Hiram "Hank" Williams (September 17, 1923 – January 1, 1953) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Regarded as
one of the most significant and influential American singers and songwriters of the 20th century, Williams recorded 35 singles (five released posthumously)
that reached the Top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers chart, including 11 that ranked number one (three posthumously). Born in Mount Olive,
Butler County, Alabama, Williams relocated to Georgiana with his family, where he met Rufus Payne, who gave him guitar lessons in exchange for meals or money.
Payne had a major influence on Williams' later musical style, along with Roy Acuff and Ernest Tubb. He would later relocate to Montgomery, where he began his
music career in 1937, when producers at radio station WSFA hired him to perform and host a 15-minute program. He formed as backup for the Drifting Cowboys band,
which was managed by his mother, and dropped out of school to devote his time to his career.