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)
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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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His Greatest Hits (CD)
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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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Rockin'Chair Money - Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight
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The Lonesome Sound (LP, 10inch)
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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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The Lonesome Sound (LP, 10inch) &  Jigsaw Puzzle (30x30 cm)
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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’ & Hank Williams Jigsaw Puzzle (30x30 cm) - Vinyl reissue of 1960 MGM album. -...
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Pictures From Life's Other Side: The Man And His Music In Rare Recordings And Photos (6-CD/Book Set)
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Hank Williams was a star of WSM's Grand Ole Opry when he started hosting his own radio show for the same station in 1951. Sponsored by Mother's Best Flour Company, the 15-minute shows are broadcast every weekday. But there was a problem:...
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28 Original Hits In Stereo (CD)
Hank Williams: 28 Original Hits In Stereo (CD) Art-Nr.: CDHP12329

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(HIt Parade Records) 28 tracks (73:00) 12 page booklet Seven decades after Hank Williams changed the course of country music with songs inspired by the brilliant ups and hellish downs of his own life, you can finally hear his amazing...
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I'm Gonna Sing: The Mother's Best Gospel Radio Recordings (2-CD)
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(BMG Rights) 40 tracks, digipack. This iconic country catalog collects 40 of Hank Williams' greatest gospel songs from the Mother's Best recordings. Produced by Cheryl Pawelski, this collection is restored by Michael Graves and features...
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Complete Mother's Best Collection....plus (15-CD, 1-DVD, Puzzle, Book)
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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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Hank Williams Jigsaw Puzzle (30x30 cm)
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Hank Williams jigsaw puzzle consisting of 100 pieces.
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Prodigal Son, Live in Nashville 1949 (CD)
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Pictures From Life's Other Side Vol.3 (2-CD)
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(BMG) 43 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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Best Of The Singles 1947-1958 (4-CD)
Hank Williams: Best Of The Singles 1947-1958 (4-CD) Art-Nr.: CDRTRCD10

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(Reel To Reel Music Company) 99 tracks, digipack
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Vol.2, American Music Legends - Cracker Barrel (CD)
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(2006/CB/UNIVERSAL) 10 tracks - not in stores
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Long Gone Lonesome Blues - Complete Hank Williams Vol.5 (CD)
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(1987/Polygram) 22 tracks (53:53) with notes by Colin Escott.
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Garden Spot Programs 1950
Hank Williams: Garden Spot Programs 1950 Art-Nr.: LP101610

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(2014/Omnivore) 24 tracks - newly discovered radio shows - limited edition colored vinyl first pressing!
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Alone & Forsaken - The Demos (CD)
Hank Williams: Alone & Forsaken - The Demos (CD) Art-Nr.: CDRURO5001

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(2017/Rural Routes) 30 Tracks - Fantastic compilation of Hank's home grown demos, acetates and rare solo radio performances!
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I'm Gonna Sing - The Mother's Best Gospel Radio Recordings (3-LP)
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(BMG) 40 tracks, gatefold cover For the first time on vinyl New liner notes by Colin Escott This album collects 40 of Hank Williams' greatest gospel songs from the Mother's Best recordings. This collection was produced by Cheryl...
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Hank 100 - Greatest Radio Hits (2-LP)
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(BMG) 25 tracks, gatefold cover - 1923 - 2023 A Centennial Celebration of the King of Country Music - Brand new Best of by Hank Williams celebrating the 100th anniversary of the "King Of Country Music", 1923 - 2023. - Available on 2LP...
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I Saw the Light - the Unreleased (3-CD - 1-DVD)
Hank Williams: I Saw the Light - the Unreleased (3-CD - 1-DVD) Art-Nr.: CDTL31358

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(Time Life) 54 tracks. At the peak of his career in 1951, Hank Williams recorded 143 songs for the Mother’s Best Flour Company. Hank performed with his regular studio band and recorded his hits as well as songs he never recorded...
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The Best (CD, Japan)
Hank Williams: The Best (CD, Japan) Art-Nr.: CDPOCP1520

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(1990/Universal) 20 tracks, mono
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Golden Greats (3-CD)
Hank Williams: Golden Greats (3-CD) Art-Nr.: CD056179

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I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - Hey Good Lookin (7inch, 45rpm)
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Let's Turn Back The Years - Complete Hank Williams Vol.7 (CD)
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(1987/Polygram US) 21 tracks - July 1951 - June 1952 - few sealed stock copies
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The Lost Concerts (2012)
Hank Williams: The Lost Concerts (2012) Art-Nr.: CDTL27462

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(2012/TIMELIFE) 20 tracks (67:38) with 12 page notes & rare photos. Fantastic material, recorded at Niagara Falls 1952 and Sunset Park 1952 plus Hank interviewed by Mack Sanders,KFBI, Wichita, Kansas in September 1951.
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