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Country Music Episode 7: “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?” (1973 – 1983) 1x52

Country music enters a vibrant era of new voices and attitudes. Dolly Parton crosses over to mainstream success and becomes the most famous woman in country music. In 1980, she achieved an entirely new level of national stardom when she joined Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in the hit Hollywood movie, Nine to Five. George Jones and Tammy Wynette seemingly live out their songs’ tragic lyrics. Hank Williams, Jr. emerges from his father’s shadow. He performs his father’s song beginning at age 8, debuts on the Opry at 11 singing “Lovesick Blues,” and records an album of Hank Sr.’s hits at 14; as soon as he turned 18 he dropped his mother as a manager.