Hank Williams – Honky Tonkin’

Upon its release, "Honky Tonkin'" managed to reach the hearts of country music fans, this masterpiece reached number 1 on US Hot Country Songs (Billboard) and number 6 Canadian RPM Country Tracks.

Hank Williams – Honky Tonkin’

If you’re a fan of country music, you’ve probably heard of Hank Williams – Honky Tonkin’. But what makes this song so iconic, and why do country music fans still love it? In this article, we’ll dive into the story behind this classic tune and explore its impact on country music. But first, let’s set the stage for what «Honky Tonkin'» is all about.

The Origins of «Honky Tonkin'»

 Hank Williams - Honky Tonkin'
Cover EP Hank Williams M-G-M 1956
«Hank Williams – Honky Tonkin'» was recorded on February 13, 1947 and released on May 1947, and written by Hank Williams himself. It was produced by Fred Rose and at its release it was not included in any album, it came out as a single accompanied by side A by «Pan American,» later MGM Records included it in the EP titled «Honky-Tonkin’ Hank Williams Vol. 1» released in 1956, upon its release, «Honky Tonkin'» managed to reach the hearts of country music fans, this masterpiece reached number 1 on US Hot Country Songs (Billboard) and number 6 Canadian RPM Country Tracks.
The term «honky-tonkin'» refers to going out to bars, clubs, and dance halls, often in rural areas, where country music is played, and people have a good time. This is a classic theme in country music, and Hank Williams captures the essence of a good night out with friends and some live music in this song.

What «Honky Tonkin'» Means

Hank Williams – Honky Tonkin’ is all about the fun and excitement of hitting the local bars for some music and good times. It’s about escaping from the daily grind and letting loose with your friends. The lyrics paint a picture of a carefree night out, where everyone is welcome, and there’s always music and dancing. The simple yet powerful theme is what makes this song a timeless classic.




Who Was Hank Williams?

Hank Williams - Dear John
Hank Williams
Hank Williams is a legend in country music. He’s considered one of the most influential country artists of all time, with numerous hit songs that have stood the test of time. Throughout his career, Hank Williams had 11 number-one singles, including «Lovesick Blues» and «Jambalaya (On the Bayou).» His unique style and storytelling ability have made him a favorite among country music fans.
Williams’ career was cut tragically short when he died at the age of 29 in 1953. Despite his short life, his influence on country music is immeasurable. His songs continue to be covered and celebrated by artists today, and his legacy is firmly cemented in the history of country music.
Hank Williams – Honky Tonkin’ remains popular because it captures the spirit of country music—a sense of community, fun, and the joy of music. It’s a song that people can relate to, no matter what era they’re from. Even after all these years, the theme of letting loose and having a good time still resonates with listeners.
Whether you’re a longtime country music fan or just discovering the genre, Hank Williams – Honky Tonkin’ is a song worth exploring. Its infectious energy and timeless message remind us all to take a break from our busy lives and enjoy the simple pleasures of music and good company.

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Hank Williams – Honky Tonkin’ lyrics

When you are sad and lonely and have no place to go
Call me up, sweet baby, and bring along some dough
And we’ll go Honky Tonkin’, Honky Tonkin’
Honky Tonkin’, Honey Baby
We’ll go Honky Tonkin’ ‘round this town.
When you and your baby have a fallin’ out
Just call me up sweet mama and we’ll go steppin’ out
And we’ll go Honky Tonkin’, Honky Tonkin’
Honky Tonkin’, Honey Baby
We’ll go Honky Tonkin’ ‘round this town.
We’re goin’ to the city – to the city fair
If you go to the city then you will find me there
And we’ll go Honky Tonkin’, Honky Tonkin’
Honky Tonkin’, Honey Baby
We’ll go Honky Tonkin’ ‘round this town.
[Repeat first verse]

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Single Hank Williams Sterling 1947
Single Hank Williams Sterling 1947

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