Hank Williams: Snapshots from the Lost Highway

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5 "HILBILLY HITS THE JACKPOT":
NASHVILLE, 1949-1951

In June 1949, Hank moved to Nashville and quickly became country music's biggest star. He soon eclipsed his heroes, Roy Acuff and Ernest Tubb. His only serious rivals were smoother-voiced singers like Eddy Arnold and Red Foley, who were closer to pop than country. Hank, though, remained unapologetically hillbilly and, unlike most of his contemporaries, wrote most of his songs. After breaking onto the Grand Ole Opry with two non-originals, "Lovesick Blues" and "Wedding Bells," he took a stand with self-composed songs, such as "Mind Your Own Business," "You're Gonna Change or I'm Gonna Leave," "Long Gone Lonesome Blues," "Moanin' the Blues," "Cold, Cold Heart," and "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You)." Their success encouraged him to work harder still at his songwriting.

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  • Hank Williams - Snapshots from the Lost Highway *
  • Contents *
  • Acknowledgments 11
  • Foreword 13
  • Preface 15
  • Introduction 17
  • 1 - I Wish I Had a Dad... 21
  • 2 - The Wap Blues 33
  • 3 - This Ain't No Place for Me 45
  • 4 - The 'Lovesick Blues' Boy: Spring 1948—spring 1949 63
  • 5 - Hilbilly Hits the Jackpot: Nashville, 1949-1951 89
  • 6 - I'm So Tired of It All: January—june 1952 145
  • 7 - Then Came That Fatal Day: June—december 1952 157
  • 8 - The Funeral 175
  • 9 - Aftermath 187
  • Credits 207
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