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Hank Locklin dies

Sunday, March 8, 2009 – Hank Locklin, 91, who had hits with Send Me the Pillow You Dream On and Please Help Me, I'm Falling, died Sunday.

Locklin, was born Feb. 15, 1918 in McLellan, Fla. At age nine, Locklin was bedridden after getting hit by a school bus. He learned to play guitar and already had started singing at church. He had a regular radio station gig on WCOA in Pensacola, Fla. in 1942 and later was a regular on the Big D Jamboree on KRLD in Dallas. During the 1940s, Locklin played in Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas where his career began to take off. In 1948, Locklin and his band, The Rocky Mountain Playboys, had a morning radio show on KLEE in Houston. He made his first record on the Gold Star label that year before joining Four Star Records in 1949 for a 6-year stint. By 1949, he joined the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport, La.

Locklin, a tenor, had his first Top 10 single, The Same Sweet Girl, in 1949. His first number 1 was Let Me Be the One in 1953. He also had hits with Why, Baby, Why in 1956 and a pop-country crossover song, Geisha Girl in 1946.

Send Me the Pillow You Dream On was a hit in 1958, while Please Help Me, I'm Falling went all the way to the top in 1960. The song reached number eight on the pop charts. Locklin became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1960. Locklin's music helped popularize The Nashville Sound as country music.

Locklin was at RCA Records for 19 years and recorded tribute discs to Eddy Arnold, Hank Williams and Roy Acuff. Locklin also later recorded for MGM Records.

CD reviews for Hank Locklin

By the Grace of God CD review - By the Grace of God
Hank Locklin, a stalwart of the classical country music scene and the Grand Ole Opry, brings us an all-gospel album. It's amazing that a singer at 88 can be in such good voice. If you want to be picky you can at times hear difficulty in hitting some of the notes but he sounds remarkably like he did 50 years ago. He's joined on several tracks by such recognizable names as the Oak Ridge Boys and the Jordanaires. His son, Hank Adam also contributes several tracks, and they include a »»»
Generations in a Song
Time waits for no one. One listen to Hank Locklin's first new album in 10 years, though, and you'll swear that he's exempt. Locklin's 83 years old and still singing in the same keys he did 50 years ago, back when he was first gaining national notice. Make no mistake, Hank Locklin is a country music treasure.Thankfully, that doesn't entirely go unnoticed, as shown by duets with Vince Gill and Dolly Parton. Parton accompanies the master on a re-recording of his enduring classic, "Send Me The Pillow »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: With or without band, Isbell satisfies – Usually, when an artist performs without his regular backing band, it becomes about mathematics of subtraction. That artist is armed with far fewer artistic weapons at his/her disposal, after all. In Jason Isbell's case, though, when he performed with just his wife and fiddler Amanda Shires, it was more about substitution than subtraction.... »»»
Concert Review: Grammy nominations aside, Yola, Kiah are the real deal – Grammy nominations do not make the artist, but Yola and opener Amythyst Kiah underscored time and again on this night that the honors were well deserved. In fact, Yola and Kiah's other group, Our Native Daughters, are nominated in the same category - Best American Roots. Yola has three other nominations as well. The clear winners... »»»
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