Hank Williams: The Biography by Colin Escott
“Hiram King Williams”
AKA Hank Williams
September 17, 1923-January 1, 1953
Born – Mount Olive, Alabama
Died – age 29
Hank Williams was an American singer-songwriter and musician. He was regarded as one of the most important country music artists of all time. He was Born in Mount olive Alabama then died when he was 29 years old. Hank was six years old when his grandmother committed suicide and then his father died 11 years later. Hank left school when he was in the 6th grade and started working as a water boy in logging camps. Eventually, he became an engineer for the railroads of the W.T. Smith Lumber Company. I think what makes Hank Williams so important is because of his music. He was an absolute genius when it came to music it changed country music for the better it made it freer. You could do and say what you want he brought more freedom to country music he is one of the legends in country music and always will be remembered for what he did
Hiram was named after Hiram I of Tyre, according to Masonic legends, Hiram I of Tyre was one of the three founders of the masons. Hiram had a case of spina bifida occulta which gave him life long pain. When he was a young child, before his dad died, his family was constantly moving as his dad worked for a lumber company railway line. When Hank turned 7, his dad started having some medical issues such as facial paralysis. His dad was then hospitalized for the next 8 years, so his dad was not around much for him. His dad being ill was hard for Hank’s mom as she had to do everything. Hank then went and lived with his aunt and uncle in Fountain, Alabama. After living there for a while he moved again and eventually went to a boarding school where he got into a fight with his physical education coach over doing the work. His mom demanded that the coach be fired but when he wasn’t they picked up and moved again.
It was this move where Hank met a man named...