Your cheatin' heart

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Your cheatin' heart

Postby colonel snow » Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:38 pm

The original version was recorded on 23-09-52 by Hank Williams (MGM 11416).

Other recordings:
07-01-53 - Joni James (MGM 11426);
08-01-53 - Frankie Laine (Columbia 39938).

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Re: Your cheatin' heart

Postby Suspicious Minds » Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:18 pm

Thank you, Colonel Snow!

A few additions.

Williams wrote this shortly after divorcing his wife, Audrey Mae Sheppard. They married in 1944, while the ink was still drying on Audrey's divorce papers from her first marriage. The pair would go on to record several duets together (and produce a son, Hank Williams Jr.), but Williams' drinking ultimately caused irreparable rift in their marriage.

When he described his first wife as "a cheatin' heart" to country singer Billie Jean Jones, who would soon become his second wife, he was inspired to write the song.

According to Jones, she and Williams were en route to her parents' home in Louisiana to announce their engagement when Williams uttered the title phrase. "Then he said, 'Hey that'd make a good song! Get out my tablet, baby, you and I are gonna write us a song,'" she recalled. "Just about as fast as I could write it, Hank quoted the words to me in a matter of minutes."

Williams recorded this in September 1952 during what would be his last session at Nashville's Castle Records. He would die just months later from heart problems (or, some say, suspicious circumstances) on the way to a New Year's concert in Canton, Ohio. The song was posthumously released in January 1953 and topped the Country & Western Billboard Charts for six weeks.

For the line "You'll walk the floor, the way I do," Williams took inspiration from his friend Ernest Tubb's "Walkin' the Floor Over You." He also recorded three of Tubb's hits, which were released posthumously: "First Year Blues," "It Just Don't Matter Now" and "I'm Free at Last."

This song shares its name with the 1964 biopic of Hank Williams, starring George Hamilton. Hank Williams Jr. recorded the soundtrack album.

https://www.songfacts.com/facts/hank-wi ... atin-heart



Your Cheatin’ Heart, MGM 78 rpm

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Your Cheatin’ Heart - demo

A demo version of Your Cheatin’ Heart - Hank Williams accompanying himself on guitar - is available on this disc:

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MGM Billboard ad, Jan 1953

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Billboard Best Buy Jan 24, 1953

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Your Cheatin’ Heart topped Billboard Country & Western for 6 weeks. It also reached #1 in The Cash Box.

Cash Box, May 9, 1953

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Sheet music

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Re: Your cheatin' heart

Postby colonel snow » Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:48 pm

Thanks Suspicious minds for the additions.



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Re: Your cheatin' heart

Postby Ed A » Sat Apr 27, 2019 4:06 pm

It looks like it was a local hit in the Denver area in late 1960 by Lee Chandlerhttps://youtu.be/ns8mNBRJ6ls?t=2

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Re: Your cheatin' heart

Postby colonel snow » Mon Mar 02, 2020 5:53 pm

Other recordings in 1953:

23-02-53 - Louis Armstrong with Sy Oliver Orchestra (Decca 28628);
00-00-53 - Shep Fields & his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra (instr. version on LP);


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Re: Your cheatin' heart

Postby Mister Moon » Mon Mar 02, 2020 7:36 pm

Elvis' version was probably based on The Pearls' 1957 recording for Onyx.

Both versions feature the same tempo, a guitar solo, the "when-a-tears-a-come-a-down" gimmick, and both omit the "your cheatin' heart will find someday..." verse.

Here's some information on The Pearls, a terrific group (led by the great Howie Guyton) who had previously recorded for Atlantic, and the track itself :


http://doo-wop.blogg.org/five-pearls-c26502970


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogv4Zlvn-qs


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