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Hear Randy Travis Dedicate The Most Stunning Tribute To The Late, Great Hank Williams

Randy travis Songs | Hear Randy Travis Dedicate The Most Stunning Tribute To The Late, Great Hank Williams | Country Music Videos
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Country legends were honored at the Country Music Hall of Fame's 25th Anniversary celebration in 1986.

Hank Williams was one of the honorees that night, and Randy Travis paid tribute to him in the most beautiful way. Randy stepped on stage to say a few things about the country great who left us too soon. 

He told the audience that Williams was one of the first three people to be inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame, which was created in 1961. His guitar had been on display there ever since, and Randy announced that he was playing it that night. 

Randy revealed,

"I'm proud to be playing it tonight. No country creator has ever matched Hank's ability to convey the deepest, richest emotions with a simple turn of a phrase. I never really understood what 'lonesome' meant until I heard the word in one my favorite Hank Williams songs."

After singing the first lyrics of the "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," the crowd erupted in applause. He sang the ballad in the same, emotional way Williams always did. 

Although there is no one like Hank Williams, Randy Travis did this song justice and we know Hank was smiling down on him during this performance.

Take a look at the stunning performance below.

And take a look at Hank Williams' original version below.

Lyrics Below

Hear that lonesome whippoorwill
He sounds too blue to fly
The midnight train is whining low
I'm so lonesome I could cry

I've never seen a night so long
When time goes crawling by
The moon just went behind the clouds
To hide its face and cry

Did you ever see a robin weep
When leaves begin to die?
Like me, he's lost the will to live
I'm so lonesome I could cry

The silence of a falling star
Lights up a purple sky
And as I wonder where you are
I'm so lonesome I could cry

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