May 8

Celebrating Hank Williams’ First Number 1 Hit on its 70th Year

Hank Williams: “Lovesick Blues”

Hank Williams Lovesick Blues
Photo Credit: Hank Williams/ by Screengrab

Hiram King “Hank” Williams was an American singer and songwriter. Williams is one of the most significant and influential singers and songwriters of his time. He recorded thirty-five singles that ranked Top 10 of the Billboard Country. He also won Western Best Sellers chart, including eleven hits that ranked number one.

Lovesick Blues” was a major hit and that moved him to mainstream Country Music that assured him a position in Grand Ole Opry. His version became a huge country hit and stayed as the number one hit of Billboard chart for four consecutive months. After releasing the major hit, he then released seven songs that include “Wedding Bells,” “Mind Your Own Business,” “You’re Gonna Change” and “My Bucket’s Got a Hole in it.”

In 2011, Williams’ “Lovesick Blues” was included into the Recording Academy Grammy Hall of Fame.

The Lyrics

That last long day she said goodbye
Well, Lord, I thought I would cry
She’ll do me, she’ll do you, she’s got that kind of lovin’
Lord, I love to hear her when she calls me sweet daddy

CMT Honors the 70th anniversary of Hank Williams’ First Number hit  “Lovesick Blues.” The song was already an old song by the time it hit big.

“Lovesick Blues” was originally entitled “I’ve Got the Lovesick Blues.” It was published by Jack Mills, Inc. Irving Mills authored the lyrics while Cliff Friend was the one who composed it.

When Williams heard the Miller and Griffin version, he started performing the song on Louisiana Hayride. Horace Logan, the producer and director for KWKH a sports radio station,  reported that his audience went crazy as he sang the song on the show. While facing the crowd, he decided to record the song. Though his decision was questioned by some musicians and producer, he still pursued his recording.

MGM released the single in February 1949. The single sold 50,000 copies within its first two weeks. On the Grand Ole Opry,  Williams was the guest and became the crowd pleaser.

He died on January 1953 at the age of 29. Four of his song went to number one in the year following his death.

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