Country-music pioneer Hank Williams entered the world 90 years ago today and graced us with hits like Hey, Good Lookin and Your Cheatin Heart. The former Grand Ole Opry performer continues to croon over radio waves long after his early death in 1953. In honor of Hank’s birthday, we’ve compiled five facts that you may have not known about the country legend:
All in the Name: Born Hank Williams? More like Hiram King Williams.
The First in First: Lovesick Blues was the honkey-tonk king’s initial #1 hit in 1949, with 10 other number one singles in his career.
The Honor: Less than 10 years after his death, Hank was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961.
Pop Culture Legacy: Pop culture references to Hank run strong, including an Off-Broadway musical (“Hank Williams: Lost Highway”), tributes by Leonard Cohen, Frank Black of The Pixies, Jack White, and Norah Jones, among others.
Runs in the Family: Ok, so you probably knew that another popular musician shares his name and blood. But did you know that his son Hank Williams, Jr. performed with a then unknown 4-year-old accordion player named Hunter Hayes?
What’s your favorite song by Hank Williams?