Hank ( Hiriam ) was born on Sept. 17, 1923 in Alabama USA.
As a young kid inspired by a black street musician Rufe Payne, known as "Tee-Tot" he developed a great interest in music and decided that music should be his life. Hank would say that Payne had given him "all the music training I ever had," and most biographers consider Payne the source of the noticeable blues thread running through Hank's music. At 16 Williams quit school and began his music career in earnest. He made his first radio appearance on WSFA in late 1946 or early 1947 and soon became one of the station's most popular performers. .
In March 1947, in a deal engineered by Fred Rose, Hank signed with MGM. "Move It On Over" was his first MGM release and his first Billboard chart entry. He charted again in April 1948, with "Honky Tonkin."
Rose set about finding an avenue for greater exposure for Williams. Decision makers at the the Grand Ole Opry were wary as Williams had a reputation of being a drunkard, but KWKH in Shreveport, La., was interested in the emerging star for their Saturday night jamboree, the Louisiana Hayride, and Hank joined the show in August. "I'm a Long Gone Daddy" had recently reached No. 6, but his next four releases failed to chart, and a fifth, "Mansion on the Hill," stopped short of the Top 10.
By early May. "Lovesick Blues" was an "event;" popular beyond precedent, imagination or belief. And suddenly, Hank Williams was big. Big enough at last for the Opry.
His self-destructive lifestyle by mid-1952, however, was quickly ruining his health. Wracked with back pain, he was dependent on alcohol and, it is believed, morphine. Often missing or too drunk to perform at curtain time, he was fired by the Opry.
Sometime after midnight on New Year's Day 1953, sleeping in the backseat of his Cadillac en route to a show, Hank Williams fulfilled the prophecy of his own "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive."
Sources: Wikipedia and CMT