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Item 1: Hank Williams Sr. (Sept. 17, 1923 ñ Jan. 1, 1953) signed page of lyrics to an unpublished song, titled I NEVER CRY IN MY DREAMS. 8-1/2" x 11" three-hole paper. The song, written from the point of view of a man who still loves a woman who betrayed him, is typewritten and also includes the hand-written address of the Alabama home Williams shared with his mother: 318 N. McDoug St., Montgomery, Ala. Born Hiram King Williams, "Hank" Williams came from humble beginnings to earn a place in history as one of the most important Country and Western music artists of all time. While in Montgomery, he formed the Drifting Cowboys band, which was managed by his mother. She allowed him to drop out of school to devote all of his time to his career. In his short 29 years, Williams recorded 35 singles (5 released posthumously) that hit Billboard Magazine's Top 10 Country & Western Best Sellers chart, including 11 that ranked number one. He died on New Year's Day, 1953 from heart failure brought on by pills and alcohol. This item and several other country music lots in this sale came from the late Mel Foree, who was hired by Nashville's famous Acuff-Rose company to write country and western songs. Mr. Foree co-wrote some of the most famous country songs of all time including six that are on the 1998 box-set release ìThe Complete Hank Williams.î The signature and hand-writing on this item have been authenticated by Roger Epperson, Roger Epperson Authentication LTD (letter of authenticity included with lot). Note: This lot does not include publishing rights. We do not know if it is possible for the buyer to produce and publish this song. The buyer is responsible for researching the legality of doing so. Also includes Williams' handwritten signature and Alabama address (accompanied by letter of authenticity from Roger Epperson). 8-1/2" x 11" three-hole paper (reinforced). Item 2: Page of typewritten lyrics to NEATH A COLD GRAY SLAB OF STONE, the original title to the song published as NEATH A COLD GRAY TOMB OF STONE, co-written by Hank Williams and Mel Foree. Condition: Overall toning to both items. 1st item has creasing at lower right corner and losses to left margin around paper holes. 2nd item with losses lower right and to paper holes.