Hank Williams Unreleased Recordings

Postby peterchecksfield » Thu Oct 30, 2008 8:44 pm

jonny williams wrote:
.....and Jerry Lee is still the only artist to improve on a Hank Williams original!

I wouldnt say improve.....more, offer a completley different take on his songs

Personally I'd say the same thing about Jerry's versions of Chuck Berry's songs. Not better or worse, just a very different interpretation.


Postby jonny williams » Thu Oct 30, 2008 8:47 pm

absolutley !! great songs intepreted differently...im sure Chcuk has done some Hank songs over the years ?
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Postby peterchecksfield » Thu Oct 30, 2008 8:49 pm

jonny williams wrote:absolutley !! great songs intepreted differently...im sure Chcuk has done some Hank songs over the years ?

I can't recall any off-hand, though he did cut 'Crazy Arms' & 'Fraulein' in 1963!


News about a new release (2011) by Hank jr:

Postby thrund » Wed Jul 13, 2011 11:44 pm

News about a new release, scheduled for 13. September 2011, by Hank jr:


Rare Recordings of Hank Williams Sr. to Be Released
(Jul 13, 2011)
Fans of Hank Williams will be able to get their hands on rare Hank recordings when Time Life and the Estate of Hank Williams release Hank Williams: The Legend Begins. The 3-CD package of newly-discovered historic Hank recordings have been restored with state of the art technology to sound as they first did more than 60 years ago. The first CD includes the earliest recordings of Hank at age 15 and four songs from a home recording session in 1940. The other two CDs are from Hank’s syndicated radio show in 1949, The Health And Happiness Show.

“Talk about a discovery!” Hank’s daughter, Jett Williams, said. “The first recording of my dad when he was fifteen was given to me decades ago, and then the 1940 home recordings followed a few years later. My husband Keith and I finally got up the nerve to get with the best sound people in Nashville to see if we could salvage these extraordinary recordings. It worked! We did it! What a special treat for music lovers around the world to listen to the talent of an evolving genius. These recordings are a Godsend and very special to me and Hank’s fans.”

The first recordings of Hank’s teen years are of Fan It and Alexander’s Ragtime Band. This is the first time they have been heard since 1938, when Hank initially recorded them. Hank was joined by his long-time friend and accordionist, Pee Wee Moultrie, on these recordings. The home recordings from 1940 showcase a matured sound from Hank as he sings Freight Train Blues, New San Antonio Rose, St. Louis Blues, and Greenback Dollar.

By 1949, Hank had two major hits and was a member of the Grand Ole Opry. He recorded his first syndicated radio series at that time, The Health And Happiness Show. The program’s name was tied to the sponsor of the show, Hadacol, a patent medicine that contained 12% alcohol. Forty-nine songs from the show have been restored to be included on Hank Williams: The Legend Begins. Also included in the set is The March Of Dimes show, which features several songs and a monologue from Hank about the fear of polio, expressing his concern that son Hank, Jr. might contract the disease.

Hank Williams: The Legend Begins will be released September 13.

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Re: Hank Williams Unreleased Recordings

Postby chris morris » Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:33 am

Great times for Hank Williams fans as there is also a new release "Hank Williams Live at Sunset Park" which as far as I can make out (I haven't got it yet) is a previously unreleased recording from July 1952. The only peron unhappy with the flurry of Hank's previously unreleased sets over the last few years must be my bank manager.

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Re: Hank Williams Unreleased Recordings

Postby Rocky » Thu Jul 14, 2011 12:45 pm

I have "Live at Sunset Park" on CD. In fact, I have all Hank's recordings. Live at Sunset Park includes seven songs. There was a break in the tape and when they recorded the show (good sound for 1952) a song ends abruptely. Part of the tape was crumpled so a few songs were lost. It was 1 of 3 shows he did that day.

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Re: Hank Williams Unreleased Recordings

Postby FernandoOscarGil » Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:57 pm

"The Garden Spot Programs, 1950," out May 20, feature Hank Williams radio recordings unheard for 64 years.


More than 60 years after Hank Williams' death, people are still discovering recordings of his performances.

On May 20, Omnivore Records will release The Garden Spot Programs, 1950, a set of previously unheard radio transcriptions. One of those recordings, Mind Your Own Business, premieres at USA TODAY.

"We're not only finding things, but finding things we never even knew about," says Williams biographer Colin Escott, who co-produced the release.

The recordings come from four shows Williams recorded in Nashville in February 1950 for Naughton Farms, a mail-order nursery in Waxahachie, Texas. "From the way it looks, Naughton Farms had him, George Morgan and a couple other artists do these shows," Escott says. "They would send them out on these 16-inch transcription discs to little radio stations around the country that would intercut the show with commercials for Naughton Farms. It was like the Stone Age forebear of e-commerce. I guess they went to maybe even hundreds of small stations. Somehow, serendipitously, the copies that went to KSIB in Creston, Iowa, survived."

Escott says a Texas record collector named George Gimarc discovered the discs and brought them to his attention.

"The sound quality's astonishingly good, certainly on a par with his studio recordings, because they were done in the same studio," Escott says.

This track begins with Grand Old Opry announcer Grant Turner introducing Williams, who then sings Mind Your Own Business, which had been a Top Five country hit for him in the summer of 1949.

In addition to Mind Your Own Business, The Garden Spot Programs features versions of early Williams hits Lovesick Blues and Wedding Bells, as well as a pair of songs Escott says Williams rarely, if ever, performed elsewhere — Farther Along, a gospel song, and Jesus Remembered Me, which he had recorded previously with his first wife, Audrey Williams. "This is Hank solo," Escott says, "so it's almost like you're hearing it for the first time, because you're not listening to Audrey — or you're not distracted by Audrey."

Escott finds The Garden Spot recordings especially interesting because Williams clearly isn't playing with his regular band. "It sounds like Cousin Jody playing steel guitar," he says, "playing a lot of steel guitar. Hank loved Don Helms, because Don didn't play a lot of steel guitar. He kept it simple. So when you're hearing Lovesick Blues with the very busy fills, it's like hearing it anew."

The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 will be issued as a digital download, as well as on CD and limited-edition red vinyl. It will follow a 10" vinyl sampler EP which Omnivore will release for Record Store Day, April 19.


Track Listing:

The Garden Spot Jingle
Lovesick Blues
A Mansion On The Hill
Fiddle Tune
I've Just Told Mama Goodbye
Closing/Oh! Susanna
The Garden Spot Jingle
Mind Your Own Business
Lovesick Blues
Fiddle Tune
At The First Fall Of Snow
Closing/Oh! Susanna
The Garden Spot Jingle
I Can't Get You Off Of My Mind
I Don't Care (If Tomorrow Never Comes)
Fiddle Tune
Farther Along
Closing/Oh! Susanna
The Garden Spot Jingle
I'll Be A Bachelor 'Til I Die
Wedding Bells
Fiddle Tune
Jesus Remembered Me
Closing/Oh! Susanna
Tracks 1 - 6 taken from Naughton Farms Garden Spot Show #4
Tracks 7 - 12 taken from Naughton Farms Garden Spot Show #9
Tracks 13 - 18 taken from Naughton Farms Garden Spot Show #10
Tracks 19 - 24 taken from Naughton Farms Garden Spot Show #11

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Re: Hank Williams Unreleased Recordings

Postby chris morris » Sat Nov 23, 2019 11:53 am

I gather there's a new Hank Williams box "Pictures from Life's Other Side" to be released in February 2020. Slightly confusingly it is supposed to contain for the first time all of Hank's recordings from the Mother's Best Flour radio shows. I thought these had all been included on the TimeLife box set. This new release will also contain a 272 page book by Colin Escort that contains a wealth of previously unreleased photos.
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