Adele Rowland - Columbia A2769 (1919)

Here's an interesting version of W.C. Handy's The Hesitating Blues.

Excerpted from wikipedia...

Conway Tearle’s third wife, Roberta Hill, filed for a divorce in 1917 after detectives she hired found him in a hotel room with Adele Rowland, a musical comedy actress and dancer. The two claimed they were just rehearsing a play as Rowland explained later, “As to the robe in which I was clad, it's the custom in the profession to read plays attired like that.”

The following February, Tearle and Rowland wed; remaining together until his death some twenty years later. Adele Rowland was the former wife of actor Charles Ruggles and was well known at the time for introducing to America the song Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag And Smile, Smile, Smile which she sang in the 1915 musical Her Soldier Boy. Adele Rowland was born in Washington D.C. on July 10, 1883 and died in Los Angeles on August 8, 1971.

Recorded on March 5, 1919.

Hawkshaw Hawkins - King 1174 (1953)

Apparently Hank Williams had been late or a no show to his shows so many times, the Ohio audience waiting for him to perform laughed at the emcee's announcement that he had passed away. Only when Hawkshaw Hawkins led the other performers in a tribute rendition of I Saw The Light, did the audience realize that Hank truly was gone.

Just a decade later, Hawkins would pass away in Country music's version of The Day The Music Died when a plane crash would also claim the lives of Cowboy Copas and Patsy Cline.

Hawkshaw Hawkins v / Clause Brown steel g / ? lead g / Sammy Barnhart sb / ? fiddle / ? piano.

Recorded in Cincinnati at King Recording Studios on January 16, 1953. (Just two weeks after the death of Hank Williams)