It’s been 56 years that Hiram (Hank) King Williams, the man commonly referred to as the King of Country Music and the hillbilly Shakespeare, lost his life on an unseasonably cold road somewhere between Knoxville, TN and Oak Hill, West Virginia in the back of a ’52 Cadillac being driven by a hired college freshman to a scheduled show in Canton, Ohio. The official cause of death was attributed to acute right ventricular dilation.
The only items found in the backseat of his car were a few cans of beer and the hand-written lyrics to an unrecorded song.
Williams’ final single was ominously titled “I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive”.
Since his death many have imitated, none have surpassed.
Hank Williams and June Carter – Hey Good looking