Hank Snow performs “I Almost Lost My Mind ” Live On Grand Ole Opry 1985.

Hank Snow recorded his first version for the RCA label, on November 8, 1956 (it was recorded twice more) the session Hank was accompanied by: Jack Shook (guitar), Buford Gentry (steel), Lightnin Chance (bass), Tommy Vaden (fiddle) and Chubby Wise (fiddle). With the production of Stephen Sholes.

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I Almost Lost My Mind

Ep cover Hank Snow ( RCA 1957 )
Ep cover Hank Snow ( RCA 1957 )

“I Almost Lost My Mind” is a popular song written by Ivory Joe Hunter, was recorded octuber, 1949 and was realesed in 1950. Hunter’s recording of the song was a number one hit on the US Billboard R&B list in that year. That12-bar blues, was a rhythm and blues hit that became a pop standard.
Hank Snow recorded his first version for the RCA label, on November 8, 1956 (it was recorded twice more), at RCA Victor Studio, Methodist Television, Radio and Film Commission, 1525 McGavock St., Nashville, TN, in the session of recording along with, I almost lost my mind, 5 more songs were recorded, the session Hank was accompanied by: Jack Shook (guitar), Buford Gentry (steel), Lightnin Chance (bass), Tommy Vaden (fiddle) and Chubby Wise (fiddle). With the production of Stephen Sholes.

This version was included in the Ep, Country & Western Jamboree Vol.II (RCA 1957).

The second version was recorded on September 26, 1974, along with three other songs, in this session Hank was accompanied by: Pete Wade (guitar), Harold Bradley (guitar), Lloyd Green (steel), Joseph Zinkan (bass), Johnny Gimble (fiddle), William Ackerman (drums) and Hargus Robbins (piano). With the production of Chet Atkins.
The song was included in Hank’s studio album, You’re Easy To Love (RCA 1975).



Lp cover Willie & Hank Snow ( Columbia 1985 )
Lp cover Willie & Hank Snow ( Columbia 1985 )

The third version was recorded on Willie Nelson’s tribute album for Hank Snow. It was recorded in September 1984, at Pedernales Recording Studio, Spicewood, TX, at the recording session Willie and Hank, were accompanied by: Reggie Young (guitar), Chips Moman (guitar), JRCobbs (guitar), Jody Payne (guitar), Kayton Roberts (steel), Mike Leech (bas), Bee Spears, Roger Carroll, Johnny Gimble, Mickey Raphael, Gene Chrisman, Bobby Emmons and Bobby Wood (piano). With the production of Chips Moman.
The song was included in Willie’s studio album, Brand On My Heart (Columbia 1985).



This song has been recorded by diversity of artists, here some versions:

Ivory Joe Hunter 1949 (MGM)
Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra 1950 (Decca)
Jerry Jericho 1950 (4 Stars Records)
Floyd Tillman 1950 (Columbia
Nat “King” Cole and The Trio 1950 (Capitol)
Bill Grammer & His Virginia Playboys 1950 (Plaza Records)
The Harptones & Willie Winfield 1955 (Bruce Records)
The Bill Johnson Quartet 1955 (Ronnex Records)
Elton Britt 1955 (RCA)
Bill Haley & His Comet 1960 (Warner)
Lorez Alexandria 1960 (Argo Records)
Jeanne Black 1961 (Capitol)
Chubby Checker 1961 (Parkway Records)
Eddie Cochran 1963 (Liberty)
Conway Twitty 1963 (Decca)
The Everly Brothers 1965 (Warner)
Ferlin Husky 1967 (Capitol)
Albert King 1967 (Stax Records)
Carl Smith 1968 (Columbia)

And many more ……





Hank Snow – I Almost Lost My Mind Lyrics

When I lost my baby I almost lost my mind
When I lost my baby I almost lost my mind
My head is in a spin since she left me behind
(It’s killin’ me)
I pass a million people I can’t tell who I meet
I pass a million people don’t know who I meet
Cause my eyes are full of tears where can my baby be
(Pick it son)
[ guitar ]
I went to see the Gypsy and I had my fortune read
I went to see the Gypsy had my fortune read
Then I hung my head in sorrow when she said what she said
(What she said honey)
Now I can tell you people the news was not so good
Now I can tell you people the news was not so good
She said your baby’s done and quit you this time she’s gone for good

Ep Hank Snow ( RCA 1957 )
Ep Hank Snow ( RCA 1957 )

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