Ricky Skaggs performs "Lovesick Blues" Live Video.

Ricky Skaggs performs "Lovesick Blues" Live Video.

"Lovesick Blues" is a show tune written by Cliff Friend and Irving Mills. The song first appeared in the 1922 musical Oh, Ernest. It was recorded by Emmett Miller in 1928 and later by country music singer Rex Griffin. The recordings by Griffin and Miller inspired Hank Williams to perform the song during his first appearances on the Louisiana Hayride in 1948. Receiving an enthusiastic reception from the audience, Williams decided to record his own version despite initial push back from his producer Fred Rose and his band.

MGM Records released "Lovesick Blues" in February 1949, and it became an overnight success, quickly reaching number one on Billboard's Top C&W singles and number 24 on the Most Played in Jukeboxes list. The publication named it the top country and western record of the year, while Cashbox named it "Best Hillbilly Record of the Year".

Hank Williams - Lovesick Blues Lyrics

I got a feeling called the blues oh lord

Since my baby said goodbye

Hey lord I don't know what I'll do

All I do is sit and sigh oh lord

The last long day she said goodbye, Lord I thought I would cry

She'll do me, she'll do you, she's got that kind of loving

Lord I love to hear her when she calls me sweet daddy

Such a beautiful dream

I hate to think it's all over; I lost my heart it seems

I've grown so used to you somehow

But I'm nobody's sugar daddy now

And I'm lonesome, I got the lovesick blues

Yeah I'm in love, I'm in love with a beautiful girl

That's what's the matter with me

Yeah I'm in love, I'm in love with a beautiful girl

But she don't care about me

And lord I tried and tried to keep her satisfied

But that girl wouldn't stay

And now that she is leaving this is all I can say

I got a feeling called the blues

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