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Hank Snow

  • Inducted into the CCMA Hall of Honor in 1985
  • Inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989
  • Birth: May 9, 1914 - Brooklyn, Nova Scotia
  • Death: December 20, 1999

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BIOGRAPHY:

Born Clarence Eugene Snow, Hank Snow's recording career spanned an unprecedented half century. A member of the Grand Ole Opry for close to 40 years, Hank Snow, known to many as the Singing Ranger, earned his place among the all time greats of country music. Snow made his first recordings, during the mid 1930's for Victor, featuring his self-penned songs Lonesome Blue Yodel and The Prisoned Cowboy. Throughout the next 10 years, Snow toured extensively across Canada and appeared on national CBC programs, as well as numerous local Maritime programs.

Snow moved to the USA in 1946, where he adopted the traditional cowboy image and developed popularity in the south. In the mid-1950s, Snow briefly mentored and toured with a then fresh Elvis Presley.

His 1950 song 'I'm Moving On' is considered by many to be one of the classics of country music, still holding the record of longest running #1 hit (21 weeks). Other songs to reach number one position include 'Golden Rocket', 'Rhumba Boogie', 'I Don't Hurt Anymore', 'Let Me Go Lover', 'I've Been Everywhere' and 'Hello Love'.

Snow has been inducted into the Songwriters Association's Songwriters Hall of Fame (1978), Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame (1989), Juno Awards' Canadian Music Hall of Fame (1979), and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (2003). Snow also founded the Hank Snow International Foundation for the Prevention of Child Abuse. Although he retired to his 'Rainbow Ranch' in Nashville in the early 1990s, Snow continued to appear at the Grand Ole Opry until September 1996.


Hank Snow passed away December 20, 1999 at the age of 85.

 
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