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Hank Williams, Sr. With Strings - The Legend Lives Anew

Hank Williams

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After Hank Williams' untimely death on New Year's Day 1953 at age 29 in the backseat of a car on his way to yet another show, his career took some unexpected turns. When his son Hank Williams Jr. was old enough to warble along with dear ol' dad, the record company released "duets" between father and son. And Sr.'s original recordings were overdubbed with extra guitars, pianos, strings, and backing vocalists, making his lean-and-mean approach more palatable to pop music fans and country music listeners who were being weaned on fancier countrypolitan productions. No one interested in Williams' original legacy should start here; 40 Greatest Hits would be a suitable introduction. However, if one's curious and might enjoy slicker, grander productions where Hank and his Drifting Cowboys are buried underneath the polish, then by all means have at it. Purists will bristle, but these overdubbed versions weren't made with those folks in mind. 

Customer Reviews

Not Original Recordings

This is overdubed with strings and 60s style nashville background singers. This is not Hanks band. Like painting a mustashe on the Mona Lisa.

He's a Favorite of My Family

Hank Sr music has been around for many years. I am 15 yrs old and I love Mr. Hank, Sr. His music is timeless and if you don't like his music you are passing up something really good, because they don't make music like this anymore. My great granddad would sing Hanks' music all the time. It spoke to his life and the life of this family. Sierra

Always a favorite

What can I say? Hank Williams Sr. is always a favorite.


Born: September 17, 1923 in Georgiana, AL

Genre: Country

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s

Hank Williams is the father of contemporary country music. He was a superstar by the age of 25; he was dead at the age of 29. In those four short years, he established the rules for all the country performers who followed him and, in the process, much of popular music. Hank wrote a body of songs that became popular classics, and his direct, emotional lyrics and vocals...
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