Hank Williams Wrote A Hit About His Wife’s Abortion Reaction
The big Hank Williams hit "Cold, Cold Heart" in 1950 came from a very strange place-his wife's attempted abortion. After returning from a concert schedule Hank found his wife Audry was hospitalized with an infection from an attempted abortion alone at home.
A bandleader named "Pappy" McCormick claimed to have been in the room when hank visited and reports that when Hank leaned down to kiss her she turned her head and said, "You sorry SOB-you're the one that's causing me to suffer like this!".
Hank believed the child was not his and when he got home he told the family baby sitter that his wife had a "Cold Cold heart" then he sat down and used the experience to write his next big hit. It became an even bigger money maker for Hank after pop singer Tony Bennett recorded a version. You'll hear the Hank version this morning on "Country Classics". In the picture is Hank's wife Audrey, Hank,Daughter Jett and little Hank Williams Jr.