Monday 29 February 2016

Hank Williams Jr., AKA Bocephus (American singer-songwriter and musician)

* Hank Williams Jr.'s musical style is often considered a blend of Southern rock, blues, and traditional country. He is the son of legendary country music singer Hank Williams and the father of Hank Williams III, Holly Williams, Hilary Williams, Samuel Williams, and Katie Williams.

Williams began his career by following in his famed father's footsteps, singing his father's songs and imitating his father's style. Williams's own style slowly evolved as he struggled to find his own voice and place within the country music industry. This trend was interrupted by a near-fatal fall off the side of Ajax Peak in Montana on 8 August 1975. After an extended recovery, he challenged the country music establishment with a blend of country, rock, and blues. Williams enjoyed much success in the 1980s, from which he earned considerable recognition and popularity both inside and outside the country music industry.

As a multi-instrumentalist, Williams's repertoire of skills include guitar, bass guitar, upright bass, steel guitar, banjo, dobro, piano, keyboards, harmonica, fiddle, and drums.


BIRTH DATA: Randall Hank Williams, 26 May 1949, 01:45 (1:45 AM) CST (+6), Shreveport, Louisiana, USA (32n31, 93w45). ASC: 24 Pisces. RR: A (from memory). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes from I Saw The Light: The Story of Hank Williams by Colin Escott (Hachette UK, 2015): "Audrey gave birth to Randall Hank on May 26, 1949. ... At 3:51 a.m., Hank excitedly telegrammed Fred and Lorene Rose: '10 lb boy borned this morning at 145. Both doeing fine.'"

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