Randall Hank Williams (born May 26, 1949), known professionally as Hank Williams Jr., or alternatively as "Bocephus", is an American country music & southern rock singer-songwriter and musician.
His musical style is often considered a blend of Southern rock, blues, and country.
He is the son of country music singer Hank Williams, the half-brother of Jett Williams, and the father of Hank Williams III, Holly Williams, Hilary Williams, Sam Williams and Katie Williams.
Williams began his career following in his famed father's, Hank Williams, footsteps, covering his father's songs and imitating his father's style.
Williams' first television appearance was in a 1964 episode of ABC's The Jimmy Dean Show, in which at age fourteen he sang several songs associated with his father.
Later that year, he was a guest star on ABC's Shindig!.Williams' style evolved slowly as he struggled to find his own voice and place within country music.
This was interrupted by a near-fatal fall off the side of Ajax Peak in Montana on August 8, 1975.
After an extended recovery, he challenged the country music establishment with a blend of country, rock, and blues.
Williams enjoyed much success in the 1980s, from which he earned considerable recognition and popularity both inside and outside country music.
As a multi-instrumentalist, Williams' repertoire of skills includes guitar, bass guitar, upright bass, steel guitar, banjo, dobro, piano, keyboards, saxophone, harmonica, fiddle, and drums.From 1989 through October 2011, and since 2017, his song "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight," refashioned as "All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night," was used to open broadcasts of Monday Night Football.