September 21, 1954
Alabama governor Gordon Persons officially proclaimed today - September 21st the official Hank Williams Day.
Hiram King "Hank" Williams (September 17, 1923 – January 1, 1953) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Regarded as one of the most significant and influential American singers and songwriters of the 20th century. Williams recorded 35 singles (five released posthumously) that reached the Top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers chart, including 11 that ranked number one (three posthumously). Born in Mount Olive, Butler County, Alabama, Williams relocated to Georgia with his family, where he met Rufus Payne, who gave him guitar lessons in exchange for meals or money. Payne had a major influence on Williams' later musical style, along with Roy Acuff and Ernest Tubb. Williams would later relocate to Montgomery, where he began his music career in 1937, when producers at radio station WSFA hired him to perform and host a 15-minute program. He formed the Drifting Cowboys backup band, which was managed by his mother, and dropped out of school to devote his time to his career.
Preserving the Pioneers of Country Music
This website is dedicated to the pioneers of Country music. Without all of their hard work and dedication, there would be no Country music!
Redd Stewart & Pee Wee King (Pee Wee King's Golden West Cowboys) were two of them. They performed on the Grand Ole Opry back in the late 1930s and early 1940s, and went on to having several television shows, among many other performing events. Together they co-wrote the immortal song, 'Tennessee Waltz' and many others. Let's keep the memories and hard work of the pioneers of Country music alive . . . . Honor Thy Legends.