I'm Movin' On (Hank Snow song)
"I'm Moving On" is a 1950 country
Country music
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 standard written by Hank Snow
Hank Snow
Clarence Eugene "Hank" Snow was a Canadian-American country music artist. He charted more than 70 singles on the Billboard country charts from 1950 until 1980...

. The song, a 12-bar blues, reached #1 on the Billboard country singles chart and stayed there for 21 weeks, tying the record. It was the first of seven number-one Billboard country hits Snow scored throughout his career on that chart.

The song has four bars of verse followed by eight bars of chorus with the final lines referring back to the verse:
That big eight-wheeler rollin' down the track
Means your true-lovin' daddy ain't comin' back
I'm movin' on, I'll soon be gone
You were flyin' too high for my little old sky so I'm movin' on

"I'm Moving On" is one of three songs in the history of the Billboard country charts to spend 21 weeks at #1, the others being 1947's "I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms)" by Eddy Arnold
Eddy Arnold
Richard Edward Arnold , known professionally as Eddy Arnold, was an American country music singer who performed for six decades. He was a so-called Nashville sound innovator of the late 1950s, and scored 147 songs on the Billboard country music charts, second only to George Jones. He sold more...

 and 1955's "In the Jailhouse Now
In the Jailhouse Now
"In The Jailhouse Now" is an American novelty blues song originally found in vaudeville performances from the early 20th century, usually credited to Jimmie Rodgers...

" by Webb Pierce
Webb Pierce
Webb Michael Pierce was one of the most popular American honky tonk vocalists of the 1950s, charting more number one hits than any other country artist during the decade. His biggest hit was "In The Jailhouse Now," which charted for 37 weeks in 1955, 21 of them at number one...

. It spent 44 weeks in Billboard's top 10.

Cover versions

While Hank Snow's version was still on the charts, hillbilly comedians Lonzo and Oscar
Lonzo and Oscar
Lonzo and Oscar were an American country music duo originally consisting of Lloyd Leslie George and Rollin Lillian Sullivan , best known for being the first to perform the 1948 song "I'm My Own Grandpa". Lonzo was later portrayed by Johnny Sullivan from 1950–1967 and by David Hooten from...

 released a parody version:
I let a man work on my car
Till he grabbed aholt of the sparkplug wire
He's movin' on, he'll soon be gone
He turned it loose when he felt the juice, he's moving on

Ray Charles

The song was famously covered in 1959 by Ray Charles
Ray Charles
Ray Charles Robinson , known by his shortened stage name Ray Charles, was an American musician. He was a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s by fusing rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles into his early recordings with Atlantic Records...

, whose version hit number forty on the pop singles chart
Billboard Hot 100
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 and number eleven on the R&B singles chart
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
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. Charles's version with his soul band featured conga
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s and maracas
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, giving the Spanish tinge
Spanish Tinge
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 to a country and western blues
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. It was also recorded on his last recording session with Atlantic
Atlantic Records
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 months before he signed with ABC
ABC Records
ABC Records was an American record label, founded in New York City in 1955 as ABC-Paramount Records. It originated as the main popular music label operated the Am-Par Record Corporation, the music subsidiary of the American Broadcasting Company . ABC-Paramount Records' first president was Samuel H....


Produced by Jerry Wexler
Jerry Wexler
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, Charles provides the lead vocals, and is backed by the Raelettes
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. The Ray Charles Orchestra provided the instrumentation.

Other cover versions

A live version is included on December's Children (And Everybody's)
December's Children (And Everybody's)
-Personnel:*Mick Jagger – lead vocals, harmonica on "I'm Moving On," percussion*Keith Richards – guitars, backing vocals, and string arrangement*Brian Jones – guitars, backing vocals, harmonica on "Look What You've Done," piano, and organ...

by the Rolling Stones.

The song was covered by Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley
Elvis Aaron Presley was one of the most popular American singers of the 20th century. A cultural icon, he is widely known by the single name Elvis. He is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King"....

 in 1969.

Emmylou Harris
Emmylou Harris
Emmylou Harris is an American singer-songwriter and musician. In addition to her work as a solo artist and bandleader, both as an interpreter of other composers' works and as a singer-songwriter, she is a sought-after backing vocalist and duet partner, working with numerous other artists including...

 took an uptempo live version of "I'm Moving On" to No. 5 on the Billboard
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Hot Country Singles chart and #1 on the RPM
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Country Tracks chart in Canada in the spring of 1983.

The song was also covered by Chuck Prophet
Chuck Prophet
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 for a 2007 Jack Daniel's NASCAR television commercial.

There is a version by Warren Smith
Warren Smith (singer)
Warren Smith was an American rockabilly and country music singer and guitarist.-Biography:Smith was born in Humphreys County, Mississippi to Iola and Willie Warren Smith, who divorced when he was young...

, as part of a medley of Hank Snow songs.

It has also been covered by Irish
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 rock band Taste
Taste (band)
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Big House
Big House (band)
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 also covered this song on their 2000 album, Woodstock Nation.

Other artists who have covered the song include: Johnny Nash
Johnny Nash
John Lester "Johnny" Nash, Jr. is an American pop singer-songwriter, best known in the US for his 1972 hit, "I Can See Clearly Now". He was also the first non-Jamaican to record reggae music in Kingston, Jamaica.-Life and career:...

 (1963), Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith (musician)
Jimmy Smith was a jazz musician whose performances on the Hammond B-3 electric organ helped to popularize this instrument...

 (1963), Timi Yuro
Timi Yuro
Timi Yuro was an American soul and R&B singer. She is considered to be one of the first blue-eyed soul stylists of the rock era.-Early years:...

 (1963), Dave Dudley
Dave Dudley
Dave Dudley , born David Darwin Pedruska, was an American country music singer best-known for his truck-driving country anthems of the 1960s and 1970s and his semi-slurred baritone. His signature song was "Six Days on the Road," and he is also remembered for "Vietnam Blues," "Truck Drivin'...

 (1964), The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones
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 (1965), The Everly Brothers
The Everly Brothers
The Everly Brothers are country-influenced rock and roll performers, known for steel-string guitar playing and close harmony singing...

 (1967), Roy Acuff
Roy Acuff
Roy Claxton Acuff was an American country music singer, fiddler, and promoter. Known as the King of Country Music, Acuff is often credited with moving the genre from its early string band and "hoedown" format to the star singer-based format that helped make it internationally successful.Acuff...

 (1967), The Box Tops
The Box Tops
The Box Tops were a Memphis rock group of the second half of the 1960s. They are best known for the hits "The Letter," "Neon Rainbow," "Soul Deep," "I Met Her in Church," and "Cry Like A Baby," and are considered a major blue-eyed soul group of the period...

 (1968), Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
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 (1970) John Kay
John Kay
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 (1972), Tina Turner
Tina Turner
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 (1974), Mickey Gilley
Mickey Gilley
Mickey Leroy Gilley is an American country music singer and musician. Although he started out singing straight-up country and western material in the 1970s, he moved towards a more pop-friendly sound in the 1980s, bringing him further success on not just the country charts, but the pop charts as...

 (1975), Loggins & Messina(1975), Professor Longhair
Professor Longhair
Professor Longhair was a New Orleans blues singer and pianist...

 (1978), Charlie Feathers
Charlie Feathers
Charles Arthur "Charlie" Feathers was an influential American rockabilly and country music performer.-Biography:...

 (1979), Eddie and the Subtitles (1981), Steppenwolf
Steppenwolf (band)
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 (1987), George Thorogood
George Thorogood
George Thorogood is an American blues rock vocalist/guitarist from Wilmington, Delaware, United States, known for his hit song "Bad to the Bone" as well as for covers of blues standards such as Hank Williams' "Move It On Over" and John Lee Hooker's "House Rent Boogie/One Bourbon, One Scotch, One...

 (1988), Ashley MacIsaac
Ashley MacIsaac
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 (2002) and Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash
John R. "Johnny" Cash was an American singer-songwriter, actor, and author, who has been called one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century...

 (2003) and Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson
Willie Hugh Nelson is an American country music singer-songwriter, as well as an author, poet, actor, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie , combined with the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger and Stardust , made Nelson one of the most recognized...

 (2008 - a duet with Hank Snow), Rosanne Cash
Rosanne Cash
Rosanne Cash is an American singer-songwriter and author. She is the eldest daughter of the late country music singer Johnny Cash and his first wife, Vivian Liberto Cash Distin....

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