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Hank Sr. & a Telecaster!

Johnny Isaacs
March 24th, 2005, 12:09 AM
Hello all! It's me again with another story in Country Music. As many of you know, I'm a big fan of Hank Williams. (Heck I like all 4 of them ~ Sr, Jr, III & Holly. I even named my daughter Audrey)
You may remember my post about Big Bill Lister from a couple of months ago:
http://www.tdpri.com/viewtopic.php?t=25364&start=0&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=bill+lister

Anyway I'm always searching for more stuff from that era, be it music, records, musicians, instruments, or pictures. Well I have one pic of Hank Sr. and one of the guys in his band is playing a Fender P bass (the original Tele style one) and I've always wondered if there was one of Hank with a Telecaster. Hank died on New Years day Jan 1st, 1953. The Tele was still new, but had been around for at least 3 years. Hank toured the California area quite a bit as well.

Which leads me to this pic of a feller named Harvey T. “Blackie” Bennett. I don't really know much about him, but man did he have a great guitar! (Who here wouldn't give their "I" teeth for that guitar today?!)
http://www.johnsoncountysheriffs.com/images/dad__hank_sr.jpg

He also played with Bill Monroe and Chet Atkins on some Opry shows.

Just thought I'd share a GREAT Telecaster & Hank Williams picture with you all.

Johnny Isaacs

editorjuno
March 24th, 2005, 01:32 AM
Thanks, Johnny -- it's really something to think that Hank's Martin dreadnought was a newer design back in the '50s than the Tele is now -- time sure does fly on by, and the early Nocasters and Teles are now genuine classics right alongside those big herringbone-bound flat-top masterpieces!

Muttcaster
March 24th, 2005, 01:45 AM
That can't be a real 50's Telecaster 'cause the fingerboard isn't worn. I bet it's a copy.

8) :roll: :roll:

SteveY
March 24th, 2005, 01:48 AM
Nice TV front Fender amp too.

jz63
March 24th, 2005, 03:23 AM
Wonderful pic!
Is that an accordian player behind Hank?!?!?

txspreacher
March 24th, 2005, 07:48 AM
Heck I like all 4 of them ~ Sr, Jr, III & Holly.

No Jett?

Thanks for the pic - vintage cool! 8)

Jack Wells
March 24th, 2005, 10:58 AM
Definitely an accordian player behind Hank. I believe that was before they passed that law ................"Play an accordian ......... Go to jail".

TheGoodTexan
March 24th, 2005, 12:31 PM
Definitely an accordian player behind Hank. I believe that was before they passed that law ................"Play an accordian ......... Go to jail".

I guess Hank was going for that "Bakersfield sound"... :wink:

0le FUZZY
March 24th, 2005, 01:34 PM
<li>That TELECASTER muss haff been won of them fiddy tew anna haff sock tuckers.
<li>Lookin at them 12th fret marker dots giffs me a cedrin headache.
They even look outta line!!
Are they unner the A and B strings?
Is the A string won rite and the B string won off toward the center
more as a fiddy tew wood be? Gotta be won of the "52 1/2" jobber-dews.

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<li>Thanx Johnny !!!!

(Yes they were that white back then)

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jz63
March 24th, 2005, 01:46 PM
Johnny;
You don't have a pic of Hank's pedalboard that you can post as well do ya? :wink:
Re; Hank's Martin.. I recall that in Chet Flippo's Hank book it lists his guitars in the bit dealing with Hank's estate. I seem to remember it listing a D-18 as well as his Southern Jumbo and D-28's. Have you ever seen a pic of Hank with the D-18?
Surely ol' Hank would have picked up that Tele and had a play on it to see what the new-fangled Fender guitars were all about. What I wouldn't give to have a pic of that!

cowboytwang
March 24th, 2005, 05:56 PM
Johnny;
You don't have a pic of Hank's pedalboard that you can post as well do ya? :wink:
Re; Hank's Martin.. I recall that in Chet Flippo's Hank book it lists his guitars in the bit dealing with Hank's estate. I seem to remember it listing a D-18 as well as his Southern Jumbo and D-28's. Have you ever seen a pic of Hank with the D-18?
Surely ol' Hank would have picked up that Tele and had a play on it to see what the new-fangled Fender guitars were all about. What I wouldn't give to have a pic of that!

I have seen a few pictures of him with the 18. He sure did like those D28's, I think I've seen more pictures of him what a D-28 than just about anyone.

Here is a pic of the Southern Jumbo

http://www.variety.com/graphics/photos/reviewh/rhank_williams.jpg
Another (Looks like young Chet off to the side)
http://www.unionsquaremusic.co.uk/covers/large/METRDCD519.jpg

lenny
March 24th, 2005, 06:18 PM
<li>That TELECASTER muss haff been won of them fiddy tew anna haff sock tuckers.
<li>Lookin at them 12th fret marker dots giffs me a cedrin headache.
They even look outta line!!
Are they unner the A and B strings?
Is the A string won rite and the B string won off toward the center
more as a fiddy tew wood be? Gotta be won of the "52 1/2" jobber-dews.

http://www.thomaskinkadechico.com/hwrythm.jpg

<li>Thanx Johnny !!!!

(Yes they were that white back then)

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SOCK TUCKERS! LOL
i think that's better than duck plucker...
sorry, carry on.
cool pic!

Buckocaster51
March 24th, 2005, 07:17 PM
Here it is kids:

http://www.backwaterpartymusic.com/hank18.jpg

From the "Hank Williams Country Music Folio" (The one with the GREEN cover.)

lenny
March 24th, 2005, 07:31 PM
the southern jumbo photo's way better.
maybe that's why gibsons always show up on award shows :P
cool pic nonetheless
:)

cowboytwang
March 24th, 2005, 07:53 PM
Hey Buckocaster51,

The other picture I was looking for with the D18 must have been in that same studio, but Hank is holding a sack of flour on his shoulder and you just see a little of the 18.

If I can find it I'll post it here.

Twang
March 24th, 2005, 08:08 PM
man I love this thread.

right click. save as. :D

keep'em coming

lenny
March 24th, 2005, 08:13 PM
Hello all! It's me again with another story in Country Music. As many of you know, I'm a big fan of Hank Williams. (Heck I like all 4 of them ~ Sr, Jr, III & Holly. I even named my daughter Audrey)
You may remember my post about Big Bill Lister from a couple of months ago:
http://www.tdpri.com/viewtopic.php?t=25364&start=0&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=bill+lister

Anyway I'm always searching for more stuff from that era, be it music, records, musicians, instruments, or pictures. Well I have one pic of Hank Sr. and one of the guys in his band is playing a Fender P bass (the original Tele style one) and I've always wondered if there was one of Hank with a Telecaster. Hank died on New Years day Jan 1st, 1953. The Tele was still new, but had been around for at least 3 years. Hank toured the California area quite a bit as well.

Which leads me to this pic of a feller named Harvey T. “Blackie” Bennett. I don't really know much about him, but man did he have a great guitar! (Who here wouldn't give their "I" teeth for that guitar today?!)
http://www.johnsoncountysheriffs.com/images/dad__hank_sr.jpg

He also played with Bill Monroe and Chet Atkins on some Opry shows.

Just thought I'd share a GREAT Telecaster & Hank Williams picture with you all.

Johnny Isaacs
you have that original photo? it just hit me how MEGA cool that is! if you do.
even so.
guys like you make this board so interesting

cowboytwang
March 24th, 2005, 08:19 PM
How about Hank with a J-45
http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2004-3/681278/hank3_large.jpg

Another of the Southern Jumbo with attitude and cigarette on headstock.

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2004-3/681278/hank7_large.jpg

lenny
March 24th, 2005, 08:25 PM
tripod doesnt let you reference "their" pics

cowboytwang
March 24th, 2005, 08:51 PM
I found the Flour sack/D18 picture.

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2004-3/681278/hank_williams.gif

lenny
March 24th, 2005, 08:59 PM
seeing all these pics...
its also obvious. hank himself photo's well too
he was a handsome guy

tdowns
March 24th, 2005, 11:39 PM
Very cool Johnny. Thanks for sharing.

Joel Terry
March 25th, 2005, 12:33 AM
Very, very cool, Mr. Issacs. :D

FUZZY--I'm like you...my eyes just automatically go to those 12th-fret dot markers. Because of the angle of the Tele in that picture, I can't tell if it's the narrow spacing or the wide spacing. Pass along a couple of those Excedrins to me, will ya please? :P

Joel

cowboytwang
March 25th, 2005, 01:37 AM
Anyone else notice the other guy plugged into the TV grill Pro?
He's setting behind it and looks like he has a piece of paper in his right hand and is adjusting the amp volume with his left. Also he appears to be black, or has a very dark sun tan.
Hank must have been sharing the stage with a swing, jazz, or pop group(that would explain the accordion and music stands).

The time frame for the picture would probably be late '52. Hank was going through some tuff times and wasn't touring with his own band. He would just sit in with whatever band happened to be at the gig. Ray Price was using the Drifting Cowboy's as his band during that time.

Jack Wells
March 25th, 2005, 09:44 AM
Man I've tried but I just can't see a guy behind the amp.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v208/jwells393/MysteryMan.jpg

Bonneville Bruce
March 25th, 2005, 11:14 AM
A bit off topic, but, I used to enjoy a band called CowJazz in Salt Lake City around 1976. They played a progressive country/rock/jazz style of hot dance music. Loved 'em. Their signature song was "If You Don't Like Hank Williams You Can Kiss My A$$". Loved the song, too.

Does anyone here have knowledge of that song and care to share with the group?

Bonneville Bruce
Sunnyslope, Idaho

txspreacher
March 25th, 2005, 12:38 PM
that starts "I love Charlie Daniels, I love big John Cash..."
It was written by Kris Kristofferson (sp?) and recorded by Hank, Jr. on his "Habits Old and New" released in the late 70's-early 80's.

Johnny Isaacs
March 25th, 2005, 01:28 PM
Glad everyone's been enjoying the pic. I really like sharing these types of pics and stories. Hank was such a pivotal artist and just at the cusp of his greatness. He had good looks, great songs, killer voice that brought out the pain and life, love and joy in each of his songs. He had a great band who made great records for him and a very unique rhythm guitar style of playing. Many of us have heard a Hank song or two, but I really challenge you to sit down with an acoustic guitar and play a long with many of his songs.

On "My buckets got a hole in it" Hank plays the guitar solo on his D-28. Great stuff! You can hear the blues influence of Tee-Tot and Alabama. Hints of Jimmie Rodgers in many of his songs.

Johnny Isaacs

txspreacher
March 25th, 2005, 02:39 PM
great pic, indeed! I've always appreciated Hank (I was the only sixteen-year-old with Hank, Sr. in my truck when Junior was at the heigth of his 80's popularity) and agree with the comments you've posted. There was something very complex beneath the three-chord-and-the-truth surface. There was a collection out years ago before the current box-set called the singles collection. The last tape (there's a term we don't hear much anymore) had a lot of just Hank and his guitar, possibly recorded on a couch in Montgomery? The pain and passion in his voice and songs like "Alone and Forsaken", "I Can't Escape From You", "All the Love I Ever Had"...MAN!

Tele-Whacker
March 25th, 2005, 09:45 PM
Thanks Johnny.. I remember when I first started playing music for a living, and wound up in Lubbock Texas. It was Oct. 1973, and an "old" musician saw that I was playin' a Telecaster, and said,"In the old days we wouldn't hire a guy that couldn't afford a better guitar that one of them things."

I also remember my dad calling a solid body guitar a "biscuitboard".. ha ha.

I'm like you, I wish I had that "old biscuitboard" ...

The other interesting thing is, I did have a 1950 Broadcaster for about thirty years..... untill a couple years ago and I gave it away..... BUT, it is in the right hands now.

John Beland
March 26th, 2005, 01:20 PM
Blackie Bennett not only played behind Hank Williams, but he also played with Marty Robbins, Ray Price and Bill Monrow. He was a staff guitartist on the Opry in the early 50's and also toured. Besides that, he also has a radio show with his family.
He played a variety of guitars and mandolin. His guitars included a Gibson (Switchmaster?) semi-hollow electric.
JB
www.johnbeland.com

John Beland
March 27th, 2005, 11:32 AM
Blackie is still alive, but in failing health, living in Richmond Virginia. His son is a State Trooper and plays in his own group. He said his father gave away all his guitars when he retired from professional playing in the late 50's.

His son Jeff (30), said his dad still owns a 1960 Gibson L-5, but it's the only guitar he has left. Last year Blackie stopped playing do to ill health.
JB
www.johnbeland.com

ne4tt
June 18th, 2005, 06:31 PM
Thought I'd bump this TTT, as part of the JI C&W Historical 'Preciation Society.

jamie

flatthead
June 18th, 2005, 09:38 PM
A friend of mine owns the 1943 (or 44) D-28 bone. It's the one in a slew of pictures. Note the plastic tuning buttons.

He got it from former Bluegrass Boy Joe Stuart who bought it from Hank in about 1951. It's a fabulous guitar that I'm pretty sure is not for sale.....:)