YOUR NIGHTLY VIDEO: Hank Williams — With June Carter — Inventing Rock ‘n Roll

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By: Greg Mitchell

While rock ‘n’ roll had many fathers and mothers, none rank any higher than Hank Williams. If early Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry were equal parts country and R&B, it was Hank who mainly provided the country half. But his country was also rocking, he was Mr. Charisma, the best songwriter of his or any day, and he also provided that unfortunate cliche near and dear to generations of rockers — live hard and die young, preferably in the back seat of a Cadillac.

He was 29.

A year before that, in 1952, he appeared on national TV, in this clip that also features — amazingly — the young June Carter. You can see that she sure was purty, and even zanier than Reese Witherspoon depicted her in her Oscar-winning performance. Note also Hank’s hip swinging and knee dips — the first country act to do that and another direct inspiration for Elvis.

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