Gov. Rick Perry Presenting Bill w/the
Darrell Royal Achievement Award in Austin, TX
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Bill w/His Darrell Royal Achievement Award and a Citation From Gov. Rick Perry
REMEMBERING GEORGE “POSSUM” JONES
When Hank Williams died on January 1, 1953 at the age of 29,
the entertainment world went into a state of panic. Although he
had been active for less than four years as a super-star, Hank managed
to become the most popular country music performer in the business
through his many hit recordings. Adding to his value was the fact
that he also composed most of those memorable gems that would eventually
be recorded by artists in all sectors of music.
Hank died in the backseat of his Cadillac in the wee hours of the
morning while a 17 year old driver was attempting to haul him to
Canton, Ohio for an appearance celebrating the arrival of a new
year. The cause of death was a mixture of booze and drugs, prescribed
by a shyster doctor in order to ease Williams’ extreme back pain.
After Hank’s death, the most common statement made by his fans
was, “There goes ‘country music’. There’ll never be another Hank
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Willie Nelson and Bill getting set for
another July 4th Picnic in Fort Worth!