Hank Williams Jr.


Hank Williams, Jr. was meant to be a superstar from the day he was born.
His father, the legendary Hank Williams, and mother, Audrey Sheppard, both
played an intricate part in his early stardom. Hank had to overcome many
obstacles in his life including escaping from his father's shadow and a near
death experience in 1975. Hank's many triumphs, and his ability to overcome
setbacks, have propelled him to a legendary status.
Born May 26, 1949, in Shreveport, Louisiana, Randall Hank Williams, Jr.
was destined to become a star. Tragically, his father died on New Years day,
1953, at the young age on twenty nine ("Official Home Page," Biography).
However, his mother, a country singer in her ...

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the piano from Jerry Lee Lewis, appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show, and
performing before crowds of up to twenty thousand.
In 1969, Hank teamed up with Johnny Cash to perform in the largest
country concert to date. In 1970, Hank signed the biggest recording contract in
the history of MGM Records. As proud as he was of being the son of Hank
Williams, Hank got tired of being in his father's shadow. In high school, known
as "Rockin' Randall," Hank played contemporary rock, however, that had to be
kept secret from all his traditional country fans. He also liked to listen to
rhythm and blues, however, these types of music were looked down on by many in
Nashville. Later in his career, Hank even released a couple of rock singles
under the name Bo Cephus on Verve Records, a subdivision of MGM. The split
between what he wanted to do and what he was expected to do , along with his
long-term alcohol and drug abuse, developed into a downward spiral of his career
that led to a 1974 ...

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