The life of Hanks Williams Jr.
Hank Williams Jr. is the son of Hank Williams, the popular country music performer and singer. Being born on May 26, 1949 in Shreveport, Hanks Jr. was just 3 years old when his father died. Being the son of a legacy, Hanks Jr. began his career quite early; at the age of 8 with singing his father’s songs and imitating is father’s style. But slowly, this gave way to his own style as his struggle led to discovery of his own voice and position in the music industry.
The style of Hanks Jr. is said to be a combination of Blues, traditional country and Southern rock. He recorded his first record at the young age of 14 but his own voice reverberated in an album in the year 1975 as “Hank William Jr. and friends.” An accident in the same year led him to having nine surgeries and since then the cowboy hat along with dark glasses and a long beard became his trademark.
The call to fame
Similar to his father, Hanks Jr. too got his share of fame with many albums which became super hits and chart toppers. His hits included the “Family Tradition”, “Habits Old and New”, “Montana Café” and the like. There were 21 albums to his name between 1979 and 1990. There were simultaneously 9 albums belonging to him in the Billboard Top Country Album Charts and he was presented with the name of the Entertainer of the Year by the Country Music Association.
The number of hits which were all at number one or two positions accelerated the fame of Hanks Jr. and he became a superstar known for his hard edged music. The theme song of ABC’s “Monday night football” has made him famous with the younger generation. It also earned him many Emmy Awards.
Along with Hanks Williams
In 1989, he released the “Tear in my Beer” which was a duet comprising him and his father and was created by merging the old song of his father along with his own electronically. The song has been written by Hank Williams and performed with the guitar being the only instrument. The music video was made by Hanks Jr. in which his father was performing and using merging technology the Jr. Hanks performance was impressed on to it. This made an impression that they are playing together. This video wad mad Video of the Year by both the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music.