Half as Much

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"Half as Much"
Single by Hank Williams
B-side "Let's Turn Back the Years"
Released March 1952
Recorded August 10, 1951
Studio Castle, Nashville
Genre Country
Length 2:42
Label MGM
Songwriter(s) Curley Williams
Producer(s) Fred Rose
Hank Williams singles chronology
"Honky Tonk Blues"
(1952)
"Half as Much"
(1952)
"Jambalaya (On the Bayou)"
(1952)

"Half as Much" is an American pop standard written by Curley Williams in 1951. It was first recorded by country music singer Hank Williams in 1952 and reached number two on the Billboard Country Singles chart.[1] The same year, Rosemary Clooney recorded a hit version for Top 40 markets; Alma Cogan recorded another version in the United Kingdom. Since then the song has been recorded by a number of artists including Patsy Cline (1962), Ray Charles (1962), Eddy Arnold (1964), Sharon Redd (1967), Petula Clark (1974), Emmylou Harris (1992), Cake (1998), and Van Morrison (2006).

Hank Williams version[edit]

According to the 2004 book Hank Williams: The Biography, Williams was not too enamoured with "Half as Much" and only recorded it at producer Fred Rose's insistence.[2] Williams recorded it at a session at Castle Studio in Nashville on August 10, 1951. He was backed by Jerry Rivers (fiddle), Don Helms (steel guitar), Sammy Pruett (lead guitar), Howard Watts (bass), probably Jack Shook (rhythm guitar), and either Owen Bradley or Fred Rose on piano.[3] "Half as Much" is notable for being the only Hank Williams recording to feature a solo barroom piano at its conclusion. Two months after Williams recorded "Half as Much," Curly Williams recorded it for Columbia Records, so Rose held back Hank's release until March 28, 1952 to clear the way for Curley's release on November 2, 1951.[2]

Cover versions[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Hank Williams version[edit]

Year Chart Position
1952 Billboard Country Singles #2

Rosemary Clooney version[edit]

Year Chart Position
1952 Billboard Pop Singles #1
1952 UK Singles Chart #3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 387. 
  2. ^ a b Escott, Colin & 2004 178.
  3. ^ Escott, Colin & 2004 345.