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Jan. 26: This No. 3 Billboard country hit form 1972 was the follow-up to Hank Williams Jr.’s smash “Eleven Roses.” It was recorded 38 years ago today, during his days on MGM.

For the next half-dozen years, he’d have moderate success on the label that was also his daddy’s home on record. Not until the late ’70s, on a new label and with a new, rowdy attitude, would Hank Jr. become a consistent hit-maker and an icon of country rebellion, building a career that, honestly, makes him a deserving candidate for enshrinement in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Will he ever get there? The class of 2010 will be announced soon, so we’ll see. But, based on how previous Nashville boat-rockers fared with the selectors, ol’ Bocephus might have to wait awhile. He’s not at the top of my list, but the idea of his plaque hanging there among the greats is in no way hard to swallow. Check out this summary of his career and decide for yourself.

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