Selected cover versions from Hank Williams' songbook

  • Frankie Laine covered "Ramblin' Man" in 1952, “Your Cheatin' Heart” in 1953, “Cold, Cold Heart” in 1968, and “Jambalaya” in 1986. He and Jo Stafford cut duet versions of “Hey Good Lookin'” in 1951, and of “Settin' the Woods on Fire” in 1952.
  • "Lovesick Blues" was covered by Patsy Cline (1960), as well as by Ryan Adams (2001) and George Strait (1992). (Note: Hank Williams covered "Lovesick Blues" himself. The song was originally recorded by Emmett Miller.)
  • "I'm So Lonesome I could Cry" was covered by B. J. Thomas in 1966, Al Green and the Grateful Dead in 1972, and Elvis Presley on his historic Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii in 1973.
  • James Brown covered "Your Cheatin' Heart" in 1969.
  • The Blue Ridge Rangers, (in reality, a solo album by John Fogerty), covered "Jambalaya" on the 1973 album Blue Ridge Rangers.
  • The Carpenters covered "Jambalaya" on their 1973 album Now & Then.
  • Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris' covered "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You)" in 1974.
  • George Thorogood and the Destroyers covered "Move It On Over" (1978).
  • Huey Lewis & the News covered "Honky Tonk Blues" on the album Sports (1983).
  • The Red Hot Chili Peppers covered "Why Don't You Love Me" on their self-titled debut album (1984).
  • The Residents covered "Hey Good Lookin'," "Six More Miles (To the Graveyard)," "Kaw-Liga," "Ramblin' Man," "Jambalaya," and "Sousaside" on their 1986 album

Stars & Hank Forever: The American Composers Series.

  • "Just Waitin'" (by Williams' pseudonym, Luke the Drifter) was covered by The Fall in 1992.
  • Jimmie Dale Gilmore covered "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" on Spinning Around the Sun (1993), and "I'll Never Get Out of the World Alive" on Come on Back (2005).
  • The The did an entire album of Hank Williams covers called Hanky Panky (1995).
  • Social Distortion covered "Alone and Forsaken" on their 1997 Canadian promotional EP, When the Angels Sing.
  • Mike Ness of Social Distortion covered "You Win Again" on his solo album Cheating at Solitaire (1999), and "Six More Miles (to the Graveyard)" and "A House of Gold" on his follow-up solo album, Under the Influences (1999).
  • Van Morrison and Linda Gail Lewis covered "You Win Again," "Jambalaya," and "Why Don't You Love Me" on the CD You Win Again (2000). Also, Morrison covered "Your Cheatin' Heart" on Pay the Devil (2006).
  • The Melvins covered "Ramblin' Man," with vocals provided by Hank Williams III, on their 2000 release The Crybaby.
  • Johnny Dowd covers "Pictures From Life's Other Side" on Pictures From Life's Other Side (2001).
  • Norah Jones covered "Cold, Cold Heart" on Come Away With Me in 2002.
  • Johnny Cash covered "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" on American IV: The Man Comes Around (2003). Also, Cash covered "On the Evening Train" on American V: A Hundred Highways (2006).
  • Madeleine Peyroux covered ""Weary Blues from Waitin'" on Careless Love in 2004.
  • Martina McBride recorded "You Win Again" on her 2005 album of country standards, Timeless.
  • The Saints (Lincoln, Nebraska) covered "Lost Highway" and "Six More Miles (To the Graveyard)" on their 2005 release A New Kind of Patriot.
  • Mark Lanegan and Isobel Campbell covered "Ramblin' Man" for their album Ballad of the Broken Seas (2006).
  • Josh Pearson formerly of Lift to Experience covered "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" in 2006.
  • Williams' grandson, Hank Williams III, did a cover of "I Could Never Be Ashamed Of You" on disc two of his 2006 album Straight to Hell.
  • Bob Dylan has played live covers of Williams' songs throughout his career, including "You Win Again," "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," "Lost Highway," and "(I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle." He also performed an impromptu version of "Lost Highway" in the D.A. Pennebaker film Don't Look Back.
  • Many country artists have done Hank Williams tribute albums, including: Charlie Pride, George Jones, and bluegrass veteran Larry Sparks.


Songs that pay tribute to Hank Williams include:

  • "Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life" by Moe Bandy (written by Paul Craft)
  • "The Ride" and "The Ghost of Hank Williams" by David Allan Coe
  • "Tower of Song" by Leonard Cohen
  • "Alcohol and Pills" by Fred Eaglesmith
  • "The Life of Hank Williams" by Hawkshaw Hawkins
  • "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?" and "If Old Hank Could Only See Us Now" by Waylon Jennings
  • "The Ghost of Hank Williams" by the Kentucky Headhunters
  • "If You Don't Like Hank Williams" by Kris Kristofferson
  • "Things Change" by Tim McGraw
  • "That Heaven Bound Train" by Johnny Rion (also covered by Carl Shrum)
  • "Mission from Hank" by Aaron Tippin
  • "Has Anybody Here Seen Hank?" by the Waterboys
  • "Family Tradition" by Hank Williams, Jr.
  • "From Hank to Hendrix" and "This Old Guitar" by Neil Young


  1. ↑ Paul Hemphill. 2005. Lovesick Blues: The Life of Hank Williams. (New York: Penguin Group. ISBN 0670034142)
  2. ↑ Colin Escott. 1994. Hank Williams: The Biography. (Boston: Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 0316249866)
  3. ↑ Jett Williams, biography Retrieved September 12, 2008.


  • Escott, Colin. 1994. Hank Williams: The Biography. Boston: Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 0316249866
  • Hemphill, Paul. 2005. Lovesick Blues: The Life of Hank Williams. New York: Penguin Group. ISBN 0670034142
  • The Time-Life Country and Western Classics: Hank Williams, 2. Quoted in Brackett, David. 2000. Interpreting Popular Music. University of California Press. ISBN 0520225414.

External links

All links retrieved July 26, 2017.

  • Official Website
  • Hank Williams at the Country Music Hall of Fame - 1961 Inductee biography adapted from The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's Encyclopedia of Country Music, published by Oxford University Press.
  • Hank Williams at PBS - American Masters