Season 18, Episode 6 Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues

First Aired: June 23, 2004

“Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues,” an atmospheric portrait of the country giant who died---at the peak of his professional prowess and personal travails---at age 29 in 1953. “His music remains suspended in time,” says Williams biographer Colin Escott, who co-produced and co-wrote this hour. But most of the story of Williams' short and alcohol-fueled career is told by some 20 friends and bandmates, his stepdaughter Lycretia, son Hank Jr., grandson Hank III, first wife Audrey (on audiotape) and widow Billie Jean Horton. “He was too young to die,” says Horton, “but he was older than his years.”

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  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: An acclaimed series of biographies of artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians and Hollywood stars. Profiles of Alexander Calder, Paul Simon, Charlie Chaplin and music producer John Hammond won Peabody Awards, while films about Edward R. Murrow, Lucille Bal… (more)

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