The music of Hank Williams continues to resonate even 60 years after his death. Despite the too-brief tenure at the top, Williams’ songwriting catalog has never faded. Artists like Alabama, Kacey Musgraves and Dwight Yoakam still cite him as one of the most important figures in country music history.
Williams’ recording of “Cold, Cold Heart” climbed to No. 1 on the Billboard country chart in 1951 and earned a gold single. The following year, the troubled superstar performed it on The Kate Smith Evening Hour on NBC. That rare footage is the cornerstone of the cinematic “Cold, Cold Heart” music video, released in conjunction with the 1998 boxed set, The Complete Hank Williams.
Hank Williams was found dead on New Year’s Day in 1953, but his legend certainly lives on. Take a look at the video for “Cold, Cold Heart” below and prepare to get chills.