Why Don't You Love Me (Hank Williams song)

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"Why Don't You Love Me"
Single by Hank Williams
B-side A House Without Love
Released May 1950
Recorded January 9, 1950, Castle Studio, Nashville
Genre Country
Length 2:23
Label MGM Records
Writer(s) Hank Williams
Producer(s) Fred Rose
Hank Williams singles chronology
"Long Gone Lonesome Blues" (1950) "Why Don't You Love Me" (1950) "Why Should We Try Anymore" (1949)

"Why Don't You Love Me" is a song by American singer and guitarist Hank Williams. The song reached number one on the U.S. Country & Western chart.[1] It was released as a single in 1950 with the B-side "A House Without Love".

Background[edit]

Like his previous hits "You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave)" and "I Just Don't Like This Kind of Living," "Why Don't You Love Me" was likely inspired by Hank's turbulent relationship with his wife Audrey Williams. However, the song is more lighthearted in nature, with the narrator admonishing himself ("I'm the same old trouble you've always been through") and became Williams' third #1 country hit. The tune was recorded in Nashville at Castle Studio with Fred Rose producing on January 9, 1950 and featured Jerry Rivers (fiddle), Don Helms (steel guitar), Bob McNett (lead guitar), Jack Shook (rhythm guitar), and Ernie Newton (bass).[2] It is set in common time composed in a moderate tempo,[3] with a main key of F major with a basic sequence of F–C7–B♭ as its chord progression.[3]

Moon Mullican's song of the same name is not the same song. "Why Don't You Love Me" was featured over the closing credits of the film The Last Picture Show.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1950) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1

Cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 387. 
  2. ^ Escott, Colin 2004.
  3. ^ a b "Why Don't You Love Me - Hank Williams Digital Sheet Music (Digital Download)". MusicNotes.com (Alfred Publishing Co. Inc). 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Birmingham Bounce" by Red Foley
Billboard Best Selling Retail Country & Western Records number-one single (Hank Williams version)
June 17, 1950
July 22, 1950
Succeeded by
"I'll Sail My Ship Alone" by Moon Mullican
"I'm Movin' On" by Hank Snow