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June 4-6

Why this weekend? Exactly three years after D-Day, MGM Records marked its own d-day – “d” for “debut,” the debut of Hank Williams on the label.

About the record: MGM 10033, recorded on April 21, 1947, at the Castle Studio in downtown Nashville’s Tulane Hotel. Released June 6 of that year, eventually reaching No. 4 on Billboard’s country chart. First LP appearance was on Memorial Album, MGM E-3272, released January 1956.

On his first big hit, Hank Williams plowed some of the same ground that Tennessee Ernie Ford, Bill Monroe, Cowboy Copas and other country artists did in the late 1940s, scoring with a 12-bar blues number that suggested the coming rock ‘n’ roll onslaught. Williams the songwriter devised a memorably clever tale of the wayward husband relegated to the doghouse, and the call-and-response motif was a nice touch.

And what about that band! These aren’t the Drifting Cowboys we know so well and who added so much to the Hank Williams sound. But thanks to Zeke Turner on lead guitar, Smokey Lohman on steel, our friend Tommy Jackson on fiddle and Brownie Reynolds on bass, this song rocks.

My first exposure to “Move It On Over” was MGM’s horrid update from the mid-‘60s, with strings and without the hot lead guitar break. Fortunately, I got hold of the restored original, and it’s now one of my favorite Hank Williams songs. Enjoy, and see you Monday.

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