In celebration of Hank Williams Sr.’s, 90th birthday and in honor of the 60th year remembrance of his death, the Hank Williams Estate, overseen by his children Hank Williams Jr. and Jett Williams, will make more than 200 live performance recordings available to movie houses, television production companies and advertising agencies. These rare recordings have never been available for licensing directly from the Estate before.
“I am honored to join my brother Hank Williams, Jr. in making available these original recordings of our dad for multimedia use,” Jett said. “Many experts have said they are better than the MGM masters. You decide – but we can carry on the legacy of my dad with pride.”
“Daddy’s music has lasted decades and is being discovered by a new generation of fans,” Hank added. ”Not only did he influence country artists, but he also crossed over to influence rock artists. Today, the Williams legacy continues to endure with the release of these recordings for movies, commercials, documentaries, among others things.”
“After years of litigation and tribulation, we can now make these recordings available directly from the Hank Williams Estate, as well as make a decision in a heartbeat,” Keith Adkinson, lawyer for the Hank Williams Estate, said. “This will only allow for a little more Hank out in the entertainment world.”
Hank Williams Sr.’s songs can be heard in approximately 100 movies and television shows including “Shawshank Redemption,” “M*A*S*H,” “The Last Picture Show,” “Steel Magnolias,” “The Wonder Years,” “The Beverly Hillbillies,” “Forrest Gump,” “Nurse Betty,” “Cars,” “Cold Case,” “Rango,” and more as well as an advertising campaign from Pepsi.