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Jim Owen

December 20, 1977 OH138 38 min.


Country music performer and songwriter. Born June 1, 1941. Known for his award-wining portrayal of Hank Williams. His songwriting credits include “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man.”

Interview Summary

1977 December 20
(38 minutes)
Performer Jim Owen discusses the life and career of Hank Williams. Discussion includes comments on Roger Williams’s book Sing A Sad Song; The Life of Hank Williams (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1970); comments on his ten-hour documentary on Hank Williams; the impact of his portrayal of Hank Williams on his own career; the association between Fred Rose and Hank Williams; comments on Hank Williams’s personal life; discussion of Hank Williams’s career; an overview of his career background; his songwriting; and development of his award-winning Hank Williams act.

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