Friday, May 27, 2011

Hank Williams...40 Greatest Hits

Hank Williams, Sr. (September 17, 1923 – January 1, 1953), born Hiram King Williams, was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Regarded as one of the most significant country music artists, Williams recorded 35 singles (five released posthumously) that would place in the Top 10 of the Billboard Country and Western Best Sellers chart, including 11 that ranked number one.

Born in Mount Olive, Butler County, Alabama, Williams moved to Georgiana, where he met Rufus Payne, a black street performer who gave him guitar lessons in exchange for meals or money. Payne had a major influence on Williams' later musical style. During this time, Williams informally changed his name to Hank, believing it to be a better name for country music. He moved to Montgomery and his music career began there in 1937 when WSFA radio station producers hired him to perform and host a 15-minute program. He formed as backup the Drifting Cowboys band, which was managed by his mother, and dropped out of school to devote his time to his career.

When several of his band members were conscripted into military service during World War II, Williams had trouble with their replacements and was dismissed by WSFA due to his alcoholism. Williams eventually married Audrey Sheppard, who managed the singer for nearly a decade. After recording "Never Again" and "Honky Tonkin'" with Sterling Records, he signed a contract with MGM Records. In 1948 he released "Move it on Over", which became a hit, and also joined the Louisiana Hayride radio program. One year later, he released a cover of "Lovesick Blues", which carried him into the mainstream of music. After an initial rejection, Williams joined the Grand Ole Opry. He had 11 number one songs between 1948 and 1953, though he was unable to read or notate music to any significant degree. Among the hits he wrote were "Your Cheatin' Heart", "Hey, Good Lookin'", and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry".

Several years of back pain, alcoholism and prescription drug abuse severely deteriorated Williams's health; he divorced Audrey and was dismissed by the Grand Ole Opry, citing unreliability and frequent drunkenness. Williams died in the early morning hours of New Years Day in 1953 at the age of 29 from heart failure exacerbated by pills and alcohol. Despite his short life, Williams has had a major influence on twentieth-century popular music. The songs he wrote and recorded have been covered by numerous artists, and have been hits in various genres including pop, gospel, and blues. He has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame.

If you're a Country music fan you will know all about Hank Williams. If you are not, then you should. The man is a music legend and has influenced countless other artists. There are many complilations of his music available, and this is a good place to start.

1-1 Move It On Over 2:43
1-2 A Mansion On The Hill 2:33
1-3 Lovesick Blues 2:42
1-4 Wedding Bells 2:53
1-5 Mind Your Own Business 2:53
1-6 You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave) 2:55
1-7 Lost Highway 2:40
1-8 My Bucket's Got A Hole In It 2:31
1-9 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry 2:45
1-10 I Just Don't Like This Kind Of Living 2:46
1-11 Long Gone Lonesome Blues 2:36
1-12 My Son Calls Another Man Daddy 2:32
1-13 Why Don't You Love Me 2:22
1-14 Why Should We Try Anymore 2:36
1-15 They'll Never Take Her Love From Me 2:43
1-16 Moanin' The Blues 2:22
1-17 Nobody's Lonesome For Me 2:29
1-18 Cold Cold Heart 2:42
1-19 Dear John 2:33
1-20 Howlin' At The Moon 2:41

2-1 I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You) 2:22
2-2 Hey, Good Lookin' 2:53
2-3 Crazy Heart 2:25
2-4 (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle 2:24
2-5 Baby, We're Really In Love 2:30
2-6 Ramblin' Man 3:01
2-7 Honky Tonk Blues 2:09
2-8 I'm Sorry For You My Friend 2:40
2-9 Half As Much 2:41
2-10 Jambalaya (On The Bayou) 2:51
2-11 Window Shopping 2:31
2-12 Settin' The Woods On Fire 2:34
2-13 You Win Again 2:34
2-14 I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive 2:24
2-15 Kaw-liga 2:33
2-16 Your Cheatin' Heart 2:41
2-17 Take These Chains From My Heart 2:36
2-18 I Won't Be Home No More 2:43
2-19 Weary Blues From Waitin' 2:33

2-20 I Saw The Light 2:42

Note: this replaces original post "The Original Singles Collection" due to corrupted files.


Exeter said...


Seems I've found this too late, as the files are no longer there.
Any chance of a re-up?
Thanks a lot!

Marty said...

new links have been updated...enjoy

Exeter said...

Thanks a lot!

Exeter said...


Thanks a lot.....
However, I don't seem to get "MEGA" to work.. I loads to 99% and then stops..

g8rrick said...

Thanks for the Hank

KD said...

Thank You!!!
All the Download Links are Working Fine.

KD said...

Many of the Tracks are Corrupted.
Making them Unlistenable.

Marty said...

Thanks for the message. I'll check the original files (if I can find them!) and reload

Exeter said...

Sounds Great!

KD said...

Here are examples of corrupt files from Disc 1:
Tracks 20-22 Disc 1


I downloaded it (Disc 1) 3 times with the same result.

Marty said...

Yes, I have checked the files and there are corrupted tracks. These came from another source and I don't have the original discs. I have replaced them with another collection for now.

KD said...

Thank You for All Your Efforts

Maybe you could use this:
(my upload)

FLAC files::

Robert Johnson:
The Complete Recordings (FLAC)
~1990 Compilation | 41 Tracks | Booklet (in both PDF and JPG forms)~
~Blues | Acoustic Blues | Pre-War Blues /| Delta Blues~

"The best thing about this CD is that it has every single take that he ever recorded - from the intense, crazed "Preaching Blues (Up jumped the Devil)" to the slow, moving "Come on in My Kitchen" which, according to Johnny Shines, reduced men to tears when Johnson played it live."
"If you only have one acoustic Blues CD in your collection - this is the one it should be."
-Stephen Thomas Erlewine (AllMusic.com)

Download Links:




Link w/ Decryption Key:

Link without Decryption Key

Decryption Key:

Name: RJ-Complete Recordings
Size: 389MB
Bitrate: 350-420kbps
File Type: FLAC



01. Kindhearted Woman Blues (2:53)
02. Kindhearted Woman Blues (Alternate Take) (2:33)
03. I Believe I'll Dust My Broom (2:58)
04. Sweet Home Chicago (3:02)
05. Rambling On My Mind (2:53)
06. Rambling On My Mind (Alternate Take) (2:23)
07. When You Got a Good Friend (2:39)
08. When You Got a Good Friend (Alternate Take) (2:52)
09. Come On In My Kitchen (2:50)
10. Come On In My Kitchen (Alternate Take) (2:38)
11. Terraplane Blues (3:02)
12. Phonograph Blues (2:40)
13. Phonograph Blues (Alternate Take) (2:34)
14. 32-20 Blues (2:54)
15. They're Red Hot (3:00)
16. Dead Shrimp Blues (2:32)
17. Cross Road Blues (2:41)
18. Cross Road Blues (Alternate Take) (2:32)
19. Walking Blues (2:31)
20. Last Fair Deal Gone Down (2:39)


01. Preaching Blues (Up Jumped the Devil) (2:53)
02. If I Had Possession over Judgment Day (2:37)
03. Stones in My Passway [Take 2] (2:30)
04. I'm a Steady Rollin' Man (2:38)
05. From Four till Late (2:25)
06. Hellhound on My Trail [Take 2] (2:38)
07. Little Queen of Spades (2:14)
08. Little Queen of Spades [Take 2] (2:17)
09. Malted Milk (2:20)
10. Drunken Hearted Man (2:27)
11. Drunken Hearted Man [Take 2] (2:21)
12. Me and the Devil Blues (2:37)
13. Me and the Devil Blues [Take 2] (2:31)
14. Stop Breakin' Down Blues (2:18)
15. Stop Breakin' Down Blues [Take 2] (2:24)
16. Traveling Riverside Blues [Take 2] (2:49)
17. Honeymoon Blues (2:18)
18. Love in Vain (2:31)
19. Love in Vain [Take 4] (2:21)
20. Milkcow's Calf Blues [Take 2] (2:17)
21. Milkcow's Calf Blues [Take 3] (2:19)

Marty said...

Thanks KD, my pleasure and thanks for the Robert Johnson...a great collection