1940sCountry MusicRhythm & Blues Music

Music – 1949 – Hank Williams Sr – Lovesick Blues – Performed At Grand Ole Opry

Lovesick Blues is a show tune written by Cliff Friend and Irving Mills. The song first appeared in the 1922 musical Oh, Ernest. It was recorded by Emmett Miller in 1925 and 1928, and later by country music singer Rex Griffin. The recordings by Griffin and Miller inspired Hank Williams to perform the song during his first appearances on the Louisiana Hayride in 1948. Receiving an enthusiastic reception from the audience, Williams decided to record his own version despite initial push back from his producer Fred Rose and his band.

MGM Records released “Lovesick Blues” in February 1949….and it became an overnight success….while  quickly reaching # 1 on Billboard’s Top C&W singles….along with # 24 on the Most Played in Jukeboxes list….which was named the top country and western record of the year….while Cashbox named it “Best Hillbilly Record of the Year”.

Several cover versions of the song have been recorded….with the most popular being Frank Ifield’s 1962 version….which topped the UK Singles Chart.  In 2004, Williams’ version was added to the National Recording Registry.

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