July 12, 1987 |
Polygram Records has just released the fifth and sixth volumes of its heroic effort to get back onto vinyl every song that country great Hank Williams ever recorded. This pair of two-record sets, Long Gone Lonesome Blues ( ) and Hey, Good Lookin' ( ), covers the period from 1949 to 1951, when Williams had settled into his fame while producing such masterpieces of melancholy as "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You)," "Cold, Cold Heart" and "The Angel of Death.
August 21, 1990 |
Hank Williams Jr. is not about to be left behind in the current war- drumming. The country star wrote an anti-Iraqi song Thursday, rounded up his good musician buddies Friday and recorded it - and it should be in your neighborhood record store by the end of this week. "Don't Give Us a Reason" suggests that the United States and the Soviet Union will kick Iraq's assets if given sufficient reason. One part goes: Don't give us a reason to go gunnin' for for you 'cause the odds don't look good.
August 10, 1993 |
To paraphrase an observation once made of that other outrageously talented egomaniac, James Brown, it don't matter if nobody else loves Hank Williams Jr., because Hank will always love himself. Sunday night at the Taj Mahal Casino's Mark G. Etess Arena, Randall Hank Jr.'s affection for Randall Hank Jr. was abundantly obvious. At various points in his hour-long, over-the-top set, Williams played before three banners of himself, in about the size and style Saddam Hussein might use to decorate a Baghdad boulevard.
October 11, 2011
Removed after 23 years as the musical intro to Monday Night Football, country singer Hank Williams has responded by writing a song rebuking his critics. ESPN dropped Williams from MNF on Oct. 3 for making a statement comparing President Obama playing golf with House Speaker John Boehner to Hitler playing a round with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Williams is offering the song "Keep the Change" as a free download on his website. He's also scheduled to appear on The View and Hannity on Tuesday.
June 2, 1995 |
The much-ballyhooed Waterfront Entertainment Centre - adjacent to the New Jersey State Aquarium in Camden - is ready to open its doors. The $56 million, 25,000 capacity, indoor/outdoor, year-round facility makes its entrance into the Philadelphia area concert promoters' sweepstakes tonight with . . . (drum roll please) . . . Hank Williams Jr.? I know what you're thinking: Couldn't they do any better than that? If the super-rich partners in this state-of-the-art building wanted to make a big splash, couldn't they have corralled a bigger marquee draw than the most proudly piggish hat act in existence?
May 9, 1989 |
Agents for country singer Hank Williams Jr. have agreed to pay $65,000 to reimburse concertgoers and cover other damages incurred when the country singer aborted an appearance in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday night. Fans became infuriated when Williams, incoherent at times, started and stopped songs, threw his fiddle in the air, cursed the crowd and stumbled off the stage after 20 minutes. They tossed beer bottles, burned Hank Williams Jr. T-shirts and demanded refunds for their $17.50 tickets.
July 13, 1986 |
Twelve never-released recordings by Hank Williams Sr., including five songs that Williams wrote, make up Hank Williams: The First Recordings, an album now being released by the Country Music Foundation (CMF). "These tracks precede Williams' MGM (Records) hits by three years," says Bob Pinson, the foundation's principal researcher. CMF director Bill Ivey notes that considerable material "has been written about (Williams') short life and career (he died at the age of 29), in particular those years after his MGM hits first dazzled country audiences.
January 4, 1987 |
The new Hank Williams Jr. album due out in mid-January, Hank "Live," was recorded coast-to-coast. The 17-cut production was committed to tape during performances at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tenn.; Starwood Amphitheater in Nashville, Tenn.; Memorial Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.; Irvine Meadows Amphitheater in Irvine, Calif., and Concord Pavilion in Concord, Calif. The LP includes a lot of titles previously associated with Williams, such as "Hank Williams Junior, Junior" by Dickie Betts and Bonnie Bramlett, "If You Don't Like Hank Williams" by Kris Kristofferson, and "If Heaven Ain't a Lot Like Dixie" by Bill Maddox and David Moore, as well as such compositions of Williams' own as "Man of Steel," "All My Rowdy Friends," "A Country Boy Can Survive" and "The Conversation.
June 19, 1990 |
Cathy Yvonne Stone, who battled to be declared the daughter of Hank Williams Sr. and continues to fight for a cut of his copyright royalties, got a big boost yesterday when the U.S. Supreme Court let stand a lower-court ruling saying she's entitled to a jury trial to decide the case. Stone, 37, was born five days after the country legend died in 1953. Her mother, Bobbie Jett, and Williams signed a document noting that the then-unborn Stone might be Williams' child. Alabama courts ruled that she was his daughter but not a legal heir.
February 11, 1989 |
As you walk into the WPA Theater and locate your seat for The Night Hank Williams Died, a succession of country-music classics is being played over the sound system - Hank Snow's "I'm Movin' On," Bob Wills' version of "San Antonio Rose" and, most ominously and just seconds before the play begins, Hank Williams' "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive. " The Night Hank Williams Died is written by Larry L. King, author of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, but unlike that jaunty, big-hit musical, this small play is bleak and even despairing just below the surface of its lively corn-pone humor.