About the song

If you are a fan of country music, you have probably heard of the classic song “Hey, Good Lookin'” by Hank Williams. But do you know the history behind this catchy tune? In this blog post, we will explore the origins and impact of this song, as well as some of the most notable covers by other artists.

Hank Williams wrote and recorded “Hey, Good Lookin'” in 1951, and it became one of his most popular and enduring hits. The song was inspired by a Cole Porter song of the same name from 1942, which was featured in the Broadway musical “Something for the Boys”. However, Williams changed the lyrics and the melody to suit his own style and personality. The song is a playful flirtation with a woman, using food metaphors and promises of romance. The song also reflects Williams’s transition from traditional country to a more modern and upbeat sound, influenced by rockabilly and honky-tonk.

The song was released as a single on June 22, 1951, with “My Heart Would Know” as the B-side. It reached number one on the Billboard country chart and stayed there for eight weeks. It also crossed over to the pop chart, peaking at number 18. The song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001, and ranked number 19 on CMT’s 100 Greatest Songs of Country Music in 2003. The song is considered one of the most influential and iconic songs in country music history.

The song has been covered by many artists over the years, from different genres and backgrounds. Some of the most notable versions include:

– Ray Charles recorded a soulful rendition of the song for his 1962 album “Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music”.
– Johnny Cash and June Carter performed a duet of the song on their 1964 album “Keep on the Sunny Side”.
– Jimmy Buffett recorded a tropical version of the song for his 1976 album “Havana Daydreamin'”.
– George Jones and Buck Owens sang a humorous version of the song on their 1980 album “Double Trouble”.
– Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson included the song on their 1982 album “WWII”.
– Roy Orbison recorded a rockabilly version of the song for his 1985 album “Class of ’55”.
– Lyle Lovett and K.D. Lang performed a smooth version of the song on their 1994 album “Rhythm Country and Blues”.
– Tom Petty sang a faithful version of the song on his 1996 album “Songs and Music from ‘She’s the One'”.
– LeAnn Rimes recorded a pop version of the song for her 2011 album “Lady & Gentlemen”.

As you can see, “Hey, Good Lookin'” is a timeless song that has inspired generations of musicians and listeners. It is a testament to Hank Williams’s talent and legacy as one of the greatest country music artists of all time.


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