Posthumous Cash Box hit and n°1 C&W. His music publisher Fred Rose suggested to change the subject into a cigar store indian, falling in love with the wooden squaw outside the antique store next door. Hank Williams had a full blooded indian in mind. His name was inspired by Kowaliga Creek, the southern part of Lake Martin in Alabama, where Hank used to hide once in a while and where his lakeside cabin is still named after him.
Freddy Sunder with Charlie Knegtel & His Rhythms [as Kaw Liga Boogie and in '56 as Kaw Liga Rock]
Ratmen [with Walter Broes]
According to Carl Perkins the rhythm of this song blew Sam Phillips' mind. One of the reasons fast Hank Williams songs are considered pure pre rockabilly.