Awesome Cover Songs – II
(Hank Williams Edition)
In this edition of awesome cover songs, we will look at the work of early American singer-songwriter Hank Williams Sr. Known as the “King of Country Music”, he released 35 top ten hits on the country-western music charts including 11 number 1 hits. Sadly, he recorded all of his songs before he died at the young age of 29. Countless artists in country music have covered his songs, but his influence goes way beyond country. Artists like Elvis, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones have covered his music. Artists from all genres including, indie, punk, rock, jazz, and blues still record and play his songs. His music has remained timeless and relevant. As proof, his last recording was in 1952. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame, yet he was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his influence on Rock Music.
As I pick the songs profiled, I stayed away from country artists covering country music. I looked for different genres and/or creative covers. I admit
You Win Again – The Rolling Stones
Hank Williams recorded “You Win Again” in 1952, one day after his divorce from his wife Audrey Williams was finalized. It has been covered by many, including versions by Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, the Grateful Dead, and Bob Dylan, to name a few. The Stones version is selected above other artists who often cover folk and/or country songs. The Stones are known to cover Rhythm and Blues but Country is rare. I think they did a great job.
The Original by Hank Williams / The Cover by The Rolling Stones