Hank Williams is considered by many as the most influential country music artist ever. Between the short period of 1947 till his death in 1953 at the young age of 29, the singer songwriter released thirty top ten singles throughout his lifetime and five posthumously. His most famous songs were "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Hey Good Lookin'," and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry.”
For years Williams has had a profound influence on many bands and his catalog of smash hits is still being covered by numerous groups. Musicians like his son Hank Williams Jr. as well as, Willie Nelson, Tony Bennett, The Residents, Patsy Cline, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Louis Armstrong, Townes Van Zandt, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Leonard Cohen, Cake, Kenny Rankin, Beck Hansen, Johnny Cash and Tom Petty are still offering tribute to this fallen star.
Fairfax, VA (July 27, 2011) ----- Time Life and the Estate of Hank Williams announced today the September 13, 2011 release of newly discovered historic Williams’ recordings that are meticulously restored with state of the art technology. Hank Williams: The Legend Begins is a 3-CD package that offers one disc entitled “Rare And Unreleased,” which contains the earliest recordings of a 15-year-old Williams and four songs from a home recording in 1940. The other two CDs are from Williams’ first syndicated radio show in 1949, Health And Happiness, that have been restored using the technology that earned so many plaudits for the Grammy nominated project, The Complete Mother’s Best Recordings….Plus! This highly developed sound technology delivers Williams’ performances as they were originally heard more than sixty years ago.
ESPN Vice President of Production Enhancements Bob Toms, who originally hired Williams to be part of MNF in 1989 when he was the producer for ABC Sports’ on-air promotion, discusses the shoot with Front Row and the work that goes into creating the video.