The Lonesome Whippoorwill
Hear The Lonesome Whippoorwill
"Hear that lonesome whippoorwill, it sounds too blue to fly," starts off the lonesome sounding song written by Hank Williams in 1949.The song is titled "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry and it was #111 on Rolling Stones top 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Considering it is the second oldest song on the list and one of only two from the 1940's. It also made #29 on CMT's Top 100 Songs in 2003.
Dozens of musical artists have sang this song along with Terry Bradshaw of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1976 and B.J. Thomas brought it to #8 in 1966 with his rendition of it.
Hank Williams wrote the song over his troubled relationship with his wife, Audrey Sheppard and was worried that that it was too artsy for his audience. The song was on the "B" side of his song "My Bucket's Got A Hole In It."
It didn't get much attention until after Hank's death when Willie Nelson and other artists started singing it and it came to symbolize Hank's whiskey drinking life.
He was born Hiram Williams, in Mount Olive, Alabama, in 1923 and learned gospel music from his mother, who played the organ at their Baptist church, and blues/pop from a black street musician. By the time he was 16, he'd formed the first version of his legendary band, the Drifting Cowboys, and was playing music on a local radio station.
Hank Williams, "the hillbilly Shakespeare," left this world 56 years ago, at the age of 29, yet he still has a hold on the American imagination as the most potent icon of country music.
Three of his recordings reached the top of the charts in the year following his death. By 1954, with his earthly voice silenced, the fragile young man from Alabama was only a legend. But in his last few turbulent years, he had changed country music forever and his musical legacy remains its cornerstone.
HANK WILLIAMS September 17, 1923 - January 1, 1953
Did You Know?
Hank and Audrey barely escaped serious injury from gun shots by crawling out the back window of a converted one-room schoolhouse turned roadhouse called the Almeria Club, outside Troy, Alabama in 1947.
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AWARDS AND SONGS OF HANK WILLIAMS
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Top Ten Songs by Hank Williams, Sr
Some of his songs are well known, but the fact that he wrote them isn't. Others just aren't widely known. Anyway, these are his best!
* Lovesick Blues
* Long Gone Lonesome Blues
* Why Don't You Love Me
* Moanin the Blues
* Cold, Cold Heart
* Hey, Good-Looking
* Jambalaya (on the Bayou)
* I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive
* Your Cheatin' Heart
* Take These Chains From My Heart
* Move It On Over
* I'm a Long Gone Daddy
* Wedding Bells
* Mind Your Own Business
* You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave)
* My Bucket's Got a Hole In It
* I Just Don't Like This Kind Of Livin'
* They'll Never Take Her Love From Me
* Howlin' At the Moon
* I Can't Help It (I Am Still In Love With You)
* Crazy Heart
* Baby, We're Really In Love
* Honky Tonk Blues
* Half As Much
* Settin' the Woods On Fire
* I Won't Be Home No More
* Please Don't Let Me Love You
* My Son Calls Another Man Daddy
* Why Should We Try Anymore
* Nobody's Lonesome For Me
* Lonesome Whistle (I Heard That)
* You Win Again
* Dear John
* Never Again
* Weary Blues From Waitin'
My Rendition Of The Classic
This is me, your lensemaster, singing "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry." It was my second time ever to be on stage performing along with the rest of my band. It was at Diboll VFW, in Diboll, Texas in 2007. The audio is homemade, but you can hear it!
BOBBY RYAN, GUITAR, HARMONY VOCALS;
RAY RYAN, DOBRO;
KENNY RYAN, BASS;
LORI LEE-RAY, MANDOLIN & LEAD VOCALS
Hank On You-Tube
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Resources on Hank Williams, Sr.
- Blind Pig & The Acorn: Choking Out The Whippoorwills
This time of the year I start listening-hoping to hear the first Whippoorwill of the season. I grew up hearing Pap tell a story about the Whippoorwill. In days gone by, the story was quite popular in our area-so popular...
- I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry : Rolling Stone
Written by: Williams Produced by: Fred Rose Released: Nov. '49 on Sterling Charts: Did not chart
- Official Hank Williams Website
Official site for Hank - Writer of Your Cheatin? Heart, Jambalaya, Cold Cold Heart and I'm So Lonesome (I Could Cry), The first Country Music Superstar. Info on twice Grammy winning 10 CD box set Complete Hank Williams and new release of guitar recor
- American Masters . Hank Williams | PBS
More than fifty years after his death, Hank Williams ranks among the most powerfully iconic figures in American music. Iconic to the point that man and myth are inextricably entwined. He set the agenda for contemporary country songcraft and sang his
- HANK WILLIAMS | Country Music Hall of Fame? and Museum | Nashville, Tennessee
The Hank Williams Story Hank Williams's legend has long overtaken the rather frail and painfully introverted man who spawned it. Almost singlehandedly, Williams set the agenda for contemporary country songcraft, but his appeal rests as much in the m
- Lost Highway Records: Hank Williams
Official Label Site - Features Music and the Latest News, Tour Dates, Vinyl, Press, Photos and Ringtones
- Universal Music Nashville
The official label site of Hank Williams with full-length music, videos, photos, news, tour dates, ringtones, contests, games and more.
- Hank Williams Sr.
Links to webpages on Hank Williams Sr.