This song was written and recorded by Hank Williams in 1952 and released in 1953 after he had died.
It is a ballad which tells the story of infidelity and the guilt that will be felt by the person who cheated. It is said that the lyrics were written down in the passenger seat of his car by Williams’ second wife, Billie Jean, as he dictated them after he had been thinking about his first wife Audrey while he was driving.
The song reached No.1 in the US country charts and is considered one of the country greats with Rolling Stone listing it as No. 213 on their 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
The song has been recorded by countless artists with possibly the best known recordings by singers such as Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley, Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Joni James and Don McLean who received a Grammy Award for his version in 1983. The song was the title of the 1964 film of Hank Williams’ life story and it has also been used as the title for a BBC TV series.
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