William was attracted to the music business since his childhood, and was singing professionally before his teens. He sang in nightclubs, on radio, and at talent shows throughout the south.
He brought his Honky-Tonk sound to popularity and became a huge star during the 1950s. He was one of very few who could have been considered as popular as Hank Williams, and he remains the only Country singer to have four songs reach number one in one year.
His sound set the style of Country music for future generations. Merle Haggard said the impact William made on Country music is not measurable.
You know William better by his stage name Lefty.
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