Hank Williams Jr. alternatively known as Bocephus, is an American singer-songwriter and musician, who is widely recognized as the country superstar known for his hit song, “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight,” which served as the opening theme for Monday Night Football from 1989 to 2011.
He is also known for his musical style which is often considered a blend of Southern rock, blues, and country. Working in this field for over 50 years, Williams has won several awards and honors including 8 Grammy Awards, 25 Academy of Country Music, 11 Country Music Association, and 4 Emmy Awards.
Williams is also recognized as the son of late country music legend Hank Williams, the half-brother of Jett Williams, the father of two successful singers, Hank Williams III and Holly Williams, and a late daughter named Katherine Williams-Dunning who died at the age of 27 in a car crash Saturday night in Tennessee, on June 13, 2020.
What is Hank Williams Jr Famous for?
- Famous as a country superstar, musician, songwriter.
- Known as the son of late country music legend Hank Williams.
Where was Hank Williams Jr. Born?
Hank Williams Jr. was born on May 26, 1949, in Shreveport, Louisiana, United States. His birth name is Randall Hank Williams. His nationality is American. Williams belongs to White ethnicity while Gemini is his zodiac sign.
Hank Williams Jr. was born in a well-renowned family to the most significant and influential country music legend of the 20th century, Hiram “Hank” Williams(father). Hank, who was regarded country music legend, left the world soon at the age of 27 due to heart failure on January 1, 1953, however, he is still alive with his soothing music albums.
After his father’s death in 1953, he was raised by his mother, Audrey Williams, also a musician. Even before his father died, his parents faced several problems related to their marriage as they got divorced in June 1952, a few months earlier the death of his father. Williams Jr. is a half-brother of Jett Williams and Lycretia Williams.
Born as the eldest son of the legend, Hanf Williams Jr. followed in the footsteps of his late father at a young age and started singing when he was eight years old. He also got inspired by several music artists as while he was a child, a number of contemporary musicians visited his family including Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Fats Domino, who influenced and taught him various music instruments and styles.
He made his recording debut with “Long Gone Lonesome Blues”, one of his father’s many classic songs in 1964 at an age of 15. He also provided the singing voice of his father in the 1964 film, “Your Cheatin’ Heart”.
Williams Jr. attended John Overton High School in Nashville, during which he used to bring his guitar to music class and play for pep rallies and performances of the choir. He also recorded an album of duets with recordings of his father. Besides, his father even named him “Bocephus” after country entertainer Rod Brasfield’s ventriloquist dummy.
What Hank Williams Jr. Do For Living?
- Having been born to a musical dynasty, Randall Hank Williams had a successful start of his career in the music industry with the release of his debut album titled “Hak Williams Jr. and Friends” in 1975. He released the album as the product of his collaborations with Southern rock musicians including Waylon Jennings, Toy Caldwell, and Charlie Daniels.
- In 1977, Williams recorded and released songs, “One Night Stands” and “The New South”.
- He was prolific throughout the 1980s, and his popularity had risen to levels where he could no longer be overlooked for major industry awards.
- Williams released several hit music albums including “Family Tradition”, “Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound”, “Habits Old and New”, “Rowdy”, “The Pressure Is On”, “High Notes”.
- During the 1980s and 1990s, Williams released 21 albums, 18 studio & 3 compilation, all of which were certified gold by the RIAA. That also included 30 Top Ten singles on the Billboard Country charts, including eight No. 1 singles, for a total of 44 Top Ten singles, including a total of 10 No. 1 singles.
- In 1982, he had nine albums simultaneously on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Williams was named Entertainer of the Year by the Country Music Association.
- Williams was named Entertainer of the Year by the Country Music Association in 1987.
- With the release of his 40th album, “Born to Boogie”(platinum certified), Williams reached to much high success and became known for his music which is a blend of Southern rock, blues, and country.
- In 1983, a semi-autobiographical film titled “Living Proof: The Hank Williams Jr. Story” was released in accordance with the incident that he met with on August 8, 175, where he was nearly killed in a mountain-climbing accident.
- In 1987, his hit single, “Wild Steak” was released which co-written by Terri Sharp, for which both of them earned gold records.
- In 1988, he released a Southern pride song, “If the South Woulda Won”. A year later in 1989, he released a hit single titled “There’s a Tear in My Beer”, which was a duet with his father created using electronic merging technology. It was named Video of the Year by both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.
- His hit single, “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight,” was a major hit as it earned him 4 Emmy Award and even served as the opening theme for Monday Night Football from 1989 to 2011.
- In 2001, Williams Jr. co-wrote his classic hit “A Country Boy Can Survive” renamed as “America Can Survive”. He also provided the voice of Injun Joe in “Tom Sawyer”(2000).
- He was also featured prominently on CMT Outlaws in 2004. He has also made a cameo appearance in Gretchen Wilson’s music video for the song “All Jacked Up”.
- In April 2009, Williams released a new single, “Red, White & Pink-Slip Blues”, which peaked at number 43 on the country charts.
- His 51st album, “127 Rose Avenue” was released on June 16, 2009, that debuted and peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
- Besides, Williams has been politically involved with the Republican Party. He also called former President Barack Obama a Muslim president.
Awards and Honors
In 2007, Williams was inducted to Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. On November 11, 2008, Williams was honored as a BMI Icon at the 56th annual BMI Country Awards. In 2011, Williams was named one of “Seven Living Legends”. He also ranked no. 50 in Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Country Artists of All Time in 2017.
- 25 Academy of Country Music
- 11 Country Music Association
- 8 Grammy Awards
- 4 Emmy Awards
- 3 Country Music Awards
Who is Hank Williams Jr. Married to?
Hank Williams Jr. has married three-time to date. Williams Jr. first got married to his beautiful wife, Gwen Yeargain in 1971. The couple welcomed their first son named Shelton Hank Williams on December 12, 1972, who currently is a popular musician and singer and performs under the name Hank III, however, their relation didn’t last long and they got divorced in 1977.
Shortly after he got married to his second wife named Becky White the same year in 1977, their relation lasted for 6 years till 1983. The couple together welcomed their daughter named Hilary Williams and Holy Williams, both of them are also a popular singer-songwriter and musician.
After his second divorce in 1983, he got married to his third wife named Mary Jane Thomas in 1990. Mary is a former model who met Williams after a concert in 1985, and eventually, the couple got married in July 1990. They had several issues in their marriage as they even separated in 2007 fortunately they later got back together.
The couple together has two children: Sam Williams, and the late Katherine Williams-Dunning. His youngest daughter, Katherine however, died at the age of 27(the same age her grandfather died) in a car crash Saturday night in Tennessee, on June 13, 2020.
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What is the Net Worth of Hank Williams Jr.?
Hank Williams Jr. has quite good earings from his professional career as a country singer and musician. Having been in this field for over 50 years, Williams has managed to amass a million worth fortune from his several music albums, tours, and concerts.
His net worth is estimated to be around $60 million. Also, being the eldest son of his late-popular father, Hank Williams, he has quite a little fortune from his dad’s million worth fortune.
How Tall is Hank Williams Jr.?
Hank Williams Jr. is a handsome man who has charms even though he is in his 70s. Williams has an average body physique. He stands tall with a height of 5ft. 11inch. while his body weighs around 94kg. He has a fair complexion with long black hair and brown eyes.