Personalities | Hank Williams Jr. | Country Rock & The Outlaws | Country

(Vocals, guitar, b. 1949)

Williams was only three when his famous father died, but the youngster was raised to imitate his daddy’s records as closely as possible. He finally rebelled against that formula in 1975 by releasing Hank Williams Jr. And Friends with his southern-rock friends. After an injury-induced break, he returned to performing in 1976, picking up his new country-rock sound where he left off. Between 1979 and 1990 his boisterous brand of bravado led to 35 Top 15 singles, including the emblematic ‘Whiskey Bent And Hell Bound’ (1979), ‘All My Rowdy Friends’ (1984) and ‘Born To Boogie’ (1987). His autobiography, Living Proof, was turned into a television movie in 1983; he was voted CMA’s Entertainer Of The Year in 1987, and he became the official singer of television’s Monday Night Football in 1989.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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