Bob Dylan Sings Hank Williams (8 different songs)

I started writing songs after I heard Hank Williams.
-Bob Dylan to Les Crane, February 1965

If it wasn’t for Elvis and Hank Williams, I couldn’t be doing what I do today.
-Bob Dylan to Robert Shelton, June 1978

To me, Hank Williams is still the best songwriter.
-Bob Dylan to Paul Zollo, April 1991

Hiram King “Hank” Williams (September 17, 1923 – January 1, 1953) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Regarded as one of the most significant and influential American singers and songwriters of the 20th century, Williams recorded 35 singles (five released posthumously) that reached the Top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers chart, including 11 that ranked number one (three posthumously).

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Seems like Dylan has covered 8 Hank Williams songs.

Hey Good Lookin’
Only covered once
Coleman Coliseum
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
26 October 1990

Honky Tonk Blues
Van Andel Arena
Grand Rapids, Michigan
15 February 1999

House Of Gold
Palacio De Los Deportes
Madrid, Spain
15 June 1989

Panathenaíkos Stádio
Athens, Greece
28 June 1989

I Can’t Get You Off My Mind
From the Hank Williams tribute CD “Timeless” (2001)

(I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle
Radio Show with Cynthia Gooding
March 11th 1962

Studio A
Columbia Recording Studios
New York City, New York
24 April 1962

Live 1990

I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry
This is stretching it, but here is a brief clip from the film Martin Scorsese’s “No Direction Home” (with Johnny Cash)

Weary Blues From Waitin’
Only cover version
Civic Center
Lakeland, Florida
18 April 1976

You Win Again
40-acre North Forty Field
Fort Worth Stockyards
Fort Worth, Texas
4 July 2005
With Willie Nelson


5 thoughts on “Bob Dylan Sings Hank Williams (8 different songs)”

  1. The clip listed as from “Dont look back” cannot be correctly attributed because:

    i) It was in B&W whilst this clip is not
    ii) Johnny Cash did not appear in (the original cut of) DLB

    Perhaps you mean “Eat the Document”?

    Which was in colour.

    And did feature Johnny Cash.

    1. Sorry about that. Seems it’s unreleased footage from “Eat the document” use in Martin Scorsese’s brilliant “No Direction Home”.
      I will update the post.

    1. He was having fun, playing with people he looked up to, and like Bob said Abraham Lincoln said, you can please all of the people all of the time, no, it was be some of the people can be all right part if the time, i know i garbled it, but so what? He’s a musician, he got to play with his idols & i seriously doubt his jam sessions with them was for anyone’s benefit save for his own. That’s how we learn & grow. Musicians love playing music. A jam session iw so much more fun than being on stage performing. That’s for others. The fun, maybe not as polished stuff is for ourselves, everybody is a critic. What have you done recently?

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