Hank Williams

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Early Influence

Inducted in: 1987

Inducted by: Seymour Stein


Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1988 (ranked #3 in the Influences - Pre-Rock Era category) .


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Hank Williams Sings (1952)

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Move It On Over (1947)
I Saw The Light (1948)
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (1949)
Lovesick Blues (1949)
Long Gone Lonesome Blues (1950)
Hey Good Lookin' (1951)
Jambalaya (1952)
Your Cheatin' Heart (1953)

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ARTISTS WHO WERE INDUCTED INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME AND RECEIVED THE GRAMMY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN THE SAME YEAR:

01. 1987 - Hank Williams
02. 1987 - B.B. King
03. 1992 - Jimi Hendrix (The Jimi Hendrix Experience)

Posted by Roy on Monday, 11.15.10 @ 18:38pm


THE PULITZER

2010 Hank Williams
2008 Bob Dylan
2007 John Coltrane
2006 Thelonious Monk
1999 Duke Ellington
1998 George Gershwin
1982 Milton Babbitt
1976 Scott Joplin
1974 Roger Sessions

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 01.20.11 @ 04:28am


Today's prefabricated, generic country singers wish they possessed even a crumb of the talent that Hank Williams possessed. Williams had such an overwhelming, soulful voice. To hear him sing "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," you feel like he's truly experiencing genuine sadness. That's what's missing in today's country music: genuine emotion in the vocals.

To paraphrase John Lennon, if you tried to give country another name, you might call it "Hank Williams."

Posted by Zach on Thursday, 05.24.12 @ 22:02pm


Well said, Zach. Hank Williams was an all-time great. He has at least 20 songs I consider to be country classics.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 05.25.12 @ 05:36am


Had it not been for Hank Williams, country muisc as we know it would not have existed. Hank was truly a pioneer of contemporary country music and artists from The Flying Burrito Brother and Bob Dylan to Glen Campbell and Lyle Lovett drew influence from him. Williams lived a fast life of stardom. He became a star at 25 and died at 29, but in those four short year, he established the rules for country music that other artists would later impove upon. Williams also wrote a number of songs like Your Cheatin' Heart and I'm So Lonesome, I Could Cry that have become country classics and with his emotional lyics have become standards for popular perfomers. Hank lived a shot, reckless and troubled life, dying in 1953, but his legacy lives on and his songs have stood the test of time. It's not hard to see why many consider Hank Williams to be the defining singer in country music.

Posted by Andrew on Thursday, 10.18.12 @ 12:57pm


Had it not been for Hank Williams, country music as we know it would not have existed. Hank was truly a pioneer of contemporary country music and artists from The Flying Burrito Brother and Bob Dylan to Glen Campbell and Lyle Lovett drew influence from him. Williams lived a fast life of stardom. He became a star at 25 and died at 29, but in those four short year, he established the rules for country music that other artists would later impove upon. Williams also wrote a number of songs like Your Cheatin' Heart and I'm So Lonesome, I Could Cry that have become country classics and with his emotional lyics have become standards for popular perfomers. Hank lived a shot, reckless and troubled life, dying in 1953, but his legacy lives on and his songs have stood the test of time. It's not hard to see why many consider Hank Williams to be the defining singer in country music.

Posted by Andrew on Thursday, 10.18.12 @ 12:57pm


In his short life, Hank Williams became one of the musical giants of the 20th century. As the father of contemporary country music, his music and words have echoed across decades with a timelessness that crosses any genre.

Hank brought country into the modern era and his influence leaked into the folk and rock genres too. Artists from Willie Nelson and Jerry Lee Lewis to Johnny Cash and Neil Diamond have brought elements of Hank's emotional forthrightness and his idealism into their music.

Hank also wrote the rules for all other country singers who followed him. Hank was a wonderful tunesmith and a powerful singer who spoke in eloquent vernacular to fans of country, blues and rock n' roll fans alike with songs like "Hey, Good Lookin',"Cold, Cold Heart," and "I'm So Lonesome, I Could Cry."

At the peak of his career, Hank reinvented the country idiom paving the way for later singer/songwriters.

Williams lived a shot, reckless and troubled life, dying in 1953, but his legacy lives on and his songs have stood the test of time and it's not hard to see why many consider Hank Williams to be the defining singer in country music.

Modern country singers like Talyor Swift and Toby Mac just can't match Hank Williams in terms of powerful singing or songwriting.

Posted by Andrew on Saturday, 08.3.13 @ 23:37pm


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