He Saw the Light

Hank Williams' lost songs emerge, in other voices


Hank Williams: some lost songs emerge

When the great country singer and composer Hank Williams died at age 29 in the backseat of a Cadillac on New Year's Day 1953, he left behind a catalog of sleek, direct, endlessly coverable songs. He also left many more lyrics than he'd ever gotten around to recording. Over the decades, Williams' unfinished works--found in a cardboard box and then locked away in a safe by his music publisher, Acuff-Rose--gradually developed a reputation as the lost treasure of Nashville. The prospect of a cache of tunes as glorious as "Hey Good Lookin'" and "Cold, Cold Heart" made for an irresistible legend.