Arguably the most important day in the career and life of Hank Williams was spent at the Herzog Studios at 811 Race Street Cincinnati Ohio.
It was there that Hank recorded 8 tracks that were turning points in the great career.
Most importantly, December 22, 1948 was the date Hank Williams recorded his signature song at least during the years he was alive, ‘Lovesick Blues’. It’s true that many other Hank recordings many his own compositions, have become more associated with the Hank Williams legacy following his tragic death on Janury 1, 1953.
But during his lifetime, from the day it was released, ‘Lovesick Blues’ was Hank’s most famous song and he was known at every appearance whether in person or on radio, as “The Lovesick Blues Boy”.
On Friday December 21 2013, in Cincinnati, at The Southgate Revival there will be a celebration of Hank’s two recording session at Herzog December 22 1948 and August 30 1949. The occasion will be marked by the release of a CD by ArloMcKinley called the Hank 8, covering each of the recordings that were made on the two days. The celebration will include other musical acts as well and participants dressing in period 1940′s costumes.
Here are the Hank Williams recordings at Herzog from December 22, 1948:
Lost on the River
There’ll be no Teardrops Tonight
I Heard My Mother Praying For Me
From August 30, 1949
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry
A House Without Love is Not a Home
I Just Don’t Like This Kind of Living
My Buckets Got a Hole in It
So there it is, from December ‘Lovesick Blues’ and There’ll be no Teardrops Tonight’, and from August ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’.
And finally, from Cincinnati. . . Hank Williams