2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the New Year's morning Hank Williams was found dead in the back seat of a chauffeured Caddy in Oak Hill, West Virginia after too much booze and drugs. Days later, at his funeral in Montgomery, Alabama his pal, Grand Ole Opry star Red Foley sang "Peace in the Valley," fulfilling a pact between them: whoever died first, the survivor would sing the song at their funeral.
Everyone knows Hank's journey. Foley's was no less tragic. One of country's pioneer crooners, he had records on the pop charts long before Nashville tried to put them there. He also faced scandals that would have made him a TMZ regular today.
He was also Pat Boone's father in law. We won't hold that against him.