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Birth Name: Hiram King Williams
Born: 1923/09/17
Birth Place: Butler County, Alabama, United States
Years Active: 1937–1953
Genres: Country, Western, Gospel, Blues, Honky Tonk, Folk

Hank Williams (born Hiram King Williams, September 17, 1923 – January 1, 1953) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Born in Mount Olive, Butler County, Alabama, Williams moved to Georgiana, where he met Rufus Payne, a black street performer who gave him guitar lessons in exchange for meals or money. Payne had a major influence on Williams's later musical style. During this time, Williams informally changed his name to Hank, believing it to be a better name for country music. He moved to Montgomery and his music career began there in 1937 when WSFA radio station producers hired him to perform and host a 15-minute program. He formed as backup the Drifting Cowboys band, which was ... Continue Bio >>

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