Lost Hank Williams Recordings to be Released
A collection of 143 unreleased Hank Williams recordings will soon be made available to fans.
The Time Life company plans to issue the recordings over the next three years, beginning this fall. The tracks are drawn from 72 episodes of a 1951 radio show saved from the trash by an employee of Nashville station WSM and given to the Williams estate. A long legal battle over rights to the tapes was recently concluded, allowing for their release. Among the recordings are 40 songs the country legend never officially recorded, including versions of “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” “Cherokee Boogie” and “The Blind Child.” “This treasure trove of music will introduce my daddy to a whole new generation of fans and bring memories to his existing fans,” says Hank’s daughter, Jett Williams. “Everyone will get to know the man and his musical genius as never before. These recordings were my vehicle to get to really know the father I never met.”