Tuesday 6 December 2016

Hank Williams gets Pulitzer honour

Published 13/04/2010 | 13:42

Hank Williams has been honoured with a Pulitzer Prize citation
Hank Williams has been honoured with a Pulitzer Prize citation

Country pioneer Hank Williams has been honoured with a special Pulitzer Prize citation.

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The Pulitzer board awarded the late singer for his lifetime achievement, based on a confidential survey of experts in popular music.

"I don't think any country artist cast a longer shadow than he does, both as a songwriter and a performer," said Jay Orr, vice president of museum programmes at the Country Music Hall Of Fame in Nashville.

"His songs are master works. But there's a mystique about his character that still fascinates the people who have come after him ... He was the romantic ideal of the hillbilly Shakespeare and his cultural legacy continues to grow."

His granddaughter Holly Williams said that she just finished a tour in Europe and that Hank's legacy is appreciated there as well, showing his universal appeal.

"Who else has been covered by everyone from Bob Dylan to Tony Bennett to Coldplay to Buddy Guy?" she said.

"He deserves this honour on every level and the family is really happy about this. His genius will always live on and it's nice to know that people are still remembering him with accolades more than 50 years after his death."

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