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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Songs Of Tragedy - Hank Snow


Old Rover

Songs Of Tragedy
Hank Snow
Produced by Chet Akins
Recorded in RCA Victor's "Nashville Sound" Studio, Nashville, Tennessee
Recording Engineer: Tommy Strong
RCA Victor LSP-2901

From the back cover: It's been several years since Hank Snow's When Tragedy Struck (RCA Victor LPM-1861), and "topping" that outstanding album has perplexed this colorful songster ever since. Resourcefully, he has added one more "ballad of tragedy" at a time, often testing them on personal appearances to be sure each measures up to the standard established by the previous collection. The "survivors" of those testing performances are what you hear here.

Hank' Song Of Tragedy tell of very personal misfortunes under a variety  of emotional circumstances – such as wartime (Mother I Thank You For The Bible You Gave) and prison (The Prisoner's Dream). Tug at your heart they surely will, just as they have stirred audiences for generations; for these songs are far from new, and they fully qualify as great, enduring folk music.

Hank Snow first struck out on his own as a cabin boy on a freighter bucking the big waves off his native Nova Scotia. He's a born adventurer whose way of life has changed little over the years despite his show business success. He thrives on new places, new people, and being as constantly as possible on the move. And everywhere they know him, they love him. Hank's twelve days in Japan this past spring were "a sensation, exclamation point, exclamation point," to quote Tsuneo Nagano, executive director of RCA Victor Artists Corp., Tokyo.

From Billboard - August 15, 1964: With 28 years recording experience (all with RCA) and a collection of top songs about personal misfortunes, you have a combination that cannot  help winning even more fans and popularity for Hank Snow. "The Prisoner's Song," "The Color Song" and "Walking The Last Mile" are examples to prove the point.

The Prisoner's Song
The Color Song
The Answer To Little Blossom
There's A Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere
Walking The Last Mile
Old Rover 
The Prisoner's Dream
Put Your Arms Around Me
You Little Band Of Gold
Rocking Alone In An Old Rocking Chair
Mother I Thank You For The Bible You Gave
Little Joe

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