Hank Snow has today’s almost forgotten track

There’s a show called Coast Australia that I’ve been watching, and it got me to thinking about this classic, performed here in the version we all know best by Liverpool, Nova Scotia’s native son Hank Snow…but it was, originally, recorded by an Aussie act named Slim Dusty with unpronounceable Australian place names instead of the North American centres cited by Mr. Snow…many times I reference songs that we all sang along with but this one, like Leroy Van Dyke’s The Auctioneer, is one that we have rarely been able to sing along with properly, almost universally…still, what a great listening experience it was and remains…


Greg Simpson

Greg Simpson firmly believes his career in the music industry officially began on March 14, 1965 when a band gave him ten dollars as commission for helping them find a gig. He hasn’t looked back since then and looks forward to celebrating his fiftieth in 2015 with an enormous party paid for by the hundreds of dollars he’s made since then. His career has covered all aspects from radio for many years, and including working for record labels, artists and, since 1992, Canadian Music Week where he programs the radio stream and manages all conference streams and events in real time annually. He also attends half a dozen conferences a year doing research for CMW and is generally accepted as a knowledgeable cat with a few stories to tell. At the root of it all, though, is his undying love for music and musicians.



Published on May 15, 2018 at 9:05 pm by Greg Simpson


May 16, 2018 - 8:16 am


Interesting to note, that on Wikipedia Hank Snow is not listed. However they note that in 1962 it was made popular by Lucky Starr (have no idea who that is/was).
Two Canadian cities mentioned: Toronto and Waterloo.
Classic by Mr Snow … tough one to do I would imagine.

May 16, 2018 - 12:39 pm


Also Ottawa and Kingston (though tough to hear).

May 22, 2018 - 1:52 pm

Greg Simpson

No idea who Lucky Starr is either, as I’ve always believed that it was a Slim Dusty original…but I’m confused that Hank Snow is stated as not being listed on Wikipedia…impossible. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hank_Snow

May 22, 2018 - 1:55 pm

Greg Simpson

…and from the page for the song title at Wiki I excised this… ”
Megalong Valley
“I’ve Been Everywhere” is a song which was written by Australian country singer Geoff Mack in 1959, and made popular by Lucky Starr in 1962.

The song as originally written listed Australian towns. It was later adapted by Australian singer Rolf Harris with English and Scottish toponyms (1963),[1] and by John Hore (later known as John Grenell) with New Zealand toponyms (1966). In 1962, the song was a number-one US country hit for Hank Snow.[2] “

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