On This Date: Hank Williams Recorded His First Hit “Move It On Over” Way Back In 1947

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When you think about pioneers of country music, Hank Williams will always be one of the first to come to mind.

Although he passed away at the young age of 29, we can thank him for helping the genre gain a ton of momentum and popularity in the late ’40s and early ’50s, paving the way for so many country artists to come.

With that being said, he began to make a name for himself on this date back in 1947, when he recorded “Move It On Over.”

Recorded in the Castle Studio in Nashville, the song was Williams’ first major hit, peaking at number four on the Billboard Singles chart.

The song about having to sleep in the doghouse after pissing off his wife was truly innovative, as it’s widely considered to be one of the first rock ‘n roll songs to ever see mainstream success.

It was recorded during the same session that included “I Saw the Light,” “(Last Night) I Heard You Crying in Your Sleep,” and “Six More Miles to Graveyard.”

The song has been covered by a number of artists over the years, particularly Travis Tritt when he covered it with George Thorogood in 1999 for the King of the Hill: Original Soundtrack.

And the Travis Tritt version:

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock