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The life and music of Hank Williams laid out in chronilogical order.

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9/17/23 Hank is born

9/17/24 Hank turns 1

9/17/25 Hank turns 2

9/17/26 Hank turns 3

1927 Family Moves to McWilliams, Alabama

9/17/27 Hank turns 4

9/17/28 Hank turns 5

9/17/29 Hank turns 6

1/30 Hanks father, Lon, goes into VA hospital in Pensacola, FL, later Alexandria, La.

9/17/30 Hank turns 7

1931-Hank's family moves to Georgiana, Alabama-Hank gets first guitar-goes to Shape-note singing school in Avant, Alabama.

9/17/31 Hank turns 8

9/17/32 Hank turns 9

1933-Hank moves in with his cousins family in Fountain, Alabama for one year.  Reportedly starts to drink.

9/17/33 Hank turns 10

1934-Hank moves back to Georgiana, meets Rufus "teetot" Payne

3/1/34 Lillie files Hank's Birth Certificate

9/17/34 Hank turns 11

1934-Williams family moves to Greeneville, Alabama

9/17/35 Hank turns 12

9/17/36 Hank turns 13

7/10/37 Hank moves to Montgomery age 13

9/17/37 Hank turns 14

12/37 Hank performs original song "WPA Blues" in Montgomery Empire Theater talent contest and wins age 14

1937/38 Begins broadcasting on WSFA Montgomery age 14

9/17/38 Hank turns 15

1938 Family vacation to South Carolina

3/17/39 Rufus "Tee-Tot" Payne dies in Montgomery Charity Hospital

9/17/39 Hank turns 16

10/39-Hank quits school  

11/17/39 Weoka High School Appearance, Alabama age 16 

1939/1940 Hank meets Braxton Schuffert age 16

 

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1939 HAPPY ROVING COWBOY                                                                                               5:1

1940 MOTHER GUIDE ME Unreleased Recording

1940 LONELY MOUND OF CLAY Unreleased Recording

1940 FREIGHT TRAIN BLUES                                                                                                    5:2

1940 SAN ANTONIO ROSE                                                                                                        5:3

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3/22/40 Holling Jr. High School Appearance

7/40 2 Appearances at "Evergreen Theater"

9/17/40 Hank turns 17  

11/40 Hank goes to Texas and Mexico with Juan Lobo rodeo, returns to Montgomery complaining of back trouble. Juan Lobo and his "Rodeo" had been staying at Lillie's boarding house and performing some with Hank's band live.  This trip undocumented until a letter is discovered written from Hank to his mother from Texas.  age 17

4/4/41 Hank plays schoolhouse in Haynesville, Alabama

4/11/41 Thigpens Log Cabin appearance 

4/19/41 Thigpens Log Cabin appearance

7/41 Regular show on WSFA

9/17/41 Hank turns 18  

10/11/41 Thigpens Log Cabin appearance

10/25/41 Thigpens Log Cabin appearance

2/6/42 Garland High School Appearance, Butler County Alabama

4/7/42 WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN Unreleased Recording.  This and the following recording are dated 4/7/42 because of a tape of a broadcast of these acetates presumably from WSFA and a man is heard saying the date in reference to the recordings..

4/7/42 I'M NOT COMING HOME ANYMORE this song appears in Hank's songbooks in a few years.                                                                                                                                             5:4

1942 I AIN'T GONNA LOVE YOU ANYMORE                                                                            5:5

1942 THE LAST LETTER Unreleased Recording

1942 THE OLD ROCKING CHAIR Unreleased Recording

1942 SEEING MARY HOME Unreleased Recording

1942 OLD SHEP Unreleased Recording

1942 IN MY HEART YOU'LL ALWAYS BE MINE Unreleased Recording

1942 WALK THAT LONESOME VALLEY Unreleased Recording-not sure if this is the tune some people refer to as "Mother Guide Me."

1942 I'LL NEVER CRY OVER YOU Unreleased Recording

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7/10/42 Hank's parents make their divorce official

7/42-8/42 Hank goes to Oregon to work at Kaiser Shipyard as a welder. Friend from Montggomery is there at the same time and reports Hank went to welding school a day or two, spent the rest of the time hitting the honky-tonks, and when his money ran out wired home for money for a train ticket home.  Someone who was staying at Lillie's boarding house remembers his return home-and that he hadn't had any money to buy anything to eat for the almost 1 week ride home.  age 18/19

8/14/42 Breeland Park appearance, Butler County Alabama

8/42 Hank kicked off WFSA

9/17/42 Hank turns 19  

11/42-Moves to Mobile Alabama to work for Alabama Dry Dock and Shipbuilding company, continues to play shows in and around Montgomery age  19

Early 1943-Joins medicine show, meets Audrey in Banks, Alabama

5/43 Hank plays show in Montgomery City Auditorium opening for pee wee King.  Sells King "I'M PRAYING FOR THE DAY THAT PEACE WILL COME"-Recorded in the 1951 by Roscoe Haskins

9/2/43 Hank plays a show in Montgomery

9/6/43 Labor Day-Hank backstage at Montgomery Municipal Auditorium, offers to go out on stage to retrieve Hardrock Gunter's guitar.  Hardrock was featured performer-instead Hank picks it up, does a show and brings down the house-then he tries to leave with Hardrock's guitar. 

9/17/43 Hank turns 20  

12/20/43 I'm Praying for the Day Peace will Come Copyrighted by Acuff-Rose

NOV 1943-Jan 1944 Hank and Audrey move to Mobile to work as welders.  Age 20

1944-Don Helms and Sammy Pruett become Drifting Cowboys

4/17/44-photo of Hank with sister Irene's baby in front of what looks like a Texaco station.  This picture is in "Snapshots from the Lost Highway"

8/44 Hank quits job in Mobile, Alabama

1944-Hank moves to Andalusia, Alabama-has a regular gig on Monday, Wednsday, and Saturdays at a dancehall-a regular gig in Opp Alabama on Thursdays.

9/17/44 Hank turns 21  

12/5/44 Audrey divorces first husband

12/15/44-Hank marries Audrey

1945-Hank and Audrey move back to Montgomery

1945-Once again on WSFA Age 21

5/45 Hank commited to sanitarium in Prattville, Alabama to dry out

6/45 "Songs of Hank Williams, The Drifting Cowboy" published including lyrics to the following original songs

6/45 GRANDAD'S MUSKET unrecorded

6/45 MOTHER IS GONE-a demo of this song exists

6/45 WON'T YOU PLEASE COME BACK unrecorded

6/45 SIX MORE MILES-2 demos of this song exist

6/45 I'M NOT COMING HOME ANYMORE-recorded 4/7/42

6/45 YOU'LL LOVE ME AGAIN unrecorded

6/45 HONKEY-TONKEY-early version on song later recorded twice-once for Sterling and once for MGM. Live versions have been released as well.

6/45 TAKE AWAY THESE LONELY MEMORIES unrecorded

9/17/45 Hank turns 22  

1/26/46 Hank starts again at WSFA, Montgomery 6:35 AM-7 AM

3/46 Hank Williams Deluxe songbook published with the lyrics to the previous songs as well as the following

3/46 I BID YOU FREE TO GO unrecorded

3/46 NEVER AGAIN-recorded for Sterling

3/46 THE DAYS ARE SO LONG unrecorded

3/46 WON'T YOU SOMETIMES THINK OF ME-demo exists

3/46 SINGING WATERFALL-demo exists

3/46 FOREVER'S A LONG TIME -recorded years later by Jimmie Davis

3/46 YOU ALWAYS SEEM TO GO THE OTHER WAY unrecorded

3/46 BACK ACHE BLUES unrecorded

3/46 THE LAST MESSAGE unrecorded

3/46 I DON'T CARE IF TOMORROW NEVER COMES-recorded for Sterling

3/46 WHEN GOD COMES AND GATHERS HIS JEWELS-recorded for Sterling

3/46 I NEVER WILL FORGET unrecorded

3/46 THERE'S A NEW LIGHT SHINING IN OUR HOME unrecorded

3/46 IN DREAMS YOU STILL BELONG TO ME-demo exists

3/46 SOMEDAY YOU'LL BE LONELY TOO unrecorded

3/46 I WATCHED MY DREAMWORLD CRUMBLE LIKE CLAY-demo exiists

3/46 CALLING YOU-2 demos exist

3/46 AM I TOO LATE TO SAY I'M SORRY unrecorded

3/46 MY DARLING BABY GIRL (WRITTEN WITH AUDREY) unrecorded

3/46 I JUST WISH I COULD FORGET unrecorded

3/46 LET'S TURN BACK THE YEARS-early version of song recorded by Hank for MGM

3/46 I LOVED NO ONE BUT YOU unrecorded

3/46 YOU'LL LOVE ME AGAIN unrecorded

3/46 ME AND MY BROKEN HEART recorded years later by CARL SMITH

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Satherly was a record industry executive who had been in the business since it's inception, working for Columbia records.  He held onto the following six demos and the were originally released on an Arhoolie Records E.P.

1946 WON'T YOU SOMETIMES THINK OF ME                                                                       5:6

1946 I WATCHED MY DREAMWORLD CRUMBLE LIKE CLAY                                            5:8

1946 MOTHER IS GONE                                                                                                            5:10

1946 WHY SHOULD I CRY  Audrey performs this song on a Mother's Best show, and before   5:7

        she performs the song, Hank mentions he wrote this one in "1942 or 1943"

 

1946 I TOLD A LIE TO MY HEART                                                                                            5 :9

1946 YOU BROKE YOUR OWN HEART ACOUSTIC DEMO                                             CMF

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1946 SINGING WATERFALL DEMO #1                                                                                  CMF

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1946 CALLING YOU DEMO #1                                                                                                CMF

 

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12/46 WEALTH WON'T SAVE YOUR SOUL                                                                           5:16

1946 PAN AMERICAN                                                                                                               5:15

9/46 Starts a daily 4 PM show on WSFA  

9/14/46 Hank and Audrey travel to Nashville to meet with Fred Rose.  Rose agrees to publish 2 songs for a future Molly O'Day session.

9/17/46 Hank turns 23  

10/30/46 Hank sends Rose demos of the 2 songs-"When God Comes and Gathers his Jewels," and "Six More Miles.".

11/21/46 Hank signs Acuff-Rose contract for the 2 songs.

11/23/46 Rose sends Hank note that he will polish up lyrics of two songs a bit.

12/9/46 Hank travels to Nashville to rehearse with the Willis brothers for his first recording session.

 

-------------------12/11/46 STERLING RECORDS SESSION-------------------------------------------

WSM Studios Nashville TN

Hank Williams-Vocal/guitar, Skeeter Willis-Fiddle, Vic Willis-Accordian, James Willis-Guitar, Charles Wright-Bass

12/11/46 CALLING YOU (Hank Williams)                                                                                    1:1

12/11/46 NEVER AGAIN WILL I KNOCK ON YOUR DOOR (Hank Williams)                          1:2

12/11/46 WEALTH WON'T SAVE YOUR SOUL (Hank Williams)                                            1:3

12/11/46 WHEN GOD COMES AND GATHERS HIS JEWELS (Hank Williams)                     1:4

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12/16/46 MOLLY O'DAY RECORDS "SIX MORE MILES"

12/16/46 MOLLY O'DAY-WHEN GOD COMES AND GATHERS HIS JEWELS

1/47 STERLING 201 NEVER AGAIN/CALLING YOU RELEASED

1/19/47-"The Broken Marraige," unpublished song lyrics in Hank's notebook.

1/26/47-first draft of "I Saw the Light" lyrics in one of Hank's notebooks

2/47 STERLING 204 WEALTH WON'T SAVE YOUR SOUL/WHEN GOD COMES AND GATHERS HIS JEWELS RELEASED

 

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WSM Studios Nashville, TN

Hank Williams-Vocal/Guitar, Tommy Jackson-Fiddle, Smokey Lohman-Steel Guitar, Zeke Turner-Electric Guitar, Louis Innis-Bass

2/13/47 I DON'T CARE (IF TOMORROW NEVER COMES) (Hank Williams)                          1:5

2/13/47 MY LOVE FOR YOU (HAS TURNED TO HATE) (Hank Williams)                               1:6

2/13/47 HONKY TONKIN' #1 (Hank Williams)                                                                            1:7

2/13/47 PAN AMERICAN (Hank Williams)                                                                                  1:8

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2/19/47 "The Heavens are Lonely Too" unpublished lyrics in Hank's notebook.

2/20/47 "Why Did Mommy Say Goobye" lyrics in Hank's notebook-unpublished

3/6/47 Hank signs deal with MGM records.

4/1/47 MGM deal takes effect.

----------------------------------------4/21/47 MGM RECORDS SESSION-------------------------

Castle Studio, Nashville.

Hank Williams-Vocal, Guitar, Tommy Jackson-Fiddle, Smokey Lohman-Steel Guitar, Zeke Turner-Electric Guitar, Louis Innis-Rhythm Guitar, Brownie Reynolds-Bass

4/21/47 MOVE IT ON OVER (Hank Williams)                                                                             1:9

4/21/47 I SAW THE LIGHT(Hank Williams)                                                                               1:10

4/21/47 LAST NIGHT I HEARD YOU CRYING IN YOUR SLEEP (Hank Williams)                 1:11

4/21/47 SIX MORE MILES (Hank Williams)                                                                              1:12

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4/47 STERLING 208 I DON'T CARE IF TOMORROW NEVER COMES/MY LOVE FOR YOU HAS TURNED TO HATE RELEASED

1947-1948 CALLING YOU DEMO #2

1947 HONKY TONK BLUES DEMO                                                                                       5:17

5/6/47 Hank sends Fred a note letting him know he's a DJ on WSFA

5/47 STERLING 210 HONKY TONKIN'/PAN AMERICAN RELEASED

6/6/47 MGM 10033 MOVE IT ON OVER/LAST NIGHT I HEARD YOU CRYING IN YOUR SLEEP RELEASED

6/29/47 YOU BROKE YOUR OWN HEART                                                                              5:19

6/29/47 I'M SO TIRED OF IT ALL                                                                                              5:20

6/29/47-lyrice to "I'm So Tired of It all" written in Hank's notebook.

6/29/47-lyrics to unpublished song "Honky Tonkin' Mama" in Hank's notebook.

 

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Castle Studio, Nashville

Hank Williams-Vocal, Guitar L.C. Crysel-Fiddle on all but "Ponchertrain," Tommy Jackson-Fiddle on Ponchertrain, Herman Herron-Steel Guitar, Sammy Pruett-Lead Guitar, Slim Thomas-Rhythm Guitar, Lum York-Bass.  (according to the liner notes for 'The Complete Hank Williams.'-Lum York has stated he did not play on this session)

8/4/47 FLY TROUBLE (Honey Wilds/Bunny Biggs/Fred Rose)                                          1:13

8/4/47 I'M SATISFIED WITH YOU (Fred Rose)                                                                         1:14

8/4/47 ON THE BANKS OF THE OLD PONCHERTRAIN (Hank Williams/Ramona Vincent) 1:15

8/4/47 HONKY TONK BLUES #1 (Hank Williams) (Recording has been lost)

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8/9/47 Birmingham news runs story on "Move it On Over" charting in Billboard

8/9/47 "Move it On Over" charts in Billboard, peaks at #4

8/19/47-Hank sends Fred Rose a demo of "I Saw the Light" as a duet with Audrey and "Everything's Okay"

8/21/47-article in Montgomery advisor paper detailing the success of "Move it On Over" and noting "Fly Trouble" will be Hank's next release.

9/17/47 Hank turns 24  

9/47 MGM 10073 FLY TROUBLE/ON THE BANKS OF THE OLD PONCHERTRAIN RELEASED

10/10/47-"This Ain't No Place for Me"-unpublished lyrics in one of Hank's notebooks.

11/3/47-Loans issued for loan company to pay for suits Hank has made for his band which includes RD Norred, Lum York, Joe Pennington, and Red Todd. 

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Castle Studio, Nashville

Hank Williams-Vocal, Guitar Chubby Wise-Fiddle, Jerry Byrd-Steel Guitar, Zeke Turner-Electric Guitar, Probably Louis Innis-Bass, Possibly Fred Rose or Owen Bradley-Piano

11/6/47 ROOTIE TOOTIE (Fred Rose)                                                                                        1:16

11/6/47 I CAN'T GET YOU OFF OF MY MIND (Hank Williams)                                               1:17

11/6/47 I'M A LONG GONE DADDY (Hank Williams)                                                               1:18

11/6/47 HONKY TONKIN #2 (Hank Williams)                                                                           1:19

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--------------------------------------11/7/47 MGM RECORDS SESSION---------------------------------

Castle Studio, Nashville

Same musicians as previous session

11/7/47 MY SWEET LOVE AIN'T AROUND (Hank Williams)                                                  1:20

11/7/47 THE BLUES COME AROUND (Hank Williams)                                                           1:21

11/7/47 MANSION ON THE HILL (Hank Williams/Fred Rose)                                                  1:22

11/7/47 I'LL BE A BACHELOR 'TIL I DIE (Hank Williams)                                                        2:1

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11/24/47-"The Drunkard's Dream" unpublished lyrics in Hank's notebook.

11/25/47 ROME JOHNSON RECORDS IF I DIDN'T LOVE YOU

12/14/47 ROY ACUFF I SAW THE LIGHT

12/20/47 MGM 10124 ROOTIE TOOTIE/MY SWEET LOVE AIN'T AROUND RELEASED

12/28/47 MOLLY O'DAY RECORDS I DON'T CARE IF TOMORROW NEVER COMES

12/28/47 MOLLY O'DAY RECORDS SINGING WATERFALL

 

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1947 IN MY DREAMS YOU STILL BELONG TO ME                                                               5:11

1947 I'M GOING HOME one of 2 songs he wrote with this title                                                 CMF

1948 SOMETHING GOT A HOLD OF ME WITH AUDREY

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2/7/48 Hank goes to Pensecola after a big fight with Audrey

2/18/48-Fred Rose writes Hank a letter trying to help him see that drinking would destroy him and that he was better off without Audrey.

3/18/48-another letter from Fred Rose "please don't phone me when you are drinking as it only makes me feel I'm being let down by a guy I felt would never let me down." 

3/19/48-letter from Fred Rose "When you get ready to straighten out let me know and maybe we can pick up where we left off, but for the present I am fed up with your foolishness"

3/48 MGM 10171 HONKY TONKIN'/I'LL BE A BACHELOR 'TIL I DIE RELEASED

3/27/48-letter to Hank's mother from fred Rose "I hope Hank has come to his senses by now..."

4/3/48-Hank and Audrey sell their house, plan to divorce.  Fred Rose letter dated the same day to Hank "Remember that women are revengeful and do all in their power to wreck a man when they seperate from him and the only way to win is for the man to become successful."

4/4/48-Montgomery Advertiser runs short interview with Hank where he brags how popular he is on WSFA.  Article alo details the success of "Move It On Over" Term "Hillbilly Shakespeare" mentioned.

4/8/48-Hank opens for Opry package show in Montgomery featuring Johnny Bond and Cowboy Copas.  Hank starts drinking with Copas and disappears for two or three days.

4/12/48-Hank signs publishing deal with Acuff-Rose

4/28/48 Audrey files for divorce-"Hank Williams...has a violent and ungovernable temper..during the last month, he has been drunk most of the time."

5/26/48-divorce is final.  Hank and Audrey had reconciled, though.

6/48 MGM 10212 I'M A LONG GONE DADDY/THE BLUES COME AROUND RELEASED

6/23/48-Hank and Audrey send Fred Rose postcard from Richmond, Virginia, announcing they were "Having a Big Time."  They were vacationing in Norfolk, Virginia.  (Presumably Virginia Beach)

7/3/48 "Honky Tonkin'" charts in Billboard, peaks at #14

7/24/48 "I'm a Long Gone Daddy" charts in Billboard, peaks at #6

7/29/48-Last appearance on Montgomery's WSFA.

7/31/48-Hank visits Pappy Dailey's Record Ranch store on his way to Shreveport for an in store appearance.

8/4/48-Hank debuts 5:15 AM KWKH show

8/7/48-Hank debuts on Hayride, performs "Move It On Over," and "On the Banks of the Old Ponchertrain" according to Tilman Franks; Colin Escott reports he performed "I want to Live and Love" with Audrey, not "Ponchertrain."  

9/9/48-Article appears in Shreveport Times reporting on audience reaction at Hayride to 'Lovesick Blues"  He obviously started playing it within a week or two of joining the Hayride.

9/17/48 Hank turns 25

9/48 MGM 10271 I SAW THE LIGHT/SIX MORE MILES RELEASED

9/18/48-"That Last Long Ride" unpublished lyrics in Hank's notebook

9/22/48-Hank appears with Johnnie and Jack in Plain Dealing, Louisiana

9/25/48-Hank featured in newspaper ad for Louisiana Hayride for the first time.  Other artists named in ad are Bailes Brothers, Johnnie and Jack, Red Sovine, Curley Williams.  61 cents admission, 31 cents for children-tax included.

9/27/48-Hank appears with Johnnie and Jack at the American legion in Jefferson, Texas

9/30/48-Hank appears at Colifax, Louisiana High School with Johnnie and Jack with Kitty Wells

10/1/48-Hank appears at the High School in Banks, Arkansas

11/4/48-Hank booked to play Powhatan High School, Powhatan, Louisiana

1949 A HOME IN HEAVEN                                                                                                       5:18 

---------------------------WITH CURLY WILLIAMS DEMOS------------------------------------------

FALL 1948 TIME HAS PROVEN I WAS WRONG                                                                   7:21

FALL 1948 NO NOT NOW                                                                                                         7:22

FALL 1948 WHEN YOU'RE TIRED OF BREAKING OTHER HEARTS                                   7:23

FALL 1948 HONEY DO YOU LOVE ME HUH                                                                           7:24

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12/10/48 MGM 10328 MANSION ON THE HILL/I CAN'T GET YOU OFF OF MY MIND RELEASED

1948? HOUSE OF GOLD DEMO #2                                                                                      CMF

----------------------------------------12/22/48 MGM RECORDS SESSION--------------------

E.T. Herzog Studio, Cincinatti Ohio

Hank Williams-Guitar, Vocal  Audrey Williams-Vocal  Tommy Jackson-Fiddle  Jerry Byrd-Steel Guitar  Zeke Turner-Electric Guitar  Clyde Baum-Mandolin  Louis Innis-Rhythm Guitar, Willie Thawl-Bass

12/22/48 THERE'LL BE NO TEARDROPS TONIGHT (Hank Williams)                                    2:2

12/22/48 LOVESICK BLUES (Cliff Friend/Irving Mills)                                                              2:3

12/22/48 LOST ON THE RIVER (WITH AUDREY WILLIAMS) (Hank Williams)                     2:4

12/22/48 I HEARD MY MOTHER PRAYING FOR ME (WITH AUDREY ) (Audrey Williams)    2:5

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1948 DEAR BROTHER (WITH KITTY WELLS)                                                                     7:19

AUG 48/MAY 49 'NEATH A COLD GRAY TOMB OF STONE DEMO WITH BAND            7:20

AUG 48/MAY 49 ALONE AND FORSAKEN DEMO

AUG 48/MAY 49 HOUSE OF GOLD 1                                                                                      7:17

AUG 48/MAY 49 HEAVEN HOLDS ALL OF MY TREASURES                                             7:15

AUG 48/MAY 49 LOST ON THE RIVER                                                                                  7:16

JAN-AUG 1949 SINGING WATERFALL DEMO #2           1948?

HOUSE OF GOLD DEMO #3?

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KWKH SHREVEPORT RADIO RECORDINGS-MOSTLY COVER TUNES

JAN 49/AUG 49----DISCS 6, 7, 8 OF THE COMPLETE HANK WILLIAMS BOX SET

JAN 49/AUG 49 At The First Fall Of Snow (Fred Rose) Recorded by Molly O'day

JAN 49/AUG 49 The Battle Of Armageddon Recorded by Roy Acuff

JAN 49/AUG 49 Blue Love In My Heart

JAN 49/AUG 49 The Devil's Train (Carlisle/Foree) Recorded by Roy Acuff

JAN 49/AUG 49 Dixie Cannonball Recorded by Gene Autry

JAN 49/AUG 49 Don't Do It Darling

JAN 49/AUG 49 Faded Love And Winter Roses

JAN 49/AUG 49 First Year Blues Recorded by Ernest Tubb

JAN 49/AUG 49 I Wish I Had A Nickel Recorded by Jimmy Wakely

JAN 49/AUG 49 I'm Free At Last Recorded by Ernest Tubb

JAN 49/AUG 49 It Just Don't Matter Now Recorded by Ernest Tubb

JAN 49/AUG 49 Leave Me Alone With The Blues Recorded by Ernest Tubb

JAN 49/AUG 49 The Little Paper Boy Recorded by Johnnie and Jack

JAN 49/AUG 49 My Main Trial Is Yet To Come

JAN 49/AUG 49 No One Will Ever Know

JAN 49/AUG 49 The Old Home Recorded by the Stanley Brothers

JAN 49/AUG 49 Please Don't Let Me Love You Recorded by George Morgan

JAN 49/AUG 49 Prodigal Son

JAN 49/AUG 49 Rock My Cradle Once Again

JAN 49/AUG 49 Rockin' Chair Money Recorded by Red Foley

JAN 49/AUG 49 Roly Poly Recorded by Bob Wills

JAN 49/AUG 49 Someday You'll Call My Name

JAN 49/AUG 49 Sundown And Sorrow

JAN 49/AUG 49 Swing Wide Your Gate Of Love Recorded by Hank Thompson

JAN 49/AUG 49 Tennessee Border Recorded by Red Foley

JAN 49/AUG 49 Thank God

JAN 49/AUG 49 There's No Room In My Heart For The Blues Recorded by Ernest Tubb

JAN 49/AUG 49 The Tramp On The Street

JAN 49/AUG 49 Wait For The Light To Shine Recorded by Roy Acuff

JAN 49/AUG 49 The Waltz Of The Wind Recorded by Roy Acuff

JAN 49/AUG 49 We Live In Two Different Worlds Recorded by Roy Acuff

JAN 49/AUG 49 With Tears In My Eyes Recorded by Ernest Tubb

JAN 49/AUG 49 You Caused It All By Telling Lies

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1/10/49-Hank debuts 8:15 AM show on KWKH sponsor "Shreveport Syrup Company"

1949 WE'RE GETTING CLOSER TO THE GRAVE BAND DEMO                                          5:12

2/4/49 Hank joins Musicians Union in Shreveport.

2/11/49 MGM 10352 LOVESICK BLUES/NEVER AGAIN RELEASED

 

--------------------------------------------------3/1/49 MGM RECORDS SESSION----------------------

Castle Studio, Nashville

Hank Williams-Vocal, Guitar  Audrey Williams-Vocal  Dale Potter-Fiddle  Don Davis-Steel guitar  Zeb Turner-Electric Guitar  Jack Shook-Rhythm Guitar  Clyde Baum-Mandolin  Probably ernie Newton-Bass

3/1/49 LOST HIGHWAY (Leon Payne)                                                                                         2:6

3/1/49 MAY YOU NEVER BE ALONE (Hank Williams)                                                              2:7

3/1/49 DEAR BROTHER (WITH AUDREY) (Hank Williams)                                                      2:8

3/1/49 JESUS REMEMBERED ME (WITH AUDREY) (Hank Williams)                                    2:9

3/1/49 HONKY TONK BLUES #2 (Hank Williams)                                                                   2:10

3/1/49 MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS (Hank Williams)                                                           2:11

3/1/49 YOU'RE GONNA CHANGE (OR I'M GONNA LEAVE) (Hank Williams)                      2:12

3/1/49 MY SON CALLS ANOTHER MAN DADDY #1 (Hank Williams/Jewell House)            2:13

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3/5/49 "Lovesick Blues" charts in Billboard, peaks at #1

3/5/49 "Mansion on the Hill" charts in Billboard, peaks at #12

3/6/49-Shreveport Times runs short article welcoming Hank home, mentioning Lovesick Blues success.

3/20/49-Hank takes first plane ride from Shreveport to Nashville

 

---------------------------------------------3/20/49 SESSION FOR MGM---------------------------

Castle Studios, Nashville

Hank Williams-Vocal, Guitar  Dale Potter-Fiddle  Don Davis-Steel Guitar  Zeb Turner-Electric Guitar  Jack Shook-Rhythm Guitar  Velma Williams-Bass

(SESSION SPLIT WITH RED SOVINE)

3/20/49 WEDDING BELLS (Claude Boone)                                                                                2:14

3/20/49 I'VE JUST TOLD MAMA GOODBYE (Slim Sweet/Curley Kinsey)                               2:15

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SPRING 1949 I'M GOING HOME BAND VERSION DEMO

3/28/49-Wesley Rose sends Hank a letter asking him to send him the records he has of Rex Griffin singing Lovesick Blues and "Emmett something-or other" (Emmett Miller) so Acuff Rose can figure out who actually wrote the song.

4/3/49-Shreveport Times newspaper publishes article mentioning Hank's first airplane ride on 3/20.

4/4/49 MOLLY O'DAY RECORDS ON THE EVENING TRAIN

4/6/49-Hank's first publicity photos taken in Shreveport.  The photo used for the Hank Williams stamp was taken on this day.

4/17/49-Hank attends picnic with Kitty Wells and Johnnie Wright at Caddo Lake outside Shreveport, Gets drunk.  Later that night Audrey calls Johnny Wright because she's afraid to be with Hank in the house.  He has passed out-it's discovered he had taken almost an entire bottle of tranquilisers.  Doctor is called, wakes Hank up and asks him how many pills he took-his reply "You know too damn much [many]." 

4/18/49-4/22/49-Hank tours Louisiana and Texas on a Shreveport Chamber of Commerce sponsored show.  people who see him this week note he has some bruises on his head-most likely from a post-drunk fight with Audrey.

4/49 MGM 10401 WEDDING BELLS/I'VE JUST TOLD MAMA GOODBYE RELEASED

4/22/49-Hank appears at Whitfield's Department Store's Record Section in Shreveport to autograph his new record, "Wedding Bells."

4/49-Hank signs management contract with Oscar Davis

5/1/49-Hank plays Houston TX with Ernest Tubb, Red Foley, Cowboy Copas

5/2/49-Hank plays Amarillo TX with Ernest Tubb, Red Foley, Cowboy Copas

5/3/49-Hank plays Oklahoma City OK with Ernest Tubb, Red Foley, Cowboy Copas

5/4/49-Hank plays a show at the Sportatorium in Dallas Texas with Ernest Tubb, Red Foley, and Cowboy Copas

5/5/49-Hank plays a show at the Northside Coliseum in Ft. Worth, Texas

5/6/49-Hank plays New Orleans, LA with Ernest Tubb, Red Foley, Cowboy Copas

5/7/49-"Lovesick Blues" becomes number one

5/14/49 "Wedding Bells" charts in Billboard, peaks at #2

5/26/49-Hank Williams Jr. born in Shreveport.

5/49 MGM 10434 DEAR BROTHER/LOST ON THE RIVER RELEASED

6/3/49-farewell appearance on Louisiana Hayride

6/11/49 HANK OPRY DEBUT (undocumented)-plays "Lovesick Blues" and "Mind Your Own Business"

 

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6/18/49 LOVESICK BLUES LIVE ON GRAND OLE OPRY

6/18/49 WEDDING BELLS LIVE ON GRAND OLE OPRY

7/1/49 RED SOVINE RECORDS YOU'RE BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE

7/9/49 "Never Again" charts in Billboard, peaks at #6

7/14/49-Jerry Rivers thinks the famous Drifting Cowboys line-up played their first gig together this day.

7/16/49 Hank appears on Grand Ole Opry

7/17/49-Hank appears in Springfield Ohio with Bradley Kinkaid

7/20/49-Hank appears in Amarillo Texas

7/49 MGM 10461 MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS/THERE'LL BE NO TEARDROPS TONIGHT RELEASED

7/23/49 "Mind Your Own Business" charts in Billboard, peaks at #5

8/9/49 Hank and Audrey's divorce reversed

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8/14/49-Hank appears at "Radio Corrall, Jim and Jane's Country Music Park"

8/15/49-Hank appears in Duluth, MN with Bill Monroe and Ernest Tubb

8/25/49-8/29/49?-Hank plays Milwaukee Palace Theater with Ernest Tubb, Cowboy Copas, Minnie Pearl

---------------------------------------8/30/49 MGM SESSION-----------------------------------------------

E.T. Herzog Studio, Cincinatti Ohio

Hank Williams-Vocals, Guitar  Tommy Jackson-Fiddle  Jerry Byrd-Steel Guitar  Zeke Turner-Electric Guitar  Louis Innis-Rhythm Guitar  Ernie Newton-Bass  Hank's Drifting Cowboys attend the session to watch.

8/30/49 IM SO LONESOME I COULD CRY (Hank Williams)                                                   2:16

8/30/49 A HOUSE WITHOUT LOVE (Hank Williams)                                                              2:17

8/30/49 I JUST DON'T LIKE THIS KIND OF LIVING (Hank Williams)                                    2:18

8/30/49 MY BUCKET'S GOT A HOLE IN IT (Clarence Williams)                                             2:20

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8/30/49 MY BUCKET'S GOT A HOLE IN IT DEMO                                                                  2:19

9/3/49-Hank buys 2510 Franklin Road home in Nashville

9/11/49 CURLEY WILLIAMS RECORDS "NO NOT NOW"

9/13/49-Hank plays Vancouver, BC, Canada with Ernest Tubb and Roy Acuff

9/17/49 Hank turns 26  

September 30 1949- Temperature at Nashville drops to 36, setting a record low for the month.

9/49 MGM 10506 YOU'RE GONNA CHANGE (OR I'M GONNA LEAVE)/LOST HIGHWAY RELEASED

1949 WE'RE GETTING CLOSER TO THE GRAVE EACH DAY SOLO DEMO               8:19

1949 ALABAMA WALTZ DEMO                                                                                                 9:2

1949 JESUS DIED FOR ME WITH AUDREY DEMO                                                                  9:3

1949 JESUS DIED FOR ME SOLO DEMO

1949 ARE YOU WALKIN' AND A TALKIN' FOR THE LORD DEMO #1

10/1/49 "You're Gonna Change" charts in Billboard, peaks at #4

10/8/49 "Lost Highway" charts in Billboard, peaks at #12

--------------------------------------------10/49 HEALTH AND HAPPINESS SHOWS-----------------

Recorded on 2 consecutive Sundays in Mid-October-either either 10/9 and 10/16, or 10/16 and 10/23

SHOW ONE

10/49    HAPPY ROVIN' COWBOY

10/49    WEDDING BELLS

10/49    LOVESICK BLUES

10/49    WHERE THE SOUL OF MAN NEVER DIES

SHOW TWO

10/49    YOU'RE GONNA CHANGE OR I'M GONNA LEAVE

10/49    THERE'S A BLUEBIRD ON YOUR WINDOWSILL (AUDREY)

10/49    A TRAMP ON THE STREET

SHOW THREE

10/49    I'M A LONG GONE DADDY

10/49    I'M TELLING YOU (AUDREY)

10/49    WHEN GOD COMES AND GATHERS HIS JEWELS

SHOW FOUR

10/49    LOST HIGHWAY

10/49    I WANT TO LIVE AND LOVE (W/ AUDREY)

10/49    I'LL HAVE A NEW BODY

SHOW FIVE

10/49    A MANSION ON THE HILL

10/49    THERE'LL BE NO TEARDROPS TONIGHT

10/49    THE PRODIGAL SON

SHOW SIX

10/49    PAN AMERICAN

10/49    LOVESICK BLUES

10/49    I SAW THE LIGHT

SHOW SEVEN

10/49    MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS

10/49    WEDDING BELLS

10/49    I'VE JUST TOLD MAMA GOODBYE

SHOW EIGHT

10/49    I CAN'T GET YOU OFF MY MIND

10/49    I'M SO LONESOME I COULD CRY

10/49    THY BURDERNS ARE GREATER THAN MINE

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10/27/49-Hank appears in Toronto Canada

10/28/49 ZEB TURNER NEVER BEEN SO LONESOME

11/8/49 MGM 10560 MY BUCKET'S GOT A HOLE IN IT/I'M SO LONESOME I COULD CRY RELEASED

11/11/49-Hank appears in Montgomery Alabama with Bill Monroe, Lou Childre, Lonzo and Oscar

11/12/49 YOU'RE GONNA CHANGE OR I'M GONNA LEAVE LIVE                                    10:3

11/13/49-Hank flies to Germany

11/18/49 MOVE IT ON OVER LIVE IN GERMANY                                                                10:2

11/25/49-Hank flies home from Germany

11/26/49-Hank appears on Opry

11/26/49 "My Bucket's Got a Hole In It" charts in Billboard, peaks at #2

12/8/1949-12/12/49-Hank plays 4 shows a day for a week at the Hippodrome in Baltimore.  Hank falls off the wagon hard.

12/16/49-Hank and Cowboy Copas play Hotel Roosevelt's Victory Room in Washington

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12/18/49 ROY ACUFF JESUS DIED FOR ME

12/30/49 MILTON ESTES HOUSE OF GOLD

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JAN-FEB 1950 COVER STORY OF COUNTRY-SONG ROUNDUP

1/7/50 HANK INTROS HANK SNOW ON OPRY

 

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Castle Studio, Nashville

Hank Williams-Vocal, Guitar  Jerry Rivers-Fiddle  Don Helms-steel guitar  Bob McNett-Electric Guitar  Jack Shook-Rhythm Guitar  Ernie Newton-Bass

1/9/50 LONG GONE LONESOME BLUES (Hank Williams)                                                     2:21

1/9/50 WHY DON'T YOU LOVE ME LIKE YOU USED TO DO (Hank Williams)              2:22

1/9/50 WHY SHOULD WE TRY ANYMORE (Hank Williams)                                                  2:23

1/9/50 MY SON CALLS ANOTHER MAN DADDY #2 (Hank Williams/Jewell House)            2:24

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Castle Studio, Nashville

Hank Williams-Vocal, Guitar  on Helms-Steel Guitar, Hillous Buttrum-Bass  Owen Bradley or Fred Rose-Organ

1/10/50 TOO MANY PARTIES AND TOO MANY PALS (Billy Rose/Mort Dixon/Ray Henderson)                                                                                                                                     3:1

1/10/50 BEYOND THE SUNSET (Blanche Kerr Brock/Virgil P. Brock/Albert Kennedy Rowswell)                                                                                                                                        3:2

1/10/50 THE FUNERAL (Public Domain-Words, Music-Hank Williams)                                     3:3

1/10/50 EVERYTHING'S OK (Hank Williams)                                                                             3:4

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1/50 MGM 10609 I JUST DON'T LIKE THIS KIND OF LIVING/MAY YOU NEVER BE ALONE RELEASED

1950 HOW CAN YOU REFUSE HIM NOW DEMO                                                                 8:4

EARLY 1950 TEARDROP ON A ROSE DEMO                                                                        9:4

1/29/50-2/2/50-Hank appears with Cowboy Copas and and Ernest Tubb in Kansas City

2/3/50 BILL MONROE-ALABAMA WALTZ

2/3/50 BILL MONROE-I'M BLUE, I'M LONESOME

2/8/50 BRAXTON SHOOFORD WHY SHOULD I CRY

2/8/50 BRAXTON SHOOFORD ROCKING CHAIR DADDY

2/8/50 BRAXTON SHOOFORD A TEARDROP ON A ROSE

2/18/50 "I Just on't Like This Kind of Living" charts in Billboard, peaks at #5

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2/18/50 I JUST DON'T LIKE THIS KIND OF LIVING LIVE ON GOO                                 10:4

2/18/50 LOVESICK BLUES LIVE ON GOO

2/50 MGM 10630 BEYOND THE SUNSET/THE FUNERAL RELEASED

1950 HELP ME UNDERSTAND DEMO

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2/21/50-Hank appears in Jackson, Mississippi

2/21/50-HANK RADIO APPEARANCE ON WSLI, JACKSON MISSISSIPPI                                                                         

2/21/50    LOST HIGHWAY FARMER JIM LIVE VERSION

2/21/50    I'M A LONG GONE DADDY FARMER JIM LIVE VERSION

2/21/50    LONG GONE LONESOME BLUES FARMER JIM LIVE VERSION 

2/22/50-Hank appears in Mobile Alabama

2/23/50-Hank appears in Pensacola, FL

2/24/50-Hank appears on Grand Ole Opry                            

2/25/50-Hank appears in Springfield, Missouri

                                                                                                  

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3/50 MGM 10645 LONG GONE LONESOME BLUES/MY SON CALLS ANOTHER MAN DADDY RELEASED

MARCH EARLY HANK AND AUDREY RADIO INTERVIEW

MID MARCH-Hank attends Juke Box Operators Convention in Chicago

3/17/50-Hank appears in Florence, Alabama

3/25/50 JOHNNIE AND JACK JESUS REMEMBERED ME

3/25/50 Hank on cover of Billboard magazine pictured at Chicago jukebox operator's convention.

3/25/50 "Long Gone Lonesome Blues" charts in Billboard, peaks at #1

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3/28/50 AUDREY WILLIAMS HELP ME UNDERSTAND (Hank Williams)

3/28/50 AUDREY WILLIAMS HOW CAN YOU REFUSE HIM NOW (Hank Williams)

3/28/50 AUDREY WILLIAMS MODEL T LOVE (Audrey Williams)

3/28/50 AUDREY WILLIAMS TIGHT WAD DADDY (Audrey Williams)

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1950 LAST NIGHT I DREAMED OF HEAVEN DEMO                                                           8:8

 

-----------------------------------4/1/50 DECCA RECORDS SESSION----------------------------------

4/1/50 AUDREY WILLIAMS I LIKE THAT KIND (Audrey Williams)

4/1/50 AUDREY WILLIAMS HONKY TONKIN (Hank Williams)

4/1/50 AUDREY WILLIAMS WHAT PUT THE PEP IN GRANDMA (Audrey williams)

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1950 MESSAGE TO MY MOTHER DEMO                                                                            8:10

4/8/50 HANK HOSTS OPRY WITH MARV SHINER

4/8/50 I'M SO LONESOME I COULD CRY LIVE ON OPRY

April 13 1950- A cold outbreak produces the lowest high, low, and mean temperatures ever observed on this date at Nashville. The high is 42, with a low of 27, producing a mean temperature of 35 degrees.

4/15/50 Hank, staying at Tulane Hotel in Nashville after fight with Audrey, sets bed on fire with cigarette after fallling asleep.

4/15/50 "My Son Calls Another Man Daddy" charts in Billboard, peaks at #9

4/16/50 Nashville Tennessean reports events of 4/15/50

4/22/50-"Long Gone Lonesome Blues" hits #1 

5/50 MGM 10696 WHY DON'T YOU LOVE ME/A HOUSE WITHOUT LOVE RELEASED

5/6/50-Hank appears at Natatorium Park, Spokane, WA with Roy Acuff

5/8/50-Hank appears in Ottawa Canada

5/14/50-Hank appears at Radio Ranch Park, Williamsport, PA

5/26/50-Hank Jr.'s First Birthday

5/27/50-Family photo session at Franklin Road home

5/27/50 "Why Don't You Love Me" charts in Billboard, peaks at #1

5/31/50-Hank appears in Shreveport with Minnie Pearl, Oak Ridge Quartet

6/2/50-6/7/50-Hank and Cowboy Copas appear in St. Louis

6/05/50 CURLEY WILLIAMS RECORDS HONEY DO YOU LOVE ME HUH

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6/10/50 LONG GONE LONESOME BLUES LIVE ON OPRY                                                 10:7

6/10/50 WHY DON'T YOU LOVE ME LIKE YOU USED TO DO LIVE                                    10:8

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1950 WEARING OUT YOUR WALKING SHOES DEMO                                                           9:6

6/1950 MGM 10718 TOO MANY PARTIES AND TOO MANY PALS/EVERYTHING'S OKAY-LUKE THE DRIFTER RELEASED

 

-------------------------------------6/14/50 MGM RECORDS SESSION----------------------------------

Castle Studio, Nashville-Split session with Rusty Gabbard.

Hank Williams-Vocal, Guitar  Jerry Rivers-Fiddle  Don Helms-Steel Guitar  Sammy Pruett-Electric Guitar  Probably Rusty Gabbard-Rhythm Guitar  Ernie Newton-Bass

6/14/50 THEY'LL NEVER TAKE HER LOVE FROM ME (Leon Payne)

6/14/50 HONKY TONK BLUES' #3 (LOST) (Hank Williams)

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1950 I'M GOING HOME DEMO                                                                                                  8:12

6/17/50-"Why Don't You Love Me" hits #1

6/19/50-6/22/50-Hank appears in Amarillo TX

7/4/50-Hank appears in Ft. Worth TX at North Side Coliseum

7/5/50-7/6/50-Hank appears at Jack Ruby's "Silver Spur" club in Dallas

7/5/50 RED KIRK RECORDS NEVER BEEN SO LONESOME

7/7/50-Hank appears in Waco TX

7/8/50-Hank misses scheduled show in Greenville TX due to drinking

SUMMER 1950 SING SING SING DEMO                                                                                 9:9

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8/4/50 THEY'LL NEVER TAKE HER LOVE FROM ME LIVE ON WSM                               9:20

8/12/50-birthday party for Lycretia at the home on Franklin Road-Fred Rose attends as do a bunch of Lyrcretia's school friends.  Photographer present.

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8/12/50 WHY DON'T YOU LOVE ME LIKE YOU USED TO DO LIVE ON GOO

8/12/50 THEY'LL NEVER TAKE HER LOVE FROM ME LIVE ON GOO                            10:6

8/12/50 COMEDY WITH MINNIE PEARL LIVE ON GOO

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8/13/50-Hank appears in Springfield, Ohio

8/14/50-Hank appears in Youngstown, OH

8/15/50 Hank appears in Akron, OH

8/16/50-Hank appears in New Lewiston, PA

8/17/50-Hank appears in Richfield, VA (Richmond VA according to Koon/Pinson)

8/18/50-Hank returns to Nashville

8/19/50-Hank appears on Grand Ole Opry

1950 NEATH A COLD GRAY TOMB OF STONE SOLO DEMO                                             9:14

8/25/50 MGM  THEY'LL NEVER TAKE HER LOVE FROM ME/WHY SHOULD WE TRY ANYMORE RELEASED

8/27/50-Hank plays in Natural Chimneys Park, Mt. Solon, VA

 

---------------------8/31/50 MGM RECORDS SESSION--------------------------------------------------

Castle Studio, Nashville

Hank Williams-Vocals, Guitar  Jerry Rivers-Fiddle  Don Helms-Steel Guitar  Sammy Pruett-Electric Guitar  Probably Jack Shook-Rhythm Guitar  Ernie Newton or Howard Watts-Bass  Fred Rose or Owen Bradley-Organ.  Possibly Farris Coursey-Drums on "Moanin the Blues"   

8/31/50 NOBODYS LONESOME FOR ME (Hank Williams)                                                     3:6

8/31/50 MOANIN THE BLUES (Hank Williams)                                                                          3:7

8/31/50 HELP ME UNDERSTAND (Hank Williams)                                                                    3:8

8/31/50 NO NO JOE (Fred Rose)                                                                                                  3:9

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9/50-Audrey in hospital for what is later revealed "a botched abortion" according to Hank's divorce cross-complaint.

1950 THERE'S NOTHING AS SWEET AS MY BABY DEMO                                                 9:8

09/3/50-Hank makes first appearance at Sunset Park,West Grove, PA

September 7 1950- Nashville is drenched with 2.06" of rain -- the most ever received on this date. The high temperature tops out at 64 degrees, which is the lowest high temperature ever observed on this date.

9/17/50 Hank turns 27  

9/19/50-9/22/50-Hank performs in Amarillo TX

9/20/50 TEX RITTER  RECORDS WEARING OUT YOUR WALKING SHOES

9/24/50-Hank appears in New Orleans

10/50 MGM 10806 NO NO JOE/HELP ME UNDERSTAND RELEASED

10/50 MGM 10813 I HEARD MY MOTHER PRAYING FOR ME/JESUS REMEMBERED ME RELEASED

10/7/50-billboard Magazine runs ad announcing Hank's TV show on WSM in Nashville

10/7/50 "They'll Never Take Her Love From Me" charts in Billboard, peaks at #5

10/14/50 "Why Should We Try Anymore" charts in Billboard, peaks at #9

10/20/50 CHARLIE MONROE 'NEATH A COLD GRAY TOMB OF STONE

10/20/20 CHARLIE MONROE SING SING SING

11/50 MGM 10832 MOANIN' THE BLUES/NOBODY'S LONESOME FOR ME RELEASED

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11/11/50 MOANIN THE BLUES LIVE ON GOO                                                                   10:10

11/11/50 NOBODYS LONESOME FOR ME LIVE ON GOO                                               10:11

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11/18/50 "Moainin' the Blues" charts in Billboard, peaks at #1

11/18/50 "Nobody's Lonesome For Me" charts in Billboard, peaks at #9

11/22/50-"You've Been Lonesome Too" unpublished song lyrics in Hank's notebook.

11/23/50-"Cold Cold Heart" lyrics written in Hank's notebook.

November 24 1950- Nashville records greatest one-day snowfall for November, measuring 7.2".

November 25 1950- Temperature at Nashville drops to -1, setting a record low for the month.

12/3/50-Hank appears in Toledo, OH

-------------------------------12/50 MARCH OF DIMES SHOW #1----------------------------------------

12/50 MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS RADIO BROADCAST

12/50 HELP ME UNDERSTAND RADIO BROADCAST

12/50 WHEN GOD DIPS HIS LOVE IN MY HEART RADIO BROADCAST

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12/10/50-Hank appears in Atlanta

---------------------------------------12/21/50 MGM RECORDS SESSION---------------------

Castle Studio, Nashville

Hank Williams-Vocal, Guitar  Jerry Rivers-Fiddle  Don Helms- Steel Guitar  Sammy Pruett-electric/rhythm guitar  Chet Atkins-Electric Guitar  Ernie Newton or Howard Watts-Bass  Owen bradley or Fred Rose-Piano

12/21/50 COLD COLD HEART (Hank Williams)                                                                       3:10

12/21/50 DEAR JOHN (Aubrey Gass)                                                                                         3:11

12/21/50 JUST WAITING (Hank Williams/Bob Gazzaway)                                                       3:12

12/21/50 MEN WITH BROKEN HEARTS (Hank Williams)                                                       3:13

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12/29/50-"How can you refuse him now?" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

12/30/50-"Why should I cry?" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

12/30/50-"Moanin' the Blues" hits #1

12/30/50-12/31/50-Hank appears with Hank Snow in Indianapolis

 

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1/6/51 MOANIN THE BLUES LIVE ON GOO

1/6/51 NOBODY'S LONESOME FOR ME LIVE ON GOO

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Mother's Best shows are first transcribed, most likely in batches (multiple shows recorded at once) to play on-air when Hank is on the road.  The show airs at 7:15 AM on WSM-AM.  I have seen two different dates listed for the initial batch's recording-the 8th and 9th of January 1951, but considering 1/6/51 was a Saturday, I will assume they were recorded on Sunday, 1/7/51 for broadcast over the next few weeks. 

One way to track the air dates of these (or the approximate air-dates) is when Hank actually mentions the date, as he does for the 1/12/51 show before the band plays an old fiddle tune called "The 8th of January."  Hank mentions that it is the 12th of January, so that's close enough to play the song.  Other means of surmising include paying attention to Hank's record release dates (when he first plays "Cold Cold Heart" on show 20, and then Dear John on show 21, and he announces those records have just been released on MGM, it's safe to assume the shows were aired soon after Cold Cold Heart/Dear John was released in early Feb. 1951.) 

There are other instances when Hank tells the audience to have a good weekend, so I can assume that show aired on a Friday.  It's also interesting to note the comings and goings of Audrey-I would assume when she is present, she's gonna appear-hence her appearance and exit may mark one batch of sessions.  I have also tracked down significant weather events in Nashville for the period, as Hank mentions the weather every once in awhile on the shows. 

--------------------------------------------------1/8/51 MOTHERS BEST SHOW--------------------------

MONDAY

Hank talks about how bad he is at Bird Hunting during this show.

1/8/51 THE BLIND CHILD

1/8/51 WHEN GOD DIPS HIS LOVE IN MY HEART

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1/8/51-"The Sermon on the Mountain" unpublished lyrics in Hank's notebook

1/8/51-"For Me There is No Place" lyrics in Hank's notebook.

--------------------------------------------------1/9/51 MOTHERS BEST SHOW--------------------------

TUESDAY

Hank mentions Carl Smith is present in the studio-but he can't do anything on air because the budget won't allow it.  Carl is referred to as "Carl Overlooked an Orchid" Smith.

1/9/51 WHERE THE OLD RED RIVER FLOWS

1/9/51 HOW CAN YOU REFUSE HIM NOW

--------------------------------------------------1/10/51 MOTHERS BEST SHOW-----------------------

WEDNSDAY

Hank mentions "Moanin' the Blues" is one of the "Top Tunes in the Country"

1/10/51 MOANIN' THE BLUES

1/10/51 AUDREY WILLIAMS HONKY TONKIN

1/10/51 I'LL HAVE A NEW BODY

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THURSDAY

When introducing Alabama Waltz Hank mentions he wrote the song, and if anyone "wants it" to let him know-he acknowledges the song has been written inspired by the Tennessee Waltz.

 1/11/51 ALABAMA WALTZ

1/11/51 LORD BUILD ME A CABIN

--------------------------------------------------1/12/51 MOTHERS BEST SHOW---------------------

FRIDAY

During the shows Audrey doesn't appear, the band plays a short instrumental.  The instrumental on this show is "The 8th of January," an old fiddle tune-Hank mentions that it is "the 12th of January, so we're close enough."

1/12/51 NOBODY'S LONESOME FOR ME

1/12/51 GATHERING FLOWERS FOR THE MASTERS BOUQUET

--------------------------------------------------1/15/51? MOTHERS BEST SHOW-----------------------

MONDAY?

1/15/51 MANSION ON THE HILL

1/15/51 AUDREY WILLIAMS I LIKE THAT KIND

1/15/51 AUDREY WILLIAMS HOW CAN YOU REFUSE HIM NOW

--------------------------------------------------1/16/51? MOTHERS BEST SHOW-----------------------

TUESDAY?

Before Audrey sings Hank's "Why Should I Cry," he mentions "I wrote this back in 1941 or 1942.  My good friend Braxton Schufort recorded it back a short time ago."

1/16/51 EVERYTHING'S OKAY

1/16/51 AUDREY WILLIAMS WHY SHOULD I CRY

1/16/51 I HEARD MY MOTHER PRYING FOR ME WITH AUDREY

--------------------------------------------------1/17/51 MOTHERS BEST SHOW------------------------

WEDNSDAY?

Special guest Joe Rumore, an announcer from Birmingham Alabama that also does a Mother's Best show on a different station.  During Audrey's performance of "Tigh Wad Daddy" Hank can be heard making wisecracks off mic in answer to the song's lyrics.

1/17/51 NOBODY'S LONESOME FOR ME

1/17/51 AUDREY WILLIAMS TIGHT WAD DADDY

1/17/51 I'LL HAVE A NEW BODY

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1/17/51 "Searching in Vain," unpublished song lyrics in Hank's notebook.

--------------------------------------------------1/19/51? MOTHERS BEST SHOW----------------------

FRIDAY

Hank wishes everyone a good weekend.

1/18/51 MOVE IT ON OVER

1/18/51 AUDREY WILLIAMS I'M SATISFIED WITH LIFE

1/18/51 I SAW THE LIGHT

--------------------------------------------------1/21/51? MOTHERS BEST SHOW-----------------------

MONDAY?

Hank complains about his out of tune guitar that he says he told the guitar salesman "wasn't worth 2 and a half."

1/19/51 SEAMAN'S BLUES

1/19/51 AUDREY WILLIAMS BLUES IN MY MIND

1/19/51 SOMETHING GOT A HOLD OF ME WITH AUDREY

--------------------------------------------------1/22/51? MOTHERS BEST SHOW-----------------------

TUESDAY?

1/22/51 BLUE EYES CRYING IN THE RAIN

1/22/51 AUDREY WILLIAMS BONAPARTES RETREAT

1/22/51 I'VE JUST TOLD MAMA GOODBYE

--------------------------------------------------1/23/51? MOTHERS BEST SHOW----------------------

WEDNSDAY?

Hank mentions "Calling You" was written "7 years ago" putting it's date of origin at 1944

1/23/51 ON THE BANKS OF THE OLD PONCHARTRAIN

1/23/51 AUDREY WILLIAMS BLUE LOVEIN MY HEART

1/23/51 CALLING YOU

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1/24/51-"Sing, sing, sing" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

 

--------------------------------------------------1/24/51 MOTHERS BEST SHOW 13 --------------------

THURSDAY?

Audrey dedicates "Model-T Love" to Cedric-Hank seems surly the rest of the show.

1/51 MY SWEET LOVE AIN'T AROUND

1/51 AUDREY WILLIAMS MODEL T LOVE

1/51 WHERE THE SOUL OF MAN NEVER DIES

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FRIDAY?

1/51 PINS AND NEEDLES

1/51 AUDREY WILLIAMS FOUR FLUSHER

1/51 I HEARD MY MOTHER PRAYING FOR ME

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FRIDAY

Hank mentions it's Friday-so one of the previous shows is most likely out of sequence.

1/51 MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS

1/51 AUDREY WILLIAMS I LIKE THAT KIND

1/51 WHEN GOD DIPS HIS LOVE IN MY HEART

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1951 FOOL ABOUT YOU DEMO                                                                                            8:11

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Announcer asks Hank if he still has that $2.00 guitar-making me believe this show is out of sequence and should actually be Tuesday the 22nd.  Before Audrey sings her song on this show Hank mentions he's going to "go sit down," probably relating to his back hurting.  After she sings her song and Hank mentions he wrote it, the announcer mentions Hank doesn't hate things as much as he did when he wrote the song, Hank disagrees. 

JAN 1951 MAY YOU NEVER BE ALONE

JAN 1951 AUDREY WILLIAMS MY LOVE FOR YOU HAS TURNED TO HATE

JAN 1951 DEAR BROTHER WITH AUDREY

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They'll Never Take Her Love mentioned as a song he "recorded here not too long ago."

JAN 1951 THEY'LL NEVER TAKE HER LOVE FROM ME

JAN 1951 AUDREY WILLIAMS LAST NIGHT I HEARD YOU CRYING IN YOUR SLEEP

JAN 1951 WAIT FOR THE LIGHT TO SHINE

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JAN 1951 COOL WATER

JAN 1951 LONELY TOMBS

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Hank plugs his and Audrey's duet before the sing it, mentions "Joe Lockard (sp?) sitting in the studio-apparently a WSM engineer.

JAN 1951 I JUST DONT LIKE THIS KIND OF LIVING

JAN 1951 AUDREY WILLIAMS YOU DONT HAVE TO BE A BABY TO CRY

JAN 1951 JESUS REMEMBERED ME

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January 28 1951 A strong cold front moves through Nashville shortly after 1:00 p.m., causing temperatures to fall during the afternoon and evening, and ushering in one of the most remarkable weather events in Nashville's history.

1/28/51-Hank appears in Oklahoma City with Jimmie Dickens and Tommy Collins

January 29 1951 The worst ice storm in Nashville's history begins, causing a complete stalemate of transportation in Nashville for two days. Frozen precipitation starts during the evening, with 1.6" of snow and ice accumulating by midnight.

1/30/51-Tour Date in Cooksville TX with Jimmie Dickens

1/30/51 CARL SMITH RECORDS THERE'S NOTHING AS SWEET AS MY BABY

January 31 1951- Five inches of snow and ice fall, much of it during the evening, producing a water equivalent of 3.83". This is the greatest one-day precipitation event for January in Nashville's history.

February 1 1951- Precipitation continues at Nashville through the morning, most of it as snow, and finally ends around noon. An additional 5.2" are measured, leaving the city buried under 8" of ice and snow.

February 2 1951- Temperature at Nashville drops to -13, tying the record low for the month.

2/3/51 MGM 10904 DEAR JOHN/COLD COLD HEART RELEASED

EARLY FEB. Hank appears at Boutwell auditorium in Birmingham Alabama with Cowboy Copas

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MONDAY

Hank makes frequent mentions to the cold and snow, also mentions "I go to texas and I come home and I been froze out."  He was in Texas 1/30/51.  Announces "Cold Cold Heart" as just being released-the record was released Feb 3rd.  He also mentions touring the Mother's Best Mill in Alabama-he appeared in Birmingham in early Feb. as well.  This detective work leads me to believe this show was from the first Monday in Feb.

FEB 5 1951 COLD COLD HEART

FEB 5 1951 AUDREY WILLIAMS HONKY TONKIN

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1951 READY TO GO HOME DEMO                                                                                       8:14

2/8/1951-"Homesick" lyrics in Hank's notebook-song later "finished" by Hank Jr.

 

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TUESDAY?

FEB 6 1951 DEAR JOHN

FEB 6 1951 AUDREY WILLIAMS I'M SATISFIED WITH LIFE

FEB 6 1951 SOMETHING GOT A HOLD OF ME WITH AUDREY

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2/10/51 Hank appears on Opry

2/16/51-"Just Waitin" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams & Bob Gazzaway

2/16/51-"Men With Broken Hearts" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

2/16/51-"Cold Cold Heart" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

 

 

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FEB 1951 AT THE FIRST FALL OF SNOW

FEB 1951 AUDREY WILLIAMS I LIKE THAT KIND

FEB 1951 WHEN GOD DIPS HIS LOVE IN MY HEART

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FEB 1951 WEDDING BELLS

FEB 1951 AUDREY WILLIAMS TIGHT WAD DADDY

FEB 1951 WHERE THE SOUL OF MAN NEVER DIES

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FEB 1951 WHY DON'T YOU LOVE ME

FEB 1951 BLUE LOVE IN MY HEART

FEB 1951 DEAR BROTHER

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FEB 1951 FADED LOVE AND WINTER ROSES

FEB 1951 I HEARD MY SAVIOR CALL

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FEB 1951 JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU

FEB 1951 FARTHER ALONG

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FEB 1951 MOVE IT ON OVER

FEB 1951 THY BURDERNS ARE GREATER THAN MINE

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MAR 1951 THERE'S NOTHING AS SWEET AS MY BABY

MAR 1951 WAIT FOR THE LIGHT TO SHINE

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3/2/51-Hank interviewed in Charleston, South Carolina "I reckon they thing I'm something like the Red Cross."

3/3/51 "Dear John" charts in Billboard, peaks at #8

3/51 MGM 10932 JUST WAITIN'/MEN WITH BROKEN HEARTS RELEASED

 

-------------------------------------------------3/16/51 MGM RECORDS SESSION---------------------

Castle Studio, Nashville

Hank Williams-Vocals, Guitar  Jerry Rivers-Fiddle  Don Helms-Steel Guitar  Sammy Pruett-Electric Guitar  Jack Shook-Rhythm Guitar  Ernie Newton or Howard Watts-Bass  Owen Bradley or Fred Rose-Piano

3/16/51 I CAN'T HELP IT IF I'M STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU (Hank Williams)                3:14

3/16/51 HOWLIN' AT THE MOON (Hank Williams)                                                              3:15

3/16/51 HEY GOOD LOOKIN' (Hank Williams)                                                                     3:16

3/16/51 MY HEART WOULD KNOW (Hank Williams)                                                           3:17

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3/17/51 "Cold Cold Heart" charts in Billboard, peaks at #1

 

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Castle Studio, Nashville, session split with Audrey, who recorded a solo single for MGM.

Hank Williams-Vocals, Guitar  Audrey Williams-Vocal  Jerry Rivers-Fiddle  Don Helms-Steel Guitar  Sammy Pruett-Electric Guitar  Jack Shook-Rhythm Guitar  Ernie Newton or Howard Watts-Bass 

3/23/51 PALE HORSE AND HIS RIDER WITH AUDREY (Ervin Staggs/Johnny Bailes)      3:18

3/23/51 A HOME IN HEAVEN WITH AUDREY (Hank Williams)                                          3:19

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3/24/51 Hank appears on The Grand Ole Opry

3/25/51 Hank appears in Evansville Indiana at the Coliseum.

3/27/51-Hank appears in West Frankfort/Decatur, Illinois at Kintner Gymnasium.  Writes 2 sets of lyrics on Hotel Dimmick, West Frankfort Ill. Stationary-"My Head Ran off With My Heart" and an untitled one that begins with "I'm gonna go get me a lawyer."

3/28/51 Hank appears in Centralia Illinois at the Community Center

3/29/51 Hank appears in Paducah Kentucky at the Arena Theater.

3/30/51 Hank appears in Mount Vernon Illinois at the high school auditorium.

3/31/51 Hank appears at the Grand Ole Opry.

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MAR 1951 I CANT HELP IT IF IM STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU

MAR 1951 GATHERING FLOWERS FOR THE MASTERS BOUQUET

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MAR 1951 WHERE THE OLD RED RIVER FLOWS

MAR 1951 THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER

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MAR 1951 ON TOP OF OLD SMOKEY

MAR 1951 PRODIGAL SON

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April 2 1951- A rare late-season winter weather event produces an inch of snow at Nashville. The high of 43 is the lowest high temperature ever recorded on this date.

4/4/51 TONY BENNET COLD COLD HEART

SPRING 1951 JESUS IS CALLING DEMO                                                                              9:5

 

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APR 1951 MAY YOU NEVER BE ALONE

APR 1951 I'LL HAVE A NEW BODY

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APR 1951 NEXT SUNDAY IS MY BIRTHDAY

APR 1951 DECK OF CARDS

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APR 1951 TENNESSEE BORDER

APR 1951 DEAR BROTHER

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APR 1951 PICTURE FROM LIFE'S OTHER SIDE

APR 1951 SING SING SING

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APR 1951 JUST WAITIN

APR 1951 WHEN THE FIRE COMES DOWN FROM HEAVEN

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APR 1951 MY SWEET LOVE AIN'T AROUND

APR 1951 WHERE THE SOUL OF MAN NEVER DIES

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4/1/51-4/6/51 tours with Lefty Frizzell.  According to Lefty's father, Naamon, Hank asks Lefty to "swap songs" with him.  Lefty apparently gives Hank "I Ain't Got Nothin' But Time," a song Lefty listed in an earlier publishing contract-but subsequently dissapeared.  Hank only demos the song.

4/1/51-Hank and Lefty play 2 shows in Little Rock, Arkansas at the Robinson Memorial Audororium.  3 PM and 8 PM shows.

4/2/51 Hank and Lefty play Monroe, Louisiana Neville Auditorium

4/3/51-Baton Rouge, Louisiana Hank and Lefty play a show at a high school auditorium.

4/4/51-Hank and Lefty play Shreveport, Louisiana at the Municipal Auditorium, showtime 8 PM

4/5/51-Hank and Lefty play Corpus Christi, Texas.  Lefty invites Hank to have a shot of whiskey with him.  Hank declines.  Schepps Palms Baseball Park

4/6/51-Hank and Lefty play in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Municipal Auditorium.  Also appearing-Callahan Brothers.

4/7/51 Hank appears on the Grand Ole Opry.

4/11/51-"There's Nothing as Sweet as My Baby" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

 

4/51 I AIN'T GOT NOTHING BUT TIME DEMO                                                                   8:9

4/16/51 GEORGE MORGAN STRANGER IN THE NIGHT

4/23/51-"Howlin at the Moon" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

4/23/51-"Wearin' Out Your Walkin' Shoes" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

4/23/51-"I Can't Help It If I'm Still in Love With You" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

4/24/51 BILL LISTER COUNTRYFIED

4/24/51 BILL LISTER THE LITTLE HOUSE WE BUILT

4/26/51-Hank appears in Birmingham, Alabama Price $1.20, .60 cents for kids under 12

4/27/51 Hank appears in Canton, Ohio

SPRING 1951 WHEN THE BOOK OF LIFE IS READ                                                            9:7

1951 10 LITTLE NUMBERS DEMO                                                                                          8:6

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5/5/51 COLD COLD HEART LIVE ON GOO

5/5/51 DEAR JOHN LIVE ON GOO                                                                                      10:12

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5/6/51 CHARLIE MONROE JESUS IS CALLING

5/51 MGM 10961 HOWLIN' AT THE MOON/I CAN'T HELP IT IF I'M STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU RELEASED

1951 THE ANGEL OF DEATH                                                                                                 8:17

 

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MAY 1951 I CAN'T HELP IT

MAY 1951 WAIT FOR THE LIGHT TO SHINE

--------------------------MOTHER BEST SHOW 39----------------------------------------

MAY 1951 JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU

MAY 1951 I'LL FLY AWAY

---------------------------MOTHERS BEST SHOW 40-------------------------------------

MAY 1951 COLD COLD HEART

MAY 1951 THE OLD COUNTRY CHURCH

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5/12/51-"Cold Cold Heart" hits #1 

5/21/51-5/24/51-Hank in North Louisiana Sanitorium for back treatment and to dry out

5/26/51 "Howlin' at the Moon" charts in Billboard, peaks at #3

5/27 though end of Month-Hank in Nashville

5/31/51-Tony Bennett records "Cold Cold Heart"

---------------------------------6/1/51 MGM RECORDS SESSION---------------------------------------

Castle Studio, Nashville

Hank Williams-Vocal, Guitar  Jerry Rivers-Fiddle  Don Helms-Steel Guitar  Sammy pruett-Electric Guitar  Harold Bradley-Rhythm Guitar  Ernie Newton or Howard Watts-Bass  Possibly Owen Bradley-Organ

6/1/51 RAMBLIN MAN (Hank Williams)                                                                                  3:20

6/1/51 I'VE BEEN DOWN THAT ROAD BEFORE (Hank Williams)                                     3:22

6/1/51 A PICTURE FROM LIFE'S OTHER SIDE (Hank Williams)                                       3:21

6/1/51 I DREAMED ABOUT MAMA LAST NIGHT (Fred Rose)                                           3:23

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6/2/51 COUSIN BENNY INTERVIEW

6/8/51 CARL SMITH RECORDS ME AND MY BROKEN HEART

6/8/51-"A Home in Heaven" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

6/9/51 "I Can't Help It If I'm Still in Love With You" charts in Billboard, peaks at #2

6/16/51-Hank and Audrey's Corrall opens in Nashville-Hank pictured singing with Lefty Frizzell, Roy Acuff, Hank Snow, Red Foley

6/20/51-"A Stranger in the Night" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams and Bill Morgan

6/20/51-"Hey Good Lookin'" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

6/51-Hank plays several dates with Moon Mullican

6/23/51-Hank broadcasts opry segment from Corrall

6/25/51-"My Heart Would Know" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

6/30/51-Hank broadcasts Opry segment from Corall

 

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7/51 WHY DON'T YOU LOVE ME

7/51 COLD COLD HEART

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1951 THY BURDENS ARE GREATER THAN MINE DEMO                                                  8:7

7/51 MGM I DREAMED ABOUT MAMA LAST NIGHT/I'VE BEEN DOWN THAT ROAD BEFORE RELEASED

7/2/51-"The Little House we Built" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams and Don Helms

7/9/51-"I've Been Down That Road Before" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams  

7/12/51 JIMMIE DICKENS RECORDS I WISH YOU DIDN'T LOVE ME SO MUCH

7/14/51 "hey Good Lookin'" charts in Billboard, peaks at #1

7/15/51-Hank Williams Homecoming Celebration in Montgomery Alabama.  Hank Snow, Carter Family appear-Braxton Schuffert performs "Teardrop on a Rose" and "Rockin' Chair Daddy."  Hank allows little boy to sing at the show, he later marries Lycretia.

1951 WEARY BLUES FROM WAITIN DEMO                                                                       9:11

1951 I CAN'T ESCAPE FROM YOU DEMO                                                                          9:10

 

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JUL 1951 MOANIN THE BLUES

JUL 1951 I DREAMED ABOUT MAMA LAST NIGHT

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JUL 1951 I HANG MY HEAD AND CRY

JUL 1951 AT THE CROSS

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JUL 1951 I DREAMED ABOUT MAMA LAST NIGHT

JUL 1951 I HEARD MY SAVIOR CALL

--------------------------------------------------MOTHERS BEST SHOW 44------------------------------

JUL 1951 LOW AND LONELY

JUL 1951 BILL LISTER FOOLISH QUESTIONS

JUL 1951 THE FUNERAL/I STEAL AWAY AND PRAY

-------------------------------------------------MOTHERS BEST SHOW 45-------------------------------

JUL 1951 WHERE THE OLD RED RIVER FLOWS

JUL 1951 WHERE HE LEADS ME I WILL FOLLOW

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7/20/51-Hank Williams plays the Palm Isle in Longview Texas, a club owned by Jack Starnes who at that time is Lefty Frizzell's manager.  Perhaps heads back to Nashville for the Opry with Lefty Frizzell

7/21/51 Lefty Frizzell joins Opry for 8 months-he and Hank share a dressing room

7/22/51 Hank makes 2nd appearance at Sunset Park in West Grove, PA

7/23/51-"Countryfied" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

 

-------------------------------------7/25/51 MGM RECORDS SESSION----------------------------------

Castle Studio, Nashville

7/25/51 I'D STILL WANT YOU #1                                                                                              4:1

7/25/51 LONESOME WHISTLE                                                                                                 4:2

7/25/51 CRAZY HEART                                                                                                               4:3

7/25/51 CRAZY HEART ALTERNATE TAKE

7/25/51 BABY WE'RE REALLY IN LOVE #1 (LOST)

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1951 A FOOL ABOUT YOU DEMO

 

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JUL 1951 IF I DIDN'T LOVE YOU

JUL 1951 WAIT FOR THE LIGHT TO SHINE

-----------------------------------------MOTHERS BEST SHOW 47---------------------------------------

JUL 1951 I JUST DON'T LIKE THIS KIND OF LIVING

JUL 1951 THE PALE HORSE AND HIS RIDER

-------------------------------------------------MOTHERS BEST SHOW 48------------------------------

JUL 1951 IVE BEEN DOWN THAT ROAD BEFORE

JUL 1951 ONE WAY TICKET TO THE SKY

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1951 CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR DEMO                                                                                         8:1

 

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JUL 1951 CALIFPORNIA ZEPHYR

JUL 1951 SOFTLY AND TENDERLY

------------------------------------------MOTHERS BEST SHOW 50--------------------------------------

JUL 1951 CHEROKEE BOOGIE

JUL 1951 THE BEAUTIFIL HOME

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------------------------------------------8/10/51 MGM RECORDS SESSION-----------------------------

Castle Studio, Nashville

8/10/51 IM SORRY FOR YOU MY FRIEND #1                                                                        4:7

8/10/51 HALF AS MUCH                                                                                                             4:4

8/10/51 I'D STILL WANT YOU                                                                                                   4:5

8/10/51 BABY WE'RE REALLY IN LOVE                                                                                  4:6

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8/10/51-"How to Write Folk and Western Music to sell" copyrighted by Jimmy Rule and Hank Williams

8/11/51-"Hey Good Lookin'" hits #1

8/11/51 Lefty Frizzell served papers backstage at Opry for incidents that supposedly inspired Hank to write "I'm Sorry for You My Friend" which he had recorded the day before.8/14/51 Hank's book "How to Write Country and Folk Music to Sell" reviewed in Nashville Banner

8/14/51-Hank begins appearing on the Hadacol Caravan in Lafayette, Louisiana

8/15/51-"Me and My Broken Heart" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

8/16/51-Caravan plays in New Iberia Louisiana

8/17/51-Caravan plays in Thibodeaux Louisiana

8/18/51-Caravan plays in New Orleans

8/19/51-Caravan plays in Hammond

8/24/51-Hadacol Caravan in Macon, GA

8/27/51-"a Picture from Life's Other Side" copyrighted arrangment: Hank Williams

8/28/51-Hadacol Caravan stops in Charlotte, NC

9/1/51-Hank buys farm outside of Nashville

9/5/51-Hadacol Caravan in Columbus, OH

9/7/51-"Ramblin' Man" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

9/7/51-"The Blues Come Around" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

9/13/51 Caravan inKansas City

9/13/51 DAL STALLARD INTERVIEW (?)

9/14/51 Caravan in Wichita Kansas

9/15/51 Hank plays Grand Ole Opry

9/51 MGM 11054 LONESOME WHISTLE/CRAZY HEART RELEASED

9/16/51 Caravan in Oklahoma City

9/17/51 Caravan in Dallas at Sugar Bowl. Caravan ends.

9/17/51 Hank turns 28  

9/18/51 Hank flies back to Nashville in Henry Cannon's (Mr. Minnie Pearl) plane

9/22/51-Grand Ole Opry appearance "Hey Good Lookin'"

9/23/51-Hank signs MGM Movie Contract

 

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SEPT 51 COLD COLD HEART

SEPT 51 FARTHER ALONG

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SEPT 51 LONESOME WHISTLE

SEPT 51 BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE SNIPPET

SEPT 51 GREAT JUDGEMENT MORNING

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SEPT 51 I'LL SAIL MY SHIP ALONE

SEPT 51 I'LL HAVE A NEW BODY

-------------------------------------MOTHERS BEST SHOW 54-------------------------------------------

SEPT 51 HEY GOOD LOOKIN

SEPT 51 SEARCHING FOR A SOLDIERS GRAVE

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9/22/51 HEY GOOD LOOKIN' LIVE ON GOO 10:13

 

-------------------------------------MOTHERS BEST SHOW 55-------------------------------------------

SEPT 51 LONESOME WHISTLE

SEPT 51 I'M BOUND FOR THE PROMISED LAND

--------------------------------------MOTHERS BEST SHOW 56------------------------------------------

SEPT 51 JUST WAITIN

SEPT 51 FROM JERUSALEM TO JERICHO

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SEPT 51 DEAR JOHN

SEPT 51 I'LL FLY AWAY

------------------------------------------------MOTHERS BEST 59------------------------------------------

SEPT 51 WHY SHOULD I TRY ANYMORE

SEPT 51 AUDREY WILLIAMS LOW AND LONELY

SEPT 51 JESUS DIED FOR ME

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SEPT 51 DEAR JOHN

SEPT 51 AUDREY WILLIAMS IF YOU WANT SOME LOVING

SEPT 51 I HEARD MY MOTHER PRAYING FOR ME

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SEPT 51 MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS

SEPT 51 I DREAMED ABOUT MAMA

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SEPT 51 LONG GONE LONESOME BLUES

SEPT 51 AUDREY WILLIAMS-I HEARD YOU CRYING IN YOUR SLEEP

SEPT 51 LONELY TOMBS

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SEPT 51 IM SO LONESOME I COULD CRY

SEPT 51 I HEARD MY SAVIOUR CALL

-----------------------------------------------------------MOTHERS BEST 64-------------------------------

SEPT 51 MY SWEET LOVE AINT AROUND

SEPT 51 I SAW THE LIGHT

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SEPT 51 I CAN'T TELL MY HEART THAT

SEPT 51 LORD TAKE MY HAND

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SEPT 51 I BLOTTED OUT YOUR HAPPY SCHOOL DAYS

SEPT 51 DUST ON THE BIBLE

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SEPT 51 HAVE I TOLD YOU LATELY THAT I LOVE YOU

SEPT 51 WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN

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SEPT 51 I CANT HELP IT IF IM STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU

SEPT 51 LONELY TOMBS

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10/3/51-"Jesus is Calling" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams and Charlie Monroe 

10/6/51 ZEB TURNER CRAZY HEART

FALL 1951-Hank writes recitaion "Little Bocephus" later recorded by Audrey

10/9/51-Lyrics to "Heart Filled With Hate," unrecorded and unpublished song, typed on Hank and Audrey's Corrall letterhead.

10/10/51-"Lonesome Whistle" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams and Jimmie Davis

10/11/51-Hank in New York City for Perry Como Show writes lyrics for unpublished song called "I Thank My God for You" on King Edward Hotel stationary  Lyrics may be mis-dated as Hank apparently appeared on Como in November.

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10/13/51 AUDREY WILLIAMS LEAVE US WOMEN ALONE

10/13/51 AUDREY WILLIAMS IF YOU SEE MY BABY

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10/51 RUSTY GABBARD I CAN'T ESCAPE FROM YOU

10/14/51 JIMMIE DAVIS FOREVER'S A LONG TIME

10/14/51 JIMMIE DAVIS BAYOU PON PON

10/16/51 RAY PRICE WEARY BLUES FROM WAITING

10/17/51-"Baby We're Really in Love" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

10/20/51 "Crazy Heart" charts in Billboard, peaks at #4

10/20/51 "Lonesome River" charts in Billboard, peaks at #9

10/25/51 THERE'S A TEAR IN MY BEER DEMO                                                                  9:1

10/25/51 ALL THE LOVE I EVER HAD DEMO                                                                      8:18

10/26/51 BILL LISTER TEAR IN MY BEER

10/27/51-Billboard Magazine article "H. Williams Clefs 22Hillbilly Toppers"

October 31 1951- Nashville measures 2.30" of rain.

11/3/51-Tony Bennett "Cold Cold Heart" hits #1

11/9/51 HOMER AND JETHRO COLD COLD HEART #2

11/9/51-MGM RELEASES "HANK WILLIAMS SINGS"-AN 8 SONG (4 SINGLES) ALBUM.

11/14/51 Hank appears on Perry Como Show in New York, sings 'Hey Good Lookin'"

11/16/51-Hank returns to farm from trip to New York

11/17/51-Interview for Billboard Magazine while in New York printed, reports Hank had 'returned to his farm" the previous day. 

11/51 MGM 11120 BABY WE'RE REALLY IN LOVE/I'D STILL WANT YOU RELEASED

11/21/51-"I Can't Escape From You" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

11/24/51 HANK INTROS RAY PRICE ON OPRY

11/28/51-"I Wish You Didn't Love Me So Much" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

11/28/51-"Weary Blues From Waiting" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

11/51 Hank injures back on his farm hunting with Jerry Rivers.

12/51 MARCH OF DIMES SHORT SPOT

12/5/51-"Alone and Forsaken" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

12/5/51-"I'd Still Want You" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

12/5/51-"I'm Sorry for You My Friend" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

 

----------------------------------------------------12/11/51 MGM RECORDS SESSION-----------------

Castle Studio, Nashville

12/11/51 HONKY TONK BLUES #4                                                                                          4:8

12/11/51 LET'S TURN BACK THE YEARS #2                                                                          4:9

12/11/51 I'M SORRY FOR YOU MY FRIEND #2

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12/13/51-Hank undergoes a "spine fusion" at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville

December 14 1951- Nashville gets soaked with 2.91" of rainfall.

12/19/51-"Bayou Pon Pon" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams and Jimmie Davis

12/22/51 "Baby We're Really in Love" charts in Billboard, peaks at #4

12/24/51-Hank released from Hospital

12/51 APOLOGY #1

12/51 APOLOGY #2

12/30/51-Audrey leaves Hank

12/31/51-"Lonesome Whistle" copyrighted again Words & music: Hank Williams and Jimmie Davis

12/31/51-"Forever's a Long Long Time" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams and Jimmie Davis

1/3/52-Hank moves out of his house on Franklin Road and into the Andrew Jackson Hotel. then to Montgomery.

1/10/52-Audrey files for "seperate maintenance" soon changed to divorce

1/14/52 JIMMIE SKINNER-WHEN THE BOOK OF LIFE IS READ

1/14/52-1/17/52-Hank moves to 2718 Westwood in Nashville with room mate Ray Price

1/52 MGM 11160 HONKY TONK BLUES/I'M SORRY FOR YOU MY FRIEND RELEASED

1/28/52-Hank leaves for Richmond Virginia show

1/29/52-Hank plays show at The Mosque (now the Landmark Theater) in Richmond, Virginia

1/30/52-Edith Lindemann reviews Hank's Richmond Virginia show in the Times Dispatch.  She didn't enjoy the show.

1/30/52-Hank plays at the Mosque in Richmond Virginia, opening with "Mind Your Own Business" dedicated to a "certain lady writer."

2/8/52 RAY PRICE I LOST THE ONLY LOVE I EVER KNEW

February 13 1951- F4 tornado tears through Moore and Franklin Counties, moving through or near Lois, Marble Hill, Beech Hill, Marble Plains, and Decherd. There is damage to 109 farms. Hundreds of trees are downed in Lois and Marble Hill. Over a hundred homes are damaged or destroyed in Franklin County. A church, a school, a store, and a home are destroyed at Beech Hill. Two people are killed in Marble Plains, and one more in Dechard. Storm continues into Grundy County, producing an F2 which rips a path from Monteagle to Tracy City. The damage in Monteagle is estimated at $110,000, and $90,000 in Tracy City. About 150 buildings are affected. One person is injured in each town. A total of 4 fatalities are reported in the three counties, with 46 injuries. Overall, 5 tornadoes are reported across Middle Tennessee, the 10th largest tornado outbreak in mid state history.

3/52-Hank answers Audrey's divorce complaint

3/1/52 "Honky Tonk Blues" charts in Billboard, peaks at #2

3/3/52-Hank hangs around Acuff-Rose office until Fred Rose runs him off.

3/3/52-"Let's Turn Back the Years" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

3/3/52-"When the Book of Life is Read" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

3/11/52 Hank broadcasts from WSM Studio C

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3/22/52-Uncle Dave Macon dies, Hank dedicates hymn to him on Opry.  Unclear if "let the Spirit Descend" is the hymn.

3/22/52 HONKY TONK BLUES LIVE ON GOO                                                                  10:14

3/22/52 LET THE SPIRIT DESCEND LIVE ON GOO                                                         10:15

3/22/52 COLD COLD HEART LIVE ON GOO                                                                     10:16

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3/25/52 Hank travels to New York with June Carter, Carl Smith, and Roy Acuff

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3/26/52 HEY GOOD LOOKIN ON KATE SMITH

3/26/52 I SAW THE LIGHT ON KATE SMITH

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MAY-JUNE 1952 COVER OF COUNTRY SONG ROUNDUP

4/1/52 ARE YOU WALKING AND A TALKING FOR THE LORD RADIO                        9:21

4/3/52-Hank agrees to Audrey's divorce conditions, signs settlement.

4/4/52 DRIFTING TOO FAR FROM THE SHORE RADIO BROADCAST                       9:26

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4/5/52 BABY WE'RE REALLY IN LOVE ON GOO                                                               10:17

4/5/52 I CAN'T HELP IT IF I'M STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU ON GOO

4/5/52 OLD COUNTRY CHURCH ON GOO                                                                        10:18

4/5/52 COMEDY WITH ROD BRASFIELD ON OPRY

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4/14/52 Hank appears in San Jose, California

4/15/52-Hank appears in Oakland, CA

4/15/52-Hank interviewed by Ralph J Gleason in Oakland CA

4/16/52-Hank attends MGM record distributors convention in Los Angeles

4/17/52-Hank has a meeting with MGM Movie studios in LA

4/18/52-appears with Tex Williams at Riverside Ranchero Clubin Los Angeles.  Famous Music Note Suit photo taken at this show. 

4/19/52-Hank appears in Bakersfield, CA-tells Minnie Pearl "There Ain't No Light"

4/52 I CRIED AGAIN                                                                                                                  9:23

4/52 WILD SIDE OF LIFE                                                                                                         9:24

1952 JAMBALAYA DEMO                                                                                                       8:13

1952 IF YOU'LL BE A BABY TO ME DEMO

4/52 Bobbie Jett tells Hank she is pregnant with his child

4/21/52 "You'll Never Again be Mine" unpublished lyrics written in the Hotel Astor, New York City

----------------------------4/23/52 KATE SMITH SHOW-----------------------------

4/23/52 COLD COLD HEART ON KATE SMITH

4/23/52 I CAN'T HELP IT IF IM STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU ON KATE SMITH

4/23/52 GLORY BOUND TRAIN ON KATE SMITH

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1952 ARE YOU WALKING AND A TALKING FOR THE LORD DEMOS                         9:12

1952 YOU BETTER KEEP IT ON YOUR MIND DEMO                                                         8:3

1952 LOW DOWN BLUES                                                                                                          8:5

4/29/52-Hank appears in Beaumont TX

4/30/52-5/2/52-Hank tours Texas with Carl Smith, ernest Tubb, The Carter Family, Lew Chidre, Danny Dill.  The play Chorpus Christie, Houston

5/3/52 "Half as Much" charts in Billboard, peaks at #2

5/5/52-Hank appears in Toronto, Canada

5/6/52-Hank appears in Dundas, Canada

5/10/52-Hank appears on the Grand Ole Opry

5/11/52-Hank spends mothers day with Lillie, Lycretia, hank Jr. at his home on Westwood.

5/17/52-Hank appears in Dallas Texas 

5/18/52-5/24/52-Hank heads to Las Vegas to play New Frontier Club-engagement cancelled due to Hank's drinking.

5/28/52-Hank signs divorce papers

5/29/52-Hank and Audrey's divorce final.

6/1/52-6/7/52 Hank tours Indiana and Illinois

6/4/52-Hank appears on cover of Pathfinder magazinewith interview.

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Castle Studio, Nashville

6/13/52 WINDOW SHOPPING                                                                                                 4:10

6/13/52 JAMBALAYA                                                                                                                4:11

6/13/52 SETTIN THE WOODS ON FIRE                                                                               4:12

6/13/52 I'LL NEVER GET OUT OF THIS WORLD ALIVE                                                    4:13

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6/14/52-Hank meets his second wife, Billie Jean Jones at the Grand Ole Opry

June 15 1952- The temperature at Nashville climbs to 100 degrees -- the earliest date ever for a 100 degree reading.

6/16/52 Hank meets with MGM movie executives about movie contract.

6/17/52 MGM cancels Hank's movie contract.

6/52 PAPPY MCCORMACK ADS

June 30 1952- Temperature at Nashville reaches 106, setting a record high for the month. It also marks the 8th consecutive day of 100+ readings, a record.

JULY-AUG 1952 COVER OF COUNTRY SONG ROUNDUP

July 3 1952- The temperature at Nashville hits 94 degrees, the 31st consecutive day with 90+ degree readings, a record. The average high temperature during this remarkable stretch is 97.3 degrees.

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7/5/52 JAMBALAYA ON OPRY

7/5/52 HALF AS MUCH ON OPRY

7/5/52 WINDOW SHOPPING ON OPRY

7/5/52 LONG GONE LONESOME BLUES ON OPRY

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7/8/52 RAY PRICE I CAN'T ESCAPE FROM YOU

7/10/52-Hank and Audrey are divorced.

 

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Castle Studio, Nashville

7/11/52 YOU WIN AGAIN                                                                                                         4:14

7/11/52 I WON'T BE HOME NO MORE                                                                                 4:15

7/11/52 BE CAREFUL OF STONES THAT YOU THROW                                                   4:16

7/11/52 WHY DON'T YOU MAKE UP YOUR MIND                                                             4:17

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7/12/52 JAMBALAYA ON GOO

7/12/52 WINDOW SHOPPING ON GOO

7/12/52 HONKY TONKIN ON GOO

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7/13/52 HANK WILLIAMS LIVE AT SUNSET PARK (An audience recording of one of his shows this day exists-the tape is about thirty minutes long-Hank plays Jambalaya and explains exactly what it is to the audience, tells some jokes, and sounds like he's in a great mood).  His contract called for him to play 3 sets that Sunday afternoon in July.  Jerry Rivers and Don Helms were with him.  Local musicians Roy Perkins played bass and Bobby Montgomery played rhythm guitar.  Melvin Price, a musician in a local band, made the recording. 

7/18/52 MGM 11283 JAMBALAYA/WINDOW SHOPPING RELEASED

MID JULY-Ray Price moves out of house on Westwood

MID JULY Hank and Billie Jean travel to Shreveport

July 26 1952- One of the most notorious heat waves assaults Nashville with its first of four consecutive daily record high temperatures. Today, the murcury rises to 103 degrees. The air mass is unusually dry, though, with a temperature range of 40 degrees, following a pleasant morning low of 63.

July 27 1952- Temperature at Nashville reaches 107, setting an all-time record high. Other record highs include Dickson (109), and Clarksville (110), which comes within 3 degrees of tying the all-time record high for Tennessee (Perryville, 8/9/40).

July 28 1952- Temperature at Nashville reaches 107 for the 2nd consecutive day. All-time record highs are set at Centerville, Columbia, and Palmetto (109), Shelbyville (107), Smithville (105), Springfield (106), Tullahoma (106), and Monteagle (101).

7/28/52-"Jambalaya" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

8/2/52-Hank misses Opry appearance

8/3/52-Hank appears for the last time at Sunset Park in West Grove, PA

August 3 1952- Record-breaking heat wave persists across middle Tennessee. Temperature at Nashville climbs to 100 degrees.

8/5/52 Carl Smith and Jim Denny drive to Hank's house to warn him if he doesn't make his 8/9 appearanceon the Friday Night Frolics, he'd be fired from all his WSM programs.  Hank relates coversation to Horace Logan-Jim Denney told Hank "You've got too much going for you Hank," to which Hank replied,"You really think so, huh?  well, that's funny 'cause I don't feel like I got nothin'"

8/10/52-Hank fired from Opry and WSM

8/12/52-Johnnie wright drives Hank to Montgomery

8/15/52-Homecoming show in Greenville, Alabama

8/15/52-Hank purchases car he will die in

8/52 MGM 11309 BE CAREFUL OF STONES THAT YOU THROW/WHY DON'T YOU MAKE UP YOUR MIND RELEASED

8/16/52-Hank goes to Camp Kawliga near Alexander City, alabama for a vacation.  Bobbie Jett meets him there.

8/16/52 "Jambalaya" charts in Billboard, peaks at #1

8/17/52 On a drunk, Hank comes up with idea for the song Kawliga.  He is later arrested in Alexander City for public drunkeness at a hotel-the famous photo of Hank shirtless was taken as he was let out of jail from this episode.

8/25/52-Hank returns to Montgomery

9/3/52-"You Win Again" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

9/4/52-Fred Rose flies to Montgomery to prepare songs for Hank's next session

9/4/52 YOUR CHEATING HEART DEMO                                                                               8:2

9/4/52 I COULD NEVER BE ASHAMED OF YOU DEMO                                                    8:16

9/4/52 KAW LIGA DEMO                                                                                                          8:15

9/6/52-"Jambalaya" hits #1

9/52 MGM 11318 SETTIN THE WOODS ON FIRE/YOU WIN AGAIN RELEASED

9/8/52-Hank sells his farm

9/10/52-Hank starts 2 week tour of Louisiana and Texas

9/12/52-MGM RELEASES "HANK WILLIAMS MOANIN THE BLUES" 8 SONG (2 SINGLES) ALBUM 

9/13/52-Hank makes suprise appearance on Louisiana Hayride according to Tilman Franks

9/15/52-"There's a Tear in My Beer" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

9/15/52-"I Won't Be Home No More" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

9/17/52-Hank spends 29th birthday in Austin, TX

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9/20/52 JAMBALAYA ON LOUISIANA HAYRIDE.  Hank also performs "settin' the Woods on Fire." Only a recording of Jambalaya apparently survives. 

9/21/52-Hank and Billie Jean travel to Nashville from Shreveport

9/52 RED SOVINE IF YOU'LL BE A BABY TO ME

 

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Castle Studio, Nashville

9/23/52 YOUR CHEATING HEART                                                                                         4:19

9/23/52 I COULD NEVER BE ASHAMED OF YOU                                                               4:18

9/23/52 KAW LIGA                                                                                                                     4:20

9/23/52 TAKE THESE CHAINS FROM MY HEART                                                             4:21

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9/24/52 Hank and Billie Jean return to Shreveport

9/24/52-Hank signs three year contract with Louisiana Hayride.

9/25/52-Billie Jean files for divorce from her first husband

9/28/52-Allen Rankin writes article in Montgomery paper detailing the history of the song "Jambalaya," and reports Lillie's story of hearing Hank and Fred Rose writing "Your Cheating Heart"

10/6/52-"I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams and Fred Rose

10/6/52-"Please Make Up Your Mind" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

10/11/52 "Settin' the Woods on Fire" charts in Billboard, peaks at #2

10/12/52 FARON YOUNG GOIN' STEADY

10/13/52-Hank and Billie Jean apply for marraige license in Bossier City, Louisiana

10/15/52-Hank signs Jett Williams pre-birth agreement in Montgomery

10/52 In store appearance at Hayes Record shop, Austin Texas.

10/18/52-Hank secretly marries Billie Jean in a private ceremony after a Louisiana Hayride appearance.

10/19/52 Hank marries Billie Jean in New Orleans public ceremony

10/31/52 Hank in Sanitarium to dry out

10/31/52-"I Could never Be Ashamed of You" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

10/31/52-"I Lost the Only Love I Ever Knew" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams and Don Helms

10/31/52-"Your Cheatin' Heart" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

11/2/52-Hank starts a tour for a few days with Red Sovine in Houma, Louisiana. who reports later he thinks Hank had a heart attack on the tour but didn't seem to care.  The tour plays New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette Louisiana

11/11/52 Hank appears in Wichita Kansas 

11/12/52 Hank appears in Oklahoma City, OK where he meets quack doctor Toby Marshall

11/15/52 "You Win Again" charts in Billboard, peaks at #10

11/52 MGM 11366 I'LL NEVER GET OUT OF THIS WORLD ALIVE/I COULD NEVER BE ASHAMED OF YOU RELEASED

11/27/52 Hank returns to the sanitarium

12/2/52-"Are You Walking and a Talking for the Lord" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

12/2/52-"Kaw-Liga" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams and Fred Rose

12/5/52 CURLEY WILLIAMS WHEN YOU'RE TIRED OF BREAKING OTHER'S HEARTS

12/6/52-Hank plays the Big D Jamboree in Dallas, Texas

12/7/52-Hank plays Biloxi Mississippi

12/8/52-Hank appears in Gulfport Mississippi, drunk at show

12/11/52-Hank returned to sanitarium-walks out in the afternoon to be arrested in downtown Shreveport for public drunkeness-returned to sanitarium.

12/13/52-Released from sanitarium, plays Louisiana Hayride

12/14/52-Hank plays Houston with Billy Walker

12/15/52-Hank plays Victoria Texas, Lillie joins tour

12/16/52-Hank in Waco Texas

12/19/52-Hank plays Slyline Club in Austin, Texas.  Tommy Hill and Justin Tubb who were there report Hank played from 8 PM to well after 1 AM, and did quite a few gospel songs.

12/20/52 Hank plays the Louisiana Hayride for the last time

12/20/52 "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive" charts in Billboard, peaks at #1

12/20/52 heads to Montgomery

12/21/52 LOG TRAIN DEMO 8:20

12/21/52 Hank heads to greenville Alabama

12/22/52-Hank sings for his cousin at their store in Greenville-"Your Cheatin' Heart," "Kawliga," "Log Train"  Returns to Montgomery

12/25/52-Hank goes to visit his father on Christmas-father, not having a phone, didn't know Hank was coming and was not at home.  Hank leaves a box of chocolates and scrawls a note into the celophane.  Hank's father holds onto that celophane until the day he dies. 

12/27/52-Hank and Bobbie Jean attend the Blue-Grey football game in Montgomery, leave at Halftime

12/28/52 Hank plays private Musicians Union benefit in Montgomery at the Elite Cafe.  Last known photo of Hank alive taken at the show.  Performs "Jambalaya," "You Win Again," Cold Cold Heart, " and "Lovesick Blues"

12/29/52 Alabama Journal newspaper reports Hank is home for the holidays

12/30/52 Alabama Journal reports on the Musicians Union appearance.

12/30/52 Hank and Charles Carr leave Montgomery headed for Charleston, WV

1/1/53-Hank discovered dead in back seat of car.

1/4/53 FUNERAL IN MONTGOMERY

1/30/53 MGM  KAW-LIGA/YOUR CHEATIN HEART  released.

2/21/53 "Your Cheatin' Heart" charts in Billboard, peaks at #1

2/21/53 "Kaw-Liga" charts in Billboard, peaks at #1

3/23/53-"If You'll Be a Baby to Me" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

0 I'M SO LONESOME I COULD CRY LIVE ON OPRY

April 13 1950A cold outbreak produces the lowest high, low, and mean temperatures ever observed on this date at Nashville. The high is 42, with a low of 27, producing a mean temperature of 35 degrees.

4/15/50 Hank, staying at Tulane Hotel in Nashville after fight with Audrey, sets bed on fire with cigarette after fallling asleep.

4/15/50 "My Son Calls Another Man Daddy" charts in Billboard, peaks at #9

4/16/50 Nashville Tennessean reports events of 4/15/50

4/22/50-"Long Gone Lonesome Blues" hits #1 

5/50 MGM 10696 WHY DON'T YOU LOVE ME/A HOUSE WITHOUT LOVE RELEASED

5/6/50-Hank appears at Natatorium Park, Spokane, WA with Roy Acuff

5/8/50-Hank appears in Ottawa Canada

5/14/50-Hank appears at Radio Ranch Park, Williamsport, PA

5/26/50-Hank Jr.'s First Birthday

5/27/50-Family photo session at Franklin Road home

5/27/50 "Why Don't You Love Me" charts in Billboard, peaks at #1

5/31/50-Hank appears in Shreveport with Minnie Pearl, Oak Ridge Quartet

6/2/50-6/7/50-Hank and Cowboy Copas appear in St. Louis

6/05/50 CURLEY WILLIAMS RECORDS HONEY DO YOU LOVE ME HUH

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6/10/50 LONG GONE LONESOME BLUES LIVE ON OPRY                                                 10:7

6/10/50 WHY DON'T YOU LOVE ME LIKE YOU USED TO DOLIVE                                    10:8

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1950 WEARING OUT YOUR WALKING SHOES DEMO                                                           9:6

6/1950 MGM 10718 TOO MANY PARTIES AND TOO MANY PALS/EVERYTHING'S OKAY-LUKE THE DRIFTER RELEASED

 

-------------------------------------6/14/50 MGM RECORDS SESSION----------------------------------

Castle Studio, Nashville-Split session with Rusty Gabbard.

Hank Williams-Vocal, Guitar  Jerry Rivers-Fiddle  Don Helms-Steel Guitar  Sammy Pruett-Electric Guitar  Probably Rusty Gabbard-Rhythm Guitar  Ernie Newton-Bass

6/14/50 THEY'LL NEVER TAKE HER LOVE FROM ME (Leon Payne)

6/14/50 HONKY TONK BLUES' #3 (LOST) (Hank Williams)

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1950 I'M GOING HOME DEMO                                                                                                  8:12

6/17/50-"Why Don't You Love Me" hits #1

6/19/50-6/22/50-Hank appears in Amarillo TX

7/4/50-Hank appears in Ft. Worth TX at North Side Coliseum

7/5/50-7/6/50-Hank appears at Jack Ruby's "Silver Spur" club in Dallas

7/5/50 RED KIRK RECORDS NEVER BEEN SO LONESOME

7/7/50-Hank appears in Waco TX

7/8/50-Hank misses scheduled show in Greenville TX due to drinking

SUMMER 1950 SING SING SING DEMO                                                                                 9:9

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8/4/50 THEY'LL NEVER TAKE HER LOVE FROM ME LIVE ON WSM                               9:20

8/12/50-birthday party for Lycretia at the home on Franklin Road-Fred Rose attends as do a bunch of Lyrcretia's school friends.  Photographer present.

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8/12/50 WHY DON'T YOU LOVE ME LIKE YOU USED TO DO LIVE ON GOO

8/12/50 THEY'LL NEVER TAKE HER LOVE FROM ME LIVE ON GOO                            10:6

8/12/50 COMEDY WITH MINNIE PEARL LIVE ON GOO

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8/13/50-Hank appears in Springfield, Ohio

8/14/50-Hank appears in Youngstown, OH

8/15/50 Hank appears in Akron, OH

8/16/50-Hank appears in New Lewiston, PA

8/17/50-Hank appears in Richfield, VA (Richmond VA according to Koon/Pinson)

8/18/50-Hank returns to Nashville

8/19/50-Hank appears on Grand Ole Opry

1950 NEATH A COLD GRAY TOMB OF STONE SOLO DEMO                                             9:14

8/25/50 MGM  THEY'LL NEVER TAKE HER LOVE FROM ME/WHY SHOULD WE TRY ANYMORE RELEASED

8/27/50-Hank plays in Natural Chimneys Park, Mt. Solon, VA

 

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Castle Studio, Nashville

Hank Williams-Vocals, Guitar  Jerry Rivers-Fiddle  Don Helms-Steel Guitar  Sammy Pruett-Electric Guitar  Probably Jack Shook-Rhythm Guitar  Ernie Newton or Howard Watts-Bass  Fred Rose or Owen Bradley-Organ.  Possibly Farris Coursey-Drums on "Moanin the Blues"   

8/31/50 NOBODYS LONESOME FOR ME (Hank Williams)                                                     3:6

8/31/50 MOANIN THE BLUES (Hank Williams)                                                                          3:7

8/31/50 HELP ME UNDERSTAND (Hank Williams)                                                                    3:8

8/31/50 NO NO JOE (Fred Rose)                                                                                                  3:9

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9/50-Audrey in hospital for what is later revealed "a botched abortion" according to Hank's divorce cross-complaint.

1950 THERE'S NOTHING AS SWEET AS MY BABY DEMO                                                 9:8

09/3/50-Hank makes first appearance at Sunset Park,West Grove, PA

September 7 1950Nashville is drenched with 2.06" of rain -- the most ever received on this date. The high temperature tops out at 64 degrees, which is the lowest high temperature ever observed on this date.

9/17/50 Hank turns 27  

9/19/50-9/22/50-Hank performs in Amarillo TX

9/20/50 TEX RITTER  RECORDS WEARING OUT YOUR WALKING SHOES

9/24/50-Hank appears in New Orleans

10/50 MGM 10806 NO NO JOE/HELP ME UNDERSTAND RELEASED

10/50 MGM 10813 I HEARD MY MOTHER PRAYING FOR ME/JESUS REMEMBERED ME RELEASED

10/7/50-billboard Magazine runs ad announcing Hank's TV show on WSM in Nashville

10/7/50 "They'll Never Take Her Love From Me" charts in Billboard, peaks at #5

10/14/50 "Why Should We Try Anymore" charts in Billboard, peaks at #9

10/20/50 CHARLIE MONROE 'NEATH A COLD GRAY TOMB OF STONE

10/20/20 CHARLIE MONROE SING SING SING

11/50 MGM 10832 MOANIN' THE BLUES/NOBODY'S LONESOME FOR ME RELEASED

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11/11/50 MOANIN THE BLUES LIVE ON GOO                                                                   10:10

11/11/50 NOBODYS LONESOME FOR ME LIVE ON GOO                                               10:11

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11/18/50 "Moainin' the Blues" charts in Billboard, peaks at #1

11/18/50 "Nobody's Lonesome For Me" charts in Billboard, peaks at #9

11/22/50-"You've Been Lonesome Too" unpublished song lyrics in Hank's notebook.

11/23/50-"Cold Cold Heart" lyrics written in Hank's notebook.

November 24 1950Nashville records greatest one-day snowfall for November, measuring 7.2".

November 25 1950Temperature at Nashville drops to -1, setting a record low for the month.

12/3/50-Hank appears in Toledo, OH

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12/50 MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS RADIO BROADCAST

12/50 HELP ME UNDERSTAND RADIO BROADCAST

12/50 WHEN GOD DIPS HIS LOVE IN MY HEART RADIO BROADCAST

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12/10/50-Hank appears in Atlanta

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Castle Studio, Nashville

Hank Williams-Vocal, Guitar  Jerry Rivers-Fiddle  Don Helms- Steel Guitar  Sammy Pruett-electric/rhythm guitar  Chet Atkins-Electric Guitar  Ernie Newton or Howard Watts-Bass  Owen bradley or Fred Rose-Piano

12/21/50 COLD COLD HEART (Hank Williams)                                                                       3:10

12/21/50 DEAR JOHN (Aubrey Gass)                                                                                        3:11

12/21/50 JUST WAITING (Hank Williams/Bob Gazzaway)                                                       3:12

12/21/50 MEN WITH BROKEN HEARTS (Hank Williams)                                                       3:13

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12/29/50-"How can you refuse him now?" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

12/30/50-"Why should I cry?" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

12/30/50-"Moanin' the Blues" hits #1

12/30/50-12/31/50-Hank appears with Hank Snow in Indianapolis

 

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1/6/51 MOANIN THE BLUES LIVE ON GOO

1/6/51 NOBODY'S LONESOME FOR ME LIVE ON GOO

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Mother's Best shows are first transcribed, most likely in batches (multiple shows recorded at once) to play on-air when Hank is on the road.  The show airs at 7:15 AM on WSM-AM.  I have seen two different dates listed for the initial batch's recording-the 8th and 9th of January 1951, but considering 1/6/51 was a Saturday, I will assume they were recorded on Sunday, 1/7/51 for broadcast over the next few weeks. 

One way to track the air dates of these (or the approximate air-dates) is when Hank actually mentions the date, as he does for the 1/12/51 show before the band plays an old fiddle tune called "The 8th of January."  Hank mentions that it is the 12th of January, so that's close enough to play the song.  Other means of surmising include paying attention to Hank's record release dates (when he first plays "Cold Cold Heart" on show 20, and then Dear John on show 21, and he announces those records have just been released on MGM, it's safe to assume the shows were aired soon after Cold Cold Heart/Dear John was released in early Feb. 1951.) 

There are other instances when Hank tells the audience to have a good weekend, so I can assume that show aired on a Friday.  It's also interesting to note the comings and goings of Audrey-I would assume when she is present, she's gonna appear-hence her appearance and exit may mark one batch of sessions.  I have also tracked down significant weather events in Nashville for the period, as Hank mentions the weather every once in awhile on the shows. 

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MONDAY

Hank talks about how bad he is at Bird Hunting during this show.

1/8/51 THE BLIND CHILD

1/8/51 WHEN GOD DIPS HIS LOVE IN MY HEART

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1/8/51-"The Sermon on the Mountain" unpublished lyrics in Hank's notebook

1/8/51-"For Me There is No Place" lyrics in Hank's notebook.

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TUESDAY

Hank mentions Carl Smith is present in the studio-but he can't do anything on air because the budget won't allow it.  Carl is referred to as "Carl Overlooked an Orchid" Smith.

1/9/51 WHERE THE OLD RED RIVER FLOWS

1/9/51 HOW CAN YOU REFUSE HIM NOW

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WEDNSDAY

Hank mentions "Moanin' the Blues" is one of the "Top Tunes in the Country"

1/10/51 MOANIN' THE BLUES

1/10/51 AUDREY WILLIAMS HONKY TONKIN

1/10/51 I'LL HAVE A NEW BODY

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THURSDAY

When introducing Alabama Waltz Hank mentions he wrote the song, and if anyone "wants it" to let him know-he acknowledges the song has been written inspired by the Tennessee Waltz.

 1/11/51 ALABAMA WALTZ

1/11/51 LORD BUILD ME A CABIN

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FRIDAY

During the shows Audrey doesn't appear, the band plays a short instrumental.  The instrumental on this show is "The 8th of January," an old fiddle tune-Hank mentions that it is "the 12th of January, so we're close enough."

1/12/51 NOBODY'S LONESOME FOR ME

1/12/51 GATHERING FLOWERS FOR THE MASTERS BOUQUET

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MONDAY?

1/15/51 MANSION ON THE HILL

1/15/51 AUDREY WILLIAMS I LIKE THAT KIND

1/15/51 AUDREY WILLIAMS HOW CAN YOU REFUSE HIM NOW

--------------------------------------------------1/16/51? MOTHERS BEST SHOW-----------------------

TUESDAY?

Before Audrey sings Hank's "Why Should I Cry," he mentions "I wrote this back in 1941 or 1942.  My good friend Braxton Schufort recorded it back a short time ago."

1/16/51 EVERYTHING'S OKAY

1/16/51 AUDREY WILLIAMS WHY SHOULD I CRY

1/16/51 I HEARD MY MOTHER PRYING FOR ME WITH AUDREY

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WEDNSDAY?

Special guest Joe Rumore, an announcer from Birmingham Alabama that also does a Mother's Best show on a different station.  During Audrey's performance of "Tigh Wad Daddy" Hank can be heard making wisecracks off mic in answer to the song's lyrics.

1/17/51 NOBODY'S LONESOME FOR ME

1/17/51 AUDREY WILLIAMS TIGHT WAD DADDY

1/17/51 I'LL HAVE A NEW BODY

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1/17/51 "Searching in Vain," unpublished song lyrics in Hank's notebook.

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FRIDAY

Hank wishes everyone a good weekend.

1/18/51 MOVE IT ON OVER

1/18/51 AUDREY WILLIAMS I'M SATISFIED WITH LIFE

1/18/51 I SAW THE LIGHT

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MONDAY?

Hank complains about his out of tune guitar that he says he told the guitar salesman "wasn't worth 2 and a half."

1/19/51 SEAMAN'S BLUES

1/19/51 AUDREY WILLIAMS BLUES IN MY MIND

1/19/51 SOMETHING GOT A HOLD OF ME WITH AUDREY

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TUESDAY?

1/22/51 BLUE EYES CRYING IN THE RAIN

1/22/51 AUDREY WILLIAMS BONAPARTES RETREAT

1/22/51 I'VE JUST TOLD MAMA GOODBYE

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WEDNSDAY?

Hank mentions "Calling You" was written "7 years ago" putting it's date of origin at 1944

1/23/51 ON THE BANKS OF THE OLD PONCHARTRAIN

1/23/51 AUDREY WILLIAMS BLUE LOVEIN MY HEART

1/23/51 CALLING YOU

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1/24/51-"Sing, sing, sing" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

 

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THURSDAY?

Audrey dedicates "Model-T Love" to Cedric-Hank seems surly the rest of the show.

1/51 MY SWEET LOVE AIN'T AROUND

1/51 AUDREY WILLIAMS MODEL T LOVE

1/51 WHERE THE SOUL OF MAN NEVER DIES

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FRIDAY?

1/51 PINS AND NEEDLES

1/51 AUDREY WILLIAMS FOUR FLUSHER

1/51 I HEARD MY MOTHER PRAYING FOR ME

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FRIDAY

Hank mentions it's Friday-so one of the previous shows is most likely out of sequence.

1/51 MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS

1/51 AUDREY WILLIAMS I LIKE THAT KIND

1/51 WHEN GOD DIPS HIS LOVE IN MY HEART

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1951 FOOL ABOUT YOU DEMO                                                                                            8:11

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Announcer asks Hank if he still has that $2.00 guitar-making me believe this show is out of sequence and should actually be Tuesday the 22nd.  Before Audrey sings her song on this show Hank mentions he's going to "go sit down," probably relating to his back hurting.  After she sings her song and Hank mentions he wrote it, the announcer mentions Hank doesn't hate things as much as he did when he wrote the song, Hank disagrees. 

JAN 1951 MAY YOU NEVER BE ALONE

JAN 1951 AUDREY WILLIAMS MY LOVE FOR YOU HAS TURNED TO HATE

JAN 1951 DEAR BROTHER WITH AUDREY

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They'll Never Take Her Love mentioned as a song he "recorded here not too long ago."

JAN 1951 THEY'LL NEVER TAKE HER LOVE FROM ME

JAN 1951 AUDREY WILLIAMS LAST NIGHT I HEARD YOU CRYING IN YOUR SLEEP

JAN 1951 WAIT FOR THE LIGHT TO SHINE

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JAN 1951 COOL WATER

JAN 1951 LONELY TOMBS

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Hank plugs his and Audrey's duet before the sing it, mentions "Joe Lockard (sp?) sitting in the studio-apparently a WSM engineer.

JAN 1951 I JUST DONT LIKE THIS KIND OF LIVING

JAN 1951 AUDREY WILLIAMS YOU DONT HAVE TO BE A BABY TO CRY

JAN 1951 JESUS REMEMBERED ME

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January 28 1951 A strong cold front moves through Nashville shortly after 1:00 p.m., causing temperatures to fall during the afternoon and evening, and ushering in one of the most remarkable weather events in Nashville's history.

1/28/51-Hank appears in Oklahoma City with Jimmie Dickens and Tommy Collins

January 29 1951 The worst ice storm in Nashville's history begins, causing a complete stalemate of transportation in Nashville for two days. Frozen precipitation starts during the evening, with 1.6" of snow and ice accumulating by midnight.

1/30/51-Tour Date in Cooksville TX with Jimmie Dickens

1/30/51 CARL SMITH RECORDS THERE'S NOTHING AS SWEET AS MY BABY

January 31 1951Five inches of snow and ice fall, much of it during the evening, producing a water equivalent of 3.83". This is the greatest one-day precipitation event for January in Nashville's history.

February 1 1951Precipitation continues at Nashville through the morning, most of it as snow, and finally ends around noon. An additional 5.2" are measured, leaving the city buried under 8" of ice and snow.

February 2 1951Temperature at Nashville drops to -13, tying the record low for the month.

2/3/51 MGM 10904 DEAR JOHN/COLD COLD HEART RELEASED

EARLY FEB. Hank appears at Boutwell auditorium in Birmingham Alabama with Cowboy Copas

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MONDAY

Hank makes frequent mentions to the cold and snow, also mentions "I go to texas and I come home and I been froze out."  He was in Texas 1/30/51.  Announces "Cold Cold Heart" as just being released-the record was released Feb 3rd.  He also mentions touring the Mother's Best Mill in Alabama-he appeared in Birmingham in early Feb. as well.  This detective work leads me to believe this show was from the first Monday in Feb.

FEB 5 1951 COLD COLD HEART

FEB 5 1951 AUDREY WILLIAMS HONKY TONKIN

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1951 READY TO GO HOME DEMO                                                                                       8:14

2/8/1951-"Homesick" lyrics in Hank's notebook-song later "finished" by Hank Jr.

 

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TUESDAY?

FEB 6 1951 DEAR JOHN

FEB 6 1951 AUDREY WILLIAMS I'M SATISFIED WITH LIFE

FEB 6 1951 SOMETHING GOT A HOLD OF ME WITH AUDREY

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2/10/51 Hank appears on Opry

2/16/51-"Just Waitin" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams & Bob Gazzaway

2/16/51-"Men With Broken Hearts" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

2/16/51-"Cold Cold Heart" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

 

 

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FEB 1951 AT THE FIRST FALL OF SNOW

FEB 1951 AUDREY WILLIAMS I LIKE THAT KIND

FEB 1951 WHEN GOD DIPS HIS LOVE IN MY HEART

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FEB 1951 WEDDING BELLS

FEB 1951 AUDREY WILLIAMS TIGHT WAD DADDY

FEB 1951 WHERE THE SOUL OF MAN NEVER DIES

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FEB 1951 WHY DON'T YOU LOVE ME

FEB 1951 BLUE LOVE IN MY HEART

FEB 1951 DEAR BROTHER

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FEB 1951 FADED LOVE AND WINTER ROSES

FEB 1951 I HEARD MY SAVIOR CALL

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FEB 1951 JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU

FEB 1951 FARTHER ALONG

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FEB 1951 MOVE IT ON OVER

FEB 1951 THY BURDERNS ARE GREATER THAN MINE

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MAR 1951 THERE'S NOTHING AS SWEET AS MY BABY

MAR 1951 WAIT FOR THE LIGHT TO SHINE

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3/2/51-Hank interviewed in Charleston, South Carolina "I reckon they thing I'm something like the Red Cross."

3/3/51 "Dear John" charts in Billboard, peaks at #8

3/51 MGM 10932 JUST WAITIN'/MEN WITH BROKEN HEARTS RELEASED

 

-------------------------------------------------3/16/51 MGM RECORDS SESSION---------------------

Castle Studio, Nashville

Hank Williams-Vocals, Guitar  Jerry Rivers-Fiddle  Don Helms-Steel Guitar  Sammy Pruett-Electric Guitar  Jack Shook-Rhythm Guitar  Ernie Newton or Howard Watts-Bass  Owen Bradley or Fred Rose-Piano

3/16/51 I CAN'T HELP IT IF I'M STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU (Hank Williams)                3:14

3/16/51 HOWLIN' AT THE MOON (Hank Williams)                                                              3:15

3/16/51 HEY GOOD LOOKIN' (Hank Williams)                                                                     3:16

3/16/51 MY HEART WOULD KNOW (Hank Williams)                                                           3:17

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3/17/51 "Cold Cold Heart" charts in Billboard, peaks at #1

 

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Castle Studio, Nashville, session split with Audrey, who recorded a solo single for MGM.

Hank Williams-Vocals, Guitar  Audrey Williams-Vocal  Jerry Rivers-Fiddle  Don Helms-Steel Guitar  Sammy Pruett-Electric Guitar  Jack Shook-Rhythm Guitar  Ernie Newton or Howard Watts-Bass 

3/23/51 PALE HORSE AND HIS RIDER WITH AUDREY (Ervin Staggs/Johnny Bailes)      3:18

3/23/51 A HOME IN HEAVEN WITH AUDREY (Hank Williams)                                          3:19

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3/24/51 Hank appears on The Grand Ole Opry

3/25/51 Hank appears in Evansville Indiana at the Coliseum.

3/27/51-Hank appears in West Frankfort/Decatur, Illinois at Kintner Gymnasium.  Writes 2 sets of lyrics on Hotel Dimmick, West Frankfort Ill. Stationary-"My Head Ran off With My Heart" and an untitled one that begins with "I'm gonna go get me a lawyer."

3/28/51 Hank appears in Centralia Illinois at the Community Center

3/29/51 Hank appears in Paducah Kentucky at the Arena Theater.

3/30/51 Hank appears in Mount Vernon Illinois at the high school auditorium.

3/31/51 Hank appears at the Grand Ole Opry.

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MAR 1951 I CANT HELP IT IF IM STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU

MAR 1951 GATHERING FLOWERS FOR THE MASTERS BOUQUET

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MAR 1951 WHERE THE OLD RED RIVER FLOWS

MAR 1951 THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER

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MAR 1951 ON TOP OF OLD SMOKEY

MAR 1951 PRODIGAL SON

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April 2 1951- A rare late-season winter weather event produces an inch of snow at Nashville. The high of 43 is the lowest high temperature ever recorded on this date.

4/4/51 TONY BENNET COLD COLD HEART

SPRING 1951 JESUS IS CALLING DEMO                                                                              9:5

 

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APR 1951 MAY YOU NEVER BE ALONE

APR 1951 I'LL HAVE A NEW BODY

---------------------------------MOTHER BEST SHOW 33----------------------------------------

APR 1951 NEXT SUNDAY IS MY BIRTHDAY

APR 1951 DECK OF CARDS

---------------------------------MOTHERS BEST SHOW 34--------------------------------------

APR 1951 TENNESSEE BORDER

APR 1951 DEAR BROTHER

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APR 1951 PICTURE FROM LIFE'S OTHER SIDE

APR 1951 SING SING SING

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APR 1951 JUST WAITIN

APR 1951 WHEN THE FIRE COMES DOWN FROM HEAVEN

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APR 1951 MY SWEET LOVE AIN'T AROUND

APR 1951 WHERE THE SOUL OF MAN NEVER DIES

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4/1/51-4/6/51 tours with Lefty Frizzell.  According to Lefty's father, Naamon, Hank asks Lefty to "swap songs" with him.  Lefty apparently gives Hank "I Ain't Got Nothin' But Time," a song Lefty listed in an earlier publishing contract-but subsequently dissapeared.  Hank only demos the song.

4/1/51-Hank and Lefty play 2 shows in Little Rock, Arkansas at the Robinson Memorial Audororium.  3 PM and 8 PM shows.

4/2/51 Hank and Lefty play Monroe, Louisiana Neville Auditorium

4/3/51-Baton Rouge, Louisiana Hank and Lefty play a show at a high school auditorium.

4/4/51-Hank and Lefty play Shreveport, Louisiana at the Municipal Auditorium, showtime 8 PM

4/5/51-Hank and Lefty play Corpus Christi, Texas.  Lefty invites Hank to have a shot of whiskey with him.  Hank declines.  Schepps Palms Baseball Park

4/6/51-Hank and Lefty play in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Municipal Auditorium.  Also appearing-Callahan Brothers.

4/7/51 Hank appears on the Grand Ole Opry.

4/11/51-"There's Nothing as Sweet as My Baby" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

 

4/51 I AIN'T GOT NOTHING BUT TIME DEMO                                                                   8:9

4/16/51 GEORGE MORGAN STRANGER IN THE NIGHT

4/23/51-"Howlin at the Moon" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

4/23/51-"Wearin' Out Your Walkin' Shoes" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

4/23/51-"I Can't Help It If I'm Still in Love With You" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

4/24/51 BILL LISTER COUNTRYFIED

4/24/51 BILL LISTER THE LITTLE HOUSE WE BUILT

4/26/51-Hank appears in Birmingham, Alabama Price $1.20, .60 cents for kids under 12

4/27/51 Hank appears in Canton, Ohio

SPRING 1951 WHEN THE BOOK OF LIFE IS READ                                                            9:7

1951 10 LITTLE NUMBERS DEMO                                                                                          8:6

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5/5/51 COLD COLD HEART LIVE ON GOO

5/5/51 DEAR JOHN LIVE ON GOO                                                                                      10:12

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5/6/51 CHARLIE MONROE JESUS IS CALLING

5/51 MGM 10961 HOWLIN' AT THE MOON/I CAN'T HELP IT IF I'M STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU RELEASED

1951 THE ANGEL OF DEATH                                                                                                 8:17

 

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MAY 1951 I CAN'T HELP IT

MAY 1951 WAIT FOR THE LIGHT TO SHINE

--------------------------MOTHER BEST SHOW 39----------------------------------------

MAY 1951 JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU

MAY 1951 I'LL FLY AWAY

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MAY 1951 COLD COLD HEART

MAY 1951 THE OLD COUNTRY CHURCH

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5/12/51-"Cold Cold Heart" hits #1 

5/21/51-5/24/51-Hank in North Louisiana Sanitorium for back treatment and to dry out

5/26/51 "Howlin' at the Moon" charts in Billboard, peaks at #3

5/27 though end of Month-Hank in Nashville

5/31/51-Tony Bennett records "Cold Cold Heart"

---------------------------------6/1/51 MGM RECORDS SESSION---------------------------------------

Castle Studio, Nashville

Hank Williams-Vocal, Guitar  Jerry Rivers-Fiddle  Don Helms-Steel Guitar  Sammy pruett-Electric Guitar  Harold Bradley-Rhythm Guitar  Ernie Newton or Howard Watts-Bass  Possibly Owen Bradley-Organ

6/1/51 RAMBLIN MAN (Hank Williams)                                                                                 3:20

6/1/51 I'VE BEEN DOWN THAT ROAD BEFORE (Hank Williams)                                     3:22

6/1/51 A PICTURE FROM LIFE'S OTHER SIDE (Hank Williams)                                      3:21

6/1/51 I DREAMED ABOUT MAMA LAST NIGHT (Fred Rose)                                          3:23

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6/2/51 COUSIN BENNY INTERVIEW

6/8/51 CARL SMITH RECORDS ME AND MY BROKEN HEART

6/8/51-"A Home in Heaven" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

6/9/51 "I Can't Help It If I'm Still in Love With You" charts in Billboard, peaks at #2

6/16/51-Hank and Audrey's Corrall opens in Nashville-Hank pictured singing with Lefty Frizzell, Roy Acuff, Hank Snow, Red Foley

6/20/51-"A Stranger in the Night" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams and Bill Morgan

6/20/51-"Hey Good Lookin'" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

6/51-Hank plays several dates with Moon Mullican

6/23/51-Hank broadcasts opry segment from Corrall

6/25/51-"My Heart Would Know" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

6/30/51-Hank broadcasts Opry segment from Corall

 

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7/51 WHY DON'T YOU LOVE ME

7/51 COLD COLD HEART

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1951 THY BURDENS ARE GREATER THAN MINE DEMO                                                  8:7

7/51 MGM I DREAMED ABOUT MAMA LAST NIGHT/I'VE BEEN DOWN THAT ROAD BEFORE RELEASED

7/2/51-"The Little House we Built" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams and Don Helms

7/9/51-"I've Been Down That Road Before" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams  

7/12/51 JIMMIE DICKENS RECORDS I WISH YOU DIDN'T LOVE ME SO MUCH

7/14/51 "hey Good Lookin'" charts in Billboard, peaks at #1

7/15/51-Hank Williams Homecoming Celebration in Montgomery Alabama.  Hank Snow, Carter Family appear-Braxton Schuffert performs "Teardrop on a Rose" and "Rockin' Chair Daddy."  Hank allows little boy to sing at the show, he later marries Lycretia.

1951 WEARY BLUES FROM WAITIN DEMO                                                                       9:11

1951 I CAN'T ESCAPE FROM YOU DEMO                                                                          9:10

 

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JUL 1951 MOANIN THE BLUES

JUL 1951 I DREAMED ABOUT MAMA LAST NIGHT

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JUL 1951 I HANG MY HEAD AND CRY

JUL 1951 AT THE CROSS

------------------------------------------MOTHERS BEST SHOW 43--------------------------------------

JUL 1951 I DREAMED ABOUT MAMA LAST NIGHT

JUL 1951 I HEARD MY SAVIOR CALL

--------------------------------------------------MOTHERS BEST SHOW 44------------------------------

JUL 1951 LOW AND LONELY

JUL 1951 BILL LISTER FOOLISH QUESTIONS

JUL 1951 THE FUNERAL/I STEAL AWAY AND PRAY

-------------------------------------------------MOTHERS BEST SHOW 45-------------------------------

JUL 1951 WHERE THE OLD RED RIVER FLOWS

JUL 1951 WHERE HE LEADS ME I WILL FOLLOW

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7/20/51-Hank Williams plays the Palm Isle in Longview Texas, a club owned by Jack Starnes who at that time is Lefty Frizzell's manager.  Perhaps heads back to Nashville for the Opry with Lefty Frizzell

7/21/51 Lefty Frizzell joins Opry for 8 months-he and Hank share a dressing room

7/22/51 Hank makes 2nd appearance at Sunset Park in West Grove, PA

7/23/51-"Countryfied" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

 

-------------------------------------7/25/51 MGM RECORDS SESSION----------------------------------

Castle Studio, Nashville

7/25/51 I'D STILL WANT YOU #1                                                                                              4:1

7/25/51 LONESOME WHISTLE                                                                                                 4:2

7/25/51 CRAZY HEART                                                                                                               4:3

7/25/51 CRAZY HEART ALTERNATE TAKE

7/25/51 BABY WE'RE REALLY IN LOVE #1 (LOST)

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1951 A FOOL ABOUT YOU DEMO

 

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JUL 1951 IF I DIDN'T LOVE YOU

JUL 1951 WAIT FOR THE LIGHT TO SHINE

-----------------------------------------MOTHERS BEST SHOW 47---------------------------------------

JUL 1951 I JUST DON'T LIKE THIS KIND OF LIVING

JUL 1951 THE PALE HORSE AND HIS RIDER

-------------------------------------------------MOTHERS BEST SHOW 48------------------------------

JUL 1951 IVE BEEN DOWN THAT ROAD BEFORE

JUL 1951 ONE WAY TICKET TO THE SKY

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1951 CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR DEMO                                                                                         8:1

 

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JUL 1951 CALIFPORNIA ZEPHYR

JUL 1951 SOFTLY AND TENDERLY

------------------------------------------MOTHERS BEST SHOW 50--------------------------------------

JUL 1951 CHEROKEE BOOGIE

JUL 1951 THE BEAUTIFIL HOME

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------------------------------------------8/10/51 MGM RECORDS SESSION-----------------------------

Castle Studio, Nashville

8/10/51 IM SORRY FOR YOU MY FRIEND #1                                                                        4:7

8/10/51 HALF AS MUCH                                                                                                             4:4

8/10/51 I'D STILL WANT YOU                                                                                                   4:5

8/10/51 BABY WE'RE REALLY IN LOVE                                                                                  4:6

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8/10/51-"How to Write Folk and Western Music to sell" copyrighted by Jimmy Rule and Hank Williams

8/11/51-"Hey Good Lookin'" hits #1

8/11/51 Lefty Frizzell served papers backstage at Opry for incidents that supposedly inspired Hank to write "I'm Sorry for You My Friend" which he had recorded the day before.8/14/51 Hank's book "How to Write Country and Folk Music to Sell" reviewed in Nashville Banner

8/14/51-Hank begins appearing on the Hadacol Caravan in Lafayette, Louisiana

8/15/51-"Me and My Broken Heart" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

8/16/51-Caravan plays in New Iberia Louisiana

8/17/51-Caravan plays in Thibodeaux Louisiana

8/18/51-Caravan plays in New Orleans

8/19/51-Caravan plays in Hammond

8/24/51-Hadacol Caravan in Macon, GA

8/27/51-"a Picture from Life's Other Side" copyrighted arrangment: Hank Williams

8/28/51-Hadacol Caravan stops in Charlotte, NC

9/1/51-Hank buys farm outside of Nashville

9/5/51-Hadacol Caravan in Columbus, OH

9/7/51-"Ramblin' Man" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

9/7/51-"The Blues Come Around" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

9/13/51 Caravan inKansas City

9/13/51 DAL STALLARD INTERVIEW (?)

9/14/51 Caravan in Wichita Kansas

9/15/51 Hank plays Grand Ole Opry

9/51 MGM 11054 LONESOME WHISTLE/CRAZY HEART RELEASED

9/16/51 Caravan in Oklahoma City

9/17/51 Caravan in Dallas at Sugar Bowl. Caravan ends.

9/17/51 Hank turns 28  

9/18/51 Hank flies back to Nashville in Henry Cannon's (Mr. Minnie Pearl) plane

9/22/51-Grand Ole Opry appearance "Hey Good Lookin'"

9/23/51-Hank signs MGM Movie Contract

 

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SEPT 51 COLD COLD HEART

SEPT 51 FARTHER ALONG

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SEPT 51 LONESOME WHISTLE

SEPT 51 BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE SNIPPET

SEPT 51 GREAT JUDGEMENT MORNING

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SEPT 51 I'LL SAIL MY SHIP ALONE

SEPT 51 I'LL HAVE A NEW BODY

-------------------------------------MOTHERS BEST SHOW 54-------------------------------------------

SEPT 51 HEY GOOD LOOKIN

SEPT 51 SEARCHING FOR A SOLDIERS GRAVE

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9/22/51 HEY GOOD LOOKIN' LIVE ON GOO 10:13

 

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SEPT 51 LONESOME WHISTLE

SEPT 51 I'M BOUND FOR THE PROMISED LAND

--------------------------------------MOTHERS BEST SHOW 56------------------------------------------

SEPT 51 JUST WAITIN

SEPT 51 FROM JERUSALEM TO JERICHO

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SEPT 51 DEAR JOHN

SEPT 51 I'LL FLY AWAY

------------------------------------------------MOTHERS BEST 59------------------------------------------

SEPT 51 WHY SHOULD I TRY ANYMORE

SEPT 51 AUDREY WILLIAMS LOW AND LONELY

SEPT 51 JESUS DIED FOR ME

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SEPT 51 DEAR JOHN

SEPT 51 AUDREY WILLIAMS IF YOU WANT SOME LOVING

SEPT 51 I HEARD MY MOTHER PRAYING FOR ME

--------------------------------------------------------MOTHERS BEST 61----------------------------------

SEPT 51 MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS

SEPT 51 I DREAMED ABOUT MAMA

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SEPT 51 LONG GONE LONESOME BLUES

SEPT 51 AUDREY WILLIAMS-I HEARD YOU CRYING IN YOUR SLEEP

SEPT 51 LONELY TOMBS

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SEPT 51 IM SO LONESOME I COULD CRY

SEPT 51 I HEARD MY SAVIOUR CALL

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SEPT 51 MY SWEET LOVE AINT AROUND

SEPT 51 I SAW THE LIGHT

------------------------------------------------------------MOTHERS BEST 65------------------------------

SEPT 51 I CAN'T TELL MY HEART THAT

SEPT 51 LORD TAKE MY HAND

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SEPT 51 I BLOTTED OUT YOUR HAPPY SCHOOL DAYS

SEPT 51 DUST ON THE BIBLE

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SEPT 51 HAVE I TOLD YOU LATELY THAT I LOVE YOU

SEPT 51 WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN

-----------------------------------------------------MOTHERS BEST SHOW 68---------------------------

SEPT 51 I CANT HELP IT IF IM STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU

SEPT 51 LONELY TOMBS

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10/3/51-"Jesus is Calling" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams and Charlie Monroe 

10/6/51 ZEB TURNER CRAZY HEART

FALL 1951-Hank writes recitaion "Little Bocephus" later recorded by Audrey

10/9/51-Lyrics to "Heart Filled With Hate," unrecorded and unpublished song, typed on Hank and Audrey's Corrall letterhead.

10/10/51-"Lonesome Whistle" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams and Jimmie Davis

10/11/51-Hank in New York City for Perry Como Show writes lyrics for unpublished song called "I Thank My God for You" on King Edward Hotel stationary  Lyrics may be mis-dated as Hank apparently appeared on Como in November.

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10/13/51 AUDREY WILLIAMS LEAVE US WOMEN ALONE

10/13/51 AUDREY WILLIAMS IF YOU SEE MY BABY

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10/51 RUSTY GABBARD I CAN'T ESCAPE FROM YOU

10/14/51 JIMMIE DAVIS FOREVER'S A LONG TIME

10/14/51 JIMMIE DAVIS BAYOU PON PON

10/16/51 RAY PRICE WEARY BLUES FROM WAITING

10/17/51-"Baby We're Really in Love" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

10/20/51 "Crazy Heart" charts in Billboard, peaks at #4

10/20/51 "Lonesome River" charts in Billboard, peaks at #9

10/25/51 THERE'S A TEAR IN MY BEER DEMO                                                                  9:1

10/25/51 ALL THE LOVE I EVER HAD DEMO                                                                      8:18

10/26/51 BILL LISTER TEAR IN MY BEER

10/27/51-Billboard Magazine article "H. Williams Clefs 22Hillbilly Toppers"

October 31 1951Nashville measures 2.30" of rain.

11/3/51-Tony Bennett "Cold Cold Heart" hits #1

11/9/51 HOMER AND JETHRO COLD COLD HEART #2

11/9/51-MGM RELEASES "HANK WILLIAMS SINGS"-AN 8 SONG (4 SINGLES) ALBUM.

11/14/51 Hank appears on Perry Como Show in New York, sings 'Hey Good Lookin'"

11/16/51-Hank returns to farm from trip to New York

11/17/51-Interview for Billboard Magazine while in New York printed, reports Hank had 'returned to his farm" the previous day. 

11/51 MGM 11120 BABY WE'RE REALLY IN LOVE/I'D STILL WANT YOU RELEASED

11/21/51-"I Can't Escape From You" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

11/24/51 HANK INTROS RAY PRICE ON OPRY

11/28/51-"I Wish You Didn't Love Me So Much" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

11/28/51-"Weary Blues From Waiting" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

11/51 Hank injures back on his farm hunting with Jerry Rivers.

12/51 MARCH OF DIMES SHORT SPOT

12/5/51-"Alone and Forsaken" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

12/5/51-"I'd Still Want You" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

12/5/51-"I'm Sorry for You My Friend" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

 

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Castle Studio, Nashville

12/11/51 HONKY TONK BLUES #4                                                                                          4:8

12/11/51 LET'S TURN BACK THE YEARS #2                                                                          4:9

12/11/51 I'M SORRY FOR YOU MY FRIEND #2

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12/13/51-Hank undergoes a "spine fusion" at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville

December 14 1951Nashville gets soaked with 2.91" of rainfall.

12/19/51-"Bayou Pon Pon" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams and Jimmie Davis

12/22/51 "Baby We're Really in Love" charts in Billboard, peaks at #4

12/24/51-Hank released from Hospital

12/51 APOLOGY #1

12/51 APOLOGY #2

12/30/51-Audrey leaves Hank

12/31/51-"Lonesome Whistle" copyrighted again Words & music: Hank Williams and Jimmie Davis

12/31/51-"Forever's a Long Long Time" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams and Jimmie Davis

1/3/52-Hank moves out of his house on Franklin Road and into the Andrew Jackson Hotel. then to Montgomery.

1/10/52-Audrey files for "seperate maintenance" soon changed to divorce

1/14/52 JIMMIE SKINNER-WHEN THE BOOK OF LIFE IS READ

1/14/52-1/17/52-Hank moves to 2718 Westwood in Nashville with room mate Ray Price

1/52 MGM 11160 HONKY TONK BLUES/I'M SORRY FOR YOU MY FRIEND RELEASED

1/28/52-Hank leaves for Richmond Virginia show

1/29/52-Hank plays show at The Mosque (now the Landmark Theater) in Richmond, Virginia

1/30/52-Edith Lindemann reviews Hank's Richmond Virginia show in the Times Dispatch.  She didn't enjoy the show.

1/30/52-Hank plays at the Mosque in Richmond Virginia, opening with "Mind Your Own Business" dedicated to a "certain lady writer."

2/8/52 RAY PRICE I LOST THE ONLY LOVE I EVER KNEW

February 13 1951F4 tornado tears through Moore and Franklin Counties, moving through or near Lois, Marble Hill, Beech Hill, Marble Plains, and Decherd. There is damage to 109 farms. Hundreds of trees are downed in Lois and Marble Hill. Over a hundred homes are damaged or destroyed in Franklin County. A church, a school, a store, and a home are destroyed at Beech Hill. Two people are killed in Marble Plains, and one more in Dechard. Storm continues into Grundy County, producing an F2 which rips a path from Monteagle to Tracy City. The damage in Monteagle is estimated at $110,000, and $90,000 in Tracy City. About 150 buildings are affected. One person is injured in each town. A total of 4 fatalities are reported in the three counties, with 46 injuries. Overall, 5 tornadoes are reported across Middle Tennessee, the 10th largest tornado outbreak in mid state history.

3/52-Hank answers Audrey's divorce complaint

3/1/52 "Honky Tonk Blues" charts in Billboard, peaks at #2

3/3/52-Hank hangs around Acuff-Rose office until Fred Rose runs him off.

3/3/52-"Let's Turn Back the Years" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

3/3/52-"When the Book of Life is Read" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

3/11/52 Hank broadcasts from WSM Studio C

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3/22/52-Uncle Dave Macon dies, Hank dedicates hymn to him on Opry.  Unclear if "let the Spirit Descend" is the hymn.

3/22/52 HONKY TONK BLUES LIVE ON GOO                                                                  10:14

3/22/52 LET THE SPIRIT DESCEND LIVE ON GOO                                                         10:15

3/22/52 COLD COLD HEART LIVE ON GOO                                                                     10:16

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3/25/52 Hank travels to New York with June Carter, Carl Smith, and Roy Acuff

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3/26/52 HEY GOOD LOOKIN ON KATE SMITH

3/26/52 I SAW THE LIGHT ON KATE SMITH

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MAY-JUNE 1952 COVER OF COUNTRY SONG ROUNDUP

4/1/52 ARE YOU WALKING AND A TALKING FOR THE LORD RADIO                        9:21

4/3/52-Hank agrees to Audrey's divorce conditions, signs settlement.

4/4/52 DRIFTING TOO FAR FROM THE SHORE RADIO BROADCAST                       9:26

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4/5/52 BABY WE'RE REALLY IN LOVE ON GOO                                                               10:17

4/5/52 I CAN'T HELP IT IF I'M STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU ON GOO

4/5/52 OLD COUNTRY CHURCH ON GOO                                                                        10:18

4/5/52 COMEDY WITH ROD BRASFIELD ON OPRY

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4/14/52 Hank appears in San Jose, California

4/15/52-Hank appears in Oakland, CA

4/15/52-Hank interviewed by Ralph J Gleason in Oakland CA

4/16/52-Hank attends MGM record distributors convention in Los Angeles

4/17/52-Hank has a meeting with MGM Movie studios in LA

4/18/52-appears with Tex Williams at Riverside Ranchero Clubin Los Angeles.  Famous Music Note Suit photo taken at this show. 

4/19/52-Hank appears in Bakersfield, CA-tells Minnie Pearl "There Ain't No Light"

4/52 I CRIED AGAIN                                                                                                                  9:23

4/52 WILD SIDE OF LIFE                                                                                                         9:24

1952 JAMBALAYA DEMO                                                                                                       8:13

1952 IF YOU'LL BE A BABY TO ME DEMO

4/52 Bobbie Jett tells Hank she is pregnant with his child

4/21/52 "You'll Never Again be Mine" unpublished lyrics written in the Hotel Astor, New York City

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4/23/52 COLD COLD HEART ON KATE SMITH

4/23/52 I CAN'T HELP IT IF IM STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU ON KATE SMITH

4/23/52 GLORY BOUND TRAIN ON KATE SMITH

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1952 ARE YOU WALKING AND A TALKING FOR THE LORD DEMOS                         9:12

1952 YOU BETTER KEEP IT ON YOUR MIND DEMO                                                         8:3

1952 LOW DOWN BLUES                                                                                                          8:5

4/29/52-Hank appears in Beaumont TX

4/30/52-5/2/52-Hank tours Texas with Carl Smith, ernest Tubb, The Carter Family, Lew Chidre, Danny Dill.  The play Chorpus Christie, Houston

5/3/52 "Half as Much" charts in Billboard, peaks at #2

5/5/52-Hank appears in Toronto, Canada

5/6/52-Hank appears in Dundas, Canada

5/10/52-Hank appears on the Grand Ole Opry

5/11/52-Hank spends mothers day with Lillie, Lycretia, hank Jr. at his home on Westwood.

5/17/52-Hank appears in Dallas Texas 

5/18/52-5/24/52-Hank heads to Las Vegas to play New Frontier Club-engagement cancelled due to Hank's drinking.

5/28/52-Hank signs divorce papers

5/29/52-Hank and Audrey's divorce final.

6/1/52-6/7/52 Hank tours Indiana and Illinois

6/4/52-Hank appears on cover of Pathfinder magazinewith interview.

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Castle Studio, Nashville

6/13/52 WINDOW SHOPPING                                                                                                 4:10

6/13/52 JAMBALAYA                                                                                                                4:11

6/13/52 SETTIN THE WOODS ON FIRE                                                                               4:12

6/13/52 I'LL NEVER GET OUT OF THIS WORLD ALIVE                                                    4:13

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6/14/52-Hank meets his second wife, Billie Jean Jones at the Grand Ole Opry

June 15 1952The temperature at Nashville climbs to 100 degrees -- the earliest date ever for a 100 degree reading.

6/16/52 Hank meets with MGM movie executives about movie contract.

6/17/52 MGM cancels Hank's movie contract.

6/52 PAPPY MCCORMACK ADS

June 30 1952Temperature at Nashville reaches 106, setting a record high for the month. It also marks the 8th consecutive day of 100+ readings, a record.

JULY-AUG 1952 COVER OF COUNTRY SONG ROUNDUP

July 3 1952The temperature at Nashville hits 94 degrees, the 31st consecutive day with 90+ degree readings, a record. The average high temperature during this remarkable stretch is 97.3 degrees.

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7/5/52 JAMBALAYA ON OPRY

7/5/52 HALF AS MUCH ON OPRY

7/5/52 WINDOW SHOPPING ON OPRY

7/5/52 LONG GONE LONESOME BLUES ON OPRY

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7/8/52 RAY PRICE I CAN'T ESCAPE FROM YOU

7/10/52-Hank and Audrey are divorced.

 

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Castle Studio, Nashville

7/11/52 YOU WIN AGAIN                                                                                                         4:14

7/11/52 I WON'T BE HOME NO MORE                                                                                 4:15

7/11/52 BE CAREFUL OF STONES THAT YOU THROW                                                   4:16

7/11/52 WHY DON'T YOU MAKE UP YOUR MIND                                                             4:17

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7/12/52 JAMBALAYA ON GOO

7/12/52 WINDOW SHOPPING ON GOO

7/12/52 HONKY TONKIN ON GOO

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7/13/52 HANK WILLIAMS LIVE AT SUNSET PARK (An audience recording of one of his shows this day exists-the tape is about thirty minutes long-Hank plays Jambalaya and explains exactly what it is to the audience, tells some jokes, and sounds like he's in a great mood).  His contract called for him to play 3 sets that Sunday afternoon in July.  Jerry Rivers and Don Helms were with him.  Local musicians Roy Perkins played bass and Bobby Montgomery played rhythm guitar.  Melvin Price, a musician in a local band, made the recording. 

7/18/52 MGM 11283 JAMBALAYA/WINDOW SHOPPING RELEASED

MID JULY-Ray Price moves out of house on Westwood

MID JULY Hank and Billie Jean travel to Shreveport

July 26 1952One of the most notorious heat waves assaults Nashville with its first of four consecutive daily record high temperatures. Today, the murcury rises to 103 degrees. The air mass is unusually dry, though, with a temperature range of 40 degrees, following a pleasant morning low of 63.

July 27 1952Temperature at Nashville reaches 107, setting an all-time record high. Other record highs include Dickson (109), and Clarksville (110), which comes within 3 degrees of tying the all-time record high for Tennessee (Perryville, 8/9/40).

July 28 1952Temperature at Nashville reaches 107 for the 2nd consecutive day. All-time record highs are set at Centerville, Columbia, and Palmetto (109), Shelbyville (107), Smithville (105), Springfield (106), Tullahoma (106), and Monteagle (101).

7/28/52-"Jambalaya" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

8/2/52-Hank misses Opry appearance

8/3/52-Hank appears for the last time at Sunset Park in West Grove, PA

August 3 1952Record-breaking heat wave persists across middle Tennessee. Temperature at Nashville climbs to 100 degrees.

8/5/52 Carl Smith and Jim Denny drive to Hank's house to warn him if he doesn't make his 8/9 appearanceon the Friday Night Frolics, he'd be fired from all his WSM programs.  Hank relates coversation to Horace Logan-Jim Denney told Hank "You've got too much going for you Hank," to which Hank replied,"You really think so, huh?  well, that's funny 'cause I don't feel like I got nothin'"

8/10/52-Hank fired from Opry and WSM

8/12/52-Johnnie wright drives Hank to Montgomery

8/15/52-Homecoming show in Greenville, Alabama

8/15/52-Hank purchases car he will die in

8/52 MGM 11309 BE CAREFUL OF STONES THAT YOU THROW/WHY DON'T YOU MAKE UP YOUR MIND RELEASED

8/16/52-Hank goes to Camp Kawliga near Alexander City, alabama for a vacation.  Bobbie Jett meets him there.

8/16/52 "Jambalaya" charts in Billboard, peaks at #1

8/17/52 On a drunk, Hank comes up with idea for the song Kawliga.  He is later arrested in Alexander City for public drunkeness at a hotel-the famous photo of Hank shirtless was taken as he was let out of jail from this episode.

8/25/52-Hank returns to Montgomery

9/3/52-"You Win Again" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

9/4/52-Fred Rose flies to Montgomery to prepare songs for Hank's next session

9/4/52 YOUR CHEATING HEART DEMO                                                                               8:2

9/4/52 I COULD NEVER BE ASHAMED OF YOU DEMO                                                    8:16

9/4/52 KAW LIGA DEMO                                                                                                          8:15

9/6/52-"Jambalaya" hits #1

9/52 MGM 11318 SETTIN THE WOODS ON FIRE/YOU WIN AGAIN RELEASED

9/8/52-Hank sells his farm

9/10/52-Hank starts 2 week tour of Louisiana and Texas

9/12/52-MGM RELEASES "HANK WILLIAMS MOANIN THE BLUES" 8 SONG (2 SINGLES) ALBUM 

9/13/52-Hank makes suprise appearance on Louisiana Hayride according to Tilman Franks

9/15/52-"There's a Tear in My Beer" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

9/15/52-"I Won't Be Home No More" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

9/17/52-Hank spends 29th birthday in Austin, TX

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9/20/52 JAMBALAYA ON LOUISIANA HAYRIDE.  Hank also performs "settin' the Woods on Fire." Only a recording of Jambalaya apparently survives. 

9/21/52-Hank and Billie Jean travel to Nashville from Shreveport

9/52 RED SOVINE IF YOU'LL BE A BABY TO ME

 

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Castle Studio, Nashville

9/23/52 YOUR CHEATING HEART                                                                                         4:19

9/23/52 I COULD NEVER BE ASHAMED OF YOU                                                               4:18

9/23/52 KAW LIGA                                                                                                                     4:20

9/23/52 TAKE THESE CHAINS FROM MY HEART                                                             4:21

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9/24/52 Hank and Billie Jean return to Shreveport

9/24/52-Hank signs three year contract with Louisiana Hayride.

9/25/52-Billie Jean files for divorce from her first husband

9/28/52-Allen Rankin writes article in Montgomery paper detailing the history of the song "Jambalaya," and reports Lillie's story of hearing Hank and Fred Rose writing "Your Cheating Heart"

10/6/52-"I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams and Fred Rose

10/6/52-"Please Make Up Your Mind" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

10/11/52 "Settin' the Woods on Fire" charts in Billboard, peaks at #2

10/12/52 FARON YOUNG GOIN' STEADY

10/13/52-Hank and Billie Jean apply for marraige license in Bossier City, Louisiana

10/15/52-Hank signs Jett Williams pre-birth agreement in Montgomery

10/52 In store appearance at Hayes Record shop, Austin Texas.

10/18/52-Hank secretly marries Billie Jean in a private ceremony after a Louisiana Hayride appearance.

10/19/52 Hank marries Billie Jean in New Orleans public ceremony

10/31/52 Hank in Sanitarium to dry out

10/31/52-"I Could never Be Ashamed of You" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

10/31/52-"I Lost the Only Love I Ever Knew" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams and Don Helms

10/31/52-"Your Cheatin' Heart" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

11/2/52-Hank starts a tour for a few days with Red Sovine in Houma, Louisiana. who reports later he thinks Hank had a heart attack on the tour but didn't seem to care.  The tour plays New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette Louisiana

11/11/52 Hank appears in Wichita Kansas 

11/12/52 Hank appears in Oklahoma City, OK where he meets quack doctor Toby Marshall

11/15/52 "You Win Again" charts in Billboard, peaks at #10

11/52 MGM 11366 I'LL NEVER GET OUT OF THIS WORLD ALIVE/I COULD NEVER BE ASHAMED OF YOU RELEASED

11/27/52 Hank returns to the sanitarium

12/2/52-"Are You Walking and a Talking for the Lord" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

12/2/52-"Kaw-Liga" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams and Fred Rose

12/5/52 CURLEY WILLIAMS WHEN YOU'RE TIRED OF BREAKING OTHER'S HEARTS

12/6/52-Hank plays the Big D Jamboree in Dallas, Texas

12/7/52-Hank plays Biloxi Mississippi

12/8/52-Hank appears in Gulfport Mississippi, drunk at show

12/11/52-Hank returned to sanitarium-walks out in the afternoon to be arrested in downtown Shreveport for public drunkeness-returned to sanitarium.

12/13/52-Released from sanitarium, plays Louisiana Hayride

12/14/52-Hank plays Houston with Billy Walker

12/15/52-Hank plays Victoria Texas, Lillie joins tour

12/16/52-Hank in Waco Texas

12/19/52-Hank plays Slyline Club in Austin, Texas.  Tommy Hill and Justin Tubb who were there report Hank played from 8 PM to well after 1 AM, and did quite a few gospel songs.

12/20/52 Hank plays the Louisiana Hayride for the last time

12/20/52 "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive" charts in Billboard, peaks at #1

12/20/52 heads to Montgomery

12/21/52 LOG TRAIN DEMO 8:20

12/21/52 Hank heads to greenville Alabama

12/22/52-Hank sings for his cousin at their store in Greenville-"Your Cheatin' Heart," "Kawliga," "Log Train"  Returns to Montgomery

12/25/52-Hank goes to visit his father on Christmas-father, not having a phone, didn't know Hank was coming and was not at home.  Hank leaves a box of chocolates and scrawls a note into the celophane.  Hank's father holds onto that celophane until the day he dies. 

12/27/52-Hank and Bobbie Jean attend the Blue-Grey football game in Montgomery, leave at Halftime

12/28/52 Hank plays private Musicians Union benefit in Montgomery at the Elite Cafe.  Last known photo of Hank alive taken at the show.  Performs "Jambalaya," "You Win Again," Cold Cold Heart, " and "Lovesick Blues"

12/29/52 Alabama Journal newspaper reports Hank is home for the holidays

12/30/52 Alabama Journal reports on the Musicians Union appearance.

12/30/52 Hank and Charles Carr leave Montgomery headed for Charleston, WV

1/1/53-Hank discovered dead in back seat of car.

1/4/53 FUNERAL IN MONTGOMERY

1/30/53 MGM  KAW-LIGA/YOUR CHEATIN HEART  released.

2/21/53 "Your Cheatin' Heart" charts in Billboard, peaks at #1

2/21/53 "Kaw-Liga" charts in Billboard, peaks at #1

4/5/53 Audrey performs in Toledo, Ohio.  Carl Smith is on the bill.

5/5/53-"Ready to Go Home" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

5/16/53 "Take These Chains from My Heart" charts in Billboard, peaks at #1

7/25/53 "I Won't Be Home No More" charts in Billboard, peaks at #4

9/26/53-Billie Jean marries Johnny Horton

10/10/53 "Weary Blues From Waiting" charts in Billboard, peaks at #7

2/15/54-"You Better Keep it On Your Mind" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams and Vic McAlpin

2/19/54-"Low Down Blues" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

8/17/54-"I Ain't Got Nothing But Time" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

12/1/54-Fred Rose dies

12/28/54-"The Angel of Death" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

2/26/55-Hank's mother dies

4/30/55 "Please Don't Let Me Love You" charts in Billboard, peaks at #9

5/4/55-"Mother is Gone" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

5/4/55-"Message to My Mother" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

8/15/55-"A Teardrop on a Rose" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

10/28/55-"Little Bocephus" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams  

12/30/55-"California Zephyr" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

4/23/57-"We're Getting Closer to the Grave Each Day" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

11/14/57-"When You're Tired of Breaking Other Hearts" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams and Curley Williams

3/10/60-"The Funeral" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

10/31/60-"I'm Going Home" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

10/31/60-"Last Night I Dreamed of Heaven" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

11/7/60-"Are You Building a Temple in Heaven" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

11/14/61-"I'm Praying for the Day That peace Will Come" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams and Peewee King

6/19/62-"Fool About You" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

10/22/70-Hank's father dies

4/17/74-Bobbie Jett dies

11/4/75 Audrey dies in Nashville

5/17/82-"The Log Train" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

6/27/84-"I Told a Lie to My Heart" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

6/27/84-"Won't You Sometimes Think of Me" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

7/1/85-"Heaven Holds All of My Tresures" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

5/5/86-"In My Dreams You Still Belong to Me" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

5/5/86-"I Watched My Dreamworld Crumble Like Clay" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

6/17/86-"You Broke Your Own Heart" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

3/25/91-"All the Love I Ever Had" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams

10/2/91-"Always in Love" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams and Jimmie Fields

10/2/91-"Steppin Out" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams and Jimmie Fields

3/23/95-Irene Williams dies

5/6/98-"Time Has Proven I Was Wrong" copyrighted Words & music: Hank Williams, Curley Williams, and Mel Foree

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