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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Pictures From Life's Other Side: The Man And His Music In Rare Recordings And Photos (6-CD/Book Set) Hank Williams: Pictures From Life's Other Side: The Man And... Art-Nr.: CDBMG26650

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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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(BMG Rights) 37 tracks 3LP Set featuring the best of Hank Williams Mother's Best Radio Transcription. Includes »Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain«, »I'll Fly Away«, »Have I Told You Lately That I Love You«, »When The Saints Go Marching In« &...
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I Saw The Light (LP) Hank Williams: I Saw The Light (LP) Art-Nr.: LP31387

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(Time Life) 10 Tracks - - Blow Out Sale While Stock Last! At the height of his career in 1951, country icon Hank Williams recorded 143 songs for Mother's Best Flour Company. Hank performed well-known songs with his regular studio band as...
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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 - limited availability! Unbelievably, there's still more to discover, still more to hear by Hank...
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The Complete Health & Happiness Recordings (2-CD) Hank Williams: The Complete Health & Happiness Recordings (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDBMG70949

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(BMG) 49 Tracks - Deluxe Digipack - The complete October 1949 Health & Happiness Shows of the legendary Hank Williams!
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Mothers Best Plus Collection (15-CD 1-DVD) Hank Williams: Mothers Best Plus Collection (15-CD 1-DVD) Art-Nr.: CDTL31811

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(2016/TimeLife) In 1951, Hank Williams prerecorded radio shows for Mother's Best Flour. All of the surviving shows are together on these 15 CDs ... plus an exclusive DVD. 142 rare performances including Hank's greatest hits: "Cold, Cold...
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Legend Lives Anew (CD) Hank Williams, Sr.: Legend Lives Anew (CD) Art-Nr.: CD033222

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173 Hits And Rarities (10-CD) Hank Williams: 173 Hits And Rarities (10-CD) Art-Nr.: CD600050

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Move It On Over (CD) Hank Williams: Move It On Over (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCTS55453

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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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40 Greatest Hits (2-LP, 180g Vinyl) Hank Williams: 40 Greatest Hits (2-LP, 180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LPMOV398

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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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Country Legend (CD) Hank Williams: Country Legend (CD) Art-Nr.: CDSI903654

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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 A Long Gone Daddy - The Honky Tonkin' Sound Of Hank Williams ( 6x7inch, 45rpm EP Box Set, ltd.) Hank Williams: I'm A Long Gone Daddy - The Honky Tonkin' Sound... Art-Nr.: 45SR119

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(2017/Sleazy) 24 tracks - Nice set of six EPs - The studio recordings were made between 1947 and 1950 and the demo and live recordings were made between 1949 and 1952. The set also includes extensive discographical and biographical...
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The Legend Of Hank Williams - Audio Book with Music (2-CD) Hank Williams: The Legend Of Hank Williams - Audio Book with... Art-Nr.: CD532601

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(1996/Polygram) Audio Book by Colin Escott & George Merritt read by Sammy Kershaw (English, 150 Min.). Includes 13 songs and 2 spoken recordings. - Based on the book 'Hank Williams, The Biography', by Colin Escot (with George Merrit and...
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The Best (CD, Japan) Hank Williams: The Best (CD, Japan) Art-Nr.: CDPOCP1520

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Hans Storste Hits - Greatest Hits (CD) Hank Williams: Hans Storste Hits - Greatest Hits (CD) Art-Nr.: CD983962

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(2008/Universal Norway) 26 tracks (69:03) 1947-1953. 12 page booklet including rare photos. Original master recordings including 'There's A Tear In My Beer' and many other timeless classics!***** - Bargain nice price special offer -...
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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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Prodigal Son, Live in Nashville 1949 (CD) Hank Williams: Prodigal Son, Live in Nashville 1949 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDARC001

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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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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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The Complete Hank Williams (10-CD Box, Ltd.) Hank Williams: The Complete Hank Williams (10-CD Box, Ltd.) Art-Nr.: CD536077

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Nice price as slightly damaged package! 10 CD Box Set contains over 225 recordings including 53 previously unissued. Limited Quantity Set to hit stores the month of 75th Anniversary of Hank Williams Birth 'The Complete Hank Williams' 10...
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Beyond The Sunset (CD) Hank Williams: Beyond The Sunset (CD) Art-Nr.: CD831574

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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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