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In his short time on this Earth, Hank Williams made more of an impact on country music than he likely ever imagined he would. He took eight songs to the top of the Country & Western Best Sellers chart and had 30 more climb into the Top 10.
Posthumously, Williams had three additional singles top the charts and five others claimed spots in the Top 10.
After his death, Williams’ talent was recognized through his induction into several halls of fame, the first being the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961. He was later inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
Decades after his death, Williams’ songs are continuously referenced as some of the best in country music history. As a result, many artists have stepped up to offer their own takes on Williams’ songs.
Back in 1978, three country stars came together to sing some of Williams’ most recognizable songs. Those three stars were Dolly Parton, Glen Campbell, and Roy Clark. They all went on to establish legendary careers of their own.
But when they performed together on that day in 1978, it was all about celebrating Williams’ legacy. The trio sang a marvelous medley of his famous hits, including “I Saw the Light,” “Hey Good Lookin’,” and “Your Cheatin’ Heart.”
The three country greats took turns singing different songs. But they also sang together on a couple of them.
A standout moment in the medley was when the three joined forces on an upbeat rendition of “I Saw the Light.” An equally peppy performance of “Jambalaya” brought the medley to a close.
Watch Clark, Campbell, and Parton’s tribute to Williams below. Which one of the songs featured in the medley is your favorite?