- 99% match to Hank Williams Jr.
Donald Eugene Lytle, 31 May 1938, Greenfield, Ohio, USA, d. 18 February 2003, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. His date of birth is often disputed, and varies between 1938 and 1941. The title of Paychecks 1977 country hit, Im The Only Hell (Mama Ever Raised), is apt as he was in trouble throughout his life; the wild eyes on his album sleeves give the pictur
David Allan Coe
- 95% match to Hank Williams Jr.
6 September 1939, Akron, Ohio, USA. From the age of nine, Coe was in and out of reform schools, correction centres and prisons. According to his publicity handout, he spent time on Death Row after killing a fellow inmate who demanded oral sex. When Rolling Stone magazine questioned this, Coe responded with a song, Id Like To Kick The Shit Out Of You. Whatev
Danny Shirley (12 August 1956, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA; lead vocals/guitar), Mark DuFresne (b. 6 August 1953, Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; drums), Michael Lamb (guitar/vocals), Chris McDaniel (b. 4 February 1965, Rock Springs, Georgia, USA; keyboards/vocals), Gates Nichols (b. 26 May 1944, New York City, New York, USA; steel guitar/vocals) and Wayne Secrest (b. 30 April 19
- 74% match to Hank Williams Jr.
6 April 1937, Bakersfield, California, USA. Like a razors edge, Merle Haggard sings is how John Stewart described his voice in Eighteen Wheels, and that razor has been honed by his rough and rowdy ways. In the 30s Haggards parents migrated from the Dustbowl to the land of milk and honey, California. Life, however, was almost a
- 74% match to Hank Williams Jr.
Wayland Arnold Jennings, 15 June 1937, Littlefield, Texas, USA, d. 13 February 2002, Arizona, USA. Jennings mother wanted to name him Tommy but his father, William Alvin, insisted that the family tradition of W.A. should be maintained. His father played guitar in Texas dancehalls and Jennings childhood hero was Ernest Tubb, with whom he later recorded
Billy Joe Shaver
- 73% match to Hank Williams Jr.
16 September 1941, Corsicana, Texas, USA. Shaver was raised in Waco, Texas, and lost two fingers in a sawmill accident. In typically contradictory fashion, he took up bronc-busting as a safer job and started to learn guitar. An early song, Two Bits Worth Of Nothing, was written about his wife - a woman he has both married and divorced three times! Shaver spent so
Tom T. Hall
- 60% match to Hank Williams Jr.
25 May 1936, Olive Hill, Kentucky, USA. Hall was one of eight children and his father was a bricklayer and part-time minister. Hall described the family home as a frame house of pale-grey boards and a porch from which to view the dusty road and the promise of elsewhere beyond the hills - the birthplace of a dreamer. Hall, who started to learn to play a school fri
- 59% match to Hank Williams Jr.
Harold Lloyd Jenkins, 1 September 1933, Friars Point, Mississippi, USA, d. 5 June 1993, Springfield, Missouri, USA. His father, a riverboat pilot, named him after a silent-film comedian and gave him a guitar when he was five years old. The family moved to Helena, Arkansas, and Twittys schoolboy friends - Jack Nance, Joe E. Lewis and John Hughey - have since played in h
- 57% match to Hank Williams Jr.
Waylon Albright Jennings, 19 May 1979, USA. The son of American country legends Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooter was given his unusual nickname by his father after he had watched his baby son pee all over a nurse. Shooters early years were spent on the road with his parents, and by his teenage years he had already learned to play drums, piano and guitar and ma
- 56% match to Hank Williams Jr.
Alvis Edgar Owens Jnr., 12 August 1929, Sherman, Texas, USA, d. 25 March 2006, USA, Bakersfield, California, USA. Buck Owens became one of the leading country music stars of the 60s and 70s, along with Merle Haggard, the leading exponent of the west coast sound. Owens gave himself the nickname Buck at the age of three, after a favourite horse. When he was 10, his
- 53% match to Hank Williams Jr.
5 August 1934, Woodland, Alabama, USA. Gosdins first steps in carrying out his wish to be a country singer-songwriter came in the early 50s, when as a result of singing with his two brothers in the local church, they became regulars as the Gosdin Family on WVOK Birmingham. In 1953, he moved to Atlanta where he sold ice cream and in 1956 to Chicago where he ran a countr
- 51% match to Hank Williams Jr.
Mirriam Johnson, 25 May 1947, Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Her mother became Sister Helen, an ordained Pentecostal minister, and Colter became the church pianist when only 11, hence her subsequent gospel album, Mirriam. She impressed Duane Eddy who produced her 1961 single Lonesome Road, and who then married her in 1963. He wrote and recorded an instrumental, Mir