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Williams, Hank - All Time Greats (2-CD) CD 1
01 Hey, Good Lookin' Hank Williams
02 Jambalaya (On The Bayou) Hank Williams
03 Your Cheatin' Heart Hank Williams
04 I Saw The Light Hank Williams
05 Lost Highway Hank Williams
06 Cold, Cold Heart Hank Williams
07 Move It On Over Hank Williams
08 Honky Tonkin' Hank Williams
09 I'm A Long Gone Daddy (Single Version) Hank Williams
10 Long Gone Lonesome Blues (Single Version) Hank Williams
11 Why Don't You Love Me (Single Version) Hank Williams
12 Moanin' The Blues (Single Version) Hank Williams
13 Howlin' At The Moon Hank Williams
14 Honky Tonk Blues Hank Williams
15 You Win Again Hank Williams
16 I've Been Down That Road Before (Single Version) Hank Williams
17 (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle (Single Version) Hank Williams
18 Rootie Tootie Hank Williams
19 Mansion On The Hill Hank Williams
20 My Love For You (Has Turned To Hate) Hank Williams
Williams, Hank - All Time Greats (2-CD) CD 2
01 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (Single Version) Hank Williams
02 Lovesick Blues (Single Version) Hank Williams
03 Settin' The Woods On Fire Hank Williams
04 Wedding Bells Hank Williams
05 My Bucket's Got A Hole In It Hank Williams
06 A House Without Love Hank Williams
07 Take These Chains From My Heart (Single Version) Hank Williams
08 On The Banks Of The Old Pontchartrain Hank Williams
09 A House Of Gold Hank Williams
10 You Better Keep It On Your Mind Hank Williams
11 Too Many Parties And Too Many Pals (Single Version) Hank Williams
12 Ramblin' Man (Single Version) Hank Williams
13 There's A Tear In My Beer Hank Williams
14 Please Make Up Your Mind (Single Version) Hank Williams
15 Kaw-Liga Hank Williams
16 Alone And Forsaken (Single Version) Hank Williams
17 Please Don't Let Me Love You Hank Williams
18 Calling You Hank Williams
19 Wealth Won't Save Your Soul Hank Williams
20 Let's Turn Back The Years Hank Williams
Hank Williams was to me the first rock 'n' roll singer. Don Everly When Hank Williams's... more
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Hank Williams was to me the first rock 'n' roll singer.
Don Everly

When Hank Williams's first M-G-M record hit radio stations and Southern juke joints in June 1947, country music was poised for a seismic shift. Western swing and cowboy crooners were waning in popularity, as were the mournful wails of Roy Acuff and trumpet-driven jukebox novelties. Eddy Arnold and Red Foley ruled the charts with finely honed records that sounded more uptown than down-home. Beyond a few select artists with established regional appeal, the major labels mostly ignored Southeastern vocalists who sounded too 'hillbilly,' leaving this market to aggressive independent labels. When King Records in Cincinnati began racking impressive sales figures with raw, unabashedly rural music, the majors took notice but stayed the course.

Williams's Move It On Over was not Ernest Tubb's, Floyd Tillman's or Moon Mullican's Texas honky tonk. It was something fresh and exciting, fusing passionate Acuffian phrasing with a high-volume backbeat straight out of late '30s Chicago race records. It rocked like crazy and formally introduced Hank Williams as a significant voice in country music.

Williams's early years and influences have been thoroughly documented elsewhere. New York writer Roger Williams (no relation) wrote the first significant biography in 1970 ('Sing A Sad Song: A Life Of Hank Williams'; Doubleday). The next fifteen years brought other full-length bios by Jay Caress, Chet Flippo, and George William Koon, among others. Dr. Charles K. Wolfe and Bob Pinson also contributed to our understanding of Williams's life, music, career and recordings. These studies have been largely supplanted by Colin Escott's 'Hank Williams: A Biography' (Little, Brown & Co., 1994) and his notes to Mercury Records' comprehensive 1998 compact disc anthology 'The Complete Hank Williams.'

Hiram 'Hank' Williams was born September 17, 1923 in Mount Olive Community, Alabama, the second child born to Elonzo Huble Williams (1891-1970) and Jessie Lillie Belle Skipper (1898-1955). Lon Williams, a native of Lowndes County, Alabama, was a locomotive driver for a logging company when he met Lillie Skipper. The couple struggled financially after their November 1916 marriage, often relying on help from Lillie's family and meager income from a small general store in their house. Lon Williams was drafted into the army in July 1918, spending part of the next eleven months in France. During his military service he suffered a serious head injury in either a drunken brawl over a woman or a fall from a truck. Although he apparently recovered, the injury caused irreparable neurological damage that later resurfaced.

Returning from the war, Lon Williams worked sporadically at the lumberyards, while Lillie took jobs as a nurse, a cannery worker and seamstress. Their first child, Irene, was born in August 1922, followed by Hank a year later.

Life was hard, but the family got by. On Sundays Lillie sang and played organ at the Mount Olive West Baptist Church. In one of his rare print interviews, Hank recalled those days to San Francisco journalist Ralph J. Gleason. "My earliest memory is sittin' on that organ stool and hollerin'," he said. "I must have been five, six years old, and louder 'n anybody else."

His parents noticed their son had a swollen spot on his spine, a birth defect later diagnosed as Spina Bifida Occulta. If not corrected by surgery, the spinal cord could herniate outward from the spine. Hank's condition went untreated. As he aged, the ailment progressed, leaving him susceptible to back injuries and debilitating pain.

Soon after the 1929 stock market crash, Lon became impaired by a brain aneurysm likely triggered by his earlier head injury. Temporarily unable to speak and his face paralyzed, he was admitted to a Veterans Administration hospital in Biloxi that November. He never lived with his family again.

from booklet BCD16636 - Hank Williams Rockin'Chair Money - Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight
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Tracklist
Williams, Hank - All Time Greats (2-CD) CD 1
01 Hey, Good Lookin'
02 Jambalaya (On The Bayou)
03 Your Cheatin' Heart
04 I Saw The Light
05 Lost Highway
06 Cold, Cold Heart
07 Move It On Over
08 Honky Tonkin'
09 I'm A Long Gone Daddy (Single Version)
10 Long Gone Lonesome Blues (Single Version)
11 Why Don't You Love Me (Single Version)
12 Moanin' The Blues (Single Version)
13 Howlin' At The Moon
14 Honky Tonk Blues
15 You Win Again
16 I've Been Down That Road Before (Single Version)
17 (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle (Single Version)
18 Rootie Tootie
19 Mansion On The Hill
20 My Love For You (Has Turned To Hate)
Williams, Hank - All Time Greats (2-CD) CD 2
01 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (Single Version)
02 Lovesick Blues (Single Version)
03 Settin' The Woods On Fire
04 Wedding Bells
05 My Bucket's Got A Hole In It
06 A House Without Love
07 Take These Chains From My Heart (Single Version)
08 On The Banks Of The Old Pontchartrain
09 A House Of Gold
10 You Better Keep It On Your Mind
11 Too Many Parties And Too Many Pals (Single Version)
12 Ramblin' Man (Single Version)
13 There's A Tear In My Beer
14 Please Make Up Your Mind (Single Version)
15 Kaw-Liga
16 Alone And Forsaken (Single Version)
17 Please Don't Let Me Love You
18 Calling You
19 Wealth Won't Save Your Soul
20 Let's Turn Back The Years