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Hank Williams Jr.

Hank Williams Jr.


5/26/1949, Shreveport, Louisiana

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Hank Williams Jr. was performing his legendary father's songs on stage as early as eight years old. After a tragic accident nearly took his life in 1975, he set out to make his own name in the music industry. He became one of the top selling artists in…more


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  • Trivia

    • When he was 15 years old he sang all the songs on the soundtrack of the movie "Your Cheatin' Heart" a film biography of his father Hank Williams Sr.

    • June Carter Cash was his godmother.

    • His Monday Night Football theme "Are You Ready For Some Football?" is actually a revision of his earlier hit "All My Rowdy Friends are Coming Over Tonight".

    • His Monday Night Football theme song ("Are You Ready for Some Football?") earned him Emmy awards for best TV show theme every year from 1990 through 1993.

    • He won a Grammy award in 1989 for the song "There's a Tear in My Beer" which was recorded in the form of a duet with his father, using a recording of Hank Sr. from an old record.

    • Hank and Johnny Cash performed in Detroit's Cobo Hall in 1969 for what was then the largest country music show ever.

    • His father gave him the nickname "Bocephus" because he thought young hanks body reminded him of a ventriloquist's dummy called Bocephus.

    • Hank Jr. is an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

    • Pro Wrestler James Gibson and Ultimate Fighting Champion Matt Hughes both use Hank's song "A Country Boy Can Survive" as they enter the ring.

    • On 14 Oct 2005, Hank donated $125,000 to the hurricane relief effort in Biloxi, Mississippi.

    • He nearly died from a mountain climbing accident on August 8, 1975 in Montana. All of his facial bones were shattered and his brain was exposed.

    • He learned to play piano from Jerry Lee Lewis.

    • At the 2006 CMT Music awards, her was given the Johnny Cash Visionary Award.

    • In 1970 he signed the largest recording contract in MGM Records history.

    • His first hit record was a rendition of his late father's song "Long Gone Lonesome Blues."

    • He made his debut performance at the Grand Ole Opry when he was eleven years old.

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