(1923-53) the most important early singer and writer of US country music. His sad voice and simple songs influenced many later singers. His best-known songs include Lovesick Blues (1949), Your Cheatin' Heart (1953) and Take These Chains from My Heart (1953). Williams drank too much alcohol and died young. He was chosen for the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961. In a film about his life, Your Cheatin' Heart (1964), his songs were sung by his son Hank Williams, Junior.