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Various - Hank Williams Connection (CD)


1-CD Digipak with 36-page booklet, 33 tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 min.

On the occasion of Hank Williams’ 100th birthday (September 17, 2023), Bear Family Records® dedicates a CD album to one of the greatest icons of U.S. music history, featuring recordings of his idols and some of the best cover versions of his immortal songs.
33 tunes from 1939 – 1969 show what Hank Williams was inspired by – later recordings prove his enormous influence on the international music scene.
Famous country music colleagues include Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Faron Young and Hank’s son Hank Williams, Jr.
Stars like Damita Jo, Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong, The Delta Rhythm Boys and others are witnesses to the great impact of Hank Williams’ music across genre boundaries.
Rarities in fantastic sound quality, including a live recording by Bobby Helms released on CD for the first time.
The 36-page color booklet tells the story on the subject, written by renowned music journalist Bill Dahl, plus many photos and memorabilia, at times rare!

King of Country

Along with Johnny Cash, Hank Williams is considered the most influential artist in country music. With few exceptions, he wrote his own songs during a career that lasted only six years, songs full of poetry, emotion and (self-)experience. His songs not only became classics, they are cult!

Almost every important country musician has covered his songs. The selection was difficult. But we are sure that with this compilation in his anniversary year 2023 we will make visible the incredible impact of Hank Williams in the history of popular music.

Honky Tonkin’

Opening the compilation is Hank Williams, Jr. with Calling You, a track Hank Senior recorded in 1946. The list of classics that Hank Williams recorded during his short career is long. Whether it’s Jambalaya, Your Cheatin’ Heart, I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, Move It On Over or Honky Tonkin’, you know them all because they became indelible earworms.

It is especially interesting that Hank Williams also influenced musicians working in other styles. This is proven here with recordings of great artists like Bill Darnel, Richard Hayes, Ray Charles, Damita Jo, Louis Armstrong, Ronnie Hawkins, a.m.o. of the genres jazz, blues and rock ‘n’ roll.

Hank Williams was often heralded as the ’Lovesick Blues Boy’ in his day, so the original Lovesick Blues (one of the few songs Hank covered) by Rex Griffin is not to be missed!

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Weight 0,1 kg
Dimensions 14,2 × 12,5 × 1 cm
Tuotekoodi BCD17706
Tuottaja Bear Family Records
Vuosi 2023

01 Calling You Hank Williams, Jr.
02 Alone And Forsaken Bill Darnell
03 Honky Tonkin’ Audrey Williams
04 Move It On Over Richard Hayes
05 I Saw The Light Rose Maddox
06 Rootie Tootie Pee Wee King and his Golden West Cowboys
07 I’m A Long Gone Daddy (live at Tex Ritter’s ’Ranch Party’) Bobby Helms
08 I Can’t Get You Off My Mind Delbert Barker
09 Lovesick Blues Rex Griffin
10 Lost Highway Skeets McDonald
11 Mind Your Own Business (live – Radio Broadcast, Banff, Alberta, Canada) Ted Daigle
12 You’re Gonna Change (Or I’m Gonna Leave) Steve Bledsoe
13 I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry Johnny Cash
14 I Just Don’t Like This Kind Of Lovin’ Johnny Horton
15 My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It T. Texas Tyler
16 Long Gone Lonesome Blues Marty Robbins
17 Why Don’t You Love Me (Like You Used To Do) Rusty & Doug Kershaw
18 Nobody’s Lonseome For Me Delbert Barker
19 Moanin’ The Blues Marvin Rainwater
20 Cold, Cold Heart Louis Armstrong
21 Dear John (I’ve Sent Your Saddle Home) Skeets McDonald
22 I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love With You) Johnny Tillotson
23 Hey Good Lookin’ The Spotnicks
24 Ramblin’ Man Ronnie Hawkins
25 I Heard That Lonesome Whistle Hank Snow
26 Baby We’re Really In Love Don Gibson
27 Half As Much Tennessee Ernie Ford
28 Jambalaya Damita Jo
29 Settin’ The Woods On Fire Jo Stafford and Frankie Laine
30 I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive The Delta Rhythm Boys
31 Your Cheatin’ Heart Faron Young
32 Kaw-Liga Rusty & Doug Kershaw
33 Take These Chains From My Heart Ray Charles


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