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Hank Williams

Hank Williams is the father of contemporary country music. He was a superstar by the age of 25; he was dead at the age of 29. In those four short years, he established the rules for all the country performers who followed him and, in the process, much of popular music. Hank wrote a body of songs that became popular classics, and his direct, emotional lyrics and vocals became the standard for most popular performers. He lived a life as troubled and reckless as that depicted in his songs.

Hiram King Williams was born in Mount Olive, AL, on September 17, 1923. When he was eight years old, he was given a guitar by his mother. His musical education was provided by a local blues street singer, Rufus Payne, who was called Tee Tot. From Tee Tot, Williams learned how to play the guitar and sing the blues, which would come to provide a strong undercurrent in his songwriting. Williams began performing around the Georgiana and Greenville areas of Alabama in his early teens. His mother moved the family to Montgomery, AL, in 1937, where she opened a boarding house. In Montgomery, he formed a band called the Drifting Cowboys and landed a regular spot on a local radio station, WSFA, in 1941. During his shows, Williams would sing songs from his idol, Roy Acuff, as well as several other country hits of the day. WSFA dubbed him "the Singing Kid" and Williams stayed with the station for the rest of the decade.

Williams met Audrey Mae Sheppard, a farm girl from Banks, AL, in 1943 while he was playing a medicine show. The following year, the couple married and moved into Lilly's boarding house. Audrey became Williams' manager just before the marriage. By 1946, he was a local celebrity, but he was unable to make much headway nationally. That year, Hank and Audrey visited Nashville with the intent of meeting songwriter/music publisher Fred Rose, one of the heads of Acuff-Rose Publishing. Rose liked Williams' songs and asked him to record two sessions for Sterling Records, which resulted in two singles. Both of the singles -- "Never Again" in December 1946 and "Honky Tonkin'" in February 1947 -- were successful and Williams signed a contract with MGM Records early in 1947. Rose became the singer's manager and record producer.

"Move It on Over," released later in 1947, became Hank's first single for MGM. It was an immediate hit, climbing into the country Top Five. By the summer of 1948, he had joined The Louisiana Hayride, appearing both on its tours and radio programs. "Honky Tonkin'" was released in 1948, followed by "I'm a Long Gone Daddy." While neither song was as successful as "Move It on Over," they were popular, with the latter peaking in the Top Ten. Early in 1949, he recorded "Lovesick Blues," a Tin Pan Alley song initially recorded by Emmett Miller and made popular by Rex Griffin. The single became a huge hit upon its release in the spring of 1949, staying at number one for 16 weeks and crossing over into the pop Top 25. Williams sang the song at the Grand Ole Opry, where he performed an unprecedented six encores. He had become a star.

Hank and Audrey Williams had their first child, Randall Hank, in the spring of 1949. Also in the spring, Hank assembled the most famous edition of the Drifting Cowboys, featuring guitarist Bob McNett, bassist Hillous Butrum, fiddler Jerry Rivers, and steel guitarist Don Helms. Soon, he and the band were earning $1,000 per concert while selling out shows across the country. Williams had no fewer than seven hits in 1949 after the success of "Lovesick Blues," including the Top Five smashes "Wedding Bells," "Mind Your Own Business," "You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave)," and "My Bucket's Got a Hole in It." A string of additional singles followed in 1950, including the number one hits "Long Gone Lonesome Blues," "Why Don't You Love Me," and "Moanin' the Blues," as well as the Top Ten hits "I Just Don't Like This Kind of Livin'," "My Son Calls Another Man Daddy," "They'll Never Take Her Love From Me," "Why Should We Try," and "Nobody's Lonesome for Me." That same year, Williams began recording a series of spiritual records under the name Luke the Drifter.

Williams continued to rack up hits in 1951, beginning with the Top Ten hit "Dear John" and its number one flip side, "Cold, Cold Heart." That same year, pop vocalist Tony Bennett recorded his own version of "Cold, Cold Heart" to popular acclaim, leading to a stream of covers from such mainstream artists as Jo Stafford, Guy Mitchell, Frankie Laine, Teresa Brewer, and several others. Williams had also begun to experience the fruits of crossover success, appearing on the Perry Como television show and joining a package tour that also featured Bob Hope, Jack Benny, and Minny Pearl. In addition to "Dear John" and "Cold, Cold Heart," Williams had several other hits in 1951, including the number one song "Hey, Good Lookin'" and "Howlin' at the Moon," "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You)," "Crazy Heart," "Lonesome Whistle," and "Baby, We're Really in Love," which all charted in the Top Ten.

Though his professional career was soaring, Hank's personal life was beginning to spin out of control. He had suffered a mild drinking problem before becoming a star, but it had been more or less controlled during his first few years of fame. However, as he began to earn large amounts of money and spend long times away from home, he began to drink frequently. Furthermore, Hank's marriage to Audrey was deteriorating. Not only were they fighting, resulting in occasional separations, but Audrey was trying to create her own recording career without any success. In the fall of 1951, Hank was on a hunting trip on his Tennessee farm when he tripped and fell, re-activating a dormant back injury. Williams began taking morphine and other painkillers for his back and quickly became addicted.

In January of 1952, Hank and Audrey separated for a final time and he headed back to Montgomery to live with his mother. The move had little effect on his music career, however, with "Honky Tonk Blues" peaking at number two during the spring. In fact, he released five additional singles in 1952 -- "Half as Much," "Jambalaya," "Settin' the Woods on Fire," "You Win Again," and "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive" -- all of which charted in the Top Ten. In spite of such success, Hank turned completely reckless in 1952, spending nearly all of his waking hours drunk and taking drugs. He also frequently destroyed property and played with guns.

Williams left his mother in early spring, moving in with Ray Price in Nashville. In May, Audrey and Hank were officially divorced. She was awarded the house and their child, as well as half of his future royalties. Williams continued to play a large number of concerts, but he was always drunk during the show, and he sometimes missed the gig altogether. In August, the Grand Ole Opry fired Williams for that very reason, explaining that he could return once he was sober. Instead of heeding the Opry's warning, the singer just sank deeper into his self-destructive behavior. Soon, his friends were leaving him, as the Drifting Cowboys began working with Price and Fred Rose no longer supported him. Williams was still playing The Louisiana Hayride, but he was performing with local pickup bands and began earning reduced wages. That fall, he met Billie Jean Jones Eshlimar, the 19-year-old daughter of a Louisiana policeman. By October, they were married. Hank also signed an agreement to support the baby -- who had yet to be delivered -- of one of his other girlfriends, Bobbie Jett, in October. By the end of the year, Williams was having heart problems and Toby Marshall, a con man doctor, was giving him various prescription drugs to help soothe the pain.

Hank was scheduled to play a concert in Canton, OH, on January 1, 1953. He was scheduled to fly out of Knoxville, TN, on New Year's Eve, but the weather was so bad that he had to hire a chauffeur to drive him to Ohio in his new Cadillac. Before they left for Ohio, Williams was injected with two shots of vitamin B-12 and morphine by a doctor. Williams got into the backseat of the Cadillac (allegedly with a bottle of whiskey), and the teenage chauffeur headed out for Canton. When the driver was stopped for speeding, the policeman noticed that Hank looked like a dead man. Williams was taken to a West Virginia hospital and he was officially declared dead at 7:00 a.m. on January 1, 1953. He had died in the back of the Cadillac, on his way to a concert. Ironically, the last single released in his lifetime was "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive."

Hank was buried in Montgomery, AL, three days later. His funeral drew a record crowd, larger than any crowd since Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as the President of the Confederacy in 1861. Dozens of country music stars attended, as did Audrey Williams, Billie Jean Jones, and Bobbie Jett, who happened to give birth to a daughter three days later. "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive" reached number one immediately after his death, and it was followed by a number of hit records throughout 1953, including the number ones "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Kaw-Liga," and "Take These Chains From My Heart."

After his death, MGM wanted to keep issuing Williams records, so they took some of his original demos and overdubbed bands onto the original recording. The first of these, "Weary Blues from Waitin'," was a hit, but the others weren't quite as successful. In 1961, Hank was one of the first inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Throughout the '60s, Williams' records were released in overdubbed versions featuring heavy strings, as well as reprocessed stereo. For years, these bastardized versions were the only records in print, and only in the '80s, when his music was released on compact disc, was his catalog restored to its original form. Even during those years when only overdubbed versions of his hits existed, Williams' impact never diminished. His songs have become classics, his recordings have stood the test of time, and his life story is legendary. It's easy to see why Hank Williams is considered by many as the defining figure of country music. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Garden Spot Programs, 1950

1. The Garden Spot Jingle (Show 4)

2. Lovesick Blues (Show 4)

3. A Mansion On The Hill (Show 4)

4. Fiddle Tune (Show 4)

5. I've Just Told Mama Goodbye (Show 4)

6. Closing/Oh! Susanna (Show 4)

7. The Garden Spot Jingle (Show 9)

8. Mind Your Own Business (Show 9)

9. Lovesick Blues (Show 9)

10. Fiddle Tune (Show 9)

11. At The First Fall Of Snow (Show 9)

12. Closing/Oh! Susanna (Show 9)

13. The Garden Spot Jingle (Show 10)

14. I Can't Get You Off Of My Mind (Show 10)

15. I Don't Care (If Tomorrow Never Comes) (Show 10)

16. Fiddle Tune (Show 10)

17. Farther Along (Show 10)

18. Closing/Oh! Susanna (Show 10)

19. The Garden Spot Jingle (Show 11)

20. I'll Be A Bachelor Till I Die (Show 11)

21. Wedding Bells (Show 11)

22. Fiddle Tune (Show 11)

23. Jesus Remembered Me (Show 11)

24. Closing/Oh! Susanna (Show 11)

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Track List: The Legend Begins: Rare & Unreleased Recordings

Disc 1

2. Wedding Bells

3. Lovesick Blues

4. Old Joe Clark

5. Where The Soul Never Dies

6. Sally Goodin

8. You're Gonna Change

10. Fire On The Mountain

11. Tramp On The Street

12. Sally Goodin

14. I'm A Long Gone Daddy

16. Bill Cheatham

17. When God Comes And Gathers His Jewels

18. Sally Goodin

20. Lost Highway

23. I'll Have A New Life

24. Fingers On Fire

25. Sally Goodin

Disc 2

2. A Mansion On The Hill

3. There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight

5. The Prodigal Son

6. Sally Goodin

8. Pan American

9. Lovesick Blues

10. Arkansas Traveler

11. I Saw The Light

12. Sally Goodin

14. Mind Your Own Business

15. Wedding Bells

16. Cotton Eyed Joe

17. I've Just Told Mama Goodbye

18. Sally Goodin

20. I Can't Get You Off My Mind

21. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

22. Fisherman's Hornpipe

23. Thy Burdens Are Greater Than Mine

24. Sally Goodin

Disc 3

1. Fan It

3. Freight Train Blues

4. New San Antonio Rose

5. St. Louis Blues

6. Greenback Dollar

7. Lovesick Blues

8. Moanin' The Blues

10. Hank Talks About Infantile Paralysis

11. Help Me Understand

12. When God Dips His Love In My Heart

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Track List: Bound For The Promised Land: The Unreleased Record

1. I'll Fly Away

2. Dear Brother

3. Lord, Build Me A Cabin In Glory

4. I Am Bound For The Promised Land

5. Gathering Flowers For The Master's Bouquet

6. Something Got Hold Of Me

7. I've Just Told Mama Goodbye

8. Jesus Died For Me

9. How Can You Refuse Him Now

10. Calling You

11. Wait For The Light To Shine

12. I Dreamed That The Great Judgment Morning

13. At The Cross

14. Introduction

15. Next Sunday, Darling, Is My Birthday

16. Old Joe Clark

17. Deck Of Cards

18. Closing

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Track List: Hank Williams: Sacred Songs II - The Unreleased Recordings

1. That Beautiful Home

2. How Can You Refuse Him Now

3. Lord, Build Me A Cabin In Glory

4. Farther Along

5. Calling You

6. I Am Bound For The Promised Land

7. Dear Brother

8. Jesus Died For Me

9. At The Cross

10. Gathering Flowers For The Master's Bouquet

11. Lovesick Blues

12. I'll Sail My Ship Alone

13. Little Annie (Gentle Annie)

14. I'll Have A New Life

15. Closing Theme

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Track List: The Unreleased Recordings: Gospel Keepsakes

1. I'm Gonna Sing

2. I Heard My Savior Calling Me

3. Precious Lord, Take My Hand

4. I've Got My One-Way Ticket To The Sky

5. Thirty Pieces Of Silver

6. When God Dips His Love In My Heart

7. Farther Along

8. From Jerusalem To Jericho

9. When The Fire Comes Down

10. Drifting Too Far From The Shore

11. The Old Country Church

12. Lonely Tombs

13. Where The Soul Never Dies

14. Where He Leads Me

15. I Saw The Light

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Track List: Settin' The Woods On Fire

Disc 1

1. Hey Good Lookin'

2. I Could Never Be Ashamed Of You

3. Why Don't You Love Me

4. I'm Sorry For You My Friend

5. Jambalaya (On The Bayou)

6. My Love For You (Has Turned To Hate)

7. Moanin' The Blues

8. Honky Tonkin'

9. Pictures From Life's Other Side

10. Fly Trouble

11. I'll Be A Bachelor 'Til I Die

12. Just Waitin'

13. My Bucket's Got A Hole In It

14. I Won't Be Home No More

15. On The Banks Of The Old Pontchartrain

16. You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave)

17. Too Many Parties And Too Many Pals

18. Window Shopping

19. Lovesick Blues

20. I Can't Get You Off My Mind

21. Wedding Bells

22. I'm A Long Gone Daddy

Disc 2

1. Move It On Over

2. A Mansion On The Hill

3. I'd Still Want You

4. Honky Tonk Blues

5. Calling You

6. I Don't Care (If Tomorrow Never Comes)

7. Mind Your Own Business

8. They'll Never Take Her Love From Me

9. Settin' The Woods On Fire

10. Take These Chains From My Heart

11. Howlin' At The Moon

12. Crazy Heart

13. My Sweet Love Ain't Around

14. Long Gone Lonesome Blues

15. I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)

16. Everything's Okay

17. Rootie Tootie

18. The Blues Come Around

19. May You Never Be Alone

20. Let's Turn Back The Years

21. Ramblin' Man

22. I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive

Disc 3

1. Pan American

2. Dear John

3. Half As Much

4. When God Comes And Gathers His Jewels

5. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

6. My Heart Would Know

7. Lost Highway

8. I've Been Down That Road Before

9. Nobody's Lonesome For Me

10. Cold, Cold Heart

11. Kaw-Liga

12. I'm Satisfied With You

13. (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle

14. My Son Calls Another Man Daddy

15. Please Make Up Your Mind

16. Why Should We Try Anymore

17. There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight

18. You Win Again

19. Your Cheatin' Heart

20. I Just Don't Like This Kind Of Living

21. Six More Miles To The Graveyard

22. I Saw The Light

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Track List: Hank Williams: The Ultimate Collection

Disc 1

1. I Saw The Light

2. A Mansion On The Hill

3. Honky Tonkin'

4. Move It On Over

5. You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave)

6. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

7. Mind Your Own Business

8. My Bucket's Got A Hole In It

9. Long Gone Lonesome Blues

10. Cold, Cold Heart

11. Howlin' At The Moon

12. I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)

13. Hey, Good Lookin'

14. Ramblin' Man

15. I Dreamed About Mama Last Night

16. (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle

17. Honky Tonk Blues

18. Half As Much

19. Jambalaya (On The Bayou)

20. Settin' The Woods On Fire

21. I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive

22. You Win Again

Disc 2

1. Your Cheatin' Heart

2. Please Make Up Your Mind

3. Kaw-Liga

4. Take These Chains From My Heart

5. Rockin' Chair Money

6. Please Don't Let Me Love You

7. Someday You'll Call My Name

8. Cool Water

9. First Year Blues

10. Alone And Forsaken

11. The Angel Of Death

12. Ready To Go Home

13. There's A Tear In My Beer

14. Weary Blues From Waitin'

15. Why Don't You Love Me

16. Moanin' The Blues

17. I'm A Long Gone Daddy

19. I Can't Get You Off Of My Mind

20. Lovesick Blues

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Track List: Hillbilly Hero

Disc 1

1. Calling You

2. Never Again

3. Wealth Won't Save Your Soul

4. When God Comes And Gathers His Jewels

6. I Don't Care (If Tomorrow Never Comes)

7. Honky Tonkin'

8. Pan American

9. Move It On Over

10. I Saw The Light

11. (Last Night) I Heard You Crying In Your Sleep

12. Six More Miles

13. Fly Trouble

14. On The Banks Of The Old Pontchartrain

15. Rootie Tootie

16. I Can't Get You Off Of My Mind

17. I'm A Long Gone Daddy

18. Honky Tonkin'

19. My Sweet Love Ain't Around

20. The Blues Come Around

21. A Mansion On The Hill

23. Lost On The River

24. There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight

25. I Heard My Mother Praying For Me

26. Lovesick Blues

Disc 2

1. Lost Highway

2. May You Never Be Alone

3. Dear Brother

4. Jesus Remembered Me

5. Mind Your Own Business

6. You're Gonna Change

7. Wedding Bells

8. I've Just Told Mama Goodbye

9. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

10. A House Without Love

11. I Just Don't Like This Kind Of Livin'

12. My Bucket's Got A Hole In It

13. Long Gone Lonesome Blues

14. Why Don't You Love Me

15. Why Should We Try Anymore

16. My Son Calls Another Man Daddy

17. Too Many Parties Too Many Pals

18. Beyond The Sunset

19. The Funeral

20. Everything's Okay

21. They'll Never Take Her Love From Me

22. Nobody's Lonesome For Me

23. Moanin' The Blues

24. Help Me Understand

25. No No Joe

26. Cold Cold Heart

Disc 3

1. Dear John

2. Just Waitin'

3. Men With Broken Hearts

4. I Can't Help It

5. Howlin' At The Moon

6. Hey Good Lookin'

7. My Heart Would Know

8. Ramblin' Man

9. Pictures From Life's Other Side

10. I've Been Down That Road Before

11. I Dreamed About Mama Last Night

12. I'd Still Want You

13. Lonesome Whistle

14. Crazy Heart

15. Half As Much

16. Baby We're Really In Love

17. I'm Sorry For You My Friend

18. Honky Tonk Blues

19. Won't You Sometimes Think of Me

20. Why Should I Cry

21. You Broke Your Own Heart

22. I Watched My Dream World Crumble Like Clay

23. In My Dreams You Still Belong To Me

24. I Told A Lie To My Heart

25. Singing Waterfall

26. Pan American

28. A Home In Heaven

Disc 4
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Track List: The Complete Hank Williams: The Music

Disc 1

1. Calling You

2. Never Again (Will I Knock On Your Door)

3. Wealth Won't Save Your Soul

4. When God Comes And Gathers His Jewels

5. I Don't Care (If Tomorrow Never Comes)

6. My Love For You (Has Turned To Hate)

7. Honky Tonkin'

8. Pan American

9. Move It On Over

10. I Saw The Light

11. (Last Night) I Heard You Crying In Your Sleep

12. Six More Miles (To The Graveyard)

13. Fly Trouble

14. I'm Satisfied With You

15. On The Banks Of The Old Pontchartrain

16. Rootie Tootie

17. I Can't Get You Off Of My Mind

18. I'm A Long Gone Daddy

19. Honky Tonkin'

20. My Sweet Love Ain't Around

21. The Blues Come Around

22. A Mansion On The Hill

Disc 2

1. I'll Be A Bachelor 'Til I Die

2. There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight

3. Lovesick Blues

4. Lost On The River

5. I Heard My Mother Praying For Me

6. Lost Highway

7. May You Never Be Alone

10. Honky Tonk Blues

11. Mind Your Own Business

12. You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave)

13. My Son Calls Another Man Daddy

14. Wedding Bells

15. I've Just Told Mama Goodbye

16. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

17. A House Without Love

18. I Just Don't Like This Kind Of Livin'

20. My Bucket's Got A Hole In It

22. Why Don't You Love Me

23. Why Should We Try Anymore

Disc 3

1. Too Many Parties And Too Many Pals

2. Beyond The Sunset

3. The Funeral

4. Everything's Okay

5. They'll Never Take Her Love From Me

6. Nobody's Lonesome For Me

7. Moanin' The Blues

8. Help Me Understand

9. No, No Joe

10. Cold, Cold Heart

11. Dear John

12. Just Waitin'

13. Men With Broken Hearts

14. I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)

15. Howlin' At The Moon

16. Hey, Good Lookin'

17. My Heart Would Know

20. Ramblin' Man

21. Pictures From Life's Other Side

22. I've Been Down That Road Before

23. I Dreamed About Mama Last Night

Disc 4

1. I'd Still Want You

2. (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle

3. Crazy Heart

4. Half As Much

5. I'd Still Want You

6. Baby, We're Really In Love

7. I'm Sorry For You, My Friend

8. Honky Tonk Blues

9. Let's Turn Back The Years

10. Window Shopping

11. Jambalaya (On The Bayou)

12. Settin' The Woods On Fire

13. I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive

14. You Win Again

15. I Won't Be Home No More

16. Be Careful Of Stones That You Throw

17. Please Make Up Your Mind

18. I Could Never Be Ashamed Of You

19. Your Cheatin' Heart

20. Kaw-Liga

21. Take These Chains From My Heart

Disc 5

1. Happy Rovin' Cowboy

2. Freight Train Blues

3. San Antonio Rose

6. Won't You Sometimes Think Of Me

7. Why Should I Cry

8. I Watched My Dream World Crumble Like Clay

9. I Told A Lie To My Heart

10. Mother Is Gone

11. In My Dreams You Still Belong To Me

12. We're Getting Closer To The Grave Each Day

13. (I'm) Going Home

14. Calling You

15. Pan American

16. Wealth Won't Save Your Soul

18. A Home In Heaven

19. You Broke Your Own Heart

20. I'm So Tired Of It All

Disc 6

1. You Caused It All By Telling Lies

2. Faded Love And Winter Roses

3. Please Don't Let Me Love You

4. There's No Room In My Heart For The Blues

5. I Wish I Had A Nickel

6. The Waltz Of The Wind

7. At The First Fall Of Snow

8. Leave Me Alone With The Blues

9. I'm Free At Last

10. Blue Love (In My Heart)

11. It Just Don't Matter Now

12. Little Paper Boy

13. Someday You'll Call My Name

14. The Battle Of Armageddon

15. No One Will Ever Know

16. With Tears In My Eyes

17. Thank God

18. Rock My Cradle Once Again

19. Don't Do It Darling

Disc 7

1. Rockin' Chair Money

2. Cool Water

3. Tennessee Border

4. First Year Blues

5. My Main Trial Is Yet To Come

6. Wait For The Light To Shine

7. We Live In Two Different Worlds

8. Roly Poly

9. Swing Wide Your Gate Of Love

10. Dixie Cannonball

11. Sundown And Sorrow

12. The Devil's Train

13. The Old Home

14. Alone And Forsaken

15. Heaven Holds All My Treasures

16. Lost On The River

17. A House Of Gold

18. Singing Waterfall

19. Dear Brother

20. 'Neath A Cold Gray Tomb Of Stone

22. No, Not Now

24. Honey, Do You Love Me, Huh

Disc 8

1. California Zephyr

3. You Better Keep It On Your Mind

4. How Can You Refuse Him Now

5. Low Down Blues

6. Ten Little Numbers

7. Thy Burdens Are Greater Than Mine

8. Last Night I Dreamed Of Heaven

9. I Ain't Got Nothin' But Time

10. Message To My Mother

11. Fool About You

12. I'm Going Home

13. Jambalaya (On The Bayou) (1952)

14. Ready To Go Home

16. I Could Never Be Ashamed Of You

17. Angel Of Death

18. All The Love I Ever Had

19. We're Getting Closer To The Grave Each Day

20. The Log Train

Disc 9

1. There's A Tear In My Beer

2. The Alabama Waltz

4. A Teardrop On A Rose

5. Jesus Is Calling

7. When The Book Of Life Is Read

8. There's Nothing As Sweet As My Baby

9. (I'm Gonna) Sing, Sing, Sing

10. I Can't Escape From You

11. Weary Blues From Waitin'

12. Are You Walkin' And A Talkin' For The Lord

13. If You'll Be A Baby To Me

15. Lost Highway

17. Long Gone Lonesome Blues

19. When God Dips His Love In My Heart

22. Honky Tonkin'

23. I Cried Again

24. Wild Side Of Life

25. Something Got A Hold Of Me

26. Drifting Too Far From The Shore

Disc 10

1. Lovesick Blues (Live)

5. Talk With Minnie Pearl

7. Long Gone Lonesome Blues (Live)

10. Moanin' The Blues (Live)

13. Hey, Good Lookin' (Live)

16. Cold, Cold Heart (Live)

20. I'll Have A New Body (I'll Have A New Life)

23. The Prodigal Son

25. The Apology #2

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Track List: The Original Singles Collection...Plus

Disc 1

1. I'm Not Coming Home Anymore

2. Never Again (Will I Knock On Your Door)

3. Calling You

4. Wealth Won't Save Your Soul

5. When God Comes And Gathers His Jewels

6. My Love For You (Has Turned To Hate)

8. Pan American

9. Honky Tonkin'

10. (Last Night) I Heard You Crying In Your Sleep

11. Move It On Over

12. On The Banks Of The Old Pontchartrain

13. Fly Trouble

14. My Sweet Love Ain't Around

15. Rootie Tootie

16. Honky Tonkin'

17. I'll Be A Bachelor 'Til I Die

18. I'm A Long Gone Daddy

19. The Blues Come Around

20. Six More Miles (To The Graveyard)

21. I Saw The Light

22. A Mansion On The Hill

23. I Can't Get You Off My Mind

24. Lovesick Blues

26. I've Just Told Mama Goodbye

27. I'm Sorry For You, My Friend

28. Honky Tonk Blues

29. All The Love I Ever Had

30. There's A Tear In My Beer

Disc 2

1. Mind Your Own Business

2. There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight

3. Lost Highway

4. You're Gonna Change (or I'm Gonna Leave)

5. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

6. My Bucket's Got a Hole In It

7. May You Never Be Alone

8. I Just Don't Like This Kind of Living

9. Long Gone Lonesome Blues

10. My Son Calls Another Man Daddy

11. Why Don't You Love Me

12. A House Without Love

13. Why Should We Try Anymore

14. They'll Never Take Her Love From Me

15. Moanin' The Blues

16. Nobody's Lonesome For Me

17. Cold, Cold Heart

18. Dear John

19. I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)

20. Howlin' At the Moon

21. My Heart Would Know

22. Hey, Good Lookin'

23. (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle

24. Crazy Heart

25. I'd Still Want You

26. Baby, We're Really in Love

27. I'm Sorry For You, My Friend

28. Honky Tonk Blues

29. All The Love I Ever Had

30. There's A Tear In My Beer

Disc 3

1. I'm Not Coming Home Anymore

2. Never Again (Will I Knock On Your Door)

3. Calling You

4. Wealth Won't Save Your Soul

5. When God Comes And Gathers His Jewels

6. My Love For You (Has Turned To Hate)

7. I Don't Care (If Tommorow Never Comes)

8. Pan American

9. Honky Tonkin'

10. (Last Night) I Heard You Crying In Your Sleep

11. Move It On Over

12. On The Banks Of The Old Pontchartrain

13. Fly Trouble

14. My Sweet Love Ain't Around

15. Rootie Tootie

16. Honky Tonkin'

17. I'll Be A Bachelor 'Til I Die

18. I'm A Long Gone Daddy

19. The Blues Come Around

20. Six More Miles (To The Graveyard)

21. I Saw The Light

22. A Mansion On The Hill

23. I Can't Get You Off My Mind

24. Lovesick Blues

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Track List: Hank Williams As Luke The Drifter: Beyond The Sunset

1. Pictures From Life's Other Side

2. Men With Broken Hearts

3. Help Me Understand

4. Too Many Parties And Too Many Pals

5. Please Make Up Your Mind

6. I've Been Down That Road Before

7. Be Careful Of Stones That You Throw

8. I Dreamed About Mama Last Night

9. The Funeral

10. Beyond The Sunset

11. Just Waitin'

12. Everything's Okay

13. No, No Joe

14. Ramblin' Man

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Track List: I Saw The Light

1. I Saw The Light

2. Calling You

3. Dear Brother

4. Wealth Won't Save Your Soul

5. (I'm Gonna) Sing, Sing, Sing

6. Message To My Mother

7. How Can You Refuse Him Now

8. When God Comes And Gathers His Jewels

9. Jesus Remembered Me

10. A House Of Gold

11. Thank God

12. The Angel Of Death

13. The Prodigal Son

14. Thy Burdens Are Greater Than Mine

15. A Tramp On The Street

16. I'll Have A New Body (I'll Have A New Life)

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Track List: Cold Cold Heart, The Best Of Hank Williams Vol 1

3. (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle

22. I'm Sorry For You My Friend

25. (Last Night) I Heard You Crying In Your Sleep

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Track List: The Ultimate Collection

Disc 1

10. Cold, Cold Heart

11. Howlin' At The Moon

12. I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)

16. Lonesome Whistle

18. Half As Much

20. Settin' The Woods On Fire

21. I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive

Disc 2

4. Take These Chains From My Heart

6. Please Don't Let Me Love You

7. Someday You'll Call My Name

10. Alone And Forsaken

12. Ready To Go Home

13. There's A Tear In My Beer

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Yes he is.
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Coming from a 19 year old man Hank Williams is by far one of, if not the greatest country western singer of all time. He
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No one can erase classics like him with any other type of country
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AWESOMENESS!
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LEGENDARY.
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Hank is truly one of the greatest.
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My hubby loved Hank. Way back in
Fifty one. Bobby loved you,Hank.
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765-516-3662
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Simply the best EVER!!
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Timeless. Talent. I don't trust people that don't like Hank Williams.
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Love you Hank .. You help me get through my pain.
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Hey Grand Old Opry; reinstate Hank Sr, There would be no country music with out him. Just sayin'.
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I remember hearing Hank Williams for the first time I was 5 now 16 makes you understand everything he says. I can't wait till more music like him comes back around one day.
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I will never forget when I heard the news that Hank Williams had died. It was devastating for a 13 year old Kansas boy.
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Ikool
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I grew up with Hank Williams and artist like him, he'll live forever in my mind.
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The original Country music outlaw.
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This guy had talent
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What a joy to listen to him sing...compl e t e l y out-of-sight !
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I've listened to Hank all my life and will never stop so if somebody don't want to listen to the father of country music don't listen
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marty robbins and hank williams are probably legendary
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F**k who ever doesn't like hank Williams he is way better than all of you I saw his grave it was an honor just to be there
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Nadine, great comment
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comas4
Why is an English actor playing Hank Williams in an upcoming biopic??? WTF?
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David Allen Coe the ride.
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Does anyone know the song where there is a hitchhiker and he gets picked up by hanks ghost I don't remember who sang it
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I hate this man
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Duck off
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I grew up listen to Hank w/my Grandaddy on the radio @ The Grand Ol Opry it was so fun & brings back soooo many great childhood memories!!!! Luv my Country Roots
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Hank was at least as good when performing live, maybe better.
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Hank Williams Jr.
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Good song boys
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@bullfrog694 : It’s The Ride by David Allan Coe.
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Dude wrote so many amazing songs in a short life time. I put him right up there with Cole Porter, or Lennon/McCar t n e y .
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My dad listened to him all the time in the vehicle wherever we'd go. I got attached to it after a while. Great Singer Songwriter. He has inspired a lot of people.
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Best singer there ever has been or ever will be!!!!!!!!!
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Fffge I love it and I have to
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He had the longest funeral procession in Alabama history for a reason. His music touched everyone who heard it.
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The answer to the question that was posted a couple months ago is Jack Caldwell wrote the song, The Death of Hank Williams but many artists including Earnest Tubb sang it. QUESTION: Can someone tell me the name of a song about hang Williams snr dying in the backseat of car he was heading to old ohio to play a show the next day it goes like this thousand s we're waiting to hear him play and sing the next day i thing the name of the song tis to you hank Williams i can't remember who sang it.
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I saw the movie of his life .It was hard and tragic
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He was so an awesome performer his music will always be a legend I grew up with his music with my great aunt and my mother and I'm only 45 I love his music will live on forever��
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I love you Hank Williams
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I like your sogs
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he seemed so much older then 29 to me.
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I Like the your. Songs to
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The best singer that' ever was.
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Love Hank Williams, Sr.
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Happy Birthday Hank
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I grew up listening to Hank Williams songs, but never really appreciated the country music art until the last 10 years of my life. Hanks songs will live forever in my heart and hopefully my children. Connie Aimone
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I love dranking with George hank
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