Hank Williams Named After A Freemasonic Icon

Hank Williams is one of the giants of American popular music and one of the icons of American Country music. Having been taught to play guitar as an adolescent by a Black street performer Rufus Payne,  within a few years he was hosting his own weekly radio show, playing local honky tonks and eventually signed as a songwriter to Acuff-Rose Publishing and recording for MGM Records scoring 11 #1 hits during his lifetime. All of this is well known. What’s not normally acknowledged is that his legal name was Hiram King Williams; his father, Elonzo, was a Mason and his mother Lillie a member of Order of the Eastern star who named him after Hiram, King of Tyre – one of the three founders of Freemasonry according to Masonic tradition.

Read the Wikipedia article here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hank_Williams


Thanks to Sister Amy for the tip!




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