Doug's notes:

The most familiar version of "Hey, Good Lookin'" is attributed to Hank Williams. He wrote, recorded and released the song as a single in 1951; and it enjoyed much commercial success. However Williams' inspiration actually came from a 1942 Cole Porter tune with the same name. Porter's "Hey, Good Lookin'" starts with a lengthy vocal intro but then launches into a  familiar refrain, very similar to the Hank Williams' classic.

(below Cole Porter lyrics)


"Hey good lookin',
Say what's cookin',
Do you feel like bookin',
Some fun tonight?"

Hey, hey, hey, hey good lookin',
If you're not already tookin',
Could you meet me soon,
In the moonlight?"


(below Hank Williams lyrics)

"Say, hey good lookin',
Whatcha got cookin',
How's about cookin',
Somethin' up with me"

Say, hey sweet baby,
Don't 'cha think maybe,
We could find us,
A brand new recipe"

 
An interesting aside is that Hank penned his "Hey Good Lookin'" in just 20 minutes on a flight with his pal, Little Jimmy Dickens. Hank contended that newcomer Dickens needed a hit song to jumpstart his career. A week later Williams recorded the song himself explaining to Jimmy: "That song's too good for you!"

"Hey, Good Lookin" has since been covered by hundreds of artists and was recently inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Here's our take on this classic song off our 2013 Feelin' Alright album.


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"HEY GOOD LOOKIN'"
writer: Hank Williams
album: Feelin' All right (BOF-94) 2013
artists: the Memory Brothers
  • lead vocal: Christopher Jon
  • background vocals: Christopher Jon and Doug
  • rhythm guitar: Christopher Jon
  • piano and bass: Doug
  • Dixieland jazz instruments (trumpet, trombone, banjo, clarinet) performed by Doug on Yamaha NP-V80 keyboard.
  • backing tracks programmed by Doug
             sequenced on Sonar 3.1 Producer Edition
             VSampler 3; Papelmedia GM 2006; EZdrummer; RealBand
             VI.One; Casio WK3800; Alesis QS7.1; Yamaha NP-V80
  • recorded at: Bird-On-Fire Recording Studio / West Union, Iowa