Clarence Eugene Hank Snow was a celebrated Canadian country music artist. In a career spanned more than 50 years, he recorded 140 albums. His number-one hits include the self-penned songs Im Moving On, The Golden Rocket and famous versions of I Dont Hurt Anymore, Let Me Go, Ive Been Everywhere, Hello Love, as well as other top 10 hits. Snow was a songwriter whose clear, baritone voice expressed a wide range of emotions including the joys of freedom. Through it all, his musically talented mother provided the support he needed to pursue his dream of becoming a famous entertainer like his idol. As a performer of traditional music, Snow won numerous awards and is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Hank Snow was born in the community of Brooklyn in Queens County, Nova Scotia. He was the fifth of six children, the two eldest died in infancy born to George Snow and Maude Marie Hatt and his parents were married on November 10,1909 in Liverpool, Nova Scotia. After the death of his father Hanks mother married Charles Tanner in 1930, in his autobiography, Snow tells how his parents struggled to feed their four remaining children during hard financial times. George Snow worked for low pay as a foreman in sawmills, often far from home, while Marie helped support the family by washing clothes and she also enjoyed playing her own pump organ, but refused several offers to join travelling shows because of her dedication to the family. One sister moved in with an aunt, while the two were sent to separate foster homes. Snow himself went to live with his grandmother who ordered him never to mention his mothers name. Snows childhood misfortunes continued, however, after his mothers remarriage to a local fisherman and he endured his stepfathers jealous tantrums, beatings and verbal abuse. Why in the hell dont you get out and find a job somewhere and his stepfather would rage even though Jack, as he was then known, was a frail 12-year-old who weighed only 80 pounds. It was at time that his mother ordered a Hawaiian steel guitar advertised in a magazine along with free lessons. At first, she ordered him not to touch the guitar because it was one of her prized possessions, but later, when she finally allowed him to play, she marvelled at the various sounds that I could get from the instrument. Snow adds that after he had mastered some chords and a few songs, his mother would ask him to sing, when he performed for the neighbours, word got around and I was being invited out somewhere just about every night. So it was through mothers mail-order guitar that I became interested in music, in 1926, as the tension continued at home, Snow decided to escape by joining a fishing schooner where he served as a flunky or cabin boy
Snow in 1963
Photo of the Bluenose. Snow painted the schooner on cardboard winning 1st prize at the Lunenburg Fisheries Exhibition.