Three generations of Hanks have come through the speakers of country music fans, and it was on this date in 1963, more than a decade after the death of his father, that Hank Williams, Jr. had his first studio session.

We've come to know Hank by now, from Monday Night Football to his family traditions, but in 1963 he was just the son of a country music superstar that died well before his time.  With Pa opening the door for him, Hank Jr. hit the studio at only 14 years of age, recording some of Sr.'s tunes, including "Cold, Cold Heart", "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry", among others.

To celebrate 50 years of Hank Williams, Jr. making country music we'll give you a taste of my (and many others) favorite Hank, Jr. song.  Take a trip back to "The Merv Griffin Show" for "Family Tradition" and a bonus interview.  I wish I could dress like Hank every day of the year, complete with flowing locks of chest hair protruding for behind... well, I'm not exactly sure WHAT you'd call that jacket.