all his, and with a string of number hits (eleven to be exact) such as Hey Good Lookin, Jambalaya (On the Bayou), Kaw-Liga, Lovesick Blues and Your Cheatin’ Heart among many more top ten hits.
Apart from his hits in the country music scene, a number of his hits in the pop, rock, gospel and blues genres has been recorded over the years by several popular artists making it abundantly clear that his success, however short-lived, has really made an impact in the hearts and minds of aspiring and professional musicians in the years to come.