By Stephen L. Betts
Filed under: Exclusive, Interviews, LegendsHank Williams
died on New Year's Day 1953, 60 years ago, and in the years since his untimely passing, an unfathomable amount of technological advancements have been made, especially within the recording industry. The iconic singer-songwriter's daughter, Jett Williams
, marvels at what the man who sang about the woman on the party line in his song, "Mind Your Own Business" would think if he knew that Facebook has replaced the party line and nearly everyone has a phone that can take pictures.
No doubt Hank would also be amazed at not only the unwavering interest his legendary songs continue to generate, but also the great lengths to which individuals and companies will go to lay claim to, protect, preserve, collect and disseminate his material. There are, however, just two people, Jett Williams and her half-brother, Hank Williams, Jr
., who together function as the Hank Williams Estate, and whose duty it is to make sure the best interests of their father's legacy are being served by the record labels and other businesses making his material available to the public. Yet, getting to the point of being able to work together has been a long, arduous journey, one that has taken them from sitting across a courtroom from one another to finally being seated on the same side.