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May 13

Why today? This obscure Hank Thompson beauty was recorded on this date in 1952.

About the record: Capitol F2269, recorded May 13, 1952, at Capitol Records’ studio on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood. Released in November of that year. Never released on a U.S. album. First LP appearance was in August 1966, on Breakin’ The Rules, Capitol DT-2575 in 1972, on the German release The Old-Fashioned Style of Hank Thompson, Provincia PLP-0766.

If I’m ever able to buy more of the comprehensive box sets produced by Bear Family Records of Germany, the complete Hank Thompson collection is near the top of my list to get. In my explorations for this blog and for my own entertainment, I’ve yet to discover a new-to-me Thompson record that I didn’t like. “The New Wears Off Too Fast” — written by Hank and his guitarist, Billy Gray — is no exception. Odds are it’s probably new to you, too. Enjoy.

About the artist: My most recent post on Hank Thompson also featured a new find, and some background on his long, long career. Check it out!

(Post edited above to reflect new information from Ken Johnson, who keeps me honest!  Thanks, Ken.)

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