Archives Collection

HANK WILLIAMS FUNERAL                                                                               96-026




Physical Description:

One (1) reel-to-reel audio tape copy



January 1953



A compact cassette recording of radio broadcasts was loaned to the Center by Steve Arwood for preservation copy.


Biographical Sketch:

Hank Williams (September 17, 1923-January 1, 1953).  World famous country singer.  Many encyclopedic and biographical sources cover the details of his life, career, and music.


Scope and Content:

The recording (approx. 40 min.) is of the WCKY broadcasts announcing Hank Williams' death (January 1) and the live broadcast of the funeral service (January 4, 1953).  The funeral service contained musical selections by Ernest Tubb, the Southwind Singers (an African-American quartet), Roy Acuff, Bill Monroe, J. Dickins, Carl Smith, Red Foley, and the Statesmen Quartet.



The audio tapes are filed with other audiovisual materials by format then by reel number.



dmj 9/17/96