Roy Acuff, as you know, has been a big star at the Opry here for quite some time.
We have a company, a music publishing company.
But, yeah, I liked Hank right off.
I think it's 'cause he didn't give a darn if you liked him or not.
I tried so hard, my dear To show that you're my every dream Yet you're afraid each thing I do Is just some evil scheme A memory from your lonesome past Keeps us so far apart Why can't I free your doubtful mind And melt your cold, cold heart
Another love before my time Made your heart sad and blue And so my heart is paying now For things I didn't do In anger unkind words are said That made the teardrops start Why can't I free your doubtful mind And melt your cold, cold heart
You know what ti me I get up every morning, Hank?
No idea, sir.
Sun don't never ever beat me.
Then know what I did at 6:15?
Listen to my radio show?
On WSFA? Uh-huh.
Nope. I had my breakfast.
Well, fair enough, I guess.
We ain't that big or we wouldn't be singin' at that hour.
Nah, I was just kidding around.
I listen to your program every now and then.
You do? Yeah.
What do you think? That's pretty good stuff.
Well, pretty fair.
All right, now.
Just a couple more little Justice of the Peace details.
So, this is your license and divorce decree, Miss Guy?
Well, I'm Miss Sheppard now.
Guy was Erksine's surname.
But these divorce papers are in order, right?
They definitely are.
Mr. Guy and I took care of that.
You'll take notice that it's been notarized as well?
Yeah, I see that.
Just 10 days ago, huh? Yeah.
Well, to the business at hand.
Just because these ceilings aren't vaulted and the windows aren't stained glass doesn't mean this union is any less sacred.
Audrey Mae Sheppard, do you take Hiram King Hank Williams to love and honor in all duty and service, to live with him and cherish him according to the bonds of marriage?
I sure will.
And do you, Hiram King Hank Williams, have this woman, Audrey Mae Sheppard, to be your wife?
And will you promise faithfulness in all love and honor and all duty and service to live with her according to the bonds of marriage?
Then by the authority vested in me, from the County of Covington in the state of Alabama, I declare you husband and wife.
I've tried and I've tried And all night long I've cried But I can't get you off of my mind
All right, folks.
Now I'm gonna play a little tune for ya.
It might make sense to y'all.
Tonight or this mornin', whatever the hell it is.
Don, don't screw it up.
- I'll try not to, bub. Let's roll.
When you are sad and lonely And have no place to go Come to see me, baby And bring along some dough And we'll go honky tonkin', honky tonkin'
Honky tonkin', honey baby We 'll go honky tonkin' 'round this town...
How much you got there, Miss Lillie?
I'm under no obligation to you.
Well, that goes both ways, huh?
Call me up, sweet mama And we'll go steppin' out...
He's drinking like a fish tonight.
You think so?
Honky tonkin', honey baby We'll go honky tonkin' 'round this town
Thank y'all, folks.
Now, I'm gonna invite up here my precious wife, Audrey.
Audrey, get up here.
Don't worry, Lillie.
Hank will hand it over to me before we even get home.
Get up here.
She is a hell of a singer.
Say hi, Audrey.
Now we're gonna sing a little song here called Blues Come Around.
Boys, let's roll.
Once I was happy as I could be But I let a man make a fool of me And ever since he let me down The blues come around When the sun goes down As long as the sun is in the sky...
You sound like a billy goat, and so does she.
Sit down, you horse's ass.
When the sun goes down Oh, the blues come around...
You skinny little shit!
When my wife wakes up, she listens to you on the damn radio.
If she's listening tomorrow morning, I'm gonna beat the hell out of her.
Well, partner, why don't you just turn the damn thing off?
That's why they put knobs on it.
Get off him!
Get off! Get off!
Get off! Get off!
You need to control yourself, sir!
Are you okay?
I'm fine, I'm fine.
You are late.
No, no, no.
I know I birthed you, Hank.
I was there.
But where you came from and how you got what you got and why you got it, I swear, nobody knows that.
Except maybe the Lord.
She's gonna be pissed about this.
You think I care?
Shoot. I'm doing everybody at the station a favor.
That woman hasn't got a clue who the star is around here.
And I haven't been driving you all over the state for 10 years, booking joints and schoolhouses, to see her swoop in like she is the Queen of England.
Know why you and Audrey don't get along?
One of you is afraid the other's gonna beat her to my pocket when I get drunk.
That's a hurtful thing to say, son.
Yeah, I'm just whupped, that's all.
I wish that was all.
When's the last time you ate?
Is your back sore?
If you want to be sure you're getting the tops in quality when you buy gas...
How you doing? Good. How are you?
Now, you never write, you never call.
What'd I do? Look, Hank, I got to get these to the office.
You got to go? Well, I'll see you soon.
I'll miss you.
Morning, boss. Howdy, Hank.
How are y'all?
I am moving slow today.
Well, where's the missus?
She ain't here.
Where you get off wasting 12 minutes of airtime?
That shit ain't gonna work.
And you smell like a damn still.
All of ya.
Why, I'm sorry, Mr. Pill.
Yeah, well, that don't mean nothing to me.
I'll boot you, I swear to God I will.
We're running a business here, asshole.
Oh, I surely know that, Mr. Pill.
Count him off.
Three, two, one.
Hey, a fine, very early good morning to all you friends out there.
This is Hank Williams and the Drifting Cowboys.
We're awful sorry we're getting a late jump, but last night, we got jumped ourselves out on Highway 31.
There's one more thing.
This looks like it's gonna be our last program here at WSFA.
So, if any of you out there have enjoyed it, we'd sure like to hear from ya.
You just write us and let us know.
Hey, Lycrecia, don't you love this book?
That's her cowboy.
I dreamed about you, baby Even though...
Oh, bless you, honey.
You let me go Look at his hat. Honey, what you think?
I'd like a hat like that.
How long's it been since Lycrecia saw her daddy?
Well, he's gonna stop by next week when she's at Mom and Dad's.
Oh, my heart is oh so heavy And these tears No longer glow Come on. Eat-up time.
I'm done dreaming About you, baby All because you let me go
It's fine, baby.
Well, how's the stew?
Everything's fine, then, huh?
You know, if it's fine, it doesn't need any ketchup.
But it isn't that fine.
The food or the song?
Well, they both need a little ketchup, honey.
Screw you, Hank.
Oh, come on, Auds. You come on.
You always do this.
Well, you know...
Like you said that I could sing with you on the program.
And there's been none of that at all.
What's that mean?
Geez, just what I said it means, okay?
What are you writing, Hank?
Uh, maybe a little poem to the Lord.
Might turn into a song.
Can always use a new one.
Are you the religious sort?
Well, when I was a boy, I spent a lot of time in church listening to gospel.
You still are a boy.
You think so, Ellie?
Why don't you write me a poem?
I might have to get to know you a little better.
Get lost, Ellie.
Did you see Howard Pill called?
Hank's got to come back. He has a contract.
That's true, we do.
And it's a good job right now.
He also said he'd like me to do some singing on the show.
That is not true.
Geez, I was doing pretty good here.
Few more shows, I want to be done with him.
It's not so easy to get out of.
Well, he can do what he wants, Lillie.
What is this, a schoolyard?
Where are you going?
Right now, I'm gonna take a piss.
Then the day after tomorrow, I'm going up to Nashville.
Charlie Holt gave me the name of a guy who can help me get on the Opry.
Well, I pressed Charlie Holt. You know that. I told you.
You did. I know, yeah.
That's just swell, Audrey.
Sounds good, huh?
So, when are we going, baby?
But Mama's bringing Lycrecia back then.
So, there you go.
Hello, sir. Hey there.
I'm Hank Williams. I heard that.
Well, I'll get down to it, then.
Charlie Holt gave me your name.
He said you'd tell me what I have to do to get on the Opry.
There's only one way to do that, and that's to audition for Jack Stapp.
Well, I... You know, I sure hate those auditions, Mr. Collins.
Maybe I could just meet him.
Son, there are no shortcuts to the Opry.
Well, could you tell Mr. Stapp that I'm here?
Hank, how old are you?
Twenty... Twenty-three when I last checked, sir.
Well, that's old enough that you ought to know that's not how it works.
Now, you're gonna make an appointment, and then you'll play for him, and if he likes it, you'll play for Judge Hay.
And then what?
And then Judge Hay's likely to tell you to come back when you're hot enough to draw flies.
Well, I just might know how to do that.
Hank, you know Fred Rose?
I know of him.
Roy Acuff's partner.
Among other things.
You might want to know of him a little bit better.
When he first came to see me, he played some songs he'd written and some other folks' material.
Well, actually, I believe Audrey, his wife, had been calling here quite a bit, pushing me to see him.
And I offered him a contract right then and there as a songwriter.
Damn publishing deal.
Ten dollars per song, plus royalties.
Officially a paid songwriter.
So I suggest you address me as Mr. Hiram Williams from now on.
Where the hell'd Hiram come from anyway?
From my old man.
Got it from King Hiram of the Book of Kings.
Hiram the First of Tyre.
Can we get some strawberries later?
Lillie never mentions your daddy at all, you know, like he never existed.
Yeah, she put him in the Veterans Hospital when I was six.
The one down in Pensacola.
I don't know, it was a... A war injury from France or something.
But a cousin told me it was from a truck accident in a lumberyard he was working in.
Anyway, he was all messed up, and...
That was about it for us.
Night-night, little bastard.
Better watch where you put that thing.
I think we might have a little bronco riding tonight.
Says ol' Hank.
Well, I look forward to that event.
Especially since you're not drinking.
Now, darling, that's uncalled for.
Well, then come on and climb up, cowboy.
Oh, my back.
It's gone again, baby. All right, then.
You love me?
You love me?
Do you really love me, honey?
Most of the time I do.
Came in last night at a half past 10: 00 That baby of mine wouldn't let me in So move it on over Move it on over
- Move it on over Move it on over Move over, little dog 'Cause the big dog's moving in She changed the lock on our front door And my door key don't fit no more So get it on over
- Move it on over Scoot it on over Move it on over Move over, skinny dog 'Cause the fat dog's moving in...
Now, why don't you come down here, and you'll see what I'm talking about.
Now, you see that the left is much higher than the right.
Can you see it now? Sure, yeah. Yeah.
Now, good. Now, why don't you go back up and fix it?
And watch your head.
I don't need no blood.
Hey, honey, get in here.
I want to show you something.
What is it?
Well, get in here, and I'll show you.
Well, okay, then.
What do you have to show me?
You see this? Mmm-hmm.
"Where the inspiration for Move It On Over came from, Hank couldn't say.
"It surely wasn't his own married life.
"Mr. and Mrs. Hank Williams lead a model domestic life."
Wait, you think that's funny?
I kind of do. Don't you?
Also says we've sold over 90,000.
If that's even half true, I wonder what kind of money that really adds up to.
Adds up to Hiram Williams is a big damn deal.
Well, big deal, did you see that note on the counter?
Howard Pill called, making sure we're at the station tomorrow.
Oh, hell with that show. I should have never gone back.
All right, folks.
I know it's 6:30 in the morning, but say you're milking a cow or just going to the store for some extra feed or supplies, we sure appreciate you listening to us.
We really do.
Now, I got a young lady gonna sing a song for you.
You here? I'm here.
I'm up in here.
She's slowly approaching the microscope.
Hey, you don't sound like you mean it.
Well, I do. Well, good.
Now, she's gonna sing a little ol' song called Pan American, which some of you will know.
It's the locomotive that highballs it from Cincinnati all the way to New Orleans just about every day.
At least turn her mic down, for God's sake.
Set your clock by it.
All right, Byrd.
I have heard your stories About your fast trains And now I'll tell you about one All the Southern folks have seen She's the beauty of the Southland Listen to that whistle scream It's that Pan American On her way to New Orleans...
Well, we got through that.
Someone's got to do something about her.
Well, well, well.
You boys discussing the weather or Audrey?
Well, Hank, actually we were discussing her singing.
Oh, you were?
Um, well, Hank,
Hey, you son of a bitch, that's my wife.
Well, now, look, Hank, you know as well as I do.
Now, come on. Well, maybe I do, but that don't matter right now.
That's my wife you're talking about.
Well, screw you, my husband.
Hey, darling. Darling, you didn't hear what I was saying back there. I was defending you.
You did a hell of a job on that song.
Just forget about it. Baby.
Baby, it's a beautiful morning.
You look beautiful.
We're doing really swell.
Oh, have another drink, Hank.
We're doing shit.
Why'd you got to say that?
You know people like my singing?
They tell me that. But not you.
Every time you get a chance, you squash me like a bug.
What are you talking about, a bug?
More like a damn queen bee.
I bring you up there. I stand by your side.
Yeah, holding your nose! Holding my nose? No.
Yeah, I'm sick of feeling bad, Hank, I'm sick of it!
Hey, we've got a hit record, in case you don't know.
We got a new house, and you got a goddamned fur coat.
Oh, you think that makes up for all the drunken whoring around bullshit I take?
It ought to make up for something! Well, it don't!
Not for a second does it make up for crushing a person's dreams.
Yeah, I'll tell you what, 'cause it's clear as hell right now.
You can take your hit record, wrap it up in that fur coat and you answer the phone when my lawyer calls.
He can call right fucking now!
"Love each other."
"Hank, I'm opening my heart to you because I love you like my own son.
"You and Audrey, you surely love each other.
"But you both want to be the boss.
"Both of you have your pride.
"Pride is one of the most destructive lies on Earth."
Say, how do I look?
Better than you did when you came in, Mr. Williams.
Thank you, Miss Warwick.
I ain't coming in again.
I'm pleased to hear that.
Don. How are ya? Pretty good.
What, you brought me some candy? Yeah.
My darling valentine not with you, huh?
Winner and still champion.
"This day in April, 1948, my husband, Hank Williams
"has a violent and ungovernable temper.
"He drinks a great deal, and during the last month, "he's been drunk most of the time.
"The past few months, he's been engaging in the wildest extravagances
"and wasting the funds which come into his hands."
I've been wasting the funds.
Audrey ran up a hell of a tab at Lowry's Furniture.
The owner says he wants it all by the end of this week.
Oh, does he now?
Well, you can tell that guy that every month I put all my bills in a hat and then I draw one out and that's the one I pay.
And if he presses me up again I ain't even gonna put his damn bill in the hat.
The house is a push, essentially, but you're out from under it.
And, well, here's the deposit.
$2,250, in cash.
It's all just a bunch of papers, some green and some bloody.
I don't see what the problem is or why it's taking so long or maybe...
You talkin' to that divorcing bitch?
Look, it's the Opry, Fred.
That's what I want.
I always wanted it.
Yeah, I get it, I get it. But it's not in the cards.
Okay, I'm talking to those boys down there, but we're gonna have to prove ourselves.
And not just musically, frankly, but with reliability.
Wel I, the hel I with them then.
They can go screw themselves if they think they're better 'n me.
That's right. They can kiss your ass.
I'm not the enemy, Hank.
Now, I got things just about set up with the Hayride down at Shreveport on KWKH.
Okay. - Okay?
Yeah, for the time being, yeah.
All right, good.
How's the family? How's Audrey?
She's... She's just fine. - Good.
She's a demon, that's what she is.
Women can be vengeful when they're not on your side.
Don't you worry, Fred. She's on my side.
She's on her own damn side.
We'll get to Nashville, son.
Crecia, why don't you come back inside? Okay, Mommy.
I'll be in in a sec.
I'm goin' to Shreveport for the Hayride.
I want you to come with me.
Did you get the papers?
You get the house money?
Come on, Auds.
You're always, "Come on."
We're about divorced, in case you didn't know.
It's too hard, this divorce thing.
Well, you should've thought about that a long time ago.
Yeah, I probably should have.
I couldn't see that far.
I couldn't see that, uh, fighting with you was better than being apart.
People do divorce all the time.
Trust me, you can do it.
I married the right woman for a man like me,
and I ain't ready to say goodbye.
I don't exactly know what that means.
I need you with me, is what it means.
Besides, don't I look good?
You look okay.
I look okay.
Is Lillie goin'?
You think you could treat me right, then?
Yes, I do.
But you can't.
I can try.
Come with me, Audrey.
I'm afraid to.
I love you.
You gonna quit fighting me about singing together?
Well, yeah. Yes, I am.
You mean it.
I mean it.
How'd the road go?
You all right?
I'm pretty beat.
I'm sorry I woke you.
I haven't been sleeping worth a damn.
I know about that.
Nah, I haven't.
You listening? Hmm.
I'm driftin' off, though.
Well, I was gonna tell you somethin'.
You hearing me?
You're gonna be a daddy.
My God. We're gonna have a baby?
I can't tell.
Well, you will.
Oh, Audrey, I love you. And I love you.
This is gonna be great.
It's gonna be great!
You know, he's gonna have a real dad.
No, not like I had. Not like it was for me.
He's gonna have family.
Well, how do you know it's a boy?
Well, whatever it is, he's gonna have a real family.
Fred wants me to head up Cincinnati for a session.
Look, thing is, uh, Fred wants me to try out some other boys to back me up on this one.
What the hell... What'd you tell the man?
I don't like that much.
Well, I didn't figure you would, but, uh, that's the way it's gotta be.
Well, maybe you don't need us at all.
Look, it don't mean nothin'.
It's just that Red Foley's band's already up there and Fred wants a record right away.
I see. It don't mean nothin'.
I don't need any shit, Shag.
Well, me neither.
What's he got in mind?
I wanna try Lovesick.
He ain't gonna like that. You didn't even write it.
Well, that's true.
But I made it mine now.
All righty right.
Hey, Fred. We did a couple for you. I got one for me.
I wanna do Lovesick. Right, boys?
Well, hell, screw you guys.
Hank, that song is painful, and not in the right way.
It's out of meter.
You hang onto some of those notes too damn long.
Well, when I find a note I like, I like holdin' on to it.
Listen to me. I'm on the Hayride.
I sing that song, I walk off the stage, I throw my hat back on the stage.
The hat gets an encore.
Come on, now.
All right. I'm getting a cup of coffee. You got 15 minutes.
Thank you, sir.
All right, boys, Lovesick Blues. Let's keep it simple.
No need to worry, Hank. Isn't all this shit simple?
I got a feeling called the blues, oh Lord Since my baby said goodbye Lord, I don't know what I'll do All I do is sit and sigh...
I'll tell you somethin'.
I ain't buyin'.
Gonna have a burger there with the ketchup?
Yes, I am.
Hey, Sammy, you get there yet? No.
I didn't start from the back.
Well, I guess in high school you still read front to back, huh?
That's funny, Hank.
You ain't that much older, you know.
I was born older than you, Sammy.
Take a look at this.
Look at it.
Now, I'll tell you somethin'.
And this ain't bull.
If this don't get me to the Opry...
I'm gonna give it up.
They'll have to come find me on a boat full of bass and come beggin'!
What they'll have to do.
What, somebody been chasing you or what?
She all right? Yeah, yeah. You comin'?
Oh, my God. Oh, my God.
Well, okay then! All right!
Hey, I told you I ain't buyin'.
Hey, Sammy, keep a hold of that magazine, okay?
Doc. Everything all right?
You have a son, Mr. Williams.
I... I do? You do.
She's good. She's strong.
She all right? Yeah, yeah.
And the boy, well, he's healthy, and... Yeah?
He's big? Over 10 pounds.
Well... Biggest this year.
Oh, he's a hoss, huh?
That's the truth.
Well, thank you, Doc. Thank you so much.
Absolutely. Thank you.
We'll have her ready for you to see in about 15 minutes.
Yes, sir. All right. All right.
I'm gonna need my hand back.
Okay, all right, I'll let you go.
All right. Sure. Okay. Thank you, sir.
All right, now.
Daddy's here. Daddy's here.
It's all right. It's all right.
It's all right.
I wouldn't let my dear savior in
Then Jesus came Like a stranger in the night Praise the Lord I saw the light I saw the light No more darkness No more night Now I'm so happy No sorrow in sight Praise the Lord I saw the light
He was sleeping pretty good there for a few days.
I guess they finally put the batteries in.
He sure likes his mama.
I'm going to the Opry, Auds.
Of course you are, honey.
I mean now.
Well, how'd he get past Jack Stapp and that gang?
Oscar and Fred swore I'd keep my nose clean.
I've been sober.
Well, I ought to be there.
I ought to be there, Hank.
But I can't, can I?
This peanut's too little.
It's not right.
I know. I know, honey.
It suddenly just happened that fast?
Not fast enough for me.
I'm walking the floor over you I can't sleep a wink, that is true I'm hoping and I'm praying As my heart breaks right in two...
How you doing, son?
Pretty fair. Don't worry, they can kill you, but they can't eat you.
I'm real proud of you, Hank.
I say that as a friend.
Well, I wouldn't be here without you, Pappy. Well.
It's everything I ever wanted.
Well, soon as he's done, there's gonna be three commercials, and then it's you.
Foley's boys are backing you.
They're down the hall.
Hank, Jim Denny, manager of the Opry.
Yes, sir. Thank you.
Sure. Good luck.
...just food and drinks and everything.
You guys get a little hungry... Boys.
Hey, Hank. Hey.
Ladies and gentlemen, tonight's big-name guest is making his first appearance on the Prince Albert Grand Ole Opry.
Let's give a rousing welcome to the Lovesick Blues boy, Mr. Hank Williams!
I got a feelin' called the blues Oh, Lord, since my baby said goodbye Lord, I don't know what I'll do All I do is sit and sigh, oh Lord That last long day she said goodbye Well, Lord, I thought I would cry She'll do me, she 'll do you She's got that kind of lovin'
Lord, I love to hear her when she calls me Sweet daddy Such a beautiful dream I hate to think it all over I lost my heart, it seems I've grown so used to you somehow Well, I'm nobody's sugar daddy now And I'm lonesome I got the lovesick blues
Well, I'm in love, I'm in love With a beautiful gal That's what's the matter with me Well, I'm in love, I'm in love With a beautiful gal But she don't care about me Lord, I've tried and I've tried To keep her satisfied But she just wouldn't stay So now that she is leavin'
This is all I can say I got a feelin' called the blues, oh Lord Since my baby said goodbye Lord, I don't know what I'll do I lost my heart, it seems I've grown so used to you somehow Well, I'm nobody's sugar daddy now And I'm lonesome I got the lovesick blues
Glen Burnie, Maryland, where local law enforcement and the Air Force have turned up some unusual evidence, which may shed light on the recent flying saucer sightings.
Baseball's greatest manager, Connie Mack, was given a massive ticker tape parade on Broadway.
Fifty years of managing!
And Grand Ole Opry performers Roy Acuff, Minnie Pearl and young heartthrob, Hank Williams, have been on a tour of US airbases in Germany.
Here's Hank and his wife, Audrey, moving into a new house on Franklin Road in Nashville, Tennessee.
Good luck, young lovers!
Santa baby Just slip a sable under the tree for me Merry Christmas, Fred.
Been an awful good girl Santa baby So hurry down the chimney tonight
Santa baby I want a yacht and really that's not a lot Been an angel all year Santa baby So hurry down the chimney tonight
Jesus, Hank, I've been looking for you.
What are you doing out here?
I love this thing. I love it.
Come over here, push my button. No, you're crazy.
I'm gonna go back inside.
All right, well, bring me a drink, will ya?
Well, no, you don't need one.
Now, can you come back inside before you get sick?
This is inspirational.
She builds me up, she brings me down...
Baby, I'm so thrilled that you're inspired now.
Now, could you please come back in and join the party?
Did you like that necklace I got you?
Yeah, I love it. Do ya?
Well, come over here and push my button.
No way. It's freezing, baby.
Forget it, then! What, so now you're gonna be mad?
No, I'm not mad. Okay, well, good, 'cause I'm gonna go back inside, and you, you just...
You keep on playing with that button of yours.
Well, good, 'cause I love my button. Well, then you keep on lovin' it!
You'll meet many just like me Upon life's busy street...
Yeah, Luke the Drifter was a pseudonym that Hank sometimes used to record certain songs.
They didn't sell well, but they seemed to offer some emotional relief for Hank.
Hank's first record for us was Move It On Over.
And then in our second session, he recorded I Saw the Light.
And Audrey Williams, did you work with her?
How should I say this?
We were happy to have Decca release her material.
Could you take the child?
- Operator. Hi, Operator.
Sheraton Hotel, Oklahoma City, please.
Well, I had me a woman Who done me wrong I wish I had the words To fix this song...
Sorry, ma'am, still no answer.
Care to leave a message?
Yes. Could you tell him, "I need to talk to you, you son of a bitch"?
Did you get that? - Uh, yes, ma'am.
Afternoon, Mr. Nowlin.
This ain't gonna cut it, fellas.
Yes, sir. I'm real sorry. I understand.
I... You see, Hank's come down with something real bad, and, well, he's just too damn sick to perform up to our usual standards.
I don't know what's up with you, Williams, but you're going up on that stage, and you're gonna give these folks, who've been waiting hours for your ass, a fine piece of yourself.
Thank you, sir.
That the doctor?
Or whatever he is that does these kinds of things.
Well, come on in.
Let's get this over with.
I don't want to wait a whole lot longer.
Ladies and gentlemen, I have an announcement.
Hank Williams is here!
And he is ready to give you the show you've been hoping for.
Hank Williams, everyone!
Come on, Hank!
Any of you folks know my half-brother, Luke?
My good friend, Luke the Drifter?
Hell, I don't know where they got the Luke part, but I can sure tell ya where they got the Drifter part.
I'd like to tell you a story.
About a family I once knew.
Why don't we call 'em William and Mary and their little daughter Sue.
Now, Mary was just a plain mother, and Bill, well, he was a usual dad.
And they had their own little family quarrels, but neither one ever really got mad.
And then one day something happened.
And it was nothing, of course.
But one word led to another, and the last word led to a divorce.
Now, here were two grown-up people who 'd failed to use common sense.
They strengthened their own selfish pride
at little Sue's expense.
...eight, nine, 10, 11, 12...
They sold me 13 roses.
You know, we'll save one for Hazel.
Thanks for doing all the driving, Don.
Sure. You want me to stick around?
Nah, you're fine.
Hank, I've been thinking.
We've been running pretty hard.
Maybe I've been too reluctant to speak up about some things.
You've been fine.
Whatcha gonna do?
You know, my uncle told me Grant was drunk every afternoon by 3:00.
But he still took Vicksburg.
Yeah, I guess he did.
I'll see ya, then.
I'll see ya.
How long you been here?
A little bit.
It took you long enough.
I just got off the road.
How are you? How'd you do?
We made out okay.
How's my boy?
Where's he at?
He's at the house. Where you think?
Billboard says we did $11,000 paid last week.
I heard you and Luke had some trouble in Texas.
What is it, baby?
You gonna be okay?
Am I gonna be okay?
You know, you come home from God knows wherever you are,
and then we sleep together.
You haven't a damn clue.
You did this to me, Hank.
You're the bastard that caused me to suffer like this.
What are you saying?
God, you're barely even here.
You're barely even a father now.
And, well, you couldn't have handled being more of one.
What did you do?
You can't... You can't do that without me.
Well, it's done.
Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you very much.
Thank you, friends.
And that about wraps it up for today.
All right, all right, there a little more in store, isn't there?
I almost forgot about the man y'all come to say hello to and rightly honor.
He's my very, very good friend.
One of the finest songwriters I've ever had the pleasure to know.
So, let's welcome, at his Montgomery Homecoming Day, a great and loyal son of Alabama, Hank Williams!
Well, hello, Montgomery.
It's always good to be back here.
I thank y'all so much.
I thank you.
I much appreciate the warm welcome you've given to me and my family.
My mother, Lillie.
My beautiful wife, Audrey.
My little lady, Lycrecia.
My big boy, Bocephus!
Now, right now, I got a little song for ya.
It's been awful good to me and the boys.
It's bought us quite a few beans and biscuits.
It's called Good Looking, You Got Anything Cooking, How About Cooking It Up With Me?
Hey, good lookin'
Whatcha got cookin'?
How's about cookin' something up with me?
Said, hey, sweet baby Don't you think maybe We could find us a brand-new recipe?
I got a hot-rod Ford and a two-dollar bill And I know a spot right over the hill There's soda pop and the dancing's free So if you wanna have fun Come along with me Said, hey, good lookin'
Whatcha got cookin'?
How's about cookin' something up with me?
I'm free and I'm ready So we can go steady How's about savin' all your time for me?
I like that hotel pretty good.
You think all hotels are good.
Ah, here we are.
Where are you gentlemen going?
Perry Como Show.
Thank you, sir.
It was a good show, man. It was.
You sure couldn't get that damn jingle right, could you?
Don't you know there's 20 smokes in a pack of Chesterfields?
I know damn well there's 20 smokes in a pack of Chesterfields.
And I'll tell you something else.
Ol' Hank didn't come all the way from South Alabama to New York City to sing in a damn cigarette commercial, that's for damn sure.
Gentlemen want another round, or have you hit your limit on soda water? Yes, ma'am! We do.
Yeah, I'm good.
Have a damn drink, boys.
Babysittin' hour's about up.
Yes, please, ma'am.
James Dolan from the Tribune.
Really sorry I'm late.
You don't like doing this much, do you?
Well, it comes with the job.
You know what I don't like is people pretending one thing and they got something else on their mind.
You do what I do, you get where I am, you see plenty of that.
People thinking they'll make a nice pie with a slice of me.
Well, I'm only looking to give people some insight into you.
Why you write what you write, sing what you sing.
I write what I write and I sing what I sing 'cause that's what I do.
Ain't much choice, really.
As an artist.
That's your word.
You are offering your fans something.
What would you say that is?
everybody has a little darkness in them.
Now, they may not like it, don't want to know about it, but it's there.
Now, I'm talking about things like anger, misery, sorrow, shame.
And they hear it.
I show it to 'em.
And they don't have to take it home.
You think that's what they expect from you?
They expect I can help their troubles.
Now, the reason I know that is 'cause they write.
If their husband dies and they're left with eight starving kids, they write.
If their sweetheart's done 'em wrong, they write.
I don't know, but I reckon they think I'm some sort of Red Cross.
You can write this down.
Folk music, hillbilly, it's sincere.
There ain't nothing phony.
Man sings a sad song, he knows the sad.
There's, well, a lot of speculation about the hard lives that western or folk singers live.
What do you mean, "hard"?
Well, I mean, more like the women, whiskey.
If you're getting at something, then get at it.
There are a lot of rumors, Mr. Williams, that you have struggled with alcohol.
I didn't know you were in the rumor business, Mr. Dolan.
I'm not. I don't mean to offend...
But since you obviously are, why don't you say they're all true, every single one of 'em? Because that's not what I do.
You can do whatever you want to do, but I'm done doing this.
Hunt 'em up, now. Hunt 'em up.
There you go, Zeke.
Hunt 'em up.
Here we go. Hunt 'em up.
Hunt 'em up.
Try gettin' birdy. Sit.
God blessed! Birdy.
Damn it! You're supposed to shoot 'em, not scare 'em off. Yeah, I'm trying.
He's onto something.
It's a coon.
What are you doing down there, man?
Give me a second, Burr.
My back is fucked.
Your back's not broken.
Well, I couldn't feel it if it was.
Yes, you've got quite a bit of morphine in your system.
Have to get the recipe from ya.
How much do you know about your condition?
Always had that bump.
Docs early on didn't want to do much about it.
Well, there's a name for that.
It's called spina bifida occulta.
It means your vertebrae aren't completely closed.
Now, people with the mildest form of this type of spina bifida often don't even know they have it.
Well, now I know it's got a name.
It's chronic, Mr. Williams.
It'll never go away.
Now, we can operate, try and alleviate the pain as much as possible.
Cure me or kill me, Doc.
I can't go on like I've been doing anymore.
How you doing?
I suppose you've been out with your friends, huh?
At a joint?
No, I was at a house.
Yeah, a little bit.
Exactly how sick would I have to be for you to stick around and provide a little comfort?
Well, a little comfort is something that runs two ways.
Not in your case.
Screw you, Hank.
Come over here and you can.
Oh, yeah, I doubt that.
Professional like you, I'm sure it'd be no problem.
You son of a bitch.
All you do is you go out on the road and you sleep with a different woman every night, and then you finally get home and criticize me?
Well, you want it all, don't you, baby?
You want to whore around... Uh...
...and still be Mrs. Hank Williams.
You know what?
You can keep your great Mrs. Hank Williams.
I'll give it back to you.
Baby, what are you doing up?
Come here. Let's get you back to bed.
I know I can't make D.C. or Baltimore, Jim.
Now, why can't we just tell them the truth and live with it?
I'm sorry, Hank, but I think we got to do it this way.
You're not hearing me. I don't want to do it!
And I sure as hell don't want Audrey standing in for me, or anybody else at the show. Hank, I don't see a way around it.
I can't make it 'cause I'm laid up.
Now, I get the boys as soon as I can.
I go down there on my own money.
I'll make it right.
Connie Gay is putting these shows on.
Now, he and I go back forever.
Now, there's nobody else available.
I mean, I got the Opry spread all over on New Year's Eve.
Toledo, Baltimore, Raleigh.
Says one every three hours.
I figure three every hour ought to be that much better.
You good to go?
Hell. Yes, sir.
Look, you don't show, everybody will think it's the whiskey talking, and Connie Gay will be stuck bad.
And whether you like it or not, I represent the Opry.
And as fond of you as I am, if you want to stay a part of this, you got to do it.
You need to record this.
We'll play it that night.
You always been a son of a bitch, J.D.
Well, that may be, but it's 'cause I have to be.
But I always been solid by you.
Give me a pen.
I think I can write my own damn apology.
I'd really been looking forward to visiting you folks in Washington today.
But, well, a couple weeks ago, I...
I had to have an operation on my back.
Fact is, I been in bed a couple weeks, and, well, I sure am sorry I couldn't be there tonight.
I hope y'all enjoy the rest of the show.
And thanks for buying my records.
Audrey, I should've gone straight home.
No, it's fine. We'll just have a drink, and they will just have to deal with it.
If you say so.
Why don't you two wait in here, and I'll go see where he is.
Doesn't appear anyone's here to greet Mommy.
Where the hell is he?
What is he doing?
What the hell are you doing?
Killing bottles, waiting for my loving wife to come home.
Okay, well, I'm home now.
What are you... Are you drunk?
Do you think that you could wait till we're alone before you start acting up?
You really have no couth, do you?
You son of a bitch.
I suppose you're right, dear.
Now die, you God-awful tiki wiki shit!
Hank Williams, I will never live another day with you.
That's when he moved in with Ray Price.
Ray was a bit younger, and innocent in many ways, and he really looked up to Hank, as a lot of the guys did.
And the house was a nice place in the Natchez Trace area in Nashville.
One thing's for sure.
Ray wasn't ready for what Hank was bringing.
I've got something to shout about A whole lot of lovin' to talk about My baby's comin' home And that's what's knocking me out
She's so sweet and she's so fine
Hank, can you believe I was gonna be a veterinarian?
Hey, Ray? Look at me now.
I got the best party on the block.
Look at you now! I should write a song called Look At Me Now. You should write...
Look at me now...
"His conduct was intolerable.
"He became abusive, cursing me, "and even striking me on numerous occasions."
That's a damn lie, Ray. I'm sure it is.
Why'd she have to go that far?
Well, Hank, that's divorce in this country, as far as I can tell.
This says I made 92 grand last year.
Hell, I didn't make that.
House at 55 grand, three Cadillacs.
"In the past months, defendant has been enjoying
"a life of wild extravagance."
Hey, Bobbie, come here.
Come on, get a seat.
And I'm dangerous.
Well, I guess there's worse things you could be.
Says that I had an affair with a highway patrolman when he was on the road.
Mmm, and look at this.
I insisted on singing with him when I had neither a voice or musical ability.
How you doing up there, cowboy?
Just can't believe this place is yours.
For about another hour.
Was gonna build a house over by that pecan grove, but that ain't happening now.
Well, you'll get another one somewhere else.
I've been there before.
And it ain't much better.
You know, sometimes I wish I was back at WSFA making $12 a week, and knowing who my friends were.
Hey, you know this man? By telephone only. He's okay.
I bet he's never heard one song.
You gentlemen may go in now.
Thank you, ma'am. Thank you, ma'am.
Sorry to keep you waiting.
Welcome, welcome. How are you, Dore?
I'm fine, Fred, you know.
Hank, how are you?
I'm all right, Mr. Schary.
I'm all right.
Well, take your hat off.
Sit down. Just relax.
How was the flight in?
Uh, it was all right.
A little bumpy over Wichita.
Yeah, always is.
Hank, I'm very sorry to hear about you and Audrey having troubles, I mean, you know.
The business, it's tough on marriage.
Well, marriage is tough on marriage.
What do you say we just cut to the chase?
I saw your press release announcing our deals.
You fellas played it up nicely.
We were generally pleased with the response.
Well, we're thinking of a part for Hank in Small Town Girls, with Farley Granger and Jane Powell.
My wife loves Jane Powell.
So does America.
And as we discussed, Fred, it would be no more than four weeks' work.
And a salary of $4,500 a week.
That's quite a lot of money, isn't it?
Well, it's not as much cash as I can make on the road.
Is it, Pappy?
Well, I'm sure between Fred and I, we can come to an arrangement, if we're all serious.
So, Hank, how tall are you?
About the same as my mother.
Six feet, six-one, thereabout.
Is that with or without the hat?
Because I don't think I've ever seen you without it.
Well, me neither.
Would you mind?
I'd like to see, well, your general look.
You do have hair, right?
Oh, yes, sir.
I got a whole drawer full of it.
I'm serious, Hank.
You know, I read something today.
It said I was a genius.
Why do you figure that makes me fearful?
Probably the load.
I miss them so much, Mama.
So damn much.
I know you do.
I know. - Ladies and gentlemen, let me just give you the lowdown on this next fella's...
But you are better off without her, son.
She was never worth a half of you.
I got a little boy I worry about, too.
...he's got a new song out there that he wrote for us.
I got a brand-new song, ain't never been aired.
Ain't never been aired?
No, but it just might need it.
Doggone it, Hank!
All right, boys, let it roll.
Well, why don't you love me like you used to do?
How come you treat me like a worn-out shoe?
My hair's still curly and my eyes are still blue Why don't you love me like you used to do?
I ain't had no lovin' like a-huggin' and a-kissin'
In a long, long while We don't get nearer or further Or closer than a country mile Why don't you spark me like you used to do?
And say sweet nothings like you used to coo I'm the same old trouble That you've always been through Why don't you love me like you used to do?
Well, why don't you be just like you used to be?
How come you find so many faults with me?
Somebody's changed so let me give you a clue Why don't you love me like you used to do?
I ain't had no lovin'
Like a-huggin' and a-kissin' in a long, long while
I just laughed it off.
I don't know.
You here with anybody?
Boy guesting up in Shreveport?
And that's him right over there behind you.
Good to meet you. Good to meet you.
You gonna marry this girl?
Well, are you?
Well, not likely.
She's far too good-looking for a wife.
Well, if you ain't gonna marry her, ol' Hank just might.
Is that right? That's right.
I hope I ain't causing you any pain.
Don't worry about it.
You're like an angel.
My two boys over there, Alton and Sonny, big fans of yours.
Pregnant at 16.
So, Jeri Lynn there.
Married and pregnant, Mr. Jones.
Well, I'm not selling her short.
She is pretty tough.
Oh, I bet she is.
Nineteen years old, what the hell do you know?
Yeah, I could barely tie my own shoes then.
Well, heck, I wasn't even wearin' them.
I like children a lot.
I got one of my own, and my former wife had one, too.
Well, you're handsome, talented and love kids.
How about that, Daddy?
Hey, Ray. Hank.
You with him?
You with him?
Bobbie, what are you doing here?
What do you think, Hank?
Oh, that's nice. Thank you.
Billie, let me handle this, please.
Bobbie, we got to talk.
Get her out of here.
Oh, I'm sorry, darling.
But who do you think you are?
Well, I was the woman he was gonna marry.
Really? Lucky him. Billie.
Maybe you should have told some of your other girls that, Hank.
Bobbie. Well, you are right about that, honey.
Billie, there isn't anybody else, I swear to God!
She got it wrong about us, okay?
They get it that way sometimes.
Boy, you're a real piece of work, Hank Williams.
You know, I may just be a Bossier City kid, but I got enough sense to know you're trouble, and you're gonna tear me up.
We're gonna have a big ol' time at the Grand Ole Opry tonight!
That's right. We got quite a lineup.
We've got Bob Mayfield, we've got Minnie Pearl, and Hank Williams!
So, let's put our hands together.
Let's do a live and lively rousing welcome.
You want something? Cup of coffee?
He moved out.
I don't want to know where you were or why you weren't at the show.
I'm sorry, J.D. I'm sure.
But sorry don't mean shit.
We're grown men.
Oh, I see.
Should I be taking notes on this lesson?
Opry's a brand and you're pissing on it, Hank.
It means something to a lot of people.
You want to play the artist on me? All right, then.
An artist like you, a man who can make folks forget their troubles, you have an obligation.
You been working me pretty hard, J.D.
I mean, 100 out of 119 days on the road.
I don't really need any more obligations.
I'm not trying to be disrespectful, Hank.
I'm not trying to put you down.
Don't you worry.
I gave up giving a shit about what other people think a long time ago.
All right, then.
Here's the deal.
August 9th in your regular Opry spot, and August 10th an Opry-sponsored show in Knoxville.
Sure, all right, okay.
I'm imploring you.
Don't let me down.
They'll get their money's worth, sir.
Of course I mean, Cousin Minnie Pearl!
Jambalaya hit number one today, you know that?
I had to do it, Red.
I had to let Hank go.
Oh, hey, it's Hank.
Hey, Hank, it's Sonny.
Oh, hey, Sonny.
Uh, is your sister around?
No, I don't know where she is.
Hey, Sonny, help me out, will you?
Bobbie, it's me.
Listen, I was thinking, why don't you pack a bag, and I'll come by in about a half-hour?
Where are we going?
Uh, Lake Martin.
A lodge at Kowaliga Bay.
It belongs to a pal of mine.
What do you say?
Make it an hour.
You're drunker than ol' Hank.
I'm not drunk.
What is it with me?
Every woman in my life has kids.
Every one of them.
Before I even got to them.
You're obviously very attractive to mothers, Hank.
We could get married.
Baby, you don't want to marry me.
Boy, I'm a professional at making a mess of things.
Hank, if we got married, things would be easier.
They'd be more stable.
And just think, we'd have this little one right here.
I love you.
But not like that.
Not that way.
'Sides, I'm gonna marry Billie Jean.
She know that?
I'm gonna look after this little baby.
I'll send you money, and I'll be its papa, even.
There ain't gonna be no marriage.
Hank, you are really screwed up.
I pulled every string to get him back where he started, the Hayride in Louisiana.
It wouldn't be the same money or exposure, but at least he wouldn't be idle.
Hank idle, damn.
Before long, he had a Nashville showgirl with child.
And shortly after that, he married Billie Jean Jones in the City Auditorium, New Orleans.
It's not just my back, baby.
I feel like my chest is, like, getting jumped on.
Who are you?
LeBeau, the promoter.
What kind of doctor?
I specialize in alcoholism.
What does that mean?
What you got, Doc?
What's the man have?
It means I've been there and back, ma'am, and I will help Mr. Williams to a speedy recovery.
Let the man in!
It will be better, son.
So powerful, they use it to sedate circus animals.
It's never supposed to be administered with alcohol or to someone with a heart condition, which Hank likely had.
Marshall, his di ploma was from the Chicago University of Applied Sciences and Arts.
He bought it off a salesman at a gas station for $25.
And then Hank called me and told me he was in Marshall's care.
How you doing, son?
How long we got left?
We can be done, Hank.
Just call it a day.
I got something I want to run past you.
Your cheatin' heart
Will make you weep
You'll cry and cry And try to sleep But sleep won't come The whole night through Your cheatin ' heart Will tell on you When tears come down Like falling rain You'll toss around And call my name You'll walk the floor
The way I do Your cheatin ' heart
Will tell on you
I heard you got a new toy.
Oh, it's a choo-choo train.
Are you gonna play with me?
I'll be right there just as soon as I can.
You know how much I miss you, don't you, Bocephus?
Than all the ants on the sidewalks, and all the leaves in the trees.
Hey, baby, can I talk to Daddy?
Hey, Hank? We got to go now.
It's getting past his bedtime, and I don't want him getting worked up.
Audrey, why don't you bring him up to Shreveport this weekend?
Well, that won't work out.
Well, why not?
I mean, it'd just be for the Saturday.
You could leave him here and, you know, we'll bring him back.
Well, we got plans Saturday.
Well, how about Sunday, then?
No, that won't work.
We're just gonna have to find a better time, okay?
So, I'm gonna talk to you later.
Okay, hon? Bye.
The first task of the new administration will be to review and reexamine...
...we have a time-out existing on the playing field on the part of the University of Alabama...
Do you have to?
Yeah, I kind of do.
Well, honey, I'm real glad you're skipping some of them dates.
Taking some time.
And I'm real glad we're getting out of Shreveport.
But to tell you the truth, I don't really want to see your mother.
I know that.
Still, at least, she'll be happy to see me.
Lately, people see me coming, they want to cross the street.
Well, that's just not true.
I'm sorry, baby.
A.V. Bamford had booked Hank for two dates at the end of December.
New Year's Eve in Charleston, West Virginia, New Year's Day in Canton, Ohio.
Hank looked around for someone to drive him in his own car.
And when he couldn't find any friends to take him up on that, he called a buddy of his at Lee Street Taxi in Montgomery.
And that fella got his 17-year-old son, Charles Carr, to do the job.
Charles was a freshman at Auburn on holiday break.
Can you take care of that for me?
Be careful with that, Charles.
Come here, baby.
I'll call you when I get up to Charleston.
How come I can't come?
Go back to Shreveport, I'll meet you in a couple days.
You don't have to stay.
I don't see the big deal, me coming along.
Well, it's a long-ass trip.
we might get real sick of each other.
You might end up going at me, right?
One more for luck, huh?
Watch your head, Mr. Williams. Thank you, sir.
What are you smiling about?
Well, another reason I think you shouldn't come, I could use the leg room.
Drive safe, Charles.
He's a real SOB, but I think I love him.
Listen to the boss, Charles.
I'll see you in Louisiana, darlin'.
Happy New Year.
Ladies and gentlemen, I've been in show business for almost 20 years.
But today, will be the most difficult task I've ever had to perform.
This morning, on his way to Canton to do this show,
Hank Williams died in his car.
I wandered so aimless Life filled with sin I wouldn't let my Dear Savior in Then Jesus came like A stranger in the night Praise the Lord I saw the light I saw the light I saw the light No more darkness No more night Now I'm so happy No sorrow in sight Praise the Lord...
Montgomery, Alabama, January 4th, 1953.
Hank Williams laid to rest in Dixie.
I saw the light...
The top singer-songwriter died tragically of severe heart damage.
He was 29 years old.
In only six years of recording, he had a remarkable 36 hit songs and sold over 11 million records.
Fans, friends and family gave the boy from Mount Olive the state's largest send-off ever, accompanied by the mournful sounds of his buddies' steel guitars and weeping fiddles.
No more darkness No more night...
Hear that lonesome whippoorwill He sounds too blue to fly
The midnight train is whining low I'm so lonesome I could cry
The silence of a falling star Lights up a purple sky
And as I wonder where you are I'm so lonesome I could cry And as I wonder where you are I'm so lonesome I could cry
Goodbye Joe me gotta go, me oh my oh Me gotta go pole the pirogue down the bayou My Yvonne the sweetest one, me oh my oh Son of a gun we 'll have big fun on the bayou Jambalaya and a crawfish pie and fillet gumbo
'Cause tonight I'm gonna see my ma cher amio Pick guitar, fill fruit jar and be gay-o Son of a gun we 'll have big fun on the bayou
Jambalaya and a crawfish pie and fillet gumbo
'Cause tonight I'm gonna see my ma cher amio Pick guitar, fill fruit jar and be gay-o Son of a gun we 'll have big fun on the bayou