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A good song is a good song, and if I'm lucky enough to write it, well....!

Hank Williams was one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, especially within the country music scene. Despite his sudden death at 29, his impact on popular music is still felt today. Williams devoted more than half of his short life to his true passion; writing songs.

Hank was born Hiram King Williams in Butler County, Alabama in 1923 with spina bifida occulta, a birth defect which would give him life long pain that he would have to battle through to produce the music he is famous for. The Williams family moved often as Hank grew up with his mother, Lillie, working to support them after his father was taken ill. It was in Georgina, Alabama that Hank Williams met Rufus “Tee-Tot” Payne, a blues playing street performer who taught hank to play the guitar in exchange for meals cooked by Lillie.

In 1937, at the age of 14, Hank was hired by the WSFA Radio Station in Montgomery, Alabama to produce two weekly fifteen-minute radio shows for the princely sum of $15 per week. Hank would spend the next decade and a half living and working as a musician and writing some of the 20th Century’s most recognisable hits, such as Your Cheatin’ Heart, Hey, Good Lookin’, and I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.