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Thread #26665   Message #321974
Posted By: StandingBear (inactive)
18-Oct-00 - 02:30 PM
Thread Name: Luke the Drifter aka Ol' Hank Williams
Subject: Luke The Drifter aka 'Ol Hank Williams
In 1951-52, Hank decided that he wanted to put out some more socially relative songs than the honky-tonk numbers he was famous for. Record company execs cringed; If Hank put his name on a disc, the jukebox owners in bars would RUSH to get it. If they expected "Hey, Good Lookin" and got "Pictures From Life's Other Side", they might get gun-shy. Hank himself developed the solution: an anonymous character called Luke The Drifter, a man with no promo headshot for the papers, no hot band behind him, just a lonesome, sensitive wayfarer singing from the heart with minimal accompaniment. WOOOOSH!!! These discs took off like a rocket! Fans in the know, however, waited till they saw a Williams show. They waited till he announced, "Here's a song by my friend Luke The Drifter." Then when Williams opened up to sing, they elbowed each other and said, "See? Ah toya iwwuz ole Hank."

Anyone ever hear any of these recordings? I have heard a couple. EXCELLENT IMHO.

Anyone ever feel like a different person when they get away from the hustle and bustle of the world and just open up and sing saome good old folk songs or songs from the heart?

Whoever wants to answer either of those (or both) please feel free. I'd love to share my thoughts with you.

Peace on you,