Era Inducted To: Radio Era
I’m Movin’ On remained in Billboard’s top spot for a remarkable 21 weeks before it began its slow descent back down the charts. A record 44 weeks later, Hank Snow’s tune finally left the charts, making it one of the most successful singles in recorded country music history. During the Korean War, Snow, along with a group of performers, headed to South Korea in an effort to cheer up UN soldiers. His rendition of I’m Movin’ On was so popular that soldiers began to regard the song as a war anthem. It became so engrained in the wartime culture, that a maneuver was named after the Canadian: to “pull a Hank Snow” was a code for soldiers to make an unscheduled retreat or advance. In 1960, Ray Charles took his first recorded foray into country when he re-made Snow’s immortal country classic into an inspired R’n’B rock fusion.
Cover Artists Include: Everly Brothers, Ray Charles, Charlie Feathers, Ashley MacIsaac, Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, Steppenwolf, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Ike and Tina Turner