“The Hank Williams Memorial Album” by Hank Williams - album review

TJR says

The shock of Hank Williams death on New Year’s Day led to a surge in public demand for records, sheet music and pictures of the artist. MGM put their regular schedule on hold as the pressing plant worked around the clock to try and catch up with the demand. Hank’s two sheet music folios sold around 10,000 in just a few weeks - a seven fold increase on the norm. Airplay shot up and tribute records started to appear within weeks of the news. Billboard reported that by January 31st there were no fewer than 8 of them! This was an outpouring of grief. As a single, “Your Cheatin’ Heart” rocketed to the top of the Country chart, selling over one million copies. MGM announced that there would be two albums in tribute – “The Hank Williams Memorial Album” and “Hank Williams as Luke The Drifter”, both of which were issued simultaneously in early April, just as the sales of the “Kaw-Liga” / “Cheatin’ Heart” single were starting to descend from their peak. The album was a must-have for any casual fans who had not been following his singles output, featuring as it did 8 of his most popular songs all appearing in album format for the first time.

The Jukebox Rebel
09-Jun-2015

A1 [02:43] 6.0.png Hank Williams with his Drifting Cowboys - Your Cheatin’ Heart (Hank Williams) Country
A2 [02:37] 5.6.png Hank Williams with his Drifting Cowboys - Settin’ The Woods On Fire (Fred Rose, Eddie Nelson) Country
A3 [02:36] 6.0.png Hank Williams with his Drifting Cowboys - You Win Again (Hank Williams) Country
A4 [02:55] 5.3.png Hank Williams with his Drifting Cowboys - Hey, Good Lookin’ (Hank Williams) Country
B1 [02:44] 8.0.png Hank Williams with his Drifting Cowboys - Cold, Cold Heart (Hank Williams) Country
B2 [02:34] 6.9.png Hank Williams with his Drifting Cowboys - Kaw-Liga (Hank Williams, Fred Rose) Country
B3 [02:46] 5.3.png Hank Williams with his Drifting Cowboys - I Could Never Be Ashamed Of You (Hank Williams) Country
B4 [02:43] 5.9.png Hank Williams with his Drifting Cowboys - Half As Much (Curley Williams) Country




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