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From the liner notes:
If there is one man who can fill the void left in the hearts of music lovers by the untimely death of Hank Williams, he is Johnny Cash. Only a few years have elapsed since Hank Williams was living — and singing his heart-touching songs. But already he has been accorded that type of immortality which comes to performers who are truly “great.” The little people who enjoyed his music were important to Hank, and this is probably why they are in turn idolized this man who was the symbol of all the warmth and sincerity and genuine emotion that country music possesses.
Johnny Cash is a singer who makes the same type of appeal which Hank Williams did. Audiences like not only his singing and playing — they like him as a person. They trust him and they sense that Johnny is their friend.
It is very appropriate that Johnny Cash should keep alive the music and memory of Hank Williams through this album. Hank Williams fans are almost sure to be Johnny Cash fans, and vice versa. The numbers recorded here are representative of the best of Hank Williams as a songwriter and the best of Johnny Cash as an artist.
Included in the album also are some of “Johnny’s million sellers” — the choice records that are most in demand by the collectors of Cash records. The popular Gene Lowery Singers provide an added element on several of the selections in the album.
– Barbara Barnes