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Hank Williams, 'Your Cheatin' Heart'

217. Hank Williams, 'Your Cheatin' Heart'

Writers: Williams, Fred Rose
Jan. '53, MGM
Predates pop charts

Legend has it that this song came to Williams when he was thinking about his first wife while driving around with his second; she wrote down the lyrics for him in the passenger seat. After polishing it with Rose, Williams recorded "Your Cheatin' Heart" during the last sessions he ever did, on September 23rd, 1952. He told a friend, "It's the best heart song I ever wrote."

Appears on: The Ultimate Collection (Mercury Nashville)


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