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Recorded:

5/47 to 7/53

Released:

1978


Rating:


Genre:

country


Quotable:

“If you care about country music, you need some Hank Williams in your collection, and there isn’t a better introduction…than 40 Greatest Hits.” MD


Album Tracks, Disc 1:

  1. Move It on Over
  2. A Mansion on the Hill
  3. Lovesick Blues
  4. Wedding Bells
  5. Mind Your Own Business
  6. You’re Gonna Change or I’m Gonna Leave
  7. Lost Highway
  8. My Bucket’s Got a Hole in It
  9. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry
  10. I Just Don’t Like This Kind of Living
  11. Long Gone Lonesome Blues
  12. My Son Calls Another Man Daddy
  13. Why Don’t You Love Me
  14. Why Should We Try Anymore
  15. They’ll Never Take Her Love from Me
  16. Moanin’ the Blues
  17. Nobody’s Lonesome for Me
  18. Cold, Cold Heart
  19. Dear John
  20. Howlin’ at the Moon

Album Tracks, Disc 2:

  1. Hey, Good Lookin’
  2. Crazy Heart
  3. I Heard That Lonesome Whistle
  4. Baby, We’re Really in Love
  5. Ramblin’ Man
  6. Honky Tonk Blues
  7. I’m Sorry for You My Friend
  8. Half As Much
  9. Jambalaya on the Bayou
  10. Window Shopping
  11. Settin’ the Woods on Fire
  12. You Win Again
  13. I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive
  14. Kaw-Liga
  15. Your Cheatin’ Heart
  16. Take These Chains from My Heart
  17. I Won’t Be Home No More
  18. Weary Blues from Waitin’
  19. I Saw the Light

Sales (in millions):

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Peak:

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Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Move It on Over (8/9/47) #4 CW
  • Lovesick Blues (3/5/49) #1 CW, #24 US, sales: 1.0 m
  • A Mansion on the Hill (3/5/49) #12 CW
  • Wedding Bells (5/14/49) #2 CW
  • Mind Your Own Business (7/23/49) #5 CW
  • You’re Gonna Change or I’m Gonna Leave (10/1/49) #4 CW
  • Lost Highway (10/1/49) #12 CW
  • My Bucket’s Got a Hole in It (11/26/49) #2 CW
  • I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry (11/26/49) #43 CW
  • I Just Don’t Like This Kind of Livin’ (2/18/50) #5 CW
  • Long Gone Lonesome Blues (3/25/50) #1 CW
  • My Son Calls Another Man Daddy (3/25/50) #9 CW
  • Why Don’t You Love Me (5/27/50) #1 CW
  • They’ll Never Take Her Love from Me (10/7/50) #5 CW
  • Why Should We Try Anymore (10/7/50) #9 CW
  • Moanin’ the Blues (11/18/50) #1 CW
  • Nobody’s Lonesome for Me (11/18/50) #9 CW
  • Cold, Cold Heart (3/3/51) #1 CW, #27 US
  • Dear John (3/3/51) #8 CW
  • I Can’t Help It if I’m Still in Love with You (5/26/51) #2 CW
  • Howlin’ at the Moon (5/26/51) #3 CW
  • Hey, Good Lookin’ (7/14/51) #1 CW, #29 US, sales: 1.0 m
  • Crazy Heart (10/20/51) #4 CW
  • I Heard That Lonesome Whistle (10/20/51) #9 CW
  • Baby, We’re Really in Love (12/22/51) #4 CW
  • Honky Tonk Blues (3/1/52) #2 CW
  • Half As Much (5/3/52) #2 CW
  • Jambalaya on the Bayou (8/16/52) #1 CW, #20 US, sales: 1.0 m
  • Settin’ the Woods on Fire (10/11/52) #2 CW
  • You Win Again (10/11/52) #10 CW
  • I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive (12/20/52) #1 CW
  • Kaw-Liga (2/21/53) #1 CW, #23 US, sales: 1.0 m
  • Your Cheatin’ Heart (2/21/53) #1 CW, #25 US, sales: 1.0 m (B-side of “Kaw-Liga”)
  • Take These Chains from My Heart (5/16/53) #1 CW
  • I Won’t Be Home No More (7/25/53) #4 CW
  • Weary Blues from Waitin’ (10/10/53) #7 CW

Notes:

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Awards:


40 Greatest Hits

Hank Williams

Review:

Country legend Hank “Williams lived fast and worked fast, too, recording relentlessly from 1947 until his alcohol-related death in 1953. This compilation shows how craft transcended the demon booze. Of these 40 hits, more than a quarter topped the country charts.” BL

“Williams’ body of work is so large and has been repackaged so many times in so many forms that the notion of creating a definitive compilation almost seems like an impossible goal. However, as a one-stop shopping place for Hank’s basic repertoire, 40 Greatest Hits is as good as it gets.” MD This two-record compilation was released in 1978 by Mercury Records to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Williams’ death. WK

“Practically every memorable hit is here, and thankfully every cut appears in its original form (that means in mono, with no string overdubs or artificial duets with his family members).” MD It actually marked the “the first anthology in quite some time that did not subject Williams’ recordings to either rechanneled stereo, posthumous overdubs, artificial duets with family members (like his son Hank Jr.), or most or all of the above.” WK

“Because of both this major fact, and the value-for-money attraction of having a deeper song selection than previous single-disc compilations issued previously by MGM Records, many reviewers consider this anthology to be the perfect starting point for newcomers to Williams’ recorded legacy.” WK

“The track sequence subtly reflects the arc of Williams’ short but vitally important career, and there’s enough good music and great songs here to make a fan of anyone with even a passing interest in American music. If you care about country music, you need some Hank Williams in your collection, and there isn’t a better introduction to his rich body of work on the market than 40 Greatest Hits; begin here, then start exploring.” MD


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Related DMDB Link(s):


Lovesick Blues (video)


I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry (video)


Cold, Cold Heart (video)


Hey Good Lookin’ (video)


Jambalaya on the Bayou (video)


Kaw-Liga (video)


Your Cheatin’ Heart (video)


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Last updated September 18, 2011.