“I Got a Feeling Called the Blues…”

… but fortunately, so do The Little Willies, as seen in this 2007 clip shot at The Living Room in NYC.

“Lovesick Blues” was Hank Williams’ first #1 hit, and a song that earned him six encores when he debuted on the Opry.* Coincidentally, I count 6 non-Hank versions in my collection: Charley Pride, Patsy Cline, Floyd Cramer, Dolly/Loretta/Tammy (Honky Tonk Angels), LeAnn Rimes, and George Strait.

* Blast from the past, discovered via Google: Brady Vercher on “Lovesick Blues” in the early days of The 9513. This was around the time I first found the site via the CMT Blog. And seeing it again gives me an idea…

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  1. Rick says

    What, six versions and you don’t have the Ryan Adams version from the mostly hokey Hank tribute album “Timeless”? Now I’m not a Ryan Adams fan but he does a darn good job solo acoustic with this song. The other two tracks on that album worth a download are by Sheryl Crow and Tom Petty, but that’s about it.

  2. Mike says

    I’ve got Hank, Wylie & the Wild West, Wayne The Train Hancock (live), Patsy Cline, Hank Jr., and George Strait. So six versions of Lovesick also. I’d have thought I had more.

    • Mike says

      Its a barroom recording. I found it through the “live music internet archive”. I think. If you aren’t familiar with it, it is a website that catolouges donated recordings of artists, but only with the artists permission. So lots of Dale Watson and Wayne, but not much Tim McGraw.

  3. Paul W Dennis says

    It’s been recorded many times – it actually started out as a Tin Pan Alley song – the first country version was Emmett Miller during the 1920s. If you don’t consider Miller as being country (It’s a close call), then Rex Griffin during the late 1930s or 1939. Slim Whitman and Stonewall Jackson did a pretty good job with it, Glen Campbell not so much.

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