Hank was born in 1923 and died on January 1st 1953 – he didn’t even reach his 30th birthday, but, like Buddy Holly, what a legacy he left.
He was raised in Alabama and learned guitar from a blues singer called Rufus Payne in exchange for food or money. He was married twice but his health suffered due to chronic back pain and he turned to alcohol and drug abuse.
He influenced so many artist especially country singers like Charley Pride, Jerry Lee Lewis and George Jones and held in such high esteem in his brief career that he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961, the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and the Native American Music Awards Hall of Fame in 1999.
He recorded the original versions of Hey Good Looking, Your Cheatin’ Heart and Take These Chains From My Heart. Let remember Hey Good Looking from 1951,