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Hank Williams’ Five Most Haunting Performances

The country icon’s most chilling vocal deliveries

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Hank Williams died on January 1st, 1953, leaving behind an influential body of work.

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Hank Williams was only 29 when he died in the backseat of a Cadillac while on the way to a gig in West Virginia on January 1st, 1953. In essentially a little less than 10 years, Williams provided country music with its definitive voice, thanks to songs like his first Number One “Lovesick Blues,” “Why Don’t You Love Me,” and “Cold, Cold Heart.” While his sound and styling may have fallen out of fashion in the slick, glitzy world of contemporary country, he is still regarded as an undeniable influence because of his honest writing and rock-star-like existence. Here are five of his most haunting performances.

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