“A six pack to go” , a song written by Dick Hart, Johnny Lowe and Hank Thompson, was first recorded by Hank Thompson And The Brazos Valley Boys for the Capitol label on December 16, 1959, at Capitol Recording Studio, 1750 North Vine St., Hollywood, CA, in the same recording session, three other songs were also recorded: “Take a look at this broken heart of mine”, “She’s a girl without any sweetheart” and “A fooler a faker “. Hank was accompanied in this recording session by: Billy Gray (guitar), Merle Travis (guitar), Wayne Whitewing (steel), Billy Stewart (bass), Gwin Nichols (drums), Billy Armstrong (fiddle), Harold Hensley (fiddle), Billy Wright (fiddle) and Jimmy Pruett (piano). With the production of Ken Nelson, the song was released in January 1960, on May 9, 1960, reached # 10 on the US Hot Country Songs charts, remaining a total of 10 weeks in the charts.
The song was included in Hank Thompson’s seventh studio album, Hank Thompson At The Golden Nugget (Capitol 1962), was released in the early 1960s.
The song was re-recorded in January or February 1967, in Nashville, TN, was not released, unissued / lost. On June 27, 1973, he re-recorded it for the Dot Records label, and released in January 1974, was included on the album, A Six pack to go (Dot Records 1974).
Leon Russell 1973 (Shelter)
The Cornell Hurd Band 1980 (Behemoth)
Cash Backman 1983 (Hammard)