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"Hank" Williams (September 17, 1923January 1, 1953) was an American
country music performer. Though unable to read or write music to
any significant degree, he came to be regarded as among the
greatest country music stars of all time. Williams died at age 29;
his death is widely believed to have resulted from a mixture of
alcohol and drugs. He charted numerous number one hits in the
country music world, and his songs have been recorded by hundreds
of other artists, many of whom have also had hits with the tunes.
Williams has been covered in a range of pop, gospel, blues and rock
styles. His son Hank Williams, Jr., daughter Jett Williams, and
grandchildren Hank Williams III, Holly Williams, and Hilary
Williams are also professional singers. His music was widely
influential, and has been covered by performers including Townes
Van Zandt, Bob Dylan, Beck Hansen, Johnny Cash, Tony Bennett, Patsy
Cline, Ray Charles and Louis Armstrong. Williams was born in a log
cabin in Mount Olive, Alabama (Butler County), to Elonzo Huble
"Lon" Williams and Jessie Lillybelle "Lillie" Skipper. He was named
after Hiram I of Tyre ( one of the three founders of the Masons,
according to Masonic legend), but his name was misspelled as
"Hiriam" on his birth certificate. As a child he was nicknamed
"Harm" by his family. He was born with a mild undiagnosed case of
spina bifida occulta, a disorder of the spinal column, which gave
him lifelong pain a factor in his later abuse of alcohol and drugs.
He was Lon's and Lillie's third and last child together, preceded
by a brother who died shortly after birth, and sister Irene.
Williams' father was an employee for a lumber company railway line
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