Why Don't You Love Me (Hank Williams song)
|"Why Don't You Love Me"|
|Single by Hank Williams|
|B-side||"A House Without Love"|
|Recorded||January 9, 1950|
|Studio||Castle Studio, Nashville|
|Hank Williams singles chronology|
"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. It was released as a single in 1950 with the B-side "A House Without Love".
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). It is set in common time composed in a moderate tempo, with a main key of F major with a basic sequence of F–C7–B♭ as its chord progression.
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||1|
- George Jones recorded it for his 1960 album George Jones Salutes Hank Williams.
- Hank Williams, Jr. recorded the song as a duet with Lois Johnson.
- The song was covered by Jerry Lee Lewis in 1969.
- It was covered by American country artist Connie Smith in 1975 and was released as a single, peaking at #15 on the Billboard Country chart.
- It was covered in 1977 by Moe Bandy on his album Cowboys Ain't Supposed To Cry.
- Elvis Costello and the Attractions cover the song on their 1981 country covers album Almost Blue, recorded in Nashville.
- The Red Hot Chili Peppers covered the song on their self-titled debut album.
- It was recorded by My Morning Jacket on Early Recordings, Chapter 2: Learning.
- Van Morrison and Linda Gail Lewis covered the song on their 2000 album You Win Again.
- The Secret Sisters recorded the song for their début album.
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|Billboard Best Selling Retail Country & Western Records number-one single (Hank Williams version)
June 17, 1950
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