Preserving The Pioneers of Country Music:
Although he died at the tender age of 29, Hank Williams Sr. did live to see himself become a major country music star when 33 of his songs hit the charts while he was still alive.
However, it seemed like no one at the time would realize the impact his songwriting would have on American music in the years to follow. He was born with a spinal deformity, spina bifida occulta, that would lead to his addiction to painkillers. The lethal combination of alcohol and prescribed drugs ended his life on January 1, 1953.