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"Moanin' the Blues" is a song by Hank Williams. It became his fourth #1 single on MGM Records in 1950.

"Moanin' the Blues"
Single by Hank Williams
B-side"Nobody's Lonesome for Me"
ReleasedOctober, 1950
RecordedAugust 31, 1950
StudioCastle Studio, Nashville
GenreCountry, blues
Songwriter(s)Hank Williams
Producer(s)Fred Rose
Hank Williams singles chronology
"Why Should We Try Anymore"
"Moanin' the Blues"
"Cold, Cold Heart"


"Moanin' the Blues" was recorded in Nashville on August 31 with Fred Rose producing. The session personnel remains somewhat inconclusive: Jerry Rivers (fiddle); Don Helms (steel guitar); Sammy Pruett (electric guitar); probably Jack Shook (rhythm guitar); Ernie Newton or "Cedric Rainwater," aka Howard Watts (bass); Fred Rose or Owen Bradley (organ); and possibly Farris Coursey (drums). Like his #1 hit "Long Gone Lonesome Blues" earlier in the year, "Moanin' the Blues" followed the same blueprint as Hank's first #1 smash "Lovesick Blues," and showcases his skills as a singer and Rose's ear for production:

"Once again, he left plenty of windows for yodels and flashes of trailing falsetto. The end result was greater than the sum of its parts. It rocked and rolled. The bridge was particularly compelling; Hank yodeled over the stops, setting up the smooth segue back to the verses. The rhythm, carried by Jack Shook's prominently mic'd acoustic guitar up on the neck, was reinforced by big band drummer Farris Coursey playing drums on the snare."[1][full citation needed]

"Moanin' the Blues" is one of only two songs that feature Williams working with drums; the other is "Kaw-Liga." Moanin the Blues would also be the title of Williams second studio album, released in 1952.

Cover versionsEdit

Chart performanceEdit

Chart (1950) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1


  1. ^ Escott, Colin 2004, pp. 148-149.