Hank Snow’s 10 best songs

19 Apr

Long before Hank Snow became a country music legend he was born Clarence Eugene Snow on May 9, 1914 in the little town of Brooklyn, Nova Scotia, Canada. His parents were poor and life was not always easy but fairly uneventful for the first 8 years of his life. It was then in 1922 that his parents separated and for the next 4 years Clarence lived a life of both physical and mental abuse. By the age of 12 he escaped the abuse by running off to sign on to a fishing schooner. After 4 years and a near-death experience he vowed not to every return to the sea and reluctantly returned home where once again he would endure abuse.

In 1936 Clarence Snow signed with the Canadian Farm Hour where he was billed as “Hank, the Yodeling Ranger”. That sign started a highly successful career as a singer/songwriter that lasted for the next 5 decades. For the first decade of his career he was not known outside of Canada. It was not until he started signing in “The Big D Jamboree” in Dallas and meet Ernest Tubb that his career began to take off in the United States. In 1979 Hank Snow was inducted into the United States’ Country Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and the Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame. Then, 6 years later he was also inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.

  1. Hilo March”: Hank Snow does a wonderful version of this popular Hawaiian piece of music. Listening to the song sure does giving one the feeling of being on one of the islands and watching the hula dancers.
  1. Let Me go Lover”: This was a number 1 song for Mr. Snow in 1955. This song would be a good addition to the collection of any Hank Snow fan.
  1. The Golden Rocket”: One of three number 1 hits for Mr. Snow in 1950. A traveling song about taking the train and leaving a relationship gone bad.
  1. A Pair of Broken Hearts”: One of many duets with Anita Carter. There two voice contrast beautifully in this song dealing with a broken relationship.
  1. Down the Trail of Achin’ Hearts”: A song dealing with something that many of us are familiar with when we find that the person we love is in love with another. It was a number 2 for Mr. Snow in 1951.
  1. I Stepped over the Line”: Not one of Mr. Snow’s most successful songs only reach number 21 on the country charts in 1964. It is still a fine addition to your collection of country music.
  1. Music Making Momma from Memphis”: You will feel the urge to get out on dance as you listen to this fast-paced song. It was a number 4 hit on the country charts in 1952.
  1. The Rhumba Boogie”: Jump up and move to the beat of this finger-snapping song. It was another of Mr. Snow’s string of number 1 hits from 1950.
  1. Wabash Cannonball”: A song dealing with a bygone era when Hobos would ride the rails of locomotives across the country. Their have been several different versions of the song but Hank Snow did possibly one of the best
  1. I’m Moving On”: A great travel song written by Hank Snow. It went to number 1 in 1950 where it stayed for 21 weeks.

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