8.12.2020

Country Music Hall of Fame finally inducts Hank Williams Jr. - About dang time.

Finally!  Country Music Hall of Fame finally inducts Hank Williams Jr.
Source:  https://www.al.com/life/2020/08/country-music-hall-of-fame-finally-inducts-hank-williams-jr.html





This May 12, 2011 file photo shows singer Hank Williams Jr. performs during the CMT Disaster Relief Concert in Nashville, Tenn. Williams latest album, "Old School, New Rules," will be released on Tuesday, July 10, 2012. The 12-song record features guest appearances from Merle Haggard and Brad Paisley. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, file)

The Country Music Association has finally righted that wrong, announcing this morning Hank Williams Jr. is among the hall’s 2020 inductees.

Williams’ signature hits include “A Country Boy Can Survive,” “Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound,” “Born to Boogie,” “Young Country” and “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight.” He’s also known his swaggering vocal style, fiery guitar playing and raucous live performances. He released his most recent album, “It’s About Time,” his 53rd studio LP, in 2016. Williams’s father, country music pioneer Hank Williams was one of the Hall’s first three members, inducted in 1961 along with yodeler Jimmie Rodgers and songsmith Fred Rose.

Only three new members are inducted to the Country Hall of Fame each year. One each from the “Modern Era” (for 2020, that’s Stuart) and “Veteran’s Era” (Williams this year) categories, as well as one from a rotating trio of “Non-Performer,” “Recording and/or Touring Musician” or “Songwriter” (in this case, Dillon) categories.

“Modern Era” acts are eligible 20 years after first achieving “national prominence.” For “Veteran’s Era,” it’s 45 years after “national prominence.” According to the Country Hall of Fame’s website, “Election to the Country Music Hall of Fame is solely the prerogative of the CMA. New members, elected annually by an anonymous panel of industry leaders chosen by the CMA.” CMA refers to the aforementioned Country Music Association.

Artists that were inducted before Hank Williams Jr. include the duo Brooks & Dunn, “Hee Haw” TV performer Grandpa Jones and singer Ray Stevens, known mainly for novelty songs like “The Streak” and “Gitarzan.”

Hank Williams Jr. was born in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1949. His father died in 1953. (Before the patriarch passed, he bestowed his son a nickname that would stick for life, Bocephus.) Making his mark in the same vocation as his dad - whose pile of timeless hits include songs like “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “Move It On Over” and “Hey Good Lookin” - wasn’t easy. But Williams, who began his recording career around 1964, pulled it off. Especially once he hit his bad-boy groove in the late ‘70s and ‘80s. Later, Williams repurposed “All My Rowdy Friends” for the NFL’s popular “Monday Night Football” broadcasts, introducing him to new generations of mainstream pop-culture.
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The singer's personal arc is also remarkable. In 1975, while mountain climbing in Montana, Williams survived falling an estimated 500 feet and landing on rock. Because of the resulting significant injuries, he had to learn to talk and sing again. His now iconic look of sunglasses, beard and hat came from covering up scars and such from the numerous reconstructive surgeries he endured after his accident.


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And just for the heck of it, because this song came to mind when I read this article....

Hank Williams is Hank William's Jr.'s father, and this song is by Hank III.  It's about his Grandfather - Hank Sr.





"The Grand Ole Opry (Ain't So Grand)"

Well the grand ole opry ain't so grand anymore
Did you know Hank Williams ain't a member but they keep em outside their door
Hell they didn't even really want Johnny Cash back in 74'
I Said the grand ole opry ain't so grand anymore

Well they were nervous about Waylon cause he had a crooked smile
For many many years they never wanted Bocephus cause he's too god damn loud
Did you really think they ever wanted Johnny Paycheck hanging around
Hell naw cause their too up tight wild
For real rebels like to get down

To most people listening to this it might seem like I'm talking shit
But if you look behind the scenes of who's pulling string well god dammit it'll make ya sick
Hank Williams still ain't reinstated and I'll tell ya that's fuckin bullshit
And the king Jimmy Martin, if he was still here he'd tell em all to suck his dick

Well they were nervous about Waylon cause he had a crooked smile
For many many years they never wanted Bocephus cause he's too god damn loud
Did you really think they ever wanted Johnny Paycheck hanging around
Hell na cause they're too up tight wild
For real rebels like to get down

And the grand ole opry ain't so grand anymore
Well they done fucked off the people that made it when it wasn't shit before
Hell they didn't even really want Johnny Cash back in 74'
I said the grand ole opry ain't so grand anymore

No the grand ole opry ain't so grand anymore
Did you know Hank Williams ain't a member but they keep em outside their door
Hell they didn't even really want Johnny Cash back in 74'
I said the grand ole opry ain't so grand anymore