16 April 2010

5 On Friday - Hank Did It His Way

Our Friend Travis at Trav's Thoughts has created this delightful musical meme for us to produce five songs each week for your listening pleasure.  Stop in to his site for the instructions.

It's about 50 years too late, but the Pulitzer folks finally got around to granting the honor to Hank Williams, Sr.  with a Special Citation for his Lifetime Achievement.  The player below could have 5 times 5 songs for this Friday, but these will get you started.

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To give you an idea of how important Hank's contribution to Country Music and eventually all American music, you only have to list some of the songs and singers that mention him or his music in their songs:

Songs About Hank Not Sung By Guys Named Hank

1. “If Ole Hank Could Only See Us Now” – Waylon Jennings

2. “If You Don’t Like Hank Williams” – Kris Kristofferson

3. “Thank You Miss Audrey” – The Geezinslaws

4. “Rollin’ and Ramblin’ (Death of Hank Williams)” – Emmylou Harris

5. “Long White Cadillac” – Dwight Yoakam

6. “Hank Williams Wouldn’t Make It Now In Nashville Tennessee” – Eleven Hundred Springs

7. “Hank Williams Said It Best” – Guy Clark

8. “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way” – Waylon Jennings

9. “Hank’s Cadillac” – Ashley Monroe

10. “The Ride” – David Allan Coe

11. “Just Like Hank” – Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros

12. “Tramp On Your Street” – George Jones

13. “Midnight In Montgomery” – Alan Jackson

So I'll close out with Alan Jackson's tribute to a great musician.


Travis said...

It's frustrating that so many with artistic brilliance are taken so soon because of chronic pain or insanity or some other physical or mental torture.

Linda said...

Poor ole Kawliga ... that was actually one of my favorite Charlie Pride songs from when I was a kid.

Being an artist seems to have its price for so many people, doesn't it?

I went with country myself this week though a much younger version and one who is still alive!

Bond said...

Jamie- excellent playlist and an even better recap of Mr. Williams' importance to music...

maryt/theteach said...

My mother loved Hank Williams and listened to him all the time. So as a result I listened to him too. :)

Julia Smith said...

You'll probably discover as we go through these sets and I keep saying 'I'm not one for country music', that as unbelievable as it seems, I've never heard any of these songs before. But the list of Hank Williams' inspired songs was a lovely tribute to how much he means to people.

My favorite from your set today is Lovesick Blues.