On This Day: Hank Williams Records 4 Hit Songs in a Single Day in 1949

by Kayla Zadel
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Hank Williams was a talented man. The fact that he recorded four hits songs in just one day proves just that.

Hank Williams was getting to the point in his career when just about every song he recorded would start charting not long thereafter. Williams might’ve had a short, but illustrious career, but during that time he produced some of country music’s iconic hits that are still played today.

When Hank Williams stepped into the Castle Studios on March 1, 194, he laid down vocals to four tracks that went onto be hits.

Hank Williams’ Four Hits

First up, “Lost Highway.” The title song is from the album that’s considered one of Williams’ most defining records. The track is originally written and recorded by Leon Payne.

Hank Williams Jr. refers to the tune in his own song All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down). Williams Jr. writes, “I think I know what my father meant when he sang about a lost highway”.

Next up, “Mind Your Own Business” is a song that Williams wrote himself. Williams said that it was a “little prophecy in song.” The lyrics depict outsiders being nosey when he and his wife argue.

“If the wife and I are fussin’, brother that`s our right / ‘Cause me and that sweet woman’s got a license to fight,” the narrator starts the song off. Then in comes the words that tell the unwanted audience to keep to themselves. “Just mind your own business (Mind your own business) / If mind your business, then you won’t be mindin’ mine.”

The went to No. 6 on the C&W Best Seller list where it stayed for two weeks.

Then there’s “You’re Gonna Change (Or I’m Gonna Leave).” Hank Williams once again sings about this unhappy relationship. The song Williams wrote himself marks the fourth in a remarkable string of twenty Top 10 hits.

Williams Duets with Wife

Hank Williams also recorded several songs with his wife at the time, Audrey. One of those that went onto sell hundreds of copies is “Dear Brother.” Audrey was 6 months pregnant when she recorded the song.

Williams takes a break from singing about hardships, struggles, and arguing with his wife, to croon in a more somber song.

Notable Mentions

Williams recorded many songs during the first two days of March. Some of them weren’t up to standards, according to music producers. It was the second time Williams recorded the song “Honky Tonk Blues.” However, Hank and Fred Rose weren’t happy with the rendition of the song. So they put it on the back burner and finally felt like they got it right in 1951.

Additionally, Williams laid down tracks for “My Son Calls Another Man Daddy.” But again, he wasn’t happy with the version of the song. He attempts to record it again in January 1950. When it was released in March of the same year, the track climbed to No. 9 on the country singles chart.

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