Posts Tagged ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’

Cincinnati deserves a lot of credit for keeping alive the memory of Hank Williams. This is especially true for the group that has worked to preserve the historic Herzog Recording Studio in that city.

Hank Williams traveled to Ohio to for two recording sessions. The first produced ‘Lovesick Blues’ the song that made him a national singing star. The second session yielded ”I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’  one of his greatest self penned songs and the one that established and preserves his poetic gifts for all time.

Tonight (Aug 30, 2010) local artists Dallas Moore and Jody Payne long time Willie Nelson guitarist will put on a show called “Hank to Thank” and  record a CD and DVD live at the historic second floor studio. Proceeds from the sale of tickets will go to the preservation of the studio. This is the only studio where Hank Williams recorded professionally which is still standing.

And today marks 61 years to the day that Hank recorded “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “A House Without Love,” “I Just Don’t Like This Kind of Livin'” and “My Bucket’s Got a Hole in It”, eight months after his first Herzog session in which the historic ‘Lovesick Blues was recorded over the objections of producer Fred Rose at the time.

Back on August  3rd  the  Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation announced that it had signed a one year lease  for the second floor at 811 Race Street, the former home of the E.T. Herzog Recording Co., with a $10,000 anonymous grant made through the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. The Music Heritage Foundation plans to turn the space into its headquarters and use it for recordings, performances and exhibits.

Here’s the latest article from the Cincinnati  newspaper website.

I have written three earlier posts on the Herzog Studio. They can be found here.

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It was gratifying to see Hank Williams all over the news in Cincinnati last month.

A citizen’s group called The Cincinnati Music Foundation is working  hard to get a commemorative marker installed at the site of the Herzog Studio. Hank Williams and many other country artists traveled to Cincinatti in the late 40’s to record some of the biggest classics of the time.

The Foundation earlier had a marker placed at the historic King Studios where many famous Black R and B legends recorded. Wouldn’t it have been great if accidently Hank had met  and recorded a duet with one of the R and B greats? Didn’t happen I guess.  I mention this as I recall the story that Jimmie Rodgers’ great classic  ‘Standin on the Corner’ has Louis Armstrong on trumpet and Fatha Hines on piano. That’s the legend anyway.

An all star concert was held August 22nd to raise money for the project.

The studio site is important for Hank fans because two of Hank’s greatest recordings, his breakthrough upbeat rockabillky tinged classsic ‘Lovesick Blues’  and the heartbreaking anthem to loneliness ‘I’m so Lonesone I Could Cry’ were both recorded there in 1948 and 49. So there is added importance since this is the 60th anniversay of the second session.

Tip of the hat to the Hank Williams’ Discography which I’ve linked to on the contact list to the right for the following information.

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
Lovesick Blues

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

Here’s a partial list of Country Music artists who recorded at Herzog.

Delmore Brothers, Patti Page, Homer and Jethro, Rex Allen, Flatt and Scruggs, Cowboy Copas, Bill Carlisle, Moon Mullican, Hawkshaw Hawkins.


Apparently, one of the reasons for the trip north was the Pleasant Valley Boys, a group of Nashville all stars who moved to Cincinnati to appear on WLW Radio and a local Jamboree as well as playing back up at Herzog.

The personel on Hank’s recording at Herzog were: Tommy Jackson, fiddle; Jerry Byrd, steel; Zeke Turner, electric guitar; Louis Innes, rhythm; Clyde Baum, mandolin; and on bass, Willie Thawl in 48, and Ernie Newton in Aug. 49.

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Charlie Daniels is featured in the latest issue of Esquire.

I like Charlie Daniels but have never been a huge fan.

Charlie is now 72 years old.

Of course, the reason I mention the interview  is because he talks about Hank Williams in this brief quote.

That lonesome whip-poor-will, he sounds too blue to fly, the midnight train is whining low, I’m so lonesome I could cry.” Shakespeare never said it any better. But you can like Hank Williams and you can still like Shakespeare.

This relates back to the famous “Hillbilly Shakespeare” quote about Hank Williams. Some of these days I’ll do a little article on this comparison.

Here’s the Esquire link.

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