Country Pop Bites: Hank Williams Jr. – December 11
Did you know that on this day in Country Music History in 1963 Hank Williams Jr. had his first recording session, at age 14, in Nashville?
It's true! The session featured some of his father's songs: "You Win Again," "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Cold, Cold Heart" and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry".
Check out this Hank Jr. video!
Here are 5 little known facts about Hank Williams Jr.
- The nickname "Bocephus" was given to Hank Jr. by his father -- after the pint-sized dummy of ventriloquist/comedian Rod Brasfield.
- Hank Williams Sr. died in 1953, when Hank Jr. was three years old; he never got to know his famous father.
- He sang the theme song for Monday Night Football. It was a reworking of his rowdy hit "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight."
- Sick of being a nostalgia act, Hank Jr. took his music into a more rock-influenced direction in the early 1970s -- culminating with his breakthrough album Hank Williams Jr. and Friends in 1976.
- Shortly before the album's release, he suffered from a fall from a mountain that nearly took his life. Hank Jr. had serious facial injuries that it took several years, and numerous rounds of surgery, to recover from.