The Story Behind The Song: “Ain’t Misbehavin’”

He turned to Jerry McKinney for an unusual soprano sax solo and the single version, which lopped off more than a minute of music, behaved rather well – it reached number one on Billboard’s country chart in its 13th week, on May, 17, 1986.

Bocephus’ musical versatility might have surprised some, but his musical heritage explained his unusual mix of material, which included blues, pure pop, hard country and even Southern rock. As a child of the ‘50s (and being the son of Hank Williams), Hank, Jr. grew up right in the middle of the diverse musical cultures of that era in the South, hob-knobbing with the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Perry Como, Charlie Rich, Al Hirt, Elvis Presley and others, along with, of course, the country stars, too.

“Ain’t Misbehavin’” was the last single in Hank’s eleven-album association with producer Jimmy Bowen. He subsequently teamed up with Jim Ed Norman and Barry Beckett to make six albums together through April of 1991. Norman left, but Beckett stayed on, joining co-producer James Stroud for two more projects, ending with 1993’s “Out of Left Field.”

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