Hank+Williams+hankwilliamshankwilliams01imgOn September 23, 1952, a 29 year-old Country music star from Alabama booked time in Castle Studio in Nashville’s Tulane Hotel and recorded 3 songs; “Kaw-Liga,” “Take These Chains From My Heart” and one of the most iconic Country songs of all time, which is why we celebrate


Hank Williams not only wrote the book on hard living and hard playing Country singers, he wrote and recorded the finest, most artistic body of country songs before or since.

That lanky young man only lived another 3 months, a victim of his own way of life, but he left us with “Diddy Wa Diddy”, “Jambalaya,” “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “Honky Tonkin’,” “Your Cheatin’ Heart” and half a hundred more standards in the Great American Songbook, recorded by thousands of artists and sure to be interpreted by thousands more.

Hank got right to the point, and his songs draw you in within seconds and make you stop what you’re doing and listen. No one knew this would be Hank Williams’ final recording session, least of all Hank, who was the height of his creative powers. The mournful elegance of “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” especially stands out:

Hear the lonesome whippoorwill
He sounds too blue to fly
The midnight train is whining low
Im so lonesome I could cry

Ive never seen a night so long
When time goes crawling by
The moon just went behind a cloud
To hide it’s face and cry

Did you ever see a robin weep
When leaves begin to die
That means he’s lost the will to live
Im so lonesome I could cry

The silence of a falling star
Lights up a purple sky
And as I wonder where you are
I’m so lonesome I could cry

•Suggested Activities: Honky Tonkin’

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