Birthday Bash Invitation from the Friends of Hank Snow Society
You are invited join the party
Planning underway to celebrate Hank Snow’s 100th birthday
Clearance Eugene “Hank” Snow was born on May 9, 1914, in the small village of Brooklyn near Liverpool in, Queens County, Nova Scotia. Faced with many obstacles in his early life including extreme poverty of The Great Depression and abusive relationships, he climbed up the entertainment ladder, eventually reaching the biggest country music stage in the world—the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.
Today, Hank Snow is known globally as a legend in country music, a singer, songwriter, and world-class entertainer whose legions of fans still appreciate his style and honest storytelling. In his time, Snow was an international superstar, blazing a trail that few other Canadians—indeed, few others, period—had travelled before him. As testament to his legacy, Snow was inducted into seven halls of fame, held the longest recording contract of any artist in the history of recorded music, and to this day, decades after his death in December 1999, holds the record for the song with the most consecutive weeks at number one on the charts.
Hank’s hometown is inviting the world to Liverpool in May 2014 to celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday. A committee of volunteers, co-chaired by Kelly Inglis, Administrator of the Hank Snow Home Town Museum, and local author Vernon Oickle, is now hard at work planning an entire weekend of activities to mark this momentous occasion and to celebrate the success of this native Nova Scotian who left his mark on the world.
While many events are still in the planning stages, highlighting these activities will be a major concert on May 9—Hank’s actual birthday—at Liverpool’s historic Astor Theatre with headliner Larry Gatlin from the Grand Ole Opry, as well as the proclamation of Hank Snow Day by the Region of Queens, a birthday party at the Hank Snow Home Town Museum, the unveiling of a Hank Snow statue and park near the museum, the launch of Oickle’s new book on the life of Hank Snow, and the release of a commemorative CD featuring a collection of his greatest hits.
Additionally, a variety of community-based activities will be held from May 9 to 11, including concerts, a song-writing circle, fundraising breakfast hosted by the Liverpool Fire Department, a children’s picnic at the Hank Snow Playground in Brooklyn (the site of Hank’s family home), and a Sunday morning gospel service.
Among special guests expected to participate in the weekend of celebrations is Hank’s son, the Rev. Jimmie R. Snow, coming from Nashville who will participate in several events throughout the weekend. Other special guests and activities will be announced as the date approaches, but Inglis says the committee is working hard to create a lineup that will pay tribute to Hank’s accomplishments.
“We want to put Hank Snow and local country music back on the map,” she says. “So much talent comes from our area, and we really want to showcase that while also celebrating Hank’s legacy.”
Oickle adds that for Liverpool and Queens County, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Hank Snow is an important event, one that we should all celebrate.
“Hank Snow is an important figure in the history of our community,” he says. “We want to remember the life of this man who proved that success can be found no matter the odds, providing one is prepared to work hard and chase your dreams. That’s exactly what Hank Snow did. Through sheer determination and in the face of many obstacles, he clawed his way to the top and left a legacy that we celebrate today.”
Christopher Clarke, Mayor for the Region of Queens, said of this important celebration, “We’re delighted to be marking Hank Snow’s 100th birthday. He became a legend in his lifetime as a giant in the country music industry in North America. His son, Reverend Jimmie Rogers Snow, came to help us open the Hank Snow Museum in 1997. We welcome him back to our community again to mark this milestone.”
Both Inglis and Oickle, along with the planning committee and the Region of Queens, invite you to join the party next May.
For more information contact:
Hank Snow Home Town Museum