Over a few week period we will be honoring ten of the greatest Christian heroes with a short 30 second read.
In our last report we profiled a freedom painter.
This time we profile someone who was willing to stand up to the darkness in America.
Randall Hank Williams was born at the age of nine months on May 26, 1949 in Shreveport, Louisiana. His father nicknamed him Bocephus. After his father’s untimely death in 1953, he was raised by his mother, Audrey Williams. While he was a child, a vast number of contemporary musicians visited his family, who influenced and taught him various music instruments and styles. Among these figures of influence were Johnny Cash, Fats Domino, Earl Scruggs, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Williams first stepped on the stage and sang his father’s songs when he was 8 years old. In 1964 he made his recording debut with “Long Gone Lonesome Blues,” one of his father’s many classic songs.
In 1988 he released a Southern pride song, “If The South Woulda Won.” The reference is to a Southern victory in the Civil War. The song featured modern Southern holidays, honoring Elvis Presley, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Patsy Cline. Hank Williams Jr. would run for president of the South. He would place the capital in Montgomery, Alabama. Honoring his father, Hank Williams Sr., with his image on the $100 bill.
He may also be well known today as the performer of the theme song for Monday Night Football, based on his 1984 hit “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight.” In 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1994,Williams’s opening themes for Monday Night Football earned him four Emmy awards. In 2001 Hank rewrote his classic hit “A Country Boy Can Survive” after 9/11, renaming it “America Can Survive.”
Football is an American tradition. Football players are often known by their high moral standards and upholding of core conservative values.
On August 8, 1975, Williams was nearly killed in a mountain-climbing accident. While he was climbing Ajax Peak in Montana, the snow beneath Williams collapsed and he fell almost 500 feet onto solid rock. He suffered multiple skull and facial fractures–his face was split vertically from chin to hairline, exposing the frontal lobes of his brain and requiring over two years of reconstructive surgeries to rebuild his face. To hide the scars and the disfigurement from the accident, Williams grew a beard and began wearing sunglasses and a cowboy hat. The beard, hat, and sunglasses have since become his signature look and he is rarely seen without them.
In 2003 Hank Williams stood up against the bashing of our president by the Dixie chicks and was instrumental in a large boycott of their brand. He even wrote the song “Family Tradition” about the subject.
Williams has been politically involved with the Republican Party. For the 2000 election, he redid his song “We Are Young Country” to “This is Bush–Cheney Country.” On October 15, 2008, at a rally in Virginia Beach for Republican presidential nominee John McCain, he performed “McCain–Palin Tradition,” a song in support of McCain and his vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. He has made many contributions to federal election campaigns, mostly to Republicans, including Michele Bachmann’s 2012 presidential campaign.
Several news outlets have reported that Williams is exploring a run for the 2012 Republican nomination as a Senator from Tennessee.