Hank would never make it to the concert. There were too many problems. It was icy cold outside. He sat under a cover in the back of his light blue Cadillac car. He was heading to the city of Canton, Ohio, to give a big concert on New Year’s Day.
The night before, from his home in Montgomery, Alabama, Hank heard the weather report. To the north, in Tennessee, the weather was going bad. Unfriendly weather covered the state in ice and cold. Hank could not fly. He had to drive.
He cancelled his December 31st show in Charleston, West Virginia. Then he hired a driver so he could make it to the show in Canton, Ohio, for New Year’s Day. Sadly, his fans in Canton would not hear him sing.
Hank and his driver left Montgomery around 1:00 p.m. They drove for about six hours and arrived in Knoxville, Tennessee, at 7:08 p.m. They ordered dinner from the restaurant and had it delivered to the room. But Hank was feeling sick.
He had been drinking during the trip. He called for a doctor, and the doctor gave him two shots of vitamins and some pain killer. At 10:45 p.m., Hank and his driver checked out of the hotel. But Hank couldn’t walk, so the driver carried him to the car. Hank was coughing painfully as they took to the road.
Time on the road like this was often hard. . .
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