Hank Williams “Honky Tonkin’” Original Single 1947.

The song would be released in May 1947, arriving at the number 14 position of the Billboard country music charts. After the death of Hank, the song was included on the album, Honky Tonkin '(MGM 1955).tacular, original and full of energy, included on the album, Habits Old And New (Elektra 1980).

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Honky Tonkin’ :

Song written and recorded by Hank Williams on February 13, 1947, for the MGM label, with the production of Fred Rose, the song would be released in May 1947, arriving at the number 14 position of the Billboard country music charts. After the death of Hank, the song was included on the album, Honky Tonkin ‘(MGM 1955).
Two versions were recorded:

Single Hank Williams
Single Hank Williams

In the first recording was supported by the musicians: Tommy Jackson (fiddle), Dale “Smokey” Lohman (steel guitar), Zeke Turner (electric guitar) and Louis Innis (bass). The recording was for Sterling Records on February 13, 1947.

 

In the second version was recorded on November 6, 1947, for the MGM label, in Castle Studio in Nashville and was accompanied by the musicians: Robert “Chubby” Wise (violin), Jerry Byrd (steel guitar), Zeke Turner (guitar) leader), and probably Louis Inn is on bass and Owen Bradley or Rose on piano.



Jim Ed Brown ‎– Honky Tonkin' (Single RCA 1968)
Jim Ed Brown ‎– Honky Tonkin’ (Single RCA 1968)

Some versions :

Spade Cooley & His Orchestra 1950 ( RCA Victor )
George Jones 1960 ( Mercury )
Jim Ed Brown 1968 ( RCA Victor )
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 1972 ( United Artists Records )
Townes Van Zandt 1973 ( Poppy )
Gary Stewart 1978 ( RCA Victor )
Hank williams Jr. 1982 (Elektra)
Merle Haggard 2001 ( Anti- Records )
Leslie Tom 2018 ( Coastal Bend Music )





Hank Williams – Honky Tonkin’ Lyrics

When you are sad and lonely and have no place to go
Call me up, sweet baby, and bring along some dough
And we’ll go Honky Tonkin’, Honky Tonkin’
Honky Tonkin’, Honey Baby
We’ll go Honky Tonkin’ ’round this town.

When you and your baby have a fallin’ out
Just call me up sweet mama and we’ll go steppin’ out
And we’ll go Honky Tonkin’, Honky Tonkin’
Honky Tonkin’, Honey Baby
We’ll go Honky Tonkin’ ’round this town.
We’re goin’ to the city – to the city fair

If you go to the city then you will find me there
And we’ll go Honky Tonkin’, Honky Tonkin’
Honky Tonkin’, Honey Baby
We’ll go Honky Tonkin’ ’round this town.

[Repeat first verse]

Lp cover Hank Williams ( MGM 1955 )
Lp cover Hank Williams ( MGM 1955 )

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