Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Streak: The Eleventh Time, Out Of The Last 55 Times, That Clemson Lost A Basketball Game in Chapel Hill…

Hank Williams was still alive…

OK, he wasn’t. He died in January of 1953, but it was either Hank or Joseph Stalin or Queen Mary - you make the call…

That’s what we thought.

 Hank Williams it is…

The Streak: Game Eleven, December 19, 1953 – North Carolina 85, Clemson 48.  

The ACC was formed in 1953 with eight teams – Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State, South Carolina, Virginia and Wake Forest.  Game 11 of The Streak was the first ACC match-up between the two old Southern Conference foes (we mistakenly thought it was game 10, but upon further review it was really Game 11 and we have amended the Game 10 post).  Clemson would finish the year 5-18 and 0-8 in the ACC while UNC fared a little better winning five conference games and losing six. The Tar Heels were 11-10 overall. (We have no idea why Clemson played 8 ACC games and UNC played 11 - tournament games perhaps?)

Clemson managed to defeat The Citadel twice, Presbyterian, Davidson and William & Mary. North Carolina thumped the usual old Southern Conference suspects and the Wahoos, but had losses to Navy, Seton Hall, Oregon State, N.C. State and Duke.  Wow…the Beavers.

Hank Williams was born September 17, 1923 in a log cabin in Mount Olive, Alabama.

Williams was a singer-songwriter and musician regarded as one of the greatest country music stars of all time. He recorded eleven number one songs between 1948 and 1953 all the while unable to read or write music to any significant degree.

His hits included "Your Cheatin' Heart", "Hey Good Lookin'" and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry".

His son Hank Williams, Jr., daughter Jett Williams, and grandchildren Hank Williams III, Holly Williams, and Hilary Williams are also professional singers.

In July 1937, while Williams lived in Montgomery, AL, he sang and played his Silvertone guitar on the sidewalk in front of the WSFA radio studio. He quickly caught the attention of the station’s producers, who occasionally invited him to come inside and perform on air. So many listeners contacted the station requesting more of the "Singing Kid" that the producers hired him to host his own 15-minute show twice a week for a weekly salary of $15.  That big fat salary funded his first band, the Drifting Cowboys.
  
On January 1, 1953, Williams was scheduled to perform at a New Year's Day concert in Canton, Ohio, but was unable to fly because of inclement weather. He hired a college student, Charles Carr, to drive him to the concert. Upon leaving the Andrew Johnson Hotel in Knoxville, Tennessee, Williams apparently injected himself with some pain-killers which included a morphine/Vitamin B-12 combination.

Sometime later – and exactly when is still debated – Williams was dead.  He was 29-years-old.  His death is widely believed to have resulted from a mixture of the alcohol and drugs he relied upon to control chronic back pain he had suffered since birth.

Williams' final single released during his lifetime was coincidentally titled "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive".  

"Your Cheatin' Heart" was written and recorded in 1952 but released in 1953, after Williams' death. The song was number one on the country charts for six weeks. The story goes that Williams was prompted to write the song when thinking about his first wife, Audrey Williams, while driving around with his second, Billie Jean Williams; she is supposed to have written down the lyrics for him in the passenger seat.

Williams ranked number two in CMT's 40 Greatest Men of Country Music in 2003, behind Johnny Cash.  In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him number 74 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Hank Williams died New Year’s Day 1953.

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