The country music legend Ray Price, who is still touring, was a protege of Hank Williams as most Hank fans know. In fact Hank got Price on the Grand Old Opry. And in the last year of Hank’s life, Price lived with Hank Williams in a Nashville house they shared after Audrey and Hank split up.
I was excited to get an email from a fellow music blogger who managed to get a long phone interview with Ray Price.
In it, Price talks at length about Hank’s last year. He attributes many of the problems Hank had during that time on the emotional turmoil caused by the separation and divorce from Audrey which Hank did not want.
Readers of this blog will know that I am somewhat obsessed by the spinal fusion surgery Hank underwent in December of 1951.
As I have said before, if that same surgery was performed in 2011 the results could not be predicted, and the outcome could go either way. That’s today. And even today the pain from that surgery would be unbearable and last for many months, and it would be months not weeks before a patient would return to work. Even the powerful new pain drugs we have today would not totally ease the recovery.
This a long winded way of saying I wish Jason asked about the surgery. But it is till a great interview and well done to get it.