Antha Bell Jett AKA Jett Williams

Born: Jan. 6, 1953 Montgomery, AL

Country Vocals Hank Williams' daughter

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

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Jett Williams (born Antha Belle Jett on January 6, 1953)[1] is an American country music performer.


Jett is the daughter of country music icon Hank Williams, Sr. and Bobbie Jett, whose brief relationship with Hank Williams occurred between his two marriages. She is a posthumous child; her birth in Montgomery, Alabama occurred five days after her father's death.[1] She was legally adopted by Hank Williams' mother Lillian Stone in December 1954.[1] Lillian renamed her Catherine Yvonne Stone. After Lillian died in 1955 the young Cathy was made a ward of the state of Alabama and subsequently adopted by new parents who renamed her Cathy Louise Deupree.

Jett knew she was adopted but it was not until the early 1980s that she learned who her biological parents were. Although Hank Williams had executed a pre-birth custody agreement three months before her birth that gave him custody of his unborn daughter, she was forced to go to extreme lengths to prove the relationship and be recognized as Williams' daughter. She was reportedly very slow to be accepted as kin by her older half-brother country music singer Hank Williams, Jr.

In September 1984 she met and retained Washington, D.C. investigative attorney Keith Adkinson to help her. Within days he had a copy of the pre-birth custody contract, and within months had conclusive proof that Jett was defrauded for the financial gain of others. A lawsuit was filed based on this discovery. On September 28, 1986 Jett and Keith married in Washington, D.C..[2]

In 1985 the Alabama State Court ruled that she was the daughter of Hank Williams. On October 26, 1987 the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that she was entitled to her half-share in the Williams estate, as she had been the victim of fraud and judicial error. Hank WIlliams, Jr. appealed the case in federal court but the ruling stood when the United States Supreme Court refused to hear the case in 1990.[2]

In 1990 she published her autobiography Ain't Nothin' as Sweet as My Baby.[2]

In 2000 the Tennessee legislature passed HJR 621 designating May 18, 2000 as "Jett Williams Appreciation Day" in Macon County. [3][4]

In January, 2006, the Tennessee Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling stating that Hank Williams' heirs — son Randall Hank Williams and daughter Jett Williams — have the sole rights to sell his old recordings made for a Nashville radio station in the early '50s. The court rejected claims made by Polygram Records and Legacy Entertainment in releasing recordings Williams made for the "Mother's Best Flour Show," a program that originally aired on WSM. The recordings, which Legacy Entertainment acquired in 1997, include live versions of Williams' hits and his cover version of other songs. Polygram contended that Williams' contract with MGM Records, which Polygram now owns, gave them rights to release the radio recordings. In October 2008 a selection of the "Mother's Best" recordings were released by Time-Life as Hank Williams: The Unreleased Recordings.

Williams toured with the current touring version of the Drifting Cowboys.[5]


1^ a b c Winford Turner (August 27, 1985). "Stone: I know Hank's my dad". TimesDaily: p. 5. Retrieved 2010-06-18.

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5^ Joanne Huebner (August 3, 1989). "Jett Williams to sing Hank's songs". Milwaukee Sentinel. Retrieved 2010-06-18.


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