Grand Ole Opry says no to fans who want Hank Williams, Sr. reinstated

Hank Williams statue, Lister Hill Plaza in Montgomery, Alabama
Statue of Hank Williams, Sr., Lister Hill Plaza in Montgomery, Alabama. Image from the George F. Landegger Collection of Alabama Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

More than 61,700 fans have petitioned the Grand Ole Opry to reinstate membership for the late Hank Williams, Sr. So far, the answer remains, “No.” Why not reinstate one of the most legendary performers in all of what was once country music?

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From Hank Williams’ grave to Tootsies Orchid Lounge, musical ghosts abound

Hank Williams' grave in Montgomery, AL ; photo by Carol M. Highsmith, US Library of Congress
Hank Williams’ allegedly haunted grave site in Montgomery, AL. (Photo: Carol M. Highsmith; US Library of Congress)

Have you ever seen something you couldn’t explain, something others might call a ghost? Or maybe had an uncomfortable moment when something you couldn’t explain happened? I have—it’s a family tradition where I come from. Just in time for Halloween, there’s a nifty list of country music’s most haunted places, and one of them is Hank Williams’ grave. That grave in Montgomery, Alabama was memorialized in a song by none other than Alan Jackson.

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