Dale Vinicur, who co-wrote a memoir by Hank Williams’ step daughter Lycrecia, and an autobiography of Don Helms as well as other books, contributions to country music history journals, and articles about the Williams’ family died last week.
Dale Vinicur, historian of Hank Williams’ family, dies
November 6, 2009 by ahankwilliamsjournal
She died on Tuesday, Oct 26, 2009 in Miami. Dale was diagnosed with cancer only 2 months ago. She was 64. Her book on Lycrecia’s memories of the Hank Williams’ household is called ‘Still In Love With You’. ‘Settin’ the Woods on Fire’ presented Don Helms’ memories of his life as Hank Williams’ steel guitar player and friend. ‘Dear Mama Williams’ was a book about the letters and cards received by the Williams’ family following his death.
Vinicur was a stout defender of Audrey Williams who she thought had been misrepresented in many biographies and articles about Hank. Beginning in 2006 she wrote a blog. Her ideas about how she felt modern biographers had twisted the true story of Hank and Audrey’s relations can be found in these two blog entries.
Dale Vinicur also had a page on MySpace.
Vinicur was associated with Audrey’s Dream a charitable organization in Nashville dedicated to Hank and Audrey Williams which has the following mission statement on its website:
“‘To be Nashville’s central information and support hub for people with substance abuse problems and their families”.
I have a lot of sympathy with Dale Vincur’s views. Earlier I expressed concern about the upcoming movie on Hank Williams being influenced by the anti Audrey sentiment and over emphasis on Hank’s personal life over his artistic accomplishments. Finally, I was disappointed to read pointless, useless cheap shots toward Audrey Williams in the liner notes to the recent ‘Unreleased’ and ‘Revealed’ recordings. What’s the point? It’s 2009.
I probably don’t agree with all or even most of Dale Vinicur’s points. Maybe the truth is about half way between Dale and Colin Escott. The fact is nobody knows the real truth in somebody else’s marriage and never will.
But I sure think Dale Vinicur said some things that needed to be said.