Singer Hank Williams was the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize in 2010. It was an extraordinary honor for someone who died short of his 30th birthday in 1953.
But Williams had an outsized effect on American music. The Pulitzer commendation reads: "A posthumous special citation to Hank Williams for his craftsmanship as a songwriter who expressed universal feelings with poignant simplicity and played a pivotal role in transforming country music into a major musical and cultural force in American life."
In Montgomery, Alabama—just blocks from where Williams sang on his front porch at night—there’s a museum dedicated to his music and his life.
Take a tour and hear some of the music that Williams once sang on the radio. The recordings were fished out of the trash and have just been released.