Sammy Pruett

Born: Goodwater, AL

Country Guitar Hank Williams, Happy Wilson

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame


Some of the photos are a revelation, showing him on stage, relaxing at home, with fans and fellow performers. There's the only known photos of him in the studio, where he poses with a couple of fans from Kansas and a classic one where Hank and Sammy Pruett smile whilst Grady Martin lights a cigarette with a fiddle in his hands. On page 88 there's a brilliant between-song shot of Hank and the band on stage at a packed outdoor concert.

Source: HANK WILLIAMS by Shaun Mathers


Befriended by such helpful WSM legends as Ernest Tubb and Hank Williams (who brought him songs to record and shared tour dates with the young hopeful), Smith gathered a talented band for recording and touring. Eventually dubbed the Tunesmiths, the group featured fiddler-manager Hal Smith, Hal's wife Velma on rhythm guitar, bassist Junior Huskey, steel guitarist Johnny Sibert and former Hank Williams electric guitarist Sammy Pruett.

Source: CMT : News : Country Music Hall of Fame Member Carl Smith Dies at Age 82



Donald "Shag" Hugh "Don" Helms (Steel Guitar): Born: 2/28/27 New Brockton, AL. Died: 8/11/08 TN.

Bio: Don is a legendary steel guitar player. He has recorded with many legends in Country Music, including Lefty Frizzell, Jim Reeves, Ray Price and Hank Williams. While in New Brockton he formed a band called the Alabama Rhythm Boys that was made up of two cousins and two friends (Of which one was Sammy Pruett). His musical relationship with Hank & The Cowboys was off and on. He first became a member of the Cowboys in 1944, but left in 1945 when he was Drafted. Don rejoined the band in 1947/48, but only remained a few months. In 1949 he joined the most famous version of the band. In 1952 he left the band once again.

Source: Band Member Bios


Artist: Hank Williams and the Drifting Cowboys

Album: Complete Mother's Best Recordings

Members: Hank Williams, Don Helms, Sammy Pruett, Jerry Rivers, Howard Watts, Audrey Williams, Cousin Louie Buck

Genre: Country, Folk

Label: Time Life

Tracks: 366

Type: Box Set

Release Date: September 28, 2010


The Unreleased RecordingsRevealed (The Unreleased Recordings)The Complete Hank Williams

Listen: Hank Williams - Download Hank Williams Music on iTunes

Listen: Hank Williams Sr.: Songs, Albums, Pictures, Bios

Video: YouTube - Carl Smith - Loose Talk

Video: YouTube - Hank Williams and the Drifting Cowboys - Pins and Needles in my Heart - live

Video: YouTube - Hank Williams and the Drifting Cowboys - Nobody's Lonesome For Me - live









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