Friday, September 21, 2007




Hank Williams Sr. & The Drifting Cowboys (and others) - The Health and Happiness Shows


Here is a gem indeed for all the serious lovers of Hank (like DaddyRich) and will keep toes tapping for a while. I had searched the internets for a long time years back, piecing these together ever so slowly and laboriously. Years people. Years. All I had to show for my efforts was a scattered few remnants of what seemed to my ears to be the Halcyon days of country music. Then, Lo and Behold, they get an official release with better sound quality. We all win on this one. Some of the best songs in his wide catalogue are played here live and to great effect - tunes like 'Lovesick Blues', 'Lost Highway' and 'Mind Your Own Business'. More Hank on the way, regardless of how few download this one. I will keep shoving Hank at you and it will sink in to a few, and that's enough for me. Just do what you can to avoid the songs that his wife sings on.... (cringe). Boy, he really must have loved her to let her keep singing with that voice of hers. Damn. More music to come - 'if the Lord's willing and the creek don't rise'.

As an odd side-note. The only 2 times my Hank Sr. t-shirt has been recognized in 7 years is at a Willie Nelson sjow and a Social Distortion concert. Interesting, huh?

HEALTH AND HAPPINESS SHOW #1 (Oct 1949):

HAPPY ROVIN' COWBOY (Bob Nolan)
WEDDING BELLS (Claude Boone)
LOVESICK BLUES (Cliff Friend/Irving Mills)
OLD JOE CLARK (instrumental) - Jerry Rivers
WHERE THE SOUL OF MAN NEVER DIES (Wayne Raney o.b.o. William M. Golden) - with Audrey Williams
SALLY GOODIN' (instrumental) - Jerry Rivers

HEALTH AND HAPPINESS SHOW #2 (Oct 1949):

HAPPY ROVIN' COWBOY (Bob Nolan)
YOU'RE GONNA CHANGE (OR I'M GONNA LEAVE) (Hank Williams)
THERE'S A BLUEBIRD ON YOUR WINDOW SILL - Audrey Williams
FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN (instrumental) - Jerry Rivers
TRAMP ON THE STREET, A (Grady Cole/Hazel Cole)
SALLY GOODIN' (instrumental) - Jerry Rivers

HEALTH AND HAPPINESS SHOW #3 (Oct 1949):

HAPPY ROVIN' COWBOY (Bob Nolan)
I'M A LONG GONE DADDY (Hank Williams)
I'M TELLING YOU - Audrey Williams
BILL CHEATHAM (instrumental) - Jerry Rivers
WHEN GOD COMES AND GATHERS HIS JEWELS (Hank Williams)
SALLY GOODIN' (instrumental) - Jerry Rivers

HEALTH AND HAPPINESS SHOW #4 (Oct 1949):

HAPPY ROVIN' COWBOY (Bob Nolan)
LOST HIGHWAY (Leon Payne)
I WANT TO LIVE AND LOVE (Gene Sullivan/Wiley Walker) - with Audrey Williams
BILE THEM CABBAGE DOWN (instrumental) - Jerry Rivers
I'LL HAVE A NEW BODY (I'LL HAVE A NEW LIFE) (Traditional)
FINGERS ON FIRE (instrumental) - Bob McNett
SALLY GOODIN' (instrumental) - Jerry Rivers

HEALTH AND HAPPINESS SHOW #5 (Oct 1949):

HAPPY ROVIN' COWBOY (Bob Nolan)
MANSION ON THE HILL, A (Hank Williams/Fred Rose)
THERE'LL BE NO TEARDROPS TONIGHT (Hank Williams)
WAGNER (instrumental) - Jerry Rivers
PRODIGAL SON, The (Floyd D. Jenkins a.k.a. Fred Rose)
SALLY GOODIN' (instrumental) - Jerry Rivers

HEALTH AND HAPPINESS SHOW #6 (Oct 1949):

HAPPY ROVIN' COWBOY (Bob Nolan)
PAN AMERICAN (Hank Williams)
LOVESICK BLUES (Cliff Friend/Irving Mills)
ARKANSAS TRAVELLER (instrumental) - Jerry Rivers
I SAW THE LIGHT (Hank Williams) - with Don Helms & Hillous Butrum
SALLY GOODIN' (instrumental) - Jerry Rivers

HEALTH AND HAPPINESS SHOW #7 (Oct 1949):

HAPPY ROVIN' COWBOY (Bob Nolan)
MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS (Hank Williams)
WEDDING BELLS (Claude Boone)
COTTON-EYED JOE (instrumental) - Jerry Rivers
I'VE JUST TOLD MAMA GOODBYE (Slim Sweet/Curley Kinsey)
SALLY GOODIN' (instrumental) - Jerry Rivers

HEALTH AND HAPPINESS SHOW #8 (Oct 1949):

HAPPY ROVIN' COWBOY (Bob Nolan)
I CAN'T GET YOU OFF OF MY MIND (Hank Williams)
I'M SO LONESOME I COULD CRY (Hank Williams)
FISHERMAN'S HORNPIPE (instrumental) - Jerry Rivers
THY BURDENS ARE GREATER THAN MINE (Pee Wee King/Redd Stewart)
SALLY GOODIN' (instrumental) - Jerry Rivers


Links in comments

6 comments:

Daddy Rich said...

Part 1 -

http://preview.tinyurl.com/yp9s9m

Part 2 -

http://preview.tinyurl.com/ys3sfj

Part 3 -

http://preview.tinyurl.com/29n9wj

Part 4 -

http://preview.tinyurl.com/2yhdbz

Tbag said...

Thanks for this.

Anonymous said...

Sir:

Tremendous! Many thanks! So glad to have your wonderful site back up and running. I'd been digging it for almost a year when you went on hiatus. Now if you could only post/locate more of those elusive Bunnymen Peel Sessions...

Daddy Rich said...

I agree there, anonymous. I have a few Bunnymen collections that contain various Peel Sessions and I will someday go about listening for overlaps and redundancies and post them here for those waiting. Thanks for stopping by.
D.R.

hopster said...

D.R., you da man !!!!

Latka said...

Thank you very much!