I didn't put it in my book but I originally had quite a lot of information assembled on Hank, based on various anecdotes that well informed people told me, who knew the man personally. He was unquestionably a very talented man, especially when you consider he was almost illiterate. He suffered from some terrible health problems and was badly mistreated by a quack doctor. I have the highest respect for Hank Williams.
However, it is also true that he didn't completely write ALL of his songs, and he had a lot of help along the way. He got credit for a lot of stuff that he was only marginally responsible for.
But that's the way it is with a lot of legends. Every time something comes out on Hank some people wet their pants. It's treated like somebody discovered Noah's Ark.
The hyperbole surrounding him is ridiculous. He had talent; he died too young. He was a trend setter. I give him all that. But his singing was many times grating and nasal, he was incredibly unprofessional in the way he conducted his career and he did not walk on water. Though some of his fans think he did.
I see this Grammy as just another in a series of accolades that have accrued to his legend that are over the top.
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