Hank Williams Jr. His presence on the Monday Night Football, his history being the living outlaw, a party starter, and of course, being the son of Hank Williams. He has a musical career that spans a staggering 60 years, including 56 studio albums and 25 compilation albums.
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Both aliases sum up the extraordinary range of a man who was not only a country classicist, but also one of the greatest and most influential songwriters of the 20th Century. Though Hank only released two studio albums in his lifetime, both in the early 50s, a slew of posthumously sourced recordings have continued to enhance his reputation. Disagree with our picks for the 10 greatest Hank Williams songs of all time? Let us know which ones you would pick in the comments below. Too many great songs to choose from!
His fusion of country, rock and blues have given the record-buying public some incredible moments over the course of his career -- and merit as much attention as he gets for his sometimes-controversial statements. Hank Williams, Jr. Beginning in , his records began to hit the top ten on a regular basis as never before, but this Hank Williams, Jr. His wife found the demo in the attic one day, and the two gave the recording to Hank Jr, who added his vocals to the track -- and the song became an immediate hit in the winter of , thanks in large part to an unforgettable video directed by Ethan Russell that starred father and son -- although the son was at this point a decade older than his father had lived to be. In the lyrics, Williams laments that even though he has beaten some formidable odds and opponents over the years, losing the love of his life was something that he would never be able to fully recover from. The song was the lead single from his album Five-O , which remains one of his most enduring albums to this day. The original release hit No. That year, after being a recording artist for a quarter-century, he finally broke through and won the CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year trophies, and hit the top of the charts with this autobiographical rocker that endeared him to fans and fellow artists alike.