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The Greatest Momagers and Dadagers in the Business

How the parents of stars like Britney Spears, Usher, The Beach Boys and more micromanaged their kids' careers
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Hank Williams Jr. and Audrey Williams

Though he’s best known as his father Hank Williams’ son, it was Hank Williams Jr.’s mother, Audrey Williams, who was the real force behind his career. Audrey was frequently featured in her husband's music, contributing backup vocals, recording duets and, it’s rumored, penning the lyrics to “Mansion on a Hill.” When Hank Sr. died in 1953, she turned her energy toward her son, encouraging him to record and perform covers of his father’s music and dressing him in stage costumes that were mini versions of those worn by her late husband. Eventually, however, Hank Jr. tired of his role as a "Hank Williams impersonator,” and cut ties with his mother in order to pursue his own musical style and tastes.

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