We don't know how much arguing one can make about this statement — Hank Williams was the greatest songwriter in country music history. Sure, that is a massive statement, given such composers as Harlan Howard, Bill Anderson, Don Schlitz and writer-artists as Merle Haggard have graced the genre with their greatness. But, look at the Hank Williams song catalog. We could have expanded this list, but these ten performances represent American music perhaps as well as anyone has ever done it. These songs will never die, and nor should they! One of the first posthumous releases for Williams, the inspiration for this song was reportedly his first wife - and subject for so much of his material - Audrey.
Hank Williams certainly packed a lot of living into his 29 short years of life. By the time the singer passed away on Jan. His tunes have become country classics, and he's continued to inspire those who came after him for more than 60 years. The tune, which was about a man forced to sleep in the doghouse after coming home too late, put a humorous spin on Williams' real-life struggles, and the success of "Move It on Over" earned Williams a spot on the Louisiana Hayride show. Williams wrote "Jambalaya" with singer and pianist Moon Mullican. The Cajun-inspired song, about life on the bayou, stayed at the top of the charts for a total of 14 weeks.
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His life was cut far too short, but Hank Williams Sr. Next time you want to listen to one of the most talented voices in the industry , queue up these classic hits. Anyone who's experienced an unfaithful partner will instantly relate to this song about cheating. The impressive violin playing will have you singing at the top of your lungs: "Praise the Lord, I saw the light! We're not sure how long Hank's partner stuck around after he told her, "Well, if you mind your business, then you won't be mindin' mine," but we do know this track is a good one.
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?