Way back in June of 1949, Hank Williams covered the country standard “Lovesick Blues” on his debut night at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. The performance prompted six encores from a crowd of 3,000 people and helped him become a country music star. Now, 70 years later, one 11-year-old boy is getting his chance at fame from covering the same song.
We’re sure you’ve all seen the video of young Mason Ramsey tapping his toe and yodeling in the air mattress aisle of his local Walmart in Illinois.
— Walmart (@Walmart) April 3, 2018
Thanks to this ridiculously catchy performance of “Lovesick Blues” going viral, Williams’ version has shot to number four on Spotify’s Viral 50 Global chart. Ramsey is now a celebrity himself with over 183,000 followers on Twitter and 847,000 followers on Instagram (and can we talk about how adorable it is that his Instagram handle is @lilhankwilliams !!!). He’s from a town of just over 700 people and now has all of this internet fame! The self-described ‘country boy’ has been singing since he was 3 years old and grew up listening to his grandfather’s Hank Williams records in his basement.
Williams isn’t the only artist to have a meme catapault their old song back into the charts recently. Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” has also broken back into the charts after a meme of a dance squad showed you can dance to the classic song.
Ramsey’s new found fame also landed him a spot on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week where he performed and got a life-changing surprise from Ellen. We won’t give it away, but let’s just say he’s following in Hank Senior’s footsteps.
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