Meet Hank Williams Jr.
Randall Hank Williams is a singer, songwriter, and musician from the United States. His music has been described as a mix of Southern rock, blues, and country.
Williams began his career mimicking his famous father by covering his father’s songs and emulating his father’s manner of singing.
In 1964, when he was fourteen, Williams had his first appearance on television in an episode of ABC’s The Jimmy Dean Show, where he sang numerous songs about his father. This year he appeared on the popular sitcom Shindig.
It took time for Williams’ style to develop, as he was still trying to discover his own unique voice and place in country music.
A near-fatal fall from the side of Ajax Peak in Montana on August 8, 1975, disrupted this progress. The country music establishment was challenged by his blend of country, rock, and blues after a long rehabilitation period.
From guitar to bass to upright bass to steel guitar, Williams is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist who can play everything from the saxophone and harmonica to the violin and drums.
Hank Williams Jr. Career
With “Long Gone Lonesome Blues,” his father’s most famous song, Williams made his first appearance on the music scene in 1964.
During the making of the film Your Cheatin’ Heart in 1964, he performed as his father’s backup singer.
Despite the fact that his songs as a “Hank Williams impersonator” brought him multiple country successes in the 1960s and early 1970s, Williams grew disillusioned and cut relations with his mother.
It was in the mid-to-late 1970s that Williams began to pursue a musical path that would lead him to stardom.
Before long, Williams had recorded a number of somewhat hit songs before succumbing to drug and alcohol addiction.
Waylon Jennings, Toy Caldwell, and Charlie Daniels were among the artists Williams began performing with after he relocated to Alabama in an effort to refocus both his artistic energy and his personal life.
In 1975, Hank Williams Jr. and Friends was released, which is frequently regarded as his most important record.
Hank Williams Jr. Private Life
In a tragic accident on June 13, 2020, Williams’ daughter Katherine Williams-Dunning, the only one of his five children not to pursue a musical career, died at the age of 27.
Besides his son Shelton, Hank’s other offspring are also musicians; his grandchild Coleman (Hank III’s son) plays as “IV.