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Hank Williams

Hank Williams (September 17, 1923 - January 1, 1953), born Hiram King Williams, was an American singer-songwriter and musician regarded as one of the most important country music artists of all time. In the short period from 1947 until his death, at 29, on the first day of 1953, Williams recorded 35 singles (five of which were released posthumously) that would place in the Top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers chart, including eleven that ranked number one.

His father, Elonzo Williams, worked for the railway and was transferred often, so the family lived in several towns in southern Alabama. When Elonzo was hospitalized for eight years, the family was left to fend for themselves. Young Williams, whose own health was diminished owing to spina bifida, helped provide for his mother and sister. While the family was living in Georgiana, Alabama, Williams met Rufus Payne (nicknamed Tee-Tot), a black street performer who gave Williams guitar lessons in exchange for meals. Payne had a major influence on Williams's later musical style. During this time, Williams informally changed his name to Hank, believing it to be a better name for country music.

While the family was living in Montgomery, Alabama, a teenaged Williams used to sing and play guitar on the sidewalk in front of the WSFA radio studios. He caught the attention of WSFA producers and started working there in 1937, singing and hosting 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 all of his time to his career.

In 1941, when the U.S. went into World War II, several members of the band were drafted. Williams, who was not taken because of his spina bifida, had trouble with their replacements. This, along with a burgeoning problem with alcohol as self-medication for his health problem, caused WSFA to fire him. In 1943, Williams married Audrey Sheppard who, besides singing duets with him in his act, became his manager. 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. The same year, he joined the Louisiana Hayride radio program. In 1949, he released "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 write music to any significant degree. His hits include "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Hey Good Lookin'," and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry."

In 1952, Williams's consumption of alcohol, morphine and other painkillers to ease the pain resulting from his back condition caused problems in his personal and professional life. He divorced his wife and was fired by the Grand Ole Opry due to frequent drunkenness. On January 1, 1953, on the way to a concert, he had a doctor inject him with a combination of vitamin B12 and morphine, which, added to the alcohol and chloral hydrate that Williams had consumed earlier, caused him to have a fatal heart attack. He was only 29. Despite his short life, Hank Williams has had a major influence on country music.

His songs have been recorded by numerous artists, many of whom have also had hits with the tunes, in a range of pop, gospel, blues and rock styles. Williams has been covered by performers such as Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Cake, Kenny Rankin, Beck Hansen, Johnny Cash, Tony Bennett, The Residents, Patsy Cline, Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong, Tom Petty, Linda Ronstadt, Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams, Isaac Hayes, and Tom Waits. He has received numerous honors and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Hank Williams : Hank Williams Complete : Solo : Songbook : 073999644128 : 0634006940 : 00306304

Hank Williams : Hank Williams Complete

Hank Williams (September 17, 1923 - January 1, 1953) was an American singer and songwriter and musician who has become an icon of country music and one of the most influential songwriters of the 20th century. A leading pioneer of the honky tonk style, he had numerous hit records, and his charismatic performances and succinct compositions increased his fame. His songbook is one of the backbones of country music, and several of his songs are pop standards as well. He has been covered in a range of pop, gospel, blues and rock styles. Here is the definitive collection of his songs and a must for fans of classic American songs.

Songlist: The Alabama Waltz, Alone And Forsaken, Angel Of Death, Are You Lonely Too, Are You Walkin' And A-Talkin' For The Lord, Baby, We're Really In Love, Bayou Pon Pon, The Blues Come Around, Cajun Baby, California Zephyr, Calling You, Cold, Cold Heart, Countryfied, Dear Brother, Everything's Okay, For Me There Is No Place, Forever's A Long Long Time, The Funeral, Help Me Understand, Hey, Good Lookin', A Home In Heaven, Homesick, Honey, Do You Love Me, Huh, Honky Tonk Blues, Honky Tonkin', House Of Gold, A House Without Love, How Can You Refuse Him Now, Howlin' At The Moon, I Ain't Got Nothing But Time, and more

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Voicing: Solo | Performed by Hank Williams | 5278b | Songbook | $19.95 | PVG


Hank Williams : Pro Vocal Series : Solo : Songbook & CD : 884088218461 : 1423435338 : 00740386

Hank Williams : Pro Vocal Series

Hank Williams (September 17, 1923 - January 1, 1953) was an American singer and songwriter and musician who has become an icon of country music and one of the most influential songwriters of the 20th century. A leading pioneer of the honky tonk style, he had numerous hit records, and his charismatic performances and succinct compositions increased his fame. His songbook is one of the backbones of country music, and several of his songs are pop standards as well. He has been covered in a range of pop, gospel, blues and rock styles. Here is the definitive collection of his songs and a must for fans of classic American songs. This Pro Vocal series contains the lyrics, melody, and chord symbols for eight of his hit songs. The CD contains demos for listening, and then separate backing tracks so you can sing along. The CD is playable on any CD, but it is also enhanced for PC and Mac computer users so you can adjust the recording to any pitch without changing the tempo! Perfect for home rehearsal, parties, auditions, corporate events, and gigs without a backup band. Or for singing just for the fun of it!

Songlist: Cold, Cold Heart, Hey, Good Lookin', Honky Tonkin', I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You), Jambalaya (on the Bayou), Kaw-Liga, Take These Chains From My Heart, Your Cheatin' Heart

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Voicing: Solo | Performed by Hank Williams | 6809b | Songbook & CD | $14.95 | Melody/Lyrics/Chords


Individual Folios

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Hey, Good Lookin' : SATB : Jay Althouse : Hank Williams : Hank Williams : Songbook & CD : 00-27165 : 038081294254

Jay Althouse : Hey, Good Lookin'

Here's a driving, rock version of the Hank Williams classic. From the opening measure it'll knock your socks off. Strong, easy-to-learn choral parts and a rockin' piano accompaniment are the stars here. Great for any choir, any age, any size. Just roll up your sleeves and let it rock!

Arranger: Jay Althouse | Composer: Hank Williams Performed By: Hank Williams

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.85 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-27165 | Showtrax CD Available


Hey, Good Lookin' : SAB : Jay Althouse : Hank Williams : Hank Williams : Sheet Music : 00-27166 : 038081294261

Jay Althouse : Hey, Good Lookin'

Here's a driving, rock version of the Hank Williams classic. From the opening measure it'll knock your socks off. Strong, easy-to-learn choral parts and a rockin' piano accompaniment are the stars here. Great for any choir, any age, any size. Just roll up your sleeves and let it rock!

Arranger: Jay Althouse | Composer: Hank Williams Performed By: Hank Williams

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $1.85 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-27166 | Showtrax CD Available


Hey, Good Lookin' : TTB : Jay Althouse : Hank Williams : Hank Williams : Sheet Music : 00-27167 : 038081294278

Jay Althouse : Hey, Good Lookin'

Here's a driving, rock version of the Hank Williams classic. From the opening measure it'll knock your socks off. Strong, easy-to-learn choral parts and a rockin' piano accompaniment are the stars here. Great for any choir, any age, any size. Just roll up your sleeves and let it rock!

Arranger: Jay Althouse | Composer: Hank Williams Performed By: Hank Williams

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Voicing: TTB | Sheet Music | $1.85 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-27167 | Showtrax CD Available


Hey, Good Lookin' : 2-Part : Jay Althouse : Hank Williams : Hank Williams : Sheet Music : 00-27168 : 038081294285

Jay Althouse : Hey, Good Lookin'

Here's a driving, rock version of the Hank Williams classic. From the opening measure it'll knock your socks off. Strong, easy-to-learn choral parts and a rockin' piano accompaniment are the stars here. Great for any choir, any age, any size. Just roll up your sleeves and let it rock!

Arranger: Jay Althouse | Composer: Hank Williams Performed By: Hank Williams

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $1.85 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-27168 | Showtrax CD Available


Hey, Good Lookin' : TTB : Audrey Snyder : Hank Williams : Hank Williams : Sheet Music : 08202795 : 884088546540

Audrey Snyder : Hey, Good Lookin'

Your guys will have a blast singing this rockabilly classic by Hank Williams and more recently covered in a 2004 chart hit by Jimmy Buffett and his country cohorts Clint Black, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith and George Strait. Optional tenor sax part included. Available separately: TTB, ShowTrax CD. Duration: ca. 2:15.

Arranger: Audrey Snyder | Composer: Hank Williams Performed By: Hank Williams

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Voicing: TTB | Sheet Music | $1.90 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08202795 | Showtrax CD Available


Jambalaya : 3-Part Mixed : Ryan O'Connell : Hank Williams : Sheet Music : 35032641 : 888680909444 : 1540044130

Ryan O'Connell : Jambalaya

Written and recorded by legendary Hank Williams, this song has spawned numerous cover versions since its release in 1952. Its Cajun theme is about life, parties and food of Cajun cuisine. Ma cher amio you are going to love this arrangement so grab Yvonne, the sweetest one and head for the bayou!

Arranger: Ryan O'Connell Performed By: Hank Williams

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Voicing: 3-Part Mixed | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 35032641


Jambalaya : 2-Part : Ryan O'Connell : Hank Williams : Sheet Music : 35032642 : 888680909451 : 1540044149

Ryan O'Connell : Jambalaya

Written and recorded by legendary Hank Williams, this song has spawned numerous cover versions since its release in 1952. Its Cajun theme is about life, parties and food of Cajun cuisine. Ma cher amio you are going to love this arrangement so grab Yvonne, the sweetest one and head for the bayou!

Arranger: Ryan O'Connell Performed By: Hank Williams

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $2.15 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 35032642


Jambalaya : TB : Ryan O'Connell : Hank Williams : Sheet Music : 35032643 : 888680909482 : 1540044165

Ryan O'Connell : Jambalaya

Written and recorded by legendary Hank Williams, this song has spawned numerous cover versions since its release in 1952. Its Cajun theme is about life, parties and food of Cajun cuisine. Ma cher amio you are going to love this arrangement so grab Yvonne, the sweetest one and head for the bayou!

Arranger: Ryan O'Connell Performed By: Hank Williams

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Voicing: TB | Sheet Music | $2.15 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 35032643

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