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Claim: Kid Rock is the son of Hank Williams, Jr.
Origins: Kid Rock and Hank Williams, Jr. are but the latest pairing of celebrities rumored to be parent and child. Sometimes a superficial resemblance sparks the whispers (e.g., actor Clint Eastwood as the son of film comedian Stan Laurel, and soap opera actress Susan Lucci as the daughter of comedienne Phyllis Diller), and sometimes the misapprehension comes as a result of facetious comments or song lyrics being taken literally (e.g., rocker Frank Zappa as the son of children's television personality
Kid Rock's birth name was Bob Ritchie, and his father was a middle-class, suburban Detroit automobile dealer. His date of birth was
Kid Rock and Hank Williams, Jr. have recorded a few songs together, including "The 'F' Word" from Williams' Almeria Club, and "Naked Women and Beer" from Williams' Stormy. Indeed, the source of the rumor that links the one's paternity to the other is likely found in the lyrics of "The 'F' Word":
Well, I've been hanging out with my rebel son Kid RockAlmeria Club was released in January 2002, and the rumor of Kid Rock's being
And I really don't like this stuff they call hip-hop
But he's sure been good to me and I'm still trying to make him see
In country music, you just can't say the 'F' word"
The question has arisen so often that Hank Williams, Jr. was moved to address it in his web site's FAQ: "The answer is NO! They are just really good friends. Kid Rock named himself Hank's rebel son."
In 2006, Hank
And just so you know, so it's set in stoneHank
Kid Rock don't come from where I come from
Yeah it's true, he's a yank
He ain't no son of Hank
And if you thought so, goddamn you're fuckin' dumb
[Kid Rock] brought that upon himself,Aside from issues of paternity, Hank
Barbara "son spot" Mikkelson
Last updated: 2 March 2006
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