March 16: Hank Williams recorded “Hey, Good Lookin'” in 1951

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Recording session:

Date: March 16, 1951 (1:30 – 5:00 pm)
Location: Castle Studio, Nashville, TN
Label: MGM

  • Hank Williams (vocal, guitar)
  • Jerry Rivers (fiddle)
  • Don Helms (steel guitar)
  • Sammy Pruett (electric guitar)
  • Jack Shook (rhythm guitar)
  • Ernie Newton or “Cedric Rainwater” (Howard Watts) (bass)
  • Owen Bradley or Fred Rose (pn)

Session:

  1. I CAN’T HELP IT (IF I’M STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU) – 2:22 (Hank Williams)
  2. HOWLIN’ AT THE MOON – 2:41 (Hank Williams)
  3. HEY, GOOD LOOKIN’ – 2:53 (Hank Williams)
  4. MY HEART WOULD KNOW – 2:24 (Hank Williams)

4 great songs, but my fav is Hey, Good Lookin’.

Wikipedia

Released June 1951
Recorded March, 16, 1951
Genre Country
Length 2:35
Label MGM
Writer(s) Cole Porter; adaptation by Hank Williams
Producer(s) Jim Vienneau

Hey, Good Lookin’” is a song created and recorded by Hank Williams as a variation of a song of the same name, similar lyrics, and similar melody written by Cole Porter in 1942. Williams’ version was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001. Since its original 1951 recording it has been covered by a variety of artists.

Live – video:

Lyrics

Hey, hey, good lookin’
Whatcha got cookin’?
How’s about cookin’
Somethin’ up with me?

Hey, sweet baby,
Don’t you think maybe
We could find us
A brand new recipe?

I got a Hot-Rod Ford
And a two-dollar bill
And I know a spot
Right over the hill

There’s soda pop
And the dancin’s free
So if you wanna have fun
Come along with me

Say, hey, good lookin’
Whatcha got cookin’?
How’s about cookin’
Somethin’ up with me?

I’m free and ready
So we can go steady
How’s about savin’
All your time for me?

No more lookin’
I know I’ve been tooken
How’s about keepin’
Steady company?

I’m gonna throw
My date-book over the fence
And find me one
For five or ten cents

I’ll keep it
‘Til it’s covered with age
‘Cause I’m writin’ your name
Down on every page

Say hey, good lookin’
Whatcha got cookin’?
How’s about cookin’
Somethin’ up with me?

Cover Versions

The Mavericks

Johnny Cash

-Egil