Hank Snow, Canada’s first country music legend

On Nov. 3, 1950, Canadian country music legend Hank Snow had his first number 1 hit on the Billboard charts with “I’m Moving On.”

The song, which spent 21 weeks at the top of the charts, was the first of seven number one songs for the Nova Scotia native, also known for the song “I’ve Been Everywhere.” Snow grew up poor, and worked at a number of menial jobs including cabin boy on a fishing schooner, and wood cutter, before getting his start on a Halifax radio station. Christened Clarence Snow, and nicknamed Jack, he adopted the name Hank a the advice of the announcer at radio station CHNS, who said the name went went with western music.

In 1945, as he began to make inroads into the American market, he moved to Nashville. In 1950 he played the Grand Ole Opry for the first time.

Snow’s career as a singer and songwriter spanned more than six decades and saw him inducted into the the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, and Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame. A prolific artist, he recorded 140 albums and charted more than 85 singles.

In 1996 he retired from performing, and on Dec, 20, 1999 died of heart failure.

On July 31 of this year, he was honoured with a permanent-rate domestic stamp.

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