Happy birthday, Hank! – Alabama News

Happy birthday, Hank! – Alabama News

Alvin Benn, Special to the Advertiser
Published 5:57 p.m. CT Sept. 16, 2017 | Updated 7:35 p.m. CT Sept. 16, 2017


It’s in Montgomery where Hank Williams started serenading America with his songs of love, anguish and despair.

Annual event at gravesite, museum celebrates life and music on Hank Williams’ 94th birthday

“Star” is a word that aptly described Hank Williams during his meteoric rise and fall—a superstar and a shooting star rolled up in one.

What better way to describe an entertainer who preceded Elvis without having to utilize gyrating hips to draw screaming girls, someone whose hits could bring smiles and tears at the same time.

“He hooked me the first time I heard one of his songs on the radio,” said Harold Prows, a 70-year-old Panama City resident and retired police officer. “You could feel his soul in those words of his.”

Prows said he always tries to attend the annual Georgiana event that honors Hank. Georgiana was one of several places where the Williams family lived before Hank and his mother moved to Montgomery.

Hank’s 94th birthday celebration drew fans from around the country. A senior citizen couple from Canada also came. They flew to Montgomery to take part in the event and weren’t concerned about the cost factor.

They indicated it would cost them $2,000 or more by the time they returned home but it didn’t seem to bother them. That’s the way it was with others who save enough money for the trip.  

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