1 January 1953 – HANK WILLIAMS Passed Away Hours Before The Show

Great concert posters from the past

HANK WILLIAMS
Ohio, Cleveland
1 January 1953

The country star passed away
hours before his show in Ohio.

Here’s the story

“Williams was scheduled to perform at the Municipal Auditorium in Charleston, West Virginia, on December 31, 1952. That day, Williams could not fly because of an ice storm in the Nashville area. He hired a college student, Charles Carr, to drive him to the concert. Carr called the Charleston auditorium from Knoxville to say that Williams would not arrive on time owing to the ice storm and was instead ordered to drive Williams to Canton, Ohio, for a New Year’s Day concert there.

The two arrived at the Andrew Johnson Hotel in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Carr requested a doctor for Williams, who was affected by the combination of the chloral hydrate and alcohol he had drunk on the way to Knoxville. Dr. P. H. Cardwell injected Williams with two shots of vitamin B12 that also contained a quarter-grain of morphine. Carr and Williams checked out of the hotel, but the porters had to carry Williams to the car as he was coughing and hiccuping.

At around midnight on January 1, 1953, when the two crossed the Tennessee state line and arrived in Bristol, Virginia, Carr stopped at a small all-night restaurant and asked Williams if he wanted to eat. Williams said he did not, and those are believed to be his last words. Carr later drove on until he stopped for fuel at a gas station in Oak Hill, West Virginia, where he realized that Williams had been dead for so long that rigor mortis had already set in.

September 17, 1923 – January 1, 1953.
Only 29. R.I.P.

HANK WILLIAMS: History

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