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NASHVILLE (AP) — A Nashville court has freed for release
150 "lost songs" recorded by country star Hank Williams. The catalog
was ruled to be the exclusive property of the singer's heirs —
son Hank Williams Jr. and daughter Jett Williams.
Since the late 1980s, Jett Williams has had transcription discs
of pre-produced segments that Williams recorded in 1951 for
Mother's Best Flour Show, a 15-minute show that once aired
on WSM-AM 650.
The discs contain live versions of some of his greatest hits,
plus 40 songs that were never commercially released, such as
On Top of Old Smokey and Blue Eyes Cryin' in the Rain.
"There's enough material for four new original Hank Williams albums,"
said Keith Adkinson, Jett Williams' husband and the lawyer who filed
Over the years, Jett Williams has been approached by companies
that wanted to market the recordings, Adkinson said. But they have
been in a legal tangle since late 1997, when she filed an injunction
against Legacy Entertainment Group LLC and its two principals.
Adkinson said Legacy was telemarketing an adulterated version of the
recordings that they got from Williams' former bassist, Hillous Butrum.
Hank Williams Jr. also was a plaintiff to that lawsuit.
Chancery Court Judge Irvin Kilcrease granted a motion Friday for summary
judgment finding that the two heirs own the property and that only
they can release it.
Kevin Norwood, president of Legacy Entertainment and a Nashville
lawyer, said Wednesday, "We disagree with the decision and we do
intend to appeal."
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