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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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Hank Williams: The Legend Begins - Rare & Unreleased (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDTL17258
 

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3-CDs, 16-page booklet, 62 tracks. - Unbelievably, there's still more to discover, still more to hear by Hank Williams. In these audio snapshots we hear him as a fifteen-year-old performer making his very first recordings; two years later, he's a brash young singer...

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Hank Williams: Rockin'Chair Money - Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight
Art-Nr.: BCD16636
 

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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 fifty years devoted to Hank...

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Hank Williams: Soren Glosimodt Mosdal - Lost Highway - Comic
Art-Nr.: 0023044
 

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(2011/Edition Moderne) Deutsch, Farbe, Fester Einband, 20x26.5 cm, 66 Seiten plus 5 Seiten Essay 'Hillbilly Geisterbahn' von Franz Dobler.

$23.36 *

Hank Williams: Long Gone Lonesome Blues - Complete Hank Williams Vol.5 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD831633
 

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(1987/Polygram) 22 tracks (53:53) with notes by Colin Escott.

$21.18 *

Hank Williams: Vol.2, American Music Legends - Cracker Barrel (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD249483
 

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(2006/CB/UNIVERSAL) 10 tracks - not in stores

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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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Hank Williams: Let's Turn Back The Years July 1951 - June 1952 (CD) - Complete Hank Williams Vol.7
Art-Nr.: CD833749
 

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​(1987/Polygram US) 21 tracks - few sealed stock copies

$29.44 *

Hank Williams: The Hits...Like Never Before - The Unreleased
Art-Nr.: CDTL25256
 

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(2009/TIME LIFE) 15 tracks (44:47)

$11.74 *

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!

$29.44 *

Hank Williams: Montgomery (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPDOY631
 

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​(2010/Doxy) 20 tracks 1939-1949

$23.54 *

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 commercially anywhere else. From this...

$41.24 *

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

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​(2001/Arpeggio) 20 tracks

$11.74 *

Hank Williams: Definitive Collection - Gold Series 2-CD
Art-Nr.: CD9880700
 

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(2005/UNIVERSAL) 42 tracks, 1947-52 - 28 page booklet

$15.28 *

Williams, Hank: Sacred Songs Vol.2: The Unreleased Recordings
Art-Nr.: CDTL25265
 

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​(2009/TimeLIfe) 15 tracks

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Hank Williams: The Unreleased Recordings (3-CD) Hardcover Digibook
Art-Nr.: CDTL24602
 

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(2008/TIMELIFE) 54 tracks, 40 page booklet, Hardcover Digi-Longbox; At the peak of his career in 1951, Hank Williams recorded 143 songs for the Mother's Best Glour Company. Hank sang with his regular studio band and recorded his hits as well as many songs he never...

$47.14 *

Hank Williams & Others: In The Hank Williams Tradition (0)
Art-Nr.: DVDWS1659
 

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(2004/WHITE STAR) NTSC, Color/B&W, 60 minutes; This program traces Hank Williams' incredible life story through rare film clips, music and revealing interviews with his friends and fellow performers such as Roy Acuff, Minnie Pearl and Chet Atkins, included are...

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Hank Williams: Garden Spot Programs, 1950
Art-Nr.: CD101609
 

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(2014/Omnivore) 24 tracks (45:45) digipac with 12 page booklet by Colin Escott. Unheard since 1950, newly discovered Radio Shows.

$21.18 *

WILLIAMS, Hank: 24 Greatest Hits Vol.2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD823294
 

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(1988/Polydor) 24 Tracks, rare U.S. Polydor CD factory sealed!

$22.36 *

Hank Williams: His Best Recordings - 1947-49, Vol.1 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBM3052
 

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​(1995/Blue Moon) 21 tracks

$17.64 *

Hank Williams: His Best Recordings - 1949-53, Vol.2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBM3053
 

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​(1995/Blue Moon) 23 tracks

$17.64 *

Hank Williams: Beyond The Sunset (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD831574
 

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​(Polygram) 12 tracks

$18.82 *

Hank Williams: Hey, Good Lookin' - Complete Hank Williams Vol.6 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD831634
 

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CD on POLYGRAM RECORDS by Hank Williams - Hey, Good Lookin' - Complete Hank Williams Vol.6 (CD)

$27.08 *

Hank Williams: Gospel Keepsake - The Unreleased Recordings
Art-Nr.: CDTL24587
 

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(2009/TIMELIFE) 15 tracks; Commercial pressures mean that Willimas rarely recorded gospel music for his releases; however, when he made these recordings for the Mother's Best Flour radio Shows in 1951 Hank made sure that religious music was well represented. He...

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Hank Williams: Vol.2, Greatest Hits - Long Gone Lonesome
Art-Nr.: CDJAS3536
 

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CD on JASMINE RECORDS by - Vol.2, Greatest Hits - Long Gone Lonesome

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Hank Williams: Greatest Hits - Honky Tonkin
Art-Nr.: CDJAS3535
 

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CD on JASMINE RECORDS by Hank Williams - Greatest Hits - Honky Tonkin

$11.74 *

Hank Williams: 20 Greatest Hits (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD60125
 

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(2010/TGG) 20 tracks

$16.46 *

Williams, Hank: Complete Original #1 Hits
Art-Nr.: CDRGM0088
 

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(2012/Real Gone) 11 tracks

$15.28 *

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!

$29.44 *

Hank Williams: The Very Best Of Hank Williams (Japan - Viny-LP)
Art-Nr.: LP23MM0296
 

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(Polydor-Japan) 12 tracks

$29.44 *

Hank Williams: I Saw The Light (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD811900
 

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(1988/Polydor) 12 Tracks - Very rare U.S. Polydor CD! Original factory sealed!

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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.

$18.82 *

Williams, Hank: Bound For The Promised Land - Walmart Excl.
Art-Nr.: CDTL26202
 

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(2010/TIME LIFE) 18 tracks 1951 with 16 page booklet by Colin Escott.

$21.18 *

Hank Williams: Honky Tonkin' 180g
Art-Nr.: DOX619
 

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$19.47 *

Hank Williams: Nashville Sessions (2-LP180g)
Art-Nr.: DOX633
 

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$25.37 *

Hank Williams: I Saw The Light 180g
Art-Nr.: DOX618
 

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WILLIAMS, Hank: 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 hard covered book written by...

$194.70 *

   
 
 
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