Well-known country music legends include Hank Williams, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Willie Nelson. These artists have strongly influenced both the roots of country music and the country music artists of today.
Hank Williams is one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. He recorded 35 singles that reached the top 10 on Billboard's Country and Western chart, with 11 of the singles reaching No. 1. Among Williams' hits are "Your Cheatin' Heart," "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" and "Hey, Good Lookin'." Hank Williams passed away at just 29 years old, when his heart failed from an addiction to pills and alcohol abuse.
Dolly Parton is known primarily for her career in country music and songwriting, but has also made her mark in acting, business and humanitarian work. Sales of her singles, albums, collections and digitally-purchased downloads have surpassed 100 million copies worldwide. Some of her most famous hits include "Jolene," "9 to 5," "Coat of Many Colors," "My Tennessee Mountain Home" and "I Will Always Love You," which also became an international pop hit for Whitney Houston.
Parton's career has earned her a plethora of awards, including Grammy Awards, Country Music Association Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, American Music Awards and two Academy Award nominations. Dolly Parton is also one of just seven female artists to be awarded the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year Award. She was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999.