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Who Hank Williams
When September 12, 2003
Where Nashville, TN
What Court frees 150 of Hank Williams' 'lost songs'
 

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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 the lawsuit.

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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