Gene Watson Remembers Hank Williams: Monday 4 January 2021

Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 - Thursday 1 January 1953)

On Monday 4 January 2021, Gene Watson remembered Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 – Thursday 1 January 1953).

‘Hank Williams Sr.’s funeral was held on this day back in 1953 at the Montgomery Auditorium.

They estimated 25,000 came to view his coffin and 2,500 attended the service – more than for any other citizen of Alabama.

He died New Year’s Day at age 29 in the back of his Cadillac heading to a concert in Ohio.

In his short career he wrote and sang some of our biggest country hits’

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Gene Watson: 'Should I Come Home' (Capitol Records, 1979)
Various Artists: 'A Tribute To Hank Williams' (EMI Records, 1992)
Hank Williams: 'Ramblin' Man' (MGM Records, 1955)

Gene Watson recorded Hank Williams’ ‘I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love With You)’ and included the track on ‘Should I Come Home‘ (Capitol Records, 1979); the track was subsequently included on the various artists compilation, ‘A Tribute to Hank Williams’ (EMI Records, 1992).

In the March 1993 issue of Country Music People, Craig Baguley reviewed ‘A Tribute To Hank Williams‘ (EMI Records, 1992).

Hank Williams’ version of ‘I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love With You)’, which was included on ‘Ramblin’ Man’ (MGM Records, 1955), reached No.2 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1951.