Who is Hank Williams Jr. and what is his net worth 2018? Hank Williams Jr. is a singer and musician who is the son of legendary singer Hank Williams. He started his career by following his father’s footsteps. He achieved huge success during the 1980s and got recognition in the music industry. He is a multi-instrumentalist and plays guitar, bass, dobro, piano, banjo, harmonica, drums, fiddle, and keyboards. Having been present since decades, he has accumulated a good fortune. The singer almost died in 1975 in a climbing accident. He specialises in country music and was named as the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year in 1987.
Hank William Jr. was named as Randall Hank Williams, and he was born on May 26, 1949, in Shreveport, Louisiana. He is the son of popular singer Hank Williams and Audrey Williams. His father died in 1953, and he was raised by his mother. When he was a child, his family used to get visited by many musicians, and this influenced him to learn musical instruments and genres.
Popular figures like Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis and Lightnin’ Hopkins used to visit his place and taught him to learn music. When he was eight years old, he got an opportunity to sing his father’s song on the stage.
His recording debut came in the year 1964 when he released ‘Long Gone Lonesome Blues’ which was one of his father’s many songs. Williams went to John Overton High School in Nashville and used to perform in his music class. In 1964, he provided the singing voice of his late father in the film Your Cheatin’ Heart.
Williams has been actively involved with the Republican Party. He was married to Gwen Yeargain till 1977 and has a son named Shelton Hank Williams with her. Shelton is an acclaimed singer and is popularly known as Hank Williams III. He married Becky White and has got two daughters with her. Both his daughter Holy and Hilary are in the music industry. He got married to Mary Jane Thomas in 1990 and has two children named Katherine and Samuel with her. They split in the year 2007.
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Williams recorded many songs and gave numerous hits. In the 70s, he became a superstar. His popularity rose, and he went on to become one of the leading singers of that era. In the 1980s he released two albums with many hits. Some of his popular songs included “Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound”, Man of Steel, Five-O, Montana Cafe, “Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound”, Strong Stuff, The Pressure Is On, and much more. In a span of 13 years till 1992, he released 21 albums and 18 studio albums.
He gave eight No. 1 singles in the Billboard Country Charts. In 1982, he released nine albums. His 1987 hit single Wild Streak earned gold records. He released the song “If the South Woulda Won” in 1988 and honoured his father with $100 bill. The song “There’s a Tear in My Beer” was recorded with his father’s voice using technology in 1989. The song was named as the Video of the Year by Country Music Association. In 2009 he released the single “Red, White & Pink-Slip Blues” and was featured on the album 127 Rose Avenue.
Hank Williams Jr. has won many awards and nominations in his career. He was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance in 1980. He won 2 Grammy’s in 1985. He has also won several awards from the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association.
Net Worth of Hank Williams Jr.
Hank Williams Jr. started his career as a boy. With his many years of existence, the singer has seen a steep surge in his wealth. Hank Williams Jr.’s estimated net worth is $50 million. His earnings come from the sale of his records. In 1992, he earned $500,000 from the sale of his records. He had considerable musical success and has released a number of albums. His last album came in the year 2016 with ‘It’s About Time’. With over 5 decades of musical success, he has made a considerable increase in his wealth.
He was honoured as a BMI Icon and has influenced many generations of music makers. He was named as one of the ‘seven living legends’ in 2011. He was bestowed with the Johnny Cash Visionary Award in 2006.