“Settin’ the Woods on Fire” is the name of a single and the A-side song by Hank Williams released in 1952. The song reached #2 on U.S. Billboard Most Played by Jockeys chart and #2 on the National Best Sellers chart.
Although it sounds remarkably like a Hank Williams composition, “Settin’ the Woods on Fire” was written by Hank’s song publisher and producer Fred Rose and an elderly New Yorker, Ed G. Nelson. Williams recorded it with Rose producing at Castle Studio on June 13, 1952 in Nashville with Jerry Rivers (fiddle), Don Helms (steel guitar), and Harold Bradley (rhythm guitar), while it is speculated that Chet Atkins played lead guitar and Ernie Newton played bass. The song peaked at #2 while the B-side, “You Win Again,” climbed to #10. Author Colin Escott offers that the song “pointed unerringly toward rockabilly,” In 2007, an episode of The Batman was released called Two of a Kind, Joker and Harley Quinn sing the song while causing chaos in Gotham City.
B-side “You Win Again”
Released September 1952
Recorded June 13, 1952
Studio Castle Studio, Nashville
Genre Country, rockabilly
Label MGM Records
Songwriter(s) Fred Rose, Edward Nelson
Producer(s) Fred Rose