On this day in Alabama history: Hank Williams debuted at Grand Ole Opry

On this day in Alabama history: Hank Williams debuted at Grand Ole Opry
Country singer Hank Williams poses for a portrait circa 1948 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

June 11, 1949

A 25-year-old Hank Williams took the stage for the first time at the Grand Ole Opry on June 11, 1949, performing “Lovesick Blues” and “Mind Your Own Business.” The Ryman Auditorium audience called Williams out for six encores and had to be talked down from calling him out for a seventh for the sake of the rest of the show continuing. His performance in front of the wildly enthusiastic crowd led to regular appearances for Williams at the Grand Ole Opry.

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