In my prior post about the Nashville Chowdown LP, I mentioned that back in the early 70s jazz singer Blossom Dearie‘s “exceptional annunciation” was being put to good use in the singing rice-ipe radio ads. If Blossom Dearie had a male counterpart, that person would undoubtedly be Hank Thompson, whose singing style is distinguished by equally excellent articulation.
Someone once humorously described Hank and his band, the Brazos Valley Boys, as a honky tonk band disguised as a western swing outfit – funny because it’s true. Anyway, here’s one of Hank’s more playful songs – from an earlier time in American popular culture, lyrically speaking – although I have to admit I only just now learned that it is a cover of a Bud Alden & the Buckeroos 1956 recording. This tune, “Squaws Along the Yukon,” was the A-side of a 1958 Capitol single (with Merle Travis on guitar) that was later included in Hank’s 1960 album, Most of All:
“Squaws Along the Yukon” Hank Thompson 1958
Talk about a classic cover:
Here’s a bonus video link to Hank’s live performance of “Six Pack to Go” at the Opry:
“Six Pack to Go” reached #102 on Billboard‘s Pop chart on March 21, 1960.