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The Hank Williams Museum in Montgomery will  commemorate the New Years Day death of Hank Williams on Saturday December 31  and January 1st.

The Saturday get together starts at 3pm at the Museum. At 11:30 the group will parade to the downtown Hank Williams’ statue for a ceremony.

Then at 10am Sunday morning, the 59th anniversary of Hank Williams’s death, participants will gather at the Oakwood Cemetery gravesite for a wreath laying and memorial service. The group will return to the museum at noon for black eyed peas, a tradition.

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Hank Williams will be remembered in Nashville on the anniversary of his death. Jett Williams will host the Midnight Jamboree program from the Ernest Tubb Record Shop, Texas Troubadour Theatre.

The program will be broadcast live on WSM. The program starts at midnight.

January 1, is the 59th anniversary of Hank Williams’s death on New Years Day 1953 near Oak Hill West Virginia.

You can listen live to WSM on the internet.

The WSM home page is here; it includes a button to “listen Live”.

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A fine, rich article on the Hank Williams Fred Rose composition ‘I’ll Never Get Out of this World Alive’. Davis Inman takes a pretty in-depth, scholarly look at Hank Williams’ personal situation when the song was recorded in June 1952 just six months from his death. And he examines, I think in a realistic manner, the relationship between Hank Williams and Fred Rose as songwriters.

I was noticing after reading this article a CD of Hank Williams’ greatest hits which I also have on vinyl. It was for many years the sort of definitive Hank Williams greatest hits recording. Millions of fans probably got all their Hank from this record. This is the one with the bust of Hank Williams on the front. Amazingly in this 24 greatest hits package the producer from MGM did not include ‘I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive’.

There’s no doubt ‘I’ll Never’ was a much overlooked hank Williams song through the years. It was released in November 1952, so with Hank’s death in just a little over a month, and then the posthumous release of the massive hit ‘Your Cheatin Heart’, I’ll Never’ may have been overlooked a bit.

On the surface the song is a sort of jumble of unrelated nonsense lyrics. It almost seems in the tradition of ‘Mind Your Own Business’ and ‘Move It on Over’ but not even as coordinated and unified as the two earlier masterpieces.

But this one has a rollicking sense of humour as all the familiar silly images are rolled out. But the title brings in a dark side that seems to grow and become more disturbing as the song piles on the list of unrelated crazy images one after another.

In the end I think the contrast between the fun and the looming spectre of death begins to hit home. And Hank seems to sing it with a kind of intense seriousness which was his trademark.

Of course, if Hank Williams had lived another 40 years the poignancy of the lyric would have been lost. In his article Inman also  notes that Fred Rose lived only two years after it was recorded.

No doubt in my mind that Hank fans will enjoy the article which is right here:

Here’s the link to the American Songwriter Magazine article.

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Thanks to Bill Jennings Jr for some more candid photos of the crew filming ‘The Last Ride’ in Benton Arkansas earlier this year.


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