Country musician who had a career span of seven decades and who played a honky tonk style of music and used steel guitars and fiddles.
He won many harmonica-playing contests when he was younger and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, where he was a radioman before pursuing music full-time.
He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1997.
His wife's name is Ann Williams.
The novel Crazy Heart by Thomas Cobb was inspired by him and it was made into a 2009 film starring Academy Award winner, Jeff Bridges.