Some old country music singers are Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson. These country artists produced famous hit songs and received numerous country music awards. Their music helped influence the next generation of country music superstars.
Hank Williams is considered one of the most influential American musicians of all time, and is regarded as one of country music's first superstars. Although Williams died of a heart attack at the age of 29, he wrote hit songs such as "Cold, Cold Heart," and "Hey, Good Lookin." His music has influenced artists such as Norah Jones, Bob Dylan and Dinah Washington. Williams is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Johnny Cash is another country music icon, famous for his deep baritone voice. His life was depicted in the movie "Walk The Line."
Merle Haggard is a country music legend who is one of the most covered artists in country music. Haggard has produced more than 38 Number One hits and 250 original songs. Dolly Parton is one of the most decorated female country music singers of all time. She has won eight Grammy awards and has had more than 25 songs reach Number One on the Billboard country charts. Willie Nelson is famous for developing the "outlaw country" subgenre of country music and has written some of the most popular country songs of all time.