Hank Williams discography

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Hank Williams discography
Hank Williams Promotional Photo MGM 2 cropped.JPG
Hank Williams in 1951
Studio albums 2
Live albums 8 (Posthumous)
Compilation albums 25
Singles 31
Posthumous singles 30
Posthumous Studio albums 10
No.1 Single 11

Hank Williams' discography is composed of 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 quickly became 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 These Chains From My Heart" became posthumous number-one singles.[9]

Singles[edit]

Year Single (A-side, B-side)
Both sides from same album except where indicated
Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country US
1947 "Never Again (Will I Knock On Your Door)"
b/w "Calling You" (from I Saw The Light)
The Unforgettable Hank Williams
"Wealth Won't Save Your Soul"
b/w "When God Comes and Gathers His Jewels" (from I Saw The Light)
In The Beginning
"My Love for You (Has Turned to Hate)"
b/w "I Don't Care (If Tomorrow Never Comes)"
The Unforgettable Hank Williams
"Pan American"
b/w "Honky Tonkin'" (from Honky Tonkin')
The Immortal Hank Williams
"Move It On Over"
b/w "(Last Night) I Heard You Crying In Your Sleep" (from Sing Me A Blue Song)
4 Memorial Album
"On The Banks Of The Old Ponchartrain"
b/w "Fly Trouble" (from The Immortal Hank Williams)
The Unforgettable Hank Williams
1948 "My Sweet Love Ain't Around"
b/w "Rootie Tootie" (from Honky-Tonkin')
Moanin' The Blues
"Honky Tonkin'"
b/w "I'll Be A Bachelor 'Til I Die" (from The Unforgettable Hank Williams)
14 Honky-Tonkin'
"I'm A Long Gone Daddy"
b/w "The Blues Come Around"
6 Moanin' The Blues
"I Saw The Light"
b/w "Six More Miles (To The Graveyard)" (from Sing Me A Blue Song)
I Saw The Light
"Mansion On The Hill"
b/w "I Can't Get You Off My Mind" (from The Unforgettable Hank Williams)
12 Sing Me A Blue Song
1949 "Lovesick Blues" / 1 24 Moanin' The Blues
"Never Again (Will I Knock On Your Door)" 6 The Unforgettable Hank Williams
"Wedding Bells"
b/w "I've Just Told Mama Goodbye"
2 Sing Me A Blue Song
"Mind Your Own Business"
b/w "There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight" (from Ramblin' Man)
5 Honky-Tonkin'
"You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave)" / 4 Ramblin' Man
"Lost Highway" 12 Sing Me A Blue Song
"My Bucket's Got A Hole In It" / 2 Honky-Tonkin'
"I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" 2 Moanin' The Blues
1950 "I Just Don't Like This Kind Of Living"
b/w "May You Never Be Alone" (from Sing Me A Blue Song)
5 Ramblin' Man
"Long Gone Lonesome Blues" / 1 Moanin' The Blues
"My Son Calls Another Man Daddy" 9 Ramblin' Man
"Why Don't You Love Me"
b/w "A House Without Love" (from Sing Me A Blue Song)
1
"Why Should We Try Anymore" / 9 Sing Me A Blue Song
"They'll Never Take Her Love From Me" 5
"Moanin' The Blues" / 1 Moanin' The Blues
"Nobody's Lonesome For Me" 9 Ramblin' Man
1951 "Dear John" / 8 The Unforgettable Hank Williams
"Cold, Cold Heart" 1 Memorial Album
"Howlin' At The Moon" / 3 Honky-Tonkin'
"I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)" 2 Ramblin' Man
"Hey Good Lookin'"
b/w "My Heart Would Know"
1 Memorial Album
"(I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle" / 9 Ramblin' Man
"Crazy Heart" 4 Memorial Album
"Baby, We're Really In Love"
b/w "I'd Still Want You" (from The Unforgettable Hank Williams)
4 Honky-Tonkin'
1952 "Honky Tonk Blues"
b/w "I'm Sorry For You, My Friend" (from Memorial Album)
2 Moanin' The Blues
"Half As Much"
b/w "Let's Turn Back The Years" (from The Unforgettable Hank Williams)
2 Memorial Album
"Jambalaya (On the Bayou)"
b/w "Window Shopping" (from The Spirit Of Hank Williams)
1 20 Honky-Tonkin'
"Settin' The Woods On Fire" / 2 Memorial Album
"You Win Again" 10
"I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive"
b/w "I Could Never Be Ashamed Of You" (from Memorial Album)
1 Honky-Tonkin'
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Posthumously released singles[edit]

Year Single (A-side, B-side)
Both sides from same album except where indicated
Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country US
1953 "Kaw-Liga" / 1 Memorial Album
"Your Cheatin' Heart" 1
"Take These Chains From My Heart"
b/w "Ramblin' Man"
1 Ramblin' Man
"I Won't Be Home No More"
b/w "My Love For You (Has Turned To Hate)" (from The Unforgettable Hank Williams)
4 Honky Tonkin'
"Weary Blues from Waitin'"
b/w "I Can't Escape From You" (from Ramblin' Man)
7 Moanin' The Blues
"Calling You"
b/w "When God Comes and Gathers His Jewels"
I Saw The Light
1954 "You Better Keep It On Your Mind"
b/w "Low Down Blues" (from Moanin' The Blues)
Honky-Tonkin'
"How Can You Refuse Him Now"
b/w "A House Of Gold"
I Saw The Light
"I'm Satisfied With You"
b/w "I Ain't Got Nothin' But Time" (from Honky-Tonkin')
The Immortal Hank Williams
"(I'm Gonna) Sing, Sing, Sing"
b/w "The Angel Of Death"
I Saw The Light
1955 "Please Don't Let Me Love You"
b/w "Faded Love and Winter Roses"
9 The Immortal Hank Williams
"Mother Is Gone"
b/w "Message To Mother" (from I Saw The Light)
The Spirit Of Hank Williams
"The Teardrop On A Rose"
b/w "Alone and Forsaken" (from Moanin' The Blues)
"The First Fall Of Snow"
b/w "Someday You'll Call My Name" (from Moanin' The Blues)
The Immortal Hank Williams
"Thank God"
b/w "The Battle Of Armageddon" (from Wait For The Light To Shine)
I Saw The Light
1956 "California Zephyr"
b/w "Thy Burders Are Greater Than Mine" (from Wait For The Light To Shine)
The Immortal Hank Williams
"There's No Room In My Heart For The Blues"
b/w "I Wish I Had A Nickel"
"Singing Waterfall"
b/w "Blue Love (In My Heart)"
Sing Me A Blue Song
1957 "Ready To Go Home"
b/w "We're Getting Closer To The Grave Each Day" (Non-album track)
Wait For The Light To Shine
"Leave Me Alone With The Blues"
b/w "With Tears In My Eyes" (from The Immortal Hank Williams)
The Unforgettable Hank Williams
"The Waltz Of The Wind"
b/w "No One Will Never Know"
The Immortal Hank Williams
1958 "My Bucket's Got A Hole In It"
b/w "We Live In Two Different Worlds" (from The Unforgettable Hank Williams)
Honky Tonkin'
"Just Waitin'"
b/w "Roly Poly" (from The Lonesome Sound Of Hank Williams)
Beyond The Sunset
1965 "Lovesick Blues"
b/w "Your Cheatin' Heart" (from Memorial Album)
Moanin' The Blues
"Cold Cold Heart"
b/w "The Pale Horse and His Rider" (with Audrey Williams, from Mr. and Mrs. Hank Williams)
Memorial Album
1966 "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"
b/w "You Win Again"
43 109 Legend Lives Anew with Strings
"Kaw-Liga"
b/w "Let's Turn Back The Years"
"They'll Never Take Her Love From Me"
b/w "There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight" (from More Hank Williams & Strings)
1967 "Dear John"
b/w "Long Gone Lonesome Blues"
More Hank Williams & Strings
1968 "(I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle"
b/w "Crazy Heart" (from 14 More Of Hank Williams' Greatest Hits Volume II)
1976 "Why Don't You Love Me"
b/w "Ramblin' Man"
61 24 Of Hank Williams' Greatest Hits
1989 "There's a Tear in My Beer" (with Hank Williams, Jr.)
b/w "You Brought Me Down To Earth" (by Hank Wiiliams Jr., from Wild Streak)
7 Hank Williams, Jr.: Greatest Hits, Vol. 3
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Studio albums[edit]

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


Posthumously released albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak positions
US Country
Memorial Album (Hank Williams LP)
  • 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
Health & Happiness Shows
  • Release date: 1993
  • Label: Mercury
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 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
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection, Vol.2
  • Release date: 2006
  • Label: Mercury Records - Nashville
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. ^ "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
  11. ^ "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
  12. ^ "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
  13. ^ "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
  14. ^ "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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