Hank Williams

Lovesick Blues

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One of the very few songs that Hank Williams performed but did not write, “Lovesick Blues” is nevertheless now associated primarily with the singer, whose magnificent reading of the song has put all other efforts firmly in their place. Written in the 1920’s as a show tune, “Lovesick Blues” contains a marvellously fun melody, and a chord sequence full of unexpected changes. The lyrics are also very effective – it begins “I got a feeling called the blues since my baby said goodbye/Lord I don’t know what to do, all I do is sit and cry”. Indeed, the lyric could easily have been written by Williams. Certainly one of Hank Williams’ most popular songs, thanks to its accessibility, his version has been enormously influential with other country music artists, even newer performers such as Ryan Adams, who gave the song a heartfelt reading on Timeless.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1961 Polydor 0:00
No Image 1963 Polygram
No Image 1965 MGM
The Legend Lives Anew (Hank Williams with Strings) 1966 Universal Special Products / PSM 2:44
No Image 1969 MGM
No Image 1970 MGM
No Image 1970 MGM 2:40
No Image 1970 MGM 2:42
No Image 1973 MGM
24 Greatest Hits 1976 Mercury 2:42
40 Greatest Hits 1978 Polydor / Mercury 2:42
Lovesick Blues (August 1947 -- December 1948): Vol. II 1985 Mercury Nashville 2:42
The Collector's Edition 1987 Madacy 2:43
No Image 1988 Polydor
20 of Hank Williams' Greatest Hits 1990 Chronicles / PolyGram 2:42
Smithsonian Collection of Classic Country Music, Vol. 2 1991
Various Artists
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings 2:42
The Original Singles Collection...Plus 1992 Mercury 2:42
Country Music Classics, Vol. 14 (1940's) 1993
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:42
No Image 1994 Polygram
The Hits, Vol. 1 1994 Polygram 2:43
The Shawshank Redemption [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 1994 Epic / Sony Music Distribution 2:42
American Legends: Best of the Early Years 1995 Universal Special Products / PSM 2:45
Outlaws of Country [Lifetimes] 1995
Various Artists
Life Times & Music 2:42
Heroes of Country Music, Vol. 3: Legends of Nashville 1996
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Bros.
Low Down Blues 1996 Mercury Nashville / Polygram 2:42
First Families of Country: Sons & Daughters 1997
Various Artists
Vanguard 2:46
Commemorative Collection [Box] 1997 Valley Entertainment 14:17
World of Country & Western, Vol. 3 1999
Various Artists
ZYX Music 2:46
20th Century Masters-The Millennium Collection: Best of Hank Williams 1999 Mercury 2:42
Lovesick Blues [Goldies] 1999 Goldies
Lovesick Blues [Country Stars] 1999 Country Stars 2:48
Classic Country: Golden '40s 1999
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:45
No Image 1999 Mount Olive
The Legendary Hank Williams 2000 Prism Leisure 2:46
Move It on Over [Golden Stars] 2000 Golden Stars 2:46
No Image 2000 Orchard
Honky Tonkin' [Pearl] 2000 Pearl Flapper / Pearl 2:47
Hank Williams [Castle] 2001 St. Clair 2:47
His Greatest Hits, Vol. 1: Honky Tonkin' 2001 Jasmine Records 2:45
Blues Come Around 2001 Catfish 2:46
That's Country [Golden Stars] 2001
Various Artists
Golden Stars 2:46
#1 Country Legendary Hits, Vol. 2 2002
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 2:45
Golden Greats: Greatest Country Hits 2002
Various Artists
Disky 2:43
Country Hits of the Forties 2002
Various Artists
ASV / Living Era 2:45
Pure Nostalgia...And All That Jazz 2002
Various Artists
ASV / Living Era 2:46
Hillbilly Hero [4 CD Set] 2002 Proper Box 2:44
Best of Hank Williams, Vol. 1 2002 Mastersound 2:42
Long Gone Lonesome Blues 2002 Country Stars 2:45
Ultimate Collection [Mercury/UTV] 2002 Mercury 3:02
Country Music 2002
Various Artists
Frémeaux & Associés 2:45
Country, Bluegrass and Mountain Music 2002
Various Artists
Rerooted 2:48
Country Lovin' [Delta] 2002
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 2:45
Greatest Country Singer of All Time 2002 K-Tel Distribution 0:00
Move It on Over: Hillbilly Hero 2002 Proper Sales & Dist. 2:44
Country Roots [K-Tel] 2003
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:45
Pure Country Classics: The #1 Hits 2003
Various Artists
UTV 3:01
48 Original Recordings 2003 Prism Entertainment / Prism Leisure 2:46
Artist's Choice: Johnny Cash 2003 Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 2:44
Golden Greats 2003 Disky Golden Greats 2:44
Moanin' the Blues 1947-1951 2004 Frémeaux & Associés 2:44
Honky Tonk Blues [DVD] 2004 Mercury
The Best of Hank Williams [Northquest] 2004 Northquest 2:42
Hank Williams [2004] 2004 Kala International 2:43
Jambalaya (On the Bayou) 2005 Dynamic / Dynamic (Emp520) 2:45
The Very Best of Hank Williams [Legacy] 2005 Legacy 2:49
No More Darkness 2005 Trikont 2:44
Gold 2005 Mercury Nashville 3:02
The Honky Tonk Man 2005 American Legends 2:42
Settin' the Woods on Fire 2005 Recall (UK) 2:44
Turn Back the Years: The Essential Hank Williams Collection 2005 Mercury Nashville 2:44
Hall of Fame 2006 Laserlight 2:47
Very Best of Hank Williams [Mastersong] 2006 Mastersong 2:42
Country Music Legends 2006 Castle Pulse 2:45
No Image 2006 Legacy 2:47
True Country 2006
Various Artists
Spectrum Music
Hey, Good Lookin [Dynamic Entertainment] 2007 Dynamic 2:43
Famous Country Music Makers 2007 Castle Pulse 0:00
No Image 2008 Nocturne Records
Hank Williams [Madacy] 2008 Madacy 2:43
Rockin' Chair Money 2009 Bear Family Records
The Roots of Gram Parsons 2009
Various Artists
Snapper 2:45
Best Of 2011 Mercury / Mercury Nashville 2:42
Icon 2011 Mercury Nashville 2:42
Icon 2 2014 Mercury Nashville 2:42
The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 2014 Omnivore 3:15
The Complete Singles As & Bs 1947-55 2016 Acrobat Music 2:45
20 Greatest Hits [TGG] TGG Direct 3:04
A Legendary Collection Mercury Nashville 0:00
No Image Polymedia
No Image
Various Artists
Time / Life Music / WEA
Greatest Country Hits of 1950
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 2:45
The World of Hank Williams Music & Melody 2:46