Saturday, October 5, 2013

Covering Hank

One of the most significant performers in music history had one of the shortest careers. Hank Williams, Sr., often called the father of contemporary country music, was only 29 when he died on January 1, 1953. Although he had been in the spotlight just four years, he left a legacy of music that set him apart as one of the greatest of all time. Many artists have covered Hank's songs, including his son Hank, Jr., his daughter Jett, and his grandson Hank III.

Because Hank's songs have been so popular and influential, they have been performed and recorded by many musicians, all paying tribute to Williams and his standing as one of the greats. Presented here are some other artist's covers of Hank's songs.



Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

George Thorogood and the Destroyers


LeAnn Rimes


The Mavericks


Jimmy and Don


Ray Charles


Marty and Keith

Tony Sheridan and the Beatles


Emmylou Harris and the Hot Band

Roy Orbison

Nora Jones


Townes Van Zandt

Yes, there are many other significant cover versions of Hank Williams' songs. Search YouTube and you'll find some great ones; post the links in the comment section.



Larry Manch is an author, teacher, guitar player, freelance writer, and columnist. His books include: 'The Toughest Hundred Dollars & Other Rock & Roll Stories', 'A Sports Junkie', 'The Avery Appointment', 'Between the Fuzzy Parts'.

He also writes about baseball for Climbing Tal's Hill, food and travel on Miles & Meals, and music/guitars on The Backbeat.

He lives in Central Texas with his wife and family.


1 comment:

  1. I agree, I think Hank influenced musicians from all genre's . Here is a cover of Alone And Forsaken by Social Distortion. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLXSSxCMO38

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