Hank Williams performs “Mind Your Own Business” Original single 1949.

The song was recorded three months before its phenomenal debut on June 11 at the Grand Ole Opry

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Mind Your Own Business:

Mind Your Own Business, song written and recorded by Hank Williams for the M.G.M label,
. The song was recorded three months before its phenomenal debut on June 11 at the Grand Ole Opry. It was recorded on March 1, 1949, at Castle Studio at The Tulane Hotel, 206 8th Ave. North, Nashville 3, TN, Hank. He was accompanied on the recording by: Zeb Turner (electric guitar), Jack Shook (rhythm guitar), Don Davis (steel), Ernie Newton (bass) and Dale Potter (fiddle). With the production of Fred Rose, the single was released on July 15, 1949, on the Billboard country charts, in the late summer of 1949.

Lp cover Hank Williams ( MGM 1954 )
Lp cover Hank Williams ( MGM 1954 )

The song was included on the album, Honky Tonkin ‘(MGM 1954).

Hank Williams J.R. , recorded a version in the spring of 1986, in Music Mill, 1710 Roy Acuff Place, Nashville, TN, Hank was accompanied in the voices by: Reba McEntire, Tom Petty, Reverend Ike, and Willie Nelson. The version was a success, reaching number # 1 on December 27, 1986, for two consecutive weeks on the charts of US Hot Country Songs, also reached the number # 1 on January 17, 1987, on the Canadian RPM charts Country Tracks. The song would be included in Hank JR’s studio album, Montana Cafe (Warner 1986).

About the song:

The lyrics of the song were probably inspired by the singer’s own tempestuous relationship with his wife Audrey Williams and the enthusiasm that it generated. The first lines seem to refer to this: “If the wife and I are fussin ‘, brother that’s our right /’ Cause me and that sweet woman’s got a license to fight …” His delivery is medical, laconic and dry. The day before, Hank had cut several duets with his wife Audrey, who, by all accounts, had a limited singing talent. When he presented it in October 1949, he told his radio audience that it was a “little prophecy in the song,” and in fact it would be.



Single Hank Williams JR. ( Warner 1986 )
Single Hank Williams JR. ( Warner 1986 )

Some Versions:

Smilin ‘Eddie Hill 1949 (Decca)
Luke Simmons & His Blue Mountain Boys 1953 (Tanza)
Jimmy Dean 1963 (Columbia)
Ernest Tubb 1968 (Decca)
Moe Bandy 1976 (Columbia)
Sleepy LaBeef & The Dave Travis Bad River Band 1979 (Charly Records)
Charley Pride 1980 (RCA)
Willie Nelson 1995 (Columbia)
Arkey Blue 1998 (Ban-Tex)
Randy Travis 2014 (Warner)





Hank Williams – Mind Your Own Business Lyrics

[Verse 1]
If the wife and I are fussin’, brother, that’s our right
‘Cause me and that sweet woman’s got a license to fight

[Chorus]
Why don’t you mind your own business?
Mind your own business
‘Cause if you mind your business, then you won’t be mindin’ mine

[Verse 2]
Oh, the woman on our party line’s the nosiest thing
She picks up her receiver when she knows it’s my ring

[Chorus]
Why don’t you mind your own business?
Mind your own business
‘Cause if you mind your business, then you won’t be mindin’ mine

[Guitar Solo]

[Verse 3]
I got a little gal that wears her hair up high
The boys all whistle when she walks by

[Chorus]
Why don’t you mind your own business?
Mind your own business
Well, if you mind your business, then you sure won’t be mindin’ mine

[Fiddle Solo]

[Verse 4]
If I want to honky tonk around ’til two or three
Now, brother that’s my headache, don’t you worry ’bout me

[Chorus]
Just mind your own business
Mind your own business
If you mind your business, then you won’t be mindin’ mine

[Pedal Steel Solo]

[Verse 5]
Mindin’ other people’s business seems to be high-toned
I got all that I can do just to mind my own

[Chorus]
Why don’t you mind your own business?
Mind your own business
If you mind your own business, you’ll stay busy all the time

Single Hank Williams ( MGM 1949
Single Hank Williams ( MGM 1949

Miquel Batlle
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