This Is Second 2011 Grammy Recognition For Williams As He Was Also Honored With Nomination For Best Historical Album
Hank Williams: The Complete Mother’s Best Recordings….Plus!
Fairfax, VA (December 14, 2010) ------ Almost 60 years after his death, Hank Williams remains a powerful music force through his timeless performances and songs, which have been covered in all genres of music. The latest honor comes from The Recording Academy as Williams’ 1949 MGM #1 hit, “Lovesick Blues,” is honored with an induction into the 2011 Grammy Hall Of Fame. Williams will join a diverse assortment of 30 recording inductees that will be added to the current collection residing at The GRAMMY Museum®.
“I am so humbled and at the same time bustin' with pride that my daddy is getting such richly deserved recognition for his musical genius,” says Hank’s daughter, Jett Williams. “He may have covered this song, but he made it his own and it launched his stellar career that was way too brief but very impactful. I am truly proud of Hank Williams…..the Shakespeare of the common man".
“Lovesick Blues” was originally written by Cliff Friend and Irving Mills as a show tune and many other artists recorded the song, but no one achieved the major hit that Williams did with his rendition. “Lovesick Blues” was the first of many #1’s for country’s first superstar and the success of the single led to Williams being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. In 2004, it was one of 50 recordings chosen by the Library of Congress for the National Recording Registry. Williams’ version of the song appeared in such films as The Last Picture Show (1971) and The Shawshank Redemption (1994).
It was announced last Thursday that Time Life’s highly heralded box set Hank Williams: The Complete Mother’s Best Recordings….Plus!, was honored with a Grammy nomination for Best Historical Album. The Grammy Awards will be held in Los Angeles at the Staples Center and will air live on Sunday, February 13, 2011 8:00 – 11:30 pm (ET/PT) on CBS. Jett Williams will attend the awards ceremony for her father.
Hank Williams Complete Mother’s Best Recordings….Plus! also played a part in Williams posthumously receiving a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation in May from Columbia University. The Pulitzer committee listened to the Mother’s Best recordings and awarded Williams the citation to honor his craftsmanship as a songwriter who expressed universal feelings with poignant simplicity and played a pivotal role in transforming country music into a major musical and cultural force in American life.
Since the project’s release, there have been strong media accolades for the live 1951 WSM radio recordings that increase Williams’ catalog by 50% and give the first time glimpse into the man that has become such an American music legend. The support has ranged from Fox & Friends, NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Huffington Post, AARP.org, CMT.com and Country Weekly. Recent and upcoming media includes; Philadelphia Inquirer (review and best box sets), Time Out New York review, Gannett News Service interview, Hollywood Reporter/Billboard magazine review, ABC News Network interview, Elmore Magazine review, All Things Considered review and starting January 2, 2010 Sirius/XM Radio “The Roadhouse” will begin airing a year-long weekly special on Hank Williams Complete Mother’s Best Recordings….Plus!. The show will be featured Sunday nights at 9:00 pm EST.
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