1937 to 1953
September 17, 1923 in Mount Olive
January 1, 1953
Butler, AL, United States
country music legend
Hiram King "Hank" Williams, Sr. (/hÃ¦Å‹k wÉªljÉ™mz /; September 17, 1923 - January 1, 1953), was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Regarded as one of the most significant and influential singers and songwriters of the 20th Century, Williams recorded 35 singles (five released posthumously) that would place in the Top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers chart, including 11 that ranked number one. Born in Mount Olive, Butler County, Alabama, Williams moved to Georgiana, where he met Rufus Payne, a black street performer who gave him guitar lessons in exchange for meals or money.