Hank Snow

May 9, 1914 – December 20, 1999

Clarence Eugene “Hank” Snow grew up in Nova Scotia, Canada idolizing Country & Western legend, Jimmie Rodgers. Snow’s humble beginnings were marred with poverty, foster situations and abuse. But, the times he did get to live with his mother were relatively happy…and full of music. His mother was a talented singer and organ player and young Clarence soon began playing guitar and singing himself.

But, in Nova Scotia in the 1920s, music didn’t put food on the table, so Hank took various jobs – ranging from dock work to working on a fishing boat – to help make ends meet. All the while, he continued to stoke his passion for music. He eventually landed an audition at a local radio station which led to paying gigs and – eventually – a recording contract. He moved to Nashville in 1949.

Over the next 50 years, Hank Snow recorded 140 records and released more than 80 charted singles including #1 hits “I’m Moving On” and “I’ve Been Everywhere”. Snow famously convinced the Grand Ole Opry to give a young singer named Elvis a shot. Artists from Presley to EmmyLou Harris to Johnny Cash all covered Hank’s songs.

Hank Snow’s career came to an end in 1996 when he began experiencing respiratory issues and retired at the age of 82. He died a few years later at his home in Tennessee of heart failure.

Burial

Spring Hill Cemetery – Nashville, TN

Specific Location

Enter the cemetery and turn right. Take your first left and you will see Hanks marker on your left, not far from the back of Earl Scrugg’s marker.

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