Who was/is Hank Williams ? - CDs, Vinyl LPs, DVD and more

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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The Complete Health & Happiness Recordings - The Legend Begins (3-CD)
Hank Williams: The Complete Health & Happiness Recordings -... Art-Nr.: CDTL17258

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(Time-Life) 3-CDs, 16-page booklet, 62 single tracks, the original issue of the US Time Life Edition with bonus tracks - Special price - Blow Out Sale - deleted item Unbelievably, there's still more to discover, still more to hear by...
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The Lonesome Sound (LP, 10inch)
Hank Williams: The Lonesome Sound (LP, 10inch) Art-Nr.: BAF14004

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Bear Family Records probe deeply into the Hank Williams legacy and breathe new life into the 1960, MGM Records (MGM E 3803) 12 inch album ‘The Lonesome Sound’. - Vinyl reissue of 1960 MGM album. - Originally released as a 12” LP, we have...
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Rockin'Chair Money - Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight
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1-CD-Album Digipak (4-plated) with 43-page booklet, 33 tracks. Playing time approx. 84 mns. At last! The greatest singer-songwriter in country music history finally joins the Bear Family roster! This is the first anthology in more than...
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His Greatest Hits (CD)
Hank Williams: His Greatest Hits (CD) Art-Nr.: CD983962

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(Universal Music Norway) 26 tracks (69:03) 1947-1953. 12 page booklet including rare photos. Super Jewel Box The original master recordings including 'There's A Tear In My Beer' and many other timeless classics!***** Bargain nice price...
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Long Gone Lonesome Blues - Complete Hank Williams Vol.5 (CD)
Hank Williams: Long Gone Lonesome Blues - Complete Hank... Art-Nr.: CD831633

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(1987/Polygram) 22 tracks (53:53) with notes by Colin Escott.
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Let's Turn Back The Years - Complete Hank Williams Vol.7 (CD)
Hank Williams: Let's Turn Back The Years - Complete Hank... Art-Nr.: CD833749

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(1987/Polygram US) 21 tracks - July 1951 - June 1952 - few sealed stock copies
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Golden Greats (3-CD)
Hank Williams: Golden Greats (3-CD) Art-Nr.: CD056179

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Prodigal Son, Live in Nashville 1949 (CD)
Hank Williams: Prodigal Son, Live in Nashville 1949 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDARC001

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Sings Fred Rose
Hank Williams: Sings Fred Rose Art-Nr.: CD340857

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I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - Hey Good Lookin (7inch, 45rpm)
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Lost Highway - Graphic Novel (Gebundene Ausgabe) by Glosimodt Søren Mosdall
Hank Williams: Lost Highway - Graphic Novel (Gebundene... Art-Nr.: 0023044

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(2011/Edition Modern) German, colour, hardcover, 20x26.5 cm, 66 pages plus 5 pages essay 'Hillbilly Geisterbahn' by Franz Dobler. Søren Mosdal tells his story about the last hours of the musician, who was found dead in the car that was...
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Vol.2, American Music Legends - Cracker Barrel (CD)
Hank Williams: Vol.2, American Music Legends - Cracker Barrel... Art-Nr.: CD249483

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(2006/CB/UNIVERSAL) 10 tracks - not in stores
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Country Legend (CD)
Hank Williams: Country Legend (CD) Art-Nr.: CDSI903654

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Honky Tonkin' (CD)
Hank Williams, Sr.: Honky Tonkin' (CD) Art-Nr.: CD340129

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(Charly Schallplatten) 22 tracks
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Alone And Forsaken (CD)
Hank Williams: Alone And Forsaken (CD) Art-Nr.: CD528037

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(Polydor) 18 Tracks - Spoken Intro by by Matt Johnson (The The) - Great Compilation - Tracks 14 -18 are undubbed non-session demos!
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20 Of Hank William's Greatest Hits - 180g Vinyl
Hank Williams: 20 Of Hank William's Greatest Hits - 180g Vinyl Art-Nr.: LP986241

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(2004/LOST HIGHWAY) 20 tracks - 180 gram vinyl/audiophile pressing
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Move It On Over (CD)
Hank Williams: Move It On Over (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCTS55453

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48 Original Recordings (2-CD)
Hank Williams: 48 Original Recordings (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CD223720

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Pictures From Life's Other Side Vol.1 (2-CD)
Hank Williams: Pictures From Life's Other Side Vol.1 (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDBMG669763

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(BMG) 49 tracks, digisleeve. Carefully curated and assembled 2CD digipack collections of Hank Williams' live-in-studio performances as part of the "Mother's Best" radio shows, newly restored and remastered. The three double-CD volumes...
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Pictures From Life's Other Side Vol.2 (2-CD)
Hank Williams: Pictures From Life's Other Side Vol.2 (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDBMG669770

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(BMG) 52 tracks, digisleeve Carefully curated and assembled 2CD digipack collections of Hank Williams' live-in-studio performances as part of the "Mother's Best" radio shows, newly restored and remastered. The three double-CD volumes are...
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His Best Recordings - 1947-49, Vol.1 (CD)
Hank Williams: His Best Recordings - 1947-49, Vol.1 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDBM3052

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​(1995/Blue Moon) 21 tracks
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His Best Recordings - 1949-53, Vol.2 (CD)
Hank Williams: His Best Recordings - 1949-53, Vol.2 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDBM3053

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​(1995/Blue Moon) 23 tracks
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Vol.2, Greatest Hits - Long Gone Lonesome
Hank Williams: Vol.2, Greatest Hits - Long Gone Lonesome Art-Nr.: CDJAS3536

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Complete Mother's Best Collection....plus (15-CD, 1-DVD, Puzzle, Book)
Hank Williams: Complete Mother's Best Collection....plus... Art-Nr.: CDTL17039

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(2010/TIME LIFE). - The complete Mother's Best Collection (15 CDs and a DVD(0). DeLuxe box, the reproduction of an antique radio with a working knob. 365 tracks, playing time approx. 17 1/2 hours. Plus a 108-page beautifully illustrated...
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Nashville Sessions (2-LP, 180g Viny)
Hank Williams: Nashville Sessions (2-LP, 180g Viny) Art-Nr.: LPDOY633

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