Hank Williams performs “Wedding Bells” Single 1949.

The Hank Williams version was recorded on March 20, 1949. It was launched on May 1, 1949. The song reached # 2 on the country singles chart in 1949.

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Wedding Bells:

Lp Hank Williams ( MGM 1957 )
Lp Hank Williams ( MGM 1957 )

Song written by Claude Boone, According to country music historian Colin Escott, Claude bought the song for $25 to a musician who performed under the name “Arthur Q. Smith. The first recording of the song is by Bill Carlisle, in May of 1947, for the King label, was launched on August 23, 1947.

The Hank Williams version was recorded on March 20, 1949, for the MGM label at Castle Studio, Nashville, with Fred Rose producing and was supported by Dale Potter (fiddle), Don Davis (steel guitar), Zeb Turner (electric guitar) , Jack Shook (rhythm guitar), and Velma Williams (bass). “Wedding Bells” was significant because it was the first single following Hank’s biggest hit yet, “Lovesick Blues.” . It was launched on May 1, 1949. The song reached # 2 on the country singles chart in 1949.

The song was included on the album, Sing Me A Blue Song (MGM 1957)

The narrator of the song describes is desperation for the love of his life by marrying another man. According to Boone, Hank called it “the prettiest song I’ve ever heard.”



Single Bill Carlisle ( King 1947 )
Single Bill Carlisle ( King 1947 )

Versions:

Ray Smith 1949 (Columbia)
Hank Snow 1957 (RCA)
Johnnie & Jack 1958 (RCA)
George Hamilton IV 1958 (ABC-Paramount)
Marty Robbins 1958 (Columbia)
George Jones 1962 (Mercury)
Stonewall Jackson 1966 (Columbia)
Jerry Lee Lewis 1967 (Smash)

And many more, more than 90 versions





Hank Williams – Wedding Bells Lyrics

I have the invitation that you sent me
You wanted me to see you change your name
I couldn’t stand to see you wed another
But dear I hope you’re happy just the same

Wedding bells are ringing in the chapel
That should be ringing out for you and me
Down the aisle with someone else you’re walking
Those wedding bell will never ring for me

I planned a little cottage in the valley
I even bought a little band of gold
I thought some day I’d place it on your finger
But now the future looks so dark and cold

Wedding bells are ringing in the chapel
I hear the children laughing out with glee
At home alone I hang my head in sorrow
Those wedding bells will never ring for me

I fancy that I see a bunch of roses
A blossom from an orange tree in your hair
And while the organ plays I love you truly
Please let me pretend that I am there

Wedding bells are ringing in the chapel
Ever since the day you set me free
I knew someday that you would wed another
But wedding bells will never ring for me

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

Miquel Batlle
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