I’m Moving On – Hank Snow

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………on August 19th of 1950 Hank Snow spends the first of 21 incredible weeks at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “I’m Moving On”. This 12-bar Blues number written by Snow that as mentioned reached #1 on the Billboard Country singles chart and stayed there for 21 weeks, tying the record for most weeks at the peak position with Eddy Arnold’s “I’ll Hold You in My Heart (1947-48) and Webb Pierce’s “In the Jailhouse Now” (1955). They were finally surpassed by Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise,” which logged 24 weeks atop the chart in August 2013. Johnny Cash recorded a rollicking rendition as a duet with Waylon Jennings in 1983. It was one of a number of lost recordings from 1980s sessions, which were discovered by Cash’s son John Carter Cash and included on the 2014 posthumous album Out Among The Stars. Carter Cash recalled to NME: “Waylon Jennings’ office was near our house. He’d stop by a lot just to say hello, but a lot of times that led to him and my father’s recording a song on the spot, like this one.” The Rolling Stones recorded it for their 1965 UK EP Got Live If You Want It! Although The EP was never released in the US, their cover cam be heard on the American album December’s Children (And Everybody’s). Snow was an accomplished songwriter whose clear, baritone voice expressed a wide range of emotions including the joys of freedom and travel as well as the anguish of tortured love. In a career that spanned more than 50 years, he recorded 140 albums and charted more than 85 singles on the Billboard country charts from 1950 until 1980. His number-one hits include the self-penned songs “I’m Moving On”, “The Golden Rocket” and famous versions of “I Don’t Hurt Anymore”, “Let Me Go, Lover!”, “I’ve Been Everywhere”, “Hello Love”, as well as other top 10 hits.