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    Wed, 14 Apr 2010 09:48:10

    Hank Williams Awarded Special Posthumous Pulitzer Prize Citation - Late singer with a short-lived but enduring legacy recognized for his lifetime achievement

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    The late Hank Williams, oft regarded as a pioneer in the country music scene, was awarded a special Pulitzer Prize citation for lifetime achievement, according to The Associated Press. The recognition was granted after a confidential survey was conducted among popular music experts.

    "I don't think any country artist cast a longer shadow than he does, both as a songwriter and a performer," Jay Orr, vice president of museum programs at the Country Music Hall of Fame, said Monday. "His songs are master works. But there's a mystique about his character that still fascinates the people who have come after him. ... He was the romantic ideal of the hillbilly Shakespeare and his cultural legacy continues to grow."

    The citation looks at Williams, who died in 1953 at the tender age of 29, and his "pivotal role in transforming country music into a major musical and cultural force in American life." Recent recipients include Bob Dylan, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane.

    Do you listen to Hank Williams' songs? Who else should receive this citation, in your opinion?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    04.14.10




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