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 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.
$20.13
I Saw The Light 180g
Hank Williams: I Saw The Light 180g Art-Nr.: DOX618

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$19.59
Honky Tonkin' 180g
Hank Williams: Honky Tonkin' 180g Art-Nr.: DOX619

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Sing Me A Blue Song 180g
Hank Williams: Sing Me A Blue Song 180g Art-Nr.: DOX620

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

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​(2010/Doxy) 20 tracks 1939-1949
$23.69
In The Hank Williams Tradition (0)
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...
$22.44
Sacred Songs Vol.2: The Unreleased Recordings
Hank Williams: Sacred Songs Vol.2: The Unreleased Recordings Art-Nr.: CDTL25265

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​(2009/TimeLIfe) 15 tracks
$11.81 $17.75
Complete Original #1 Hits
Hank Williams: Complete Original #1 Hits Art-Nr.: CDRGM0088

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(2012/Real Gone) 11 tracks
$15.38
Garden Spot Programs, 1950
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.
$21.31
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!
$29.63
The Very Best Of Hank Williams (Japan - Viny-LP)
Hank Williams: The Very Best Of Hank Williams (Japan - Viny-LP) Art-Nr.: LP23MM0296

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(Polydor-Japan) 12 tracks
$29.63
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...
$41.50
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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(TimeLife) 142 tracks - cube box 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...
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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...
$83.06
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!
$20.13
40 Greatest Hits (2-LP, 180g Vinyl)
Hank Williams: 40 Greatest Hits (2-LP, 180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LPMOV398

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(Music On Vinyl) 40 tracks - Original 'MGM' recordings - 'Music On Vinyl Series'
$41.50
173 Hits And Rarities (10-CD)
Hank Williams: 173 Hits And Rarities (10-CD) Art-Nr.: CD600050

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(Intense Media) 173 tracks
$23.69
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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Only Mother's Best (3-LP)
Hank Williams: Only Mother's Best (3-LP) Art-Nr.: LPBMG514988

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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« &...
$43.87
March Of Dimes (LP, 10inch, Red Vinyl, RSD, Ltd.)
Hank Williams: March Of Dimes (LP, 10inch, Red Vinyl, RSD, Ltd.) Art-Nr.: LPBMG199

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(BMG) 6 tracks Hank William's complete March Of Dimes performance from 1951 on 10" red vinyl. New restoration and mastering of the 16" radio transcription disc. Features 5 songs including "Lovesick Blues" and his then current hit...
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