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Dec. 22: Many people, if they’re familiar with Hawkshaw Hawkins at all, know him only for having died in the same 1963 plane crash as fellow Grand Ole Opry stars Cowboy Copas and Patsy Cline. Others might also recall his fine Nashville Sound (and posthumous) hit, “Lonesome 7-7203,” or that his death left Jean Shepard a pregnant widow. But only hillbilly fans of a certain age will recall his hot streak on King Records 15 years earlier. That’s the source of this gem, recorded in December 1947 and rising into Billboard‘s Top 10 the next year.

The spicy pickin’ comes from Billy Williams on electric lead, Jiggs Lemley on steel, Bobby Atcheson on fiddle and Red Watkins on bass.

Hawkins was born 88 years ago today. Isn’t it time you got your Hawkshaw education? Check him out on