Take These Chains from My Heart

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"Take These Chains from My Heart"
Single by Hank Williams
A-side "Ramblin' Man"
Released April 1953
Recorded September 23, 1952
Studio Castle Studio, Nashville
Genre Country, blues
Length 2:35
Label MGM
Songwriter(s) Hy Heath, Fred Rose
Producer(s) Fred Rose
Hank Williams singles chronology
"Take These Chains from My Heart"
"I Won't Be Home No More"
"Take These Chains from My Heart"
Single by Lee Roy Parnell
from the album On the Road
B-side "Straight Shooter"
Released May 21, 1994
Genre Country
Length 3:22
Label Arista Nashville
Songwriter(s) Hy Heath, Fred Rose
Producer(s) Scott Hendricks
Lee Roy Parnell singles chronology
"I'm Holding My Own"
"Take These Chains from My Heart"
"The Power of Love"

"Take These Chains from My Heart" is a song by Hank Williams. It was written by Fred Rose and Hy Heath and was recorded at Williams' final recording session on September 23, 1952, in Nashville. The song has been widely praised; Williams' biographer Colin Escott deems it "perhaps the best song [Rose] ever presented to Hank...It was one of the very few songs that sounded somewhat similar to a Hank Williams song."[1] Williams is backed by Tommy Jackson (fiddle), Don Helms (steel guitar), Chet Atkins (lead guitar), Jack Shook (rhythm guitar), and Floyd "Lightnin'" Chance (bass).[2] In the wake of William's passing on New Year's Day, 1953, the song shot to #1, his final chart topping hit for MGM Records. Like "Your Cheatin' Heart," the song's theme of despair, so vividly articulated by Williams' typically impassioned singing, reinforced the image of Hank as a tortured, mythic figure.

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Lee Roy Parnell[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 21
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 17


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Preceded by
"Mexican Joe" by Jim Reeves
Country & Western National Best Sellers
number one single

June 6, 1953
Succeeded by
"It's Been So Long" by Webb Pierce