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Oct. 8: Hank Snow entered the Country Music Hall of Fame 30 years ago today. We recently looked at a surprise chart-topper from late in his career. Now let’s sample a jaunty number from the height of his “Singing Ranger” days, recorded in Nashville (coincidentally) the same date in 1951.

Each member of the Rainbow Ranch Boys gets a chance to shine on this one, with Snow himself kicking it off on his flat-top guitar. Most country singers of the day could, and did, play decent rhythm guitar. But Hank could really pick — and he proved it on almost every record. Here he takes the intro and not one but two breaks. Tommy Vaden provides the fiddle solo, and Hillous Butrum slaps the bass with abandon. You can hear Joe Talbot’s muted steel guitar, and Sherman Collins handles the rhythm guitar chores. To paraphrase the song, you gotta start dancing when they get in the groove. And they do.

Watch Hank and the boys in action on this song, from a guest shot on Perry Como’s TV show. And go to the 3 Chords a Day post from Sept. 24, follow the links and learn more about the late, great Clarence E. Snow.

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