I had planned to write a post featuring Hank Williams’ The Complete Health & Happiness Recordings on Friday, the day it was released. I was short on time, so I just highlighted it on Twitter and Facebook and moved on about my day. But I’ve been listening to it all weekend, and it is an absolute treasure. I can’t let it go unmentioned here. So on the day after Fathers’ Day, let us remember the granddaddy of them all, Hank Williams Sr. (speaking of fathers and grandfathers, I really need to highlight Hank Williams Jr. and Hank III on these pages).
The Health & Happiness Recordings were made over eight radio shows in 1949 to promote a patent medicine. The complete recordings take up two CDs or three vinyl records. This isn’t the first Health & Happiness Recordings release, but, judging by what’s on YouTube at least, it is the most high quality release. Many of the songs are higher quality than you will find on Hank’s studio albums.