The vitally important ‘Health and Happiness’ live radio programs recorded by Hank Williams in 1949 will be back on the market September 13th. The eight 15 minute programs will apparently be part of a new Box Set released by Time Life which produced the recent series of Mother’s Best Flour radio program recordings. This means the recording should receive the tasteful professional presentation we’ve seen with Mother’s Best.
Despite the importance of this blog to many Hank Williams fans I don’t get any advance detailed factual information from record companies or movie makers or Hank tribute performers or museums. I picked this news about ‘Health and Happiness’ from the Great American Country news site. The articles are not clear whether the new release will contain complete shows similar to the Health and Happiness 2 CD Box Set released by PolyGram in 1993.
The September release will also include some very early Hank Williams recording from 1938 and other rarities.
But to me the rerelease of ‘Health and Happiness’ is really good news. The two CD Box Set had been dropped from the catalogue by Hank’s current label Lost Highway records.
The title of the box set is ‘The Legend Begins’.
I consider ‘Health and Happiness’ to be equal to Mother’s Best in importance.
There are only 8 programs in this series, but they are much more slickly produced than the sloppy easy-going Mother’s Best. In addition each program contains 3 full songs rather than just 2. We do realize that part of the charm of Mother’s Best is the amount of chatter which reveal much about Hank’s personality. But Health and Happiness gives us more singing and shows Hank off as a real pro radio personality.
I have written some earlier articles about and mentioning the Box Set of Health and Happiness here.