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Hank Williams Jr.

Hank Williams Jr.

Hank Williams Jr. (born May 26, 1949) is a country singer, son of country music pioneer Hank Williams Sr. and father of Hank III.

Born Randall Hank Williams in Shreveport, Louisiana and known by the nickname Bocephus, he was raised by his mother Audrey after his father's death in 1953. He began performing when eight years old, and in 1963 made his recording debut with Lone Gone Lonesome Blue, a staple of his father's career.

After recording the soundtrack to Your Cheatin' Heart, a biography of his father, Williams Jr hit the charts with one of his own compositions, Standing in the Shadows. The song signalled a move to rock and roll and other influences as he stepped from the shadow of his father, and he became best known for hits like Family Tradition and Born to Boogie.

While recording a series of hit songs, Williams began abusing drugs and alcohol and eventually tried to commit suicide in 1974. Moving to Alabama, Williams began playing with Southern rock musicians like Toy Caldwell, Marshall Tucker and Charlie Daniels.

In 1975, he was severely injured in a mountain-climbing accident in Montana. Upon his recovery (which took two years), Williams worked with Waylon Jennings on The New South. He didn't reach the charts again until the late 1970s, with I Fought the Law (Bobby Fuller), Family Tradition and Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound. During the 1980s, Williams became a country music superstar known for catchy anthems and hard-edged rock-influenced country. By the end of the decade, however, the hits had dried up, with his last major success being There's a Tear in My Bee, a duet with his father created using electronic dubbing techniques.

He is probably best known today as the performer of the theme song for Monday Night Football, based on All My Rowdy Friends.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Hank Williams Jr. Facts

Birth NameRandall Hank Williams
BirthdayMay 26, 1949 (74)
BirthplaceShreveport, Louisiana, USA
Height6' 2" (1m88)  How tall is Hank Williams Jr. compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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