Album units sold: 19.5 million
Hit you should know: “I’m For Love”
No. 1 hits on the U.S. Hot Country chart: 10
Born Randall Hank Williams in 1949 in Shreveport, Louisiana, Hank Williams Jr. is the son and namesake of country music legend Hank Williams — and is now a legend in his own right. Williams Jr. was only three years old when his father died, but he kept his memory alive by performing his songs on stage during his childhood.
By the 1970s, Williams Jr. had established his own sound, a fusion of country, rock and blues, entertaining audiences with a huge repertoire of instrumental skills — he can play drums, piano, keyboards, guitar, bass guitar, upright bass, steel guitar, banjo, dobro, saxophone, harmonica and fiddle. Throughout his career, Williams Jr. has amassed a huge number of awards, including a trio of ACM Entertainer of the Year trophies.