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Comment of the Day: The Legend of Hank Williams

Today, we posted Jim J. Tommaney's review of Hank Williams: Lost Highway, the jukebox musical about the iconic country singer's life that's being performed now at Stages. Williams, who died before his 30th birthday, has gone down in history as one of the most influential songwriters of all time, and he touched countless people with his music.

JBuczek was one of those people, whether or not the man in the following story he left on our site today was in fact the author of "Your Cheatin' Heart":

In 1948 I was 16 years old working on a chicken farm in Toms River, N.J. I was finished with my work and took a long walk with my Stella guitar to the Toms River diner, At the diner I sat on a wall and started to play my guitar. A man came up to me and asked if he could borrow my guitar. I handed it to him and he started playing and singing with it. I was surprised when the man sang 16 country songs (I counted them). I still remember at that time the man had a yodel in his voice which disturbed me at my age and his friends were coming out of the diner and asking if he needed any assistance. When he was finished he gave me my guitar back and thanked me. Many, many years later I thought about that time. What stranger would know 16 songs complete? He was in his late 20's and sung with a yodel. Today, I believe that man was Hank Williams.

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