Digital Dream Door’s take on what was hot way back then:
-T-Bone Walker: Stormy Monday
-Mahalia Jackson: Move on Up a Little Higher
-Bill Monroe: Blue Moon of Kentucky
-Dusty Fletcher / Louis Jordan / Count Basie: Open the Door, Richard
-Johnny Moore: Merry Christmas, Baby
-Hank Williams: Move it On Over
-Louis Jordan: Jack, You’re Dead
-Tex Williams: Smoke, Smoke, Smoke (That Cigarette)
-Julia Lee: King Size Papa
-Savannah Churchill: I Want to be Loved (But Only By You)
Digital Dream Door is quite a site for music lovers. Here is its take on the top ten songs of 1950. Number 9, of course, is of special note because it became the name of a band that didn’t do too badly.
1. The Fat Man - Fats Domino
2. Please Send Me Someone To Love - Percy Mayfield
3. Teardrops From My Eyes - Ruth Brown
4. Mona Lisa - Nat “King” Cole
5. Tennessee Waltz - Patti Page
6. Long Gone Lonesome Blues - Hank Williams
7. Mardi Gras In New Orleans - Professor Longhair
8. I’m Movin’ On - Hank Snow
9. Rollin’ Stone - Muddy Waters
10. Double Crossing Blues - Johnny Otis (Little Esther & the Robins)
Here is Patti Page’s Tennessee Waltz. I was surprised by how slow it is compared to subsequent versions. But it’s beautiful.
The site has a news item today that reports the American Pop Music Hall of Fame is seeking input from the public on which group or performer should be in the inaugural class. The story the item is based on has a link to the entire list of candidates.
Paul Anka, The Beach Boys, the Beatles, the Bee Gees, Tony Bennett, Chuck Berry, Pat Boone, the Carpenters, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Chubby Checker, the Dave Clark Five, Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, the Everly Brothers, the Four Seasons, Connie Francis, Elton John, Dean Martin, Johnny Mathis, the Monkees, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Patti Page, Les Paul & Mary Ford, the Platters, Elvis Presley, Simon & Garfunkel, Frank Sinatra, Smokey & Miracles, The Supremes, Three Dog Night, Bobby Vinton, Dionne Warwick, Andy Williams, Hank Williams and Stevie Wonder.
I wanted to feature one of the acts on the site in addition to the news item. So I took a pen, closed my eyes and pointed to the screen. The Everly Brothers was the closest.
There isn’t too much video of Hank Williams on YouTube. There is, for some reason, an almost unbelievable number of covers of his songs. My guess is that the reason is that they are terrific songs–and fairly simple.
“I Saw the Light” is a 1948 gospel song written and first performed by Hank Williams, not to be confused with the hit song by Todd Rundgren or the No. 1 country hit by Wynonna Judd.
With poetic lyrics, such as “I wandered so aimless, life filled with sin/I wouldn’t let my dear Savior in,” the song was written about Williams’ religious convictions despite his alcoholic vices. Though the song was not a commercial success upon its first release, it has become one of the songs most closely associated with Williams.
Here are Cold Cold Heart, Settin’ the Woods on Fire, a striped down version of Move it on Over performed for the troops in Germany and Your Cheatin Heart, which was not released until after William’s death.
I’m partial to the great opening rhyme of Honky Tonkin’:
When you are sad and lonely and have no place to go
Come and see me baby, and bring along some dough
And we’ll go honky tonkin’, honky tonkin’.