Hank Williams discography

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Hank Williams discography

Hank Williams
Releases
Studio albums 2
Singles 31
Posthumous singles 30
Posthumous Studio albums 10
Live albums 8 (Posthumous)
Compilation albums 25
No.1 Single 11

Hank Williams' discography is composed by thirty-one singles released during his six-year career; as well as posthumous work including: singles, compilation albums and previously unreleased material. During his lifetime, Williams placed thirty songs on Billboard's Top C&W Records, while he had seven number one hits.[1]

After being signed with the help of Fred Rose to Sterling Records, Williams assisted his debut recording session on December 11, 1946 at Castle Recording Company's studio D in Nashville, Tennessee. The singer cut four songs, returning later on February 13, 1947 to cut four new sides.[2] His first single, "Never Again (Will I Knock on Your Door)" backed with "Calling You" was released in January 1947.[3] Not satisfied with Sterling, and upon learning of the creation of MGM Records by the Loews Corporation, Fred Rose negotiated a deal for Williams.[4] Rose bought the Sterling masters,[5] became Williams' manager and signed him to the label, agreeing to record all of his sessions in Nashville.[4] By June 1947, Williams debuted on the MGM label with "Move it On Over" backed with "(Last Night) I Heard You Crying in Your Sleep". The release became quickly a hit.[6]

On September 23, 1952, Williams cut his final session, recording "Your Cheatin' Heart", "Kaw-Liga", "I Could Never Be Ashamed of You" and "Take These Chains from My Heart". Williams' last single during his lifetime, "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive" backed with "I Could Never Be Ashamed of You" was released on November 21, 1952.[7] From 1947 to 1952, MGM Records released twenty-seven singles by Williams, five of which turned into million sellers.[8] "Kaw-Liga", "Your Cheatin' Heart" and "Take This Chains From My Heart" became posthumous number-one singles.[9]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Label
US Country US
1947 "Never Again (Will I Knock on Your Door)" Sterling
"Wealth Won't Save Your Soul"
"My Love for You (Has Turned to Hate)"
"Pan American"
"Move It On Over" 4 MGM
"On the Banks of the Old Ponchartrain"
1948 "My Sweet Love Ain't Around"
"Honky Tonkin'" 14
"I'm a Long Gone Daddy" 6
"I Saw the Light"
"A Mansion on the Hill" 12
1949 "Lovesick Blues" 1 24
"Wedding Bells" 2
"Mind Your Own Business" 5
"You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave)" 4
"My Bucket's Got a Hole in It" 2
1950 "I Just Don't Like This Kind of Living" 5
"Long Gone Lonesome Blues" 1
"Why Don't You Love Me" 1
"Why Should We Try Anymore" 9
"Moanin' the Blues" 1
1951 "Cold, Cold Heart" 1
"Howlin' at the Moon" 3
"Hey Good Lookin'" 1
"(I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle" 9
"Baby, We're Really in Love" 4
1952 "Honky Tonk Blues" 2
"Half as Much" 2
"Jambalaya (On the Bayou)" 1 20
"Settin' the Woods on Fire" 2
"I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive" 1
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

B-sides[edit]

Year Song Peak positions Original A-side single
US Country
1949 "Never Again (Will I Knock on Your Door)" 6 "Lovesick Blues"
"Lost Highway" 12 "You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave)"
1950 "My Son Calls Another Man Daddy" 9 "Long Gone Lonesome Blues"
"They'll Never Take Her Love from Me" 5 "Why Should We Try Anymore"
"Nobody's Lonesome for Me" 9 "Moanin' the Blues"
1951 "Dear John" 8 "Cold, Cold Heart"
"I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You)" 2 "Howlin' at the Moon"
"Crazy Heart" 4 "(I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle"
1952 "You Win Again" 10 "Settin' the Woods on Fire"
1953 "Your Cheatin' Heart" (posthumous) 1 "Kaw-Liga"

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details
Hank Williams Sings
Moanin' the Blues
  • Release date: 1952
  • Label: MGM Records

Posthumous releases[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country US
1953 "Kaw-Liga" 1 The Memorial Album
"Take These Chains from My Heart" 1 Ramblin' Man
"I Won't Be Home No More" 4 Honky Tonkin'
"Weary Blues from Waitin'" 7 Moanin' the Blues (1956 album)
"Calling You" I Saw the Light
1954 "Low Down Blues" Moanin' the Blues (1956 album)
"How Can You Refuse Him Now" I Saw the Light
"I Ain't Go Nothin' but Time" N/A
"Angel of Death" I Saw the Light
1955 "Please Don't Let Me Love You" 9 The Immortal Hank Williams
"Message to My Mother" I Saw the Light (1956 album)
"Teardrop on a Rose" N/A
"At the First Fall of Snow" The Immortal Hank Williams
"Battle of Armagedeon" N/A
1956 "California Zephyr" The Immortal Hank Williams
"I Wish I Had a Nickel"
"Singing Waterfall" Sing Me a Blue Song
"The Pale Horse and His Rider" N/A
1957 "Ready to Go Home"
"Leave Me Alone with the Blues"
"Waltz of the Wind" The Immortal Hank Williams
1958 "My Bucket's Got a Hole in It" Honky Tonkin'
"Just Waitin'" N/A
1965 "Lovesick Blues" Father and Son
"The Pale Horse and His Rider" (with Audrey Williams) Mr. and Mrs. Hank Williams
1966 "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" 43 109 Legend Lives Anew with Strings
"Kaw-Liga"
"They'll Never Take Her Love from Me"
1967 "Dear John" Hank Williams More with Strings
1976 "Why Don't You Love Me" 61 Insight into Hank Williams
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak positions
US Country
Memorial Album
  • Release date: 1953
  • Label: MGM Records
Hank Williams as Luke the Drifter
  • Release date: 1953
  • Label: MGM Records
Honky Tonkin'
  • Release date: 1954
  • Label: MGM Records
I Saw the Light
  • Release date: 1954
  • Label: MGM Records
Ramblin' Man
  • Release date: 1954
  • Label: MGM Records
Just Me and My Guitar
  • Release date: 1985
  • Label: CMF
The Unreleased Recordings 42
The Unreleased Recordings
  • Release date: 2008
  • Label: Time Life
49
The Unreleased Recordings: Gospel Keepsakes
  • Release date: 2009
  • Label: Time Life
51
The Unreleased Recordings: Revealed
  • Release date: 2009
  • Label: Time Life
64
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Live albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart
positions
US Country US
Hank Williams on Stage
  • Release date: 1962
  • Label: MGM Records
On Stage Volume II
  • Release date: 1963
  • Label: MGM Records
Hank Williams, Sr. / Live at the Grand Ole Opry
  • Release date: 1976
  • Label: MGM Records
13 27
The Complete Mother's Best Recordings...Plus!
  • Release date: 2010
  • Label: Time Life
The Lost Concerts
  • Release date: 2012
  • Label: Time Life
66
The Greatest Hits Live: Volume 1
  • Release date: 2012
  • Label: Time Life
61
The Greatest Hits Live: Volume 2
  • Release date: 2012
  • Label: Time Life
67
The Garden Spot Programs, 1950[10] 43
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Details Peak positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Country
36 of His Greatest Hits
  • Release date: 1957
  • Label: MGM Records
Sing Me a Blue Song
  • Release date: 1957
  • Label: MGM Records
Hank Williams Sings 36 More of His Great Hits
  • Release date: 1958
  • Label: MGM Records
The Immortal Hank Williams
  • Release date: 1958
  • Label: MGM Records
The Unforgettable Hank Williams
  • Release date: 1959
  • Label: MGM Records
Wait for the Light to Shine
  • Release date: 1960
  • Label: MGM Records
The Lonesome Sound of Hank Williams
  • Release date: 1960
  • Label: MGM Records
The First, Last & Always
  • Release date: 1961
  • Label: MGM Records
I'm Blue Inside
  • Release date: 1961
  • Label: MGM Records
The Very Best of Hank Williams
The Legend Lives Anew
  • Release date: 1966
  • Label: MGM Records
35
In the Beginning
  • Release date: 1968
  • Label: MGM Records
37
Hank Williams' Greatest Hits
  • Release date: 1968
  • Label: MGM Records
42
The Essential Hank Williams
  • Release date: 1969
  • Label: MGM Records
25
Life to Legend
  • Release date: 1970
  • Label: MGM Records
34
Insights Into Hank Williams in Song and Story
  • Release date: 1974
  • Label: MGM Records
37
24 of Hank Williams' Greatest Hits
  • Release date: 1976
  • Label: MGM Records
16
24 Greatest Hits Vol. 2 49
40 Greatest Hits
  • Release date: 1978
  • Label: Mercury Records
The Hits, Volume 1
  • Release date: 1994
  • Label: Mercury Records
The Complete Hank Williams
  • Release date: September 22, 1998
  • Label: Mercury Records
20 of Hank Williams' Greatest Hits
  • Release date: 1998
  • Label: Mercury Records
The Ultimate Collection
  • Release date: 2002
  • Label: Mercury Records
32
Hank Williams Gold
  • Release date: 2005
  • Label: Mercury Records
Bound for the Promised Land
  • Release date: 2011
  • Label: Time Life
53
Icon: Hank Williams
  • Release date: 2011
  • Label: Mercury Records
51
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Collaborations[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
US Country US CAN Country
Father & Son
(with Hank Williams, Jr.)
  • Release date: 1965
  • Label: MGM Records
8 139
Hank Williams / Hank Williams Jr. Again
(with Hank Williams, Jr.)
  • Release date: 1967
  • Label: MGM Records
38
The Legend of Hank Williams in Song and Story
(with Hank Williams, Jr.)
  • Release date: 1973
  • Label: MGM Records
17
The Best of Hank & Hank
(with Hank Williams, Jr.)
44 179 26
Three Hanks: Men with Broken Hearts
(with Hank Williams, Jr. and Hank Williams III)
  • Release date: September 17, 1996
  • Label: Curb Records
29
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Huber,Patrick; Goodson, Steve; Anderson, David 2014, p. 5.
  2. ^ Koon, George Williams 1983, p. 119.
  3. ^ Tosches, Nick 2009, p. 46.
  4. ^ a b Masino, Susan 2011, p. 29.
  5. ^ Tosches, Nick 2009, p. 47.
  6. ^ Masino, Susan 2011, p. 30.
  7. ^ Escott, Colin 2009, p. 275.
  8. ^ Caress, Jay 1979, p. 129.
  9. ^ Escott, Colin 2009, p. 291.
  10. ^ "Press Release: Hank Williams The Garden Spot Programs, 1950". Omnivore Recordings. March 27, 2014. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  11. ^ "American album certifications – Hank Williams – Very Best of Hank Williams". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  12. ^ "American album certifications – Hank Williams – Hank Williams%27 Greatest Hits". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  13. ^ "American album certifications – Hank Williams – 24 of Hank Williams%27 Greatest Hits". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  14. ^ "American album certifications – Hank Williams – 40 Greatest Hits". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  15. ^ "American album certifications – Hank Williams – 20 of Hank Williams%27 Greatest Hits". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

Bibliography[edit]

  • Caress, Jay (1979). Hank Williams: Country Music's Tragic King. Stein & Day. ISBN 978-0-812-82583-1. 
  • Escott, Colin (2009). Hank Williams: The Biography. Hachette. ISBN 978-0-316-07463-6. 
  • Huber,Patrick; Goodson, Steve; Anderson, David (2014). The Hank Williams Reader. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-199-74319-3. 
  • Koon, George Williams (1983). Hank Williams, So Lonesome. University Press of Mississippi. ISBN 978-1-578-06283-6. 
  • Masino, Susan (2011). Family Tradition - Three Generations of Hank Williams. Backbeat Books. ISBN 978-1-617-13107-3. 
  • Tosches, Nick (2009). Country: The Twisted Roots of Rock 'n' Roll. Da Capo Press. ISBN 978-0-786-75098-6. 

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