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(Heart Of Texas) 20 tracks (48:44) CD-R. Unreleased 1952 recordings from the Thompson Family... more

Hank Thompson: Treasures (CD)

(Heart Of Texas) 20 tracks (48:44) CD-R. Unreleased 1952 recordings from the Thompson Family vaults. Superb Swing & Honky Tonk material in stunning sound quality.


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Thompson, Hank - Treasures (CD) CD 1
01 You're Too Young To Cry Now Hank Thompson
02 Harbor Of Love Hank Thompson
03 Could You Love Me Like You Used To Hank Thompson
04 Dial L.O.V.E. For Me Hank Thompson
05 I Know Exactly How You Feel Hank Thompson
06 Mission Of Love Hank Thompson
07 Whipporwill Lane Hank Thompson
08 I Could Love The Devil Out Of You Hank Thompson
09 Eula Prinsana Hank Thompson
10 Meet Me On The Corner Hank Thompson
11 A Fool In His Dreams Hank Thompson
12 Love Is Where You Find It Hank Thompson
13 Born To Lose Hank Thompson
14 Everybody's Crazy Hank Thompson
15 Desert Jewels Hank Thompson
16 Somewhere In Between Hank Thompson
17 Okie Blondie Hank Thompson
18 My Buddy Hank Thompson
19 Maple On The Hill Hank Thompson
20 You Can't Put That Monkey On My Back Hank Thompson
Hank Thompson  HANK THOMPSON Everything about Hank Thompson was modern. He was... more
"Hank Thompson"

Hank Thompson

 HANK THOMPSON

Everything about Hank Thompson was modern. He was one of the first country singers to record on audio tape, the first to record a live album. For years, he flew his own plane to shows. Sick of dealing with crappy dancehall sound systems, he designed and built his own. Handed a coveted membership in the Grand Ole Opry in 1949, soured by the low pay and Nashville's musical conservatism, he quickly went back to his native Texas.

Actually, the Waco-born Thompson grew up favoring Gene Autry, the Carter Family, Vernon Dalhart, Jimmie Rodgers, Ernest Tubb and the Opry over the locally generated Western Swing of the Light Crust Doughboys and Milton Brown. After he got his first guitar in 1935 at age ten, his singing won so many amateur shows at the Waco Theater that by the time he was in high school, WACO gave him a Monday-Friday morning radio show as 'Hank The Hired Hand.' He did the final broadcast in January, 1943, the morning he left for the Navy. Home in 1946, studying toward a degree (and career) in electronics, he began playing Tubb-influenced honky tonk with his new band, the Brazos Valley Boys. By fall, he had his first regional hit, Whoa Sailor, on the local Globe label. A year later, after opening for Tex Ritter in Waco, Ritter recommended Hank to Capitol where Humpty Dumpty Heart became his first national hit in 1948.

Quick to adapt to changing realities, and aiming at the dancehall circuit, Hank directed guitarist Billy Gray to reinvent the Brazos Valley Boys as a danceable Western Swing-influenced outfit, minus the jazzy instrumental solos he never cared for. Dissatisfied with the small crowds he drew performing around Dallas, he relocated to Oklahoma City in 1951, by then boasting a sound as identifiable as Lefty Frizzell's or Ray Price's. He was blending his jovial honky tonk vocals with swing-flavored accompaniment. The band's high standards earned them awards for over a decade. From 1953 on, his buddy Merle Travis played on nearly all Hank's sessions and on a good many tours.


Hank's way with a ballad was apparent on his biggest hit, his 1952 cover of Jimmie Heap's The Wild Side Of Life, which inspired the answer song, It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels (Kitty Wells's first hit). He further demonstrated his ballad skills on I'll Sign My Heart Away and other numbers. Nonetheless, he made his reputation on upbeat bounces like Wake Up Irene, Rub-A-Dub-Dub, A Fooler A Faker, Honky Tonk Girl and A Six Pack To Go. His hits helped keep the Western Swing sound alive during the '50s and '60s when it was largely out of favor.

Jim Halsey, who became Hank's manager in 1952, brought new ideas to the table like Hank's longtime relationship with Falstaff Beer in a day when corporate sponsorship of country acts was rare. Halsey suggested Capitol record Hank onstage at the Golden Nugget in Vegas in 1961—making him the first country artist to record a live album. Hank parted ways with Capitol in 1964. After two years with Warner Bros., he spent 13 years with Dot/MCA, recording in Nashville. The Dot era brought a few major hits. Nonetheless, while reflecting on his recording career in the book accompanying Bear Family's Thompson box set, he concluded, "I’d play one of those Dot records then drop one of those old Capitols on, and it was all the difference in the world between the presence and quality of the Capitols and what Dot put out." The Country Music Hall Of Fame inducted him in 1989.

 

Hank, who settled in Keller, Texas, northwest of Dallas, remained on the road, performing with local bands after dissolving the Brazos Valley Boys. His later albums included 1997’s 'Hank Thompson And Friends,'an underpromoted all-star effort on Curb, and HighTone's far superior 'Seven Decades,' released in 2000. Like fellow Hall of Famer Porter Wagoner, he literally continued until the end. At times, he'd appear with the Brazos Valley Boys, who'd reformed as an independent band, and billed more recent shows as part of his 'Sunset Tour.' He headlined a show back in Waco on October 8, 2007, proclaimed by Texas' governor as 'Hank Thompson Day.' Late that month, doctors discovered fast-moving, terminal lung cancer. He announced his retirement November 4; two days later, he was gone. In lieu of a funeral, friends and fans assembled at Billy Bob's Texas in Fort Worth on November 14 to celebrate his remarkable life and career. In 2008, Bear Family will release a 33 track Thompson collection as part of its 'Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight' series.

 

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Tracklist
Thompson, Hank - Treasures (CD) CD 1
01 You're Too Young To Cry Now
02 Harbor Of Love
03 Could You Love Me Like You Used To
04 Dial L.O.V.E. For Me
05 I Know Exactly How You Feel
06 Mission Of Love
07 Whipporwill Lane
08 I Could Love The Devil Out Of You
09 Eula Prinsana
10 Meet Me On The Corner
11 A Fool In His Dreams
12 Love Is Where You Find It
13 Born To Lose
14 Everybody's Crazy
15 Desert Jewels
16 Somewhere In Between
17 Okie Blondie
18 My Buddy
19 Maple On The Hill
20 You Can't Put That Monkey On My Back