Judge Rules in Favor of Hank Williams’ Heirs

A Nashville judge has ruled that a collection of 150 unreleased Hank Williams recordings is the sole property of the singer-songwriter’s children — Hank Williams Jr. and Jett Williams. The recordings from Williams’ Mother’s Best Flour Show on WSM-AM/Nashville in the early ‘50s were aired only once. Les Leverett, the Grand Ole Opry’s former photographer, salvaged the recordings in the ‘60s. Jett Williams has held the transcriptions since the late ‘80s. In 1997, Jett Williams filed an injunction to prevent Legacy Entertainment Group from releasing an overdubbed version of the radio shows. The recordings include live versions of numerous hits but also 40 songs never commercially released. Jett Williams plans to help supervise an official release of the recordings. 09/10/03