The Wild Side of Life
Composer: Arlie Carter / William Warren

The Wild Side Of Life was performed by a group that included Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Leon Russell, Mary Egan and Doug Sahm on November 23, 1972 at the Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin, TX. The song is sometimes listed as Honky Tonk Angel on setlists of this show.

The original recording of the song by Hank Thompson topped the Billboard Country charts in 1952. An answer song It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels topped the charts later in the same year.


The Wild Side Of Life has been recorded by many performers. A more comprehensive list of recordings may be added at a later date.

no info Single (Wild Side Of Life / Crying In The Deep Blue Sea), Hank Thompson, 1952
no info Favorites, Hank Thompson, 1952
no info Songs Of The Brazos Valley, Hank Thompson, 1955
no info The Best, Hank Thompson, 1963
no info Single (Yesterday's Girl / Wild Side Of Life), Hank Thompson, 1963
no info Golden Country Hits, Hank Thompson, 1964
info Classic: The Definitive Edition of His Sun Recordings 1956-1963, Jerry Lee Lewis, 1989
info Capitol Records 50th Anniversary, Various Artists (Hank Thompson), 1992
info Live at the Great American Music Hall, Bluegrass Reunion, 2021

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