Hank Williams

Jambalaya (On the Bayou)

Composed by Hank Williams

Song Review by

Hank Williams wrote and recorded an astonishing number of “novelty” songs; songs which have questionable artistic worth, but are a lot of fun to listen to, and appealing to a wide audience. “Jambalaya” is one of the finest examples of this trait of Williams’ work, and it’s a terrifically simple song about having a good time “on the bayou”. Naturally, the lyrics are perfunctory and nothing more, but they’re certainly charming, especially the audacious, inspired “Thibodeaux, Fontainbleau, the place is buzzin'/ Kinfolk come to see Yvonne by the dozen”. The song has a great bouncy melody, and has been covered by a host of artists, with Jerry Lee Lewis recording a great version during his time at Sun Records.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1952 Doxy Records 2:54
Honky Tonkin' [Polygram] 1957 Polygram 2:55
Hank Williams' Greatest Hits 1961 Polydor / Polygram 2:47
No Image 1963 Polygram
No Image 1965 MGM
No Image 1966 MGM
No Image 1970 MGM 2:47
No Image 1976 Columbia
40 Greatest Hits 1978 Polydor / Mercury / Universal 2:55
No Image 1985 The Country Music Foundation
No Image 1987 MERCURY NASHVILLE 2:52
No Image 1988
Various Artists
Sessions Records
20 of Hank Williams' Greatest Hits 1990 Mercury 2:47
Rare Demos: First to Last 1990 The Country Music Foundation 1:22
Lonesome Blues 1992 Spm 2:51
The Original Singles Collection...Plus 1992 Mercury 2:54
The Hits, Vol. 1 1994 Mercury Nashville / Universal Music 2:52
The Kings of Country Music 1995
Various Artists
Ranwood Records 2:55
Only Country 1950-1954 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 2:52
...And the Answer Is: Great Country Answer Discs from '50s-'60s, Vol. 1 1995
Various Artists
2:55
Commemorative Collection [Box] 1997 Valley Entertainment 2:55
The Best of Hank Williams [Spectrum] 1998 Spectrum Music 2:54
Country Number Ones 25 Chart-Toppers 1998
Various Artists
Country Stars 2:53
The Complete Hank Williams 1998 Mercury Nashville / Mercury 1:51
Classic Country: Golden 50's [1998] [2 CD] 1998
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:54
Live at the Grand Ole Opry 1999 Mercury Nashville / Mercury 3:26
20th Century Masters-The Millennium Collection: Best of Hank Williams 1999 Mercury 2:54
Louisiana Hayride, Vol. 1 2000
Various Artists
Music Mill 4:32
Classic Country [Direct Source] 2001
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:55
The Essential Hank Williams: Hillbilly Legend 2001 Union Square Music
Cheating Hearts 2002 404 Music Group 2:54
Ultimate Collection [Mercury/UTV] 2002 UTV / Mercury 2:53
No Image 2002 Universal Distribution 2:51
The Great Tomato Singer Songwriter Collection 2003
Various Artists
Tomato 2:56
Hits of '52: Here in My Heart 2003
Various Artists
Living Era / ASV/Living Era 2:55
Essential Country Classics [Music Club 2003] 2003
Various Artists
Music Club International Records
48 Original Recordings 2003 Prism Entertainment / Prism Leisure 2:53
The Ultimate Collection [Prism] 2003 Prism Entertainment
Golden Greats 2003 Disky Golden Greats 2:53
Hank Williams [2004] 2004 Kala International 2:54
66 Grandes Exitos: USA en Espana 1940-53 2004
Various Artists
Beggars Banquet
His Best Recordings, Vol. 2: 1949-1953 2004 Blue Moon 2:54
Lost Highway & Other Live Favorites 2005 Universal Distribution 3:26
Your Cheatin' Heart [Double Pleasure] 2005 Double Pleasure 2:54
Jambalaya (On the Bayou) 2005 Dynamic / Dynamic (Emp520) 2:54
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Simply The Best (Netherlands)
The Very Best of Hank Williams [Legacy] 2005 Legacy 2:58
The Best of Country [Disky] 2005
Various Artists
Disky / Disky Communications 2:54
No More Darkness 2005 Trikont
Your Cheatin' Heart [Rajon Entertainment] 2005 Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd.
The Hank Williams Story [Hallmark] 2005 Hallmark Recordings 2:53
No Image 2005 Mercury / Nashville / Universal 2:52
The Initial Music Collection 2005 Direct Source 2:57
Settin' the Woods on Fire 2005 Snapper 2:53
Hank Williams [Direct Source 2 CD] 2005 Direct Source 2:55
Classic Country Hits: Your Cheatin' Heart 2005 Essential Gold 2:54
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Disky
Gold Collection 2005 Proper Sales & Dist. 3:27
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Louisiana Hayride 2006
Various Artists
Proper Box 2:53
You Win Again: 26 Great Original Recording [Box Set] 2006 Prism Entertainment 2:53
Best of Hank Williams [Direct Source] 2006 Direct Source 2:55
18 Greatest 2006 Direct Source 2:55
Country Music Legends 2006 Castle Pulse 2:55
Greatest Ever! Country 2006
Various Artists
Greatest Ever
Collected 2006 Deluxe 2:53
True Country 2006
Various Artists
Universal Music 2:53
Country Party 2006
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:55
Country Hit Parade 2007 Direct Source 2:55
Country's Greatest Hits [Not Now 2CD] 2007
Various Artists
Not Now Music 2:53
Country Legends: 18 Greatest 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:55
Hank Williams: Platinum Artist Series 2007 St. Clair 2:53
Essential Country Classics [Music Club 2007] 2007
Various Artists
Music Club International Records
Pure 2007 Direct Source 2:55
Hank Williams [St. Clair] 2007 St. Clair 2:54
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Euro Trend / MCP
Roots of Van Morrison [Snapper UK] 2008
Various Artists
Catfish 2:54
The  Roots of the White Stripes 2009
Various Artists
Complete Blues / Snapper 2:54
Rockin' Chair Money 2009 Bear Family Records 2:54
Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1952 2009
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 2:51
60 Bar-B-Que Sizzlers 2010
Various Artists
Big 3 / Proper Records / Proper UK 2:53
Icon 2011 Mercury Nashville 2:53
Bar-B-Que Sizzlers 40 Original Recordings 2011
Various Artists
Conveyor / Proper
Swamp People 2013
Original Soundtrack
New Rounder 2:54
No Image 2014 K-Tel 2:55
Icon 2 2014 Mercury Nashville 2:53
The Complete Singles As & Bs 1945-1955 2016 Acrobat 2:54
No Image
Various Artists
Bluebird 2:52
20 Greatest Hits [TGG] TGG Direct 2:55
20 Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 2:53
No Image
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 2:49
A Legendary Collection Mercury Nashville 2:47
Country Hits [USM Media]
Various Artists
USM Media 2:55
Country Number Ones of the 50s
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 2:53
De Pre Historie: 1952, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Eva 2:55
Golden Oldies Hit Series, Vol. 10
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 2:49
Simply Hank Williams Simply / Union Square Music 2:54
Six More Miles to the Graveyard Doxy Records
The  Original Sound of Country 1952
Various Artists
Ideal 2:56
The Stars of Country Music
Various Artists
Documents
Your Cheatin' Heart: The Best of Hank Williams Stargrove 2:53
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