Hank Williams performs “Long Gone Lonesome Blues” 1950.

Was released in March of the same year, the song was the second number one for Hank Williams, arrived at 22 April 1950 and remained five weeks as number one, and 21 weeks in lists.

YouTube Hank Williams Channel
YouTube Hank Williams Channel

Long gone lonesome blues :

Song written by Hank Williams, was recorded on January 9, 1950, for the MGM label, with the production of Fred Rose, was released in March of the same year, the song was the second number one for Hank Williams, arrived at 22 April 1950 and remained five weeks as number one, and 21 weeks in lists. The song would be included on the album, Moanin ‘The Blues (MGM 1952).

Lp Cover Hank Williams ( MGM 1952 )
Lp Cover Hank Williams ( MGM 1952 )

The story goes that driving to the Tennessee River, where it extends to Kentucky Lake, Hank could not sleep on the trip, and was all the time doing nothing with the title for the new song. When they reached the lake, McAlpin was frustrated with Hank’s concern. I said, “Are you coming here to fish or watch the fish swim?” and suddenly, Hank had the key that opened the song for him. He said: ‘That’s the first line!’

As he sometimes did, Williams bought McAlpin’s limited participation in the song and took the credit. The melody was recorded in Nashville at Castle Studio with Fred Rose producing on January 9, 1950, and included Jerry Rivers (violin), Don Helms (steel guitar), Bob McNett (lead guitar), Jack Shook (rhythm guitar) and Ernie Newton (bass). The blues song, the introduction of the guitar, the high falsettos, and the suicidal but irresistibly sticky lyrics of Hank, sent him to the top of the country’s charts.



Ep Cover Marty Robbins ( Columbia 1956 )
Ep Cover Marty Robbins ( Columbia 1956 )

Some Versions:

Marty Robbins 1956 (Columbia)
Hank Williams Jr 1964 (MGM)
Hank Locklin 1964 (RCA Victor)
Del Shannon 1964 (Amy Records)
Jerry Lee Lewis 1974 (Sun Records)
D.L. Menard 1984 (Rounder)

 

 

Single cover Hank Jr ,Germany version( MGM 1964 )
Single cover Hank Jr ,Germany version( MGM 1964 )

Dennis Robbins 1986 (MCA)
Hank Edwards 1987
Billy Walker 2001
Lacy J. Dalton November 16, 2010
Lily Frost February 17, 2015
BR5-49 2015 (Bear Family)

….and many more …..





Hank Williams – Long Gone Lonesome Blues Lyrics

I went down to the river to watch the fish swim by
But I got to the river so lonesome I wanted to die, oh Lord
And then I jumped in the river, but the doggone river was dry
She’s long gone, and now I’m lonesome blue

I had me a woman who couldn’t be true
She made me for my money and she made me blue
A man needs a woman that he can lean on
But my leanin’ post is done left and gone
She’s long gone, and now I’m lonesome blue

I’m gonna find me a river, one that’s cold as ice
And when I find me that river, Lord I’m gonna pay the price, oh Lord
I’m goin’ down in it three times, but Lord I’m only comin’ up twice
She’s long gone, and now I’m lonesome blue

She told me on Sunday she was checkin’ me out
Long about Monday she was nowhere about
And here it is Tuesday, ain’t had no news
I got them gone but not forgotten blues
She’s long gone, and now I’m lonesome blue

Single Hank Williams ( MGM 1950
Single Hank Williams ( MGM 1950

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