The Coleman: A Christmas Tale
From the Publisher The Colemans are the first modern American folk music group to feature a guitar player as their lead singer, guitarist and bassist.
The Colemans were founded in New York City in 1931 by the singer Hank Williams and guitarist Johnny Burke.
Williams was born in Chicago, where his mother’s maiden name was Helen, and his father was a jazz pianist.
After being expelled from his Chicago public school in 1935, Williams was admitted to the famed Columbia School of Music in New Orleans.
“I was a star student,” Williams said.
In 1940, Williams’ parents moved the family to New York and began performing with the band the Temptations.
He was a leading member of the Tampons, the group that would become a major music institution in the United States.
After a year, Williams joined a band called the Big Bopper, with bassist Joe Perry.
Soon after, Williams formed his own band, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and signed to Columbia Records.
By 1942, he was a solo artist and had released a number of hits including “You Make Me Laugh,” “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction,” “The Love Song of Jagger” and “Love Is Blind.”
“Johnny was a brilliant guitar player,” said Bill Collins, the guitarist of the Red Hots and a longtime friend of Williams.
When Williams was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1946, he decided to dedicate himself to cancer research.
For nearly two decades, he searched for ways to cure cancer, which in the US was estimated to be at 1.2 million per 100,000 people.
But Williams found out that there was no cure, and the only way to stop the spread of the disease was to live to be in their 100s.
As he died in 1994, his legacy as a great American rock star and singer remains.