"Clarence Eugene Snow" (May 9, 1914 – December 20, 1999), better known as "Hank Snow", was a Hall of Fame country music singer and songwriter.
Snow was born in Brooklyn, Nova Scotia, Canada. When he was 14, he ordered his first guitar from Eaton's catalogue for $5.95, and played his first show in a church basement in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia at the age of 16. He then travelled to the nearest big city, Halifax, where he sang in local clubs and bars. A successful appearance on a local radio station led to his being given a chance to audition for RCA Victor in Montreal, Quebec. In 1936, he signed with RCA Victor, staying with them for more than forty-five years.
A weekly Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) radio show brought him national recognition and he began touring Canada until the late 1940s when American country music stations began playing his records. He headed to the "Country Music Capital of the World", Nashville, Tennessee, and Hank Snow, the "Singing Ranger" (a nickname modified from the Yodelling Ranger when his high voice changed to the baritone that graced his hit records) would be invited to play at the Grand Ole Opry in 1950. That same year he ...