Monday, September 17, 2007

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Hank Williams is one of those performers who went out with a bang. During his heyday -- in the late 1940s and early 1950s -- he looked much older than his age. He died like a rock star at 29. Eerie that his last single was "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive." His music is -- indubitably -- old school Country & Western, "white blues." I've seen Hank, Jr., play, enjoyed his jabs against excessive heat in Raleigh, North Carolina: "It's hotter than five hells in here. . ." It sure seemed like it at the time. But there's only one Hank Williams from the old school.
Tejano chicana pop star Jennifer Peña. Tejas Libre, indeed.

SHEED! They say it's his birthday. Detroit Pistons gear up for October 8th play!

Anne Bancroft in her signature role as Mrs. Robinson.

Today's Rune: Joy.

Birthdays: Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Rube Foster, William Carlos Williams, Frank O’Connor, Hank Williams, Roddy McDowall, Anne Bancroft, Ken Kesey, John Ritter, Doug E. Fresh (Davis), Adriana Sklenaříková (Karembeu), Rasheed Wallace, Jennifer Peña (Jennifer Marcella Peña Cantú).


JR's Thumbprints said...

I watched a documentary on Hank. He certainly played alot of gigs and unfortunately flamed out early.

Charles Gramlich said...

I must confess I grew up hating Hank Williams. Couldn't stand the twang. I don't mind Hank Williams Jr. though. Especially when he plays "are you read for some football."

the walking man said...

Sorry to say but Hank Williams isn't in my musical lexicon, I don't think I've ever heard him sing but I do know about his burn out at a pretty early age but that's about it.

But I do like old school country, before it became like pop controlled by corporations and the musician is not an artist but a money machine.

my bad



Bubs said...

Lord I love Hank Williams. You know he died about 6 months before Elvis recorded his first single, "That's All Right Mama"?