October 22

Hank Williams’ Ex-wife Audrey Renders His Iconic “Jambalaya”

For many country music fans, one may know that Audrey Williams was the ex-wife of the legendary Hank Williams. Not just a former partner in life, Audrey also became Hank’s singing partner. Unfortunately, the two divorced and soon separated for life. However, even after their divorce and Hank’s untimely death, she continued the legacy of the country music legend.

A Synopsis on Hank & Audrey working Together

Looking back, before Audrey and Hank were married, she took part in his band as a bass player and intermittent singer. In 1944, they eventually got married. She then served as his manager before he signed with Fred Rose of Acuff-Rose publishing.

Furthermore, Audrey got the chance to be included on some of Hank’s recordings. This recording includes “Lost on the River,” “I Heard My Mother Praying for Me,” “Dear Brother,” “Jesus Remembered Me,” and Help Me Understand” among many others.

Audrey Williams Performs Hank’s “Jambalaya (On the Bayou)”

In 1965, the movie Country Music Broadway included outstanding performances from great artists like Ferlin Husky, George Jones, Porter Wagoner, and Hank Williams Jr. The said movie was actually billed as “The First Feature-Length All Country Music Motion Picture Ever Filmed.”

With this great lineup of artists performing, no one can miss but to acknowledge the presence of Hank Williams’ ex-wife, Audrey.

In her performance, she sang one of her ex-husband’s iconic songs “Jambalaya (On the Bayou).” To no surprise, she made the song her own and hit every note of it. More than that, she still kept the country vibe of the song, adding her signature steel guitar intro with her powerful vocals.

Overall, her performance received massive applause from the audience that even the band gave her the much-deserved cheers.

Check out Audrey Williams performance of the Hank Williams classic hit here:


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