Personalities | Hank Snow | Roots of Rock

(Vocals, 1914–99)

Hank Snow ran away from his Canadian home at 12 to join the Merchant Marine. Wanderlust would inform his great ‘travelling’ songs, ‘I’m Movin’ On’ and ‘I’ve Been Everywhere’. A disciple of Jimmie Rodgers, Snow would bill himself as the Yodelling Ranger, until his developing baritone made him better suited for ballads like ‘Hello Love’, a hit when Snow was 60. Snow’s songs about the road would influence Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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