Hank Williams

"Cold Cold Heart" live


SHORT BIOGRAPHY:

Hank ( Hiriam ) was born on Sept. 17, 1923 in Alabama USA.

As a young kid inspired by a black street musician Rufe Payne, known as "Tee-Tot" he developed a great interest in music and decided that music should be his life. Hank would say that Payne had given him "all the music training I ever had," and most biographers consider Payne the source of the noticeable blues thread running through Hank's music. At 16 Williams quit school and began his music career in earnest. He made his first radio appearance on WSFA in late 1946 or early 1947 and soon became one of the station's most popular performers. .

In March 1947, in a deal engineered by Fred Rose, Hank signed with MGM. "Move It On Over" was his first MGM release and his first Billboard chart entry. He charted again in April 1948, with "Honky Tonkin."

Rose set about finding an avenue for greater exposure for Williams. Decision makers at the the Grand Ole Opry were wary as Williams had a reputation of being a drunkard, but KWKH in Shreveport, La., was interested in the emerging star for their Saturday night jamboree, the Louisiana Hayride, and Hank joined the show in August. "I'm a Long Gone Daddy" had recently reached No. 6, but his next four releases failed to chart, and a fifth, "Mansion on the Hill," stopped short of the Top 10.

By early May. "Lovesick Blues" was an "event;" popular beyond precedent, imagination or belief. And suddenly, Hank Williams was big. Big enough at last for the Opry.

His self-destructive lifestyle by mid-1952, however, was quickly ruining his health. Wracked with back pain, he was dependent on alcohol and, it is believed, morphine. Often missing or too drunk to perform at curtain time, he was fired by the Opry.

Sometime after midnight on New Year's Day 1953, sleeping in the backseat of his Cadillac en route to a show, Hank Williams fulfilled the prophecy of his own "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive."

Sources: Wikipedia and CMT

Selected Band Members ( Drifting Cowboys ):

Jerry Rivers: Violin

Don Helms: Steel Guitar

Sammy Pruett: Guitar

Howard Watts: Bass

Bob McNett: Guitar

Owen Bradley: Keyboards



Discography: Listed from year of recording ( Not by far complete - but most of the essential recordings should be there!! )


1. 1946

Tracks:
Calling You / Never Again / Wealth Wonít Save Your Soul / When God Comes and Gatrhers his Jewel / Won't You Sometimes Think of Me
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2. 1947

Tracks:
I donít Care / My Love For You / Honky Tonkiní / Pan American / Move it On Over / I Saw the Light / I Heard You Crying In your Sleep / Six More Miles / Fly Trouble / On the Banks of the Old Ponchartrain / Rootie Tootie / I Canít Get You Off My Mind / Iím a Long Gone Daddy / Honky Tonkiní (2) / My Sweet Love Ainít Around / The Blues Come Around / A Mansion on the Hill / Iíll Be a Bachelor till I Die
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3. 1948

Tracks:
Lost on the River / Thereíll be No Teardrops Tonight / I Heard My Mother Praying for Me / Lovesick Blues
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4. 1949

Tracks:
Dear Brother / Jesus Remembered me / Lost Highway / May You Never Be Alone / Mind Your Own Business / Youíre Gonna Change / Wedding Bells / Iíve Just Told Mama Goodbye / Iím So Lonesome I Could Cry / A House Without Love / I Just Donít Like This Kind of Liviní / My Bucketís Got a Hole in it
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5. 1950

Tracks:
Long Gone Lonesome Blues / Why Donít You Love Me / Why Should We Try Anymore / My Son Calls Another Man Daddy / Too Many Parties / Beyond the Sunset / The Funeral / Everythingís Okay / Theyíll Never Take Her Love From Me / Nobodyís Lonesome For Me / Moaning the Blues / Help Me Understand / No No Joe / Cold Cold Heart / Dear John / Just Waitiní / Men With Broken Hearts
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6. 1951

Tracks:
I Canít Help it / Howling at the Moon / Hey Good Lookiní / My Heart Would Know / Rambling Man / Pictures From Lifeís Other Side / Iíve Been Down That Road Before / I Dreamed About Mama Last Night / Iíd Still Want You / Lonesome Whistle / Crazy Heart / Half as Much / Baby Weíre Really in Love / Iím Sorry For You My Friend / Honky Tonk Blues / Let's Turn Back the Years
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7. 1952

Tracks:
Jambalaya / Window Shopping / Setting the Woods on Fire / You Win Again / Iíll Never Get Out of This World Alive / I Could Never Be Ashamed of You / Kaw-Liga / Your Cheating Heart / Take These Chains From My Heart / I Wonít Be Home No More / My Love For You / Weary Blues From Waiting / I Canít Escape From You / Please Donít Let Me Love You / Faded Love And Winter Roses / I Cried Again / Wild Side of Life / If You'll Be a Baby to me / Are You Walking and Talking for the Lord / Be Careful of Stones that you Throw / Why Don't You Make up Your Mind / Log Train
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Essential Albums!

Original albums as listed and rated on ďRate Your MusicĒ - June 30 - 2008

4Moanin' the Blues - 1952
18Rambling Man - 1955
21Luke the Drifter - 1955
30Memorial Album - 1953
106I Saw the Light - 1956
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My Suggestion For a 80 minutes (app.) Best Of Compilation:

1. Calling You ( Williams ) 1946
2. Won't You Sometimes Think of Me ( Williams ) 1946
3. Pan American ( Williams ) 1947
4. Move it On Over ( Williams ) 1947
5. Mansion on the Hill ( Williams/Rose ) 1947
6. Honky Tonkin' ( Williams ) 1947
7. Lovesick Blues ( Mills/Friend ) 1948
8. There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight ( Williams ) 1948
9. May You Never Be Alone Like Me ( Williams ) 1949
10. Mind Your Own Business ( Williams ) 1949
11. Wedding Bells ( Boone ) 1949
12. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry ( Williams ) 1949
13. I Just Don't Like this Kind of Living ( Williams ) 1949
14. Lost Highway ( Payne ) 1949
15. Why Don't You Love Me ( Williams ) 1950
16. My Son Calls Another Man Daddy ( Williams/House ) 1950
17. Everything's Okay ( Williams ) 1950
18. Nobody's Lonesome For Me ( Williams ) 1950
19. Cold Cold Heart ( Williams ) 1950
20. Dear John ( Gass ) 1950
21. Just Waitin' ( Williams/Gazzaway ) 1950
22. Lone Gone Lonesome Blues ( Williams ) 1950
23. Howling at the Moon ( Williams ) 1951
24. Hey Good Lookin' ( Williams ) 1951
25. I've Been Down that Road Before ( Williams ) 1951
26. I'd Still Want You ( Williams ) 1951
27. Lonesome Whistle ( Williams/Davis ) 1951
28. I Can't Help it ( Williams ) 1951
29. Jambalaya ( Williams ) 1952
30. Kaw-Liga ( Williams/Rose ) 1952
31. Your Cheatin' Heart ( Williams ) 1952
32. Take These Chains From My Heart ( Rose/Heath ) 1952
33. You Win Again ( Williams ) 1952
34. Weary Blues From Waiting ( Williams ) 1952
35. I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive ( Williams/Rose ) 1952

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