Hank Locklin

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Hank Locklin
Hank Locklin.png
Hank Locklin in 1968
Background information
Birth nameLawrence Hankins Locklin
Born(1918-02-15)February 15, 1918
McLellan, Florida
DiedMarch 8, 2009(2009-03-08) (aged 91)
Brewton, Alabama
Genrescountry music
Occupation(s)singer-songwriter
Instrumentsguitar
Years active1949–2009
LabelsRCA Victor, 4 Star Records
Notable instruments
Guitar
 
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Hank Locklin
Hank Locklin.png
Hank Locklin in 1968
Background information
Birth nameLawrence Hankins Locklin
Born(1918-02-15)February 15, 1918
McLellan, Florida
DiedMarch 8, 2009(2009-03-08) (aged 91)
Brewton, Alabama
Genrescountry music
Occupation(s)singer-songwriter
Instrumentsguitar
Years active1949–2009
LabelsRCA Victor, 4 Star Records
Notable instruments
Guitar

Lawrence Hankins 'Hank' Locklin (February 15, 1918 – March 8, 2009) was an American country music singer-songwriter. A member of the Grand Ole Opry for nearly 50 years, Locklin had a long recording career with RCA Victor, and scored big with the hits "Please Help Me, I'm Falling", "Send Me the Pillow That You Dream On", and "Geisha Girl" from 1957-1960. His singles charted from 1949-1971.

Locklin was one of country music's early honky tonk singers. He first recorded for Royalty, a small label in northeast Texas, but soon moved to 4 Star Records, a regional country music label, before signing a long contract with RCA Victor. He had an estimated 15 million record sales worldwide and his songs were recorded by many other artists, including Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Roy Rogers, Dwight Yoakam and Dean Martin. He regularly appeared on the Grand Ole Opry beginning in 1960, making his final appearance in 2007.

Locklin had 70 chart singles, including six No. 1s on Billboard '​s country chart. Locklin's biggest hits included "Send Me the Pillow That You Dream On", "Geisha Girl" and his signature "Please Help Me, I'm Falling",[1] which went to number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music chart. Billboard '​s 100th anniversary issue listed it as the second most successful country single of the rock and roll era. Other hits for Locklin included "Happy Journey" (1961), "Happy Birthday To Me" (1962) and "The Country Hall Of Fame" (1968).

Biography[edit]

Born in McLellan in the Florida Panhandle, Locklin grew up working in the cotton fields to supplement his family’s low income. He began playing the guitar at the age of nine after being seriously injured by a school bus.

His first marriage to Willa Jean Murphy ended in divorce. In 1970 he married Anita Crooks of Brewton, Alabama. He had a son and four daughters, 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and a few close great nieces and nephews such as Sarah Locklin.[2]

In the 1960s Locklin built a ranch house called The Singing L in the field in McClellan where he had picked cotton as a boy. He was later made the honorary mayor of the town.

Locklin had a strong following in Europe, and in Ireland. His popularity was such that in 1963 he recorded an album called Irish Songs Country Style. He has a fan club in Langeli, Bjerkreim, Norway. The obituary in The Times described Locklin as "the last remaining link between country music’s hillbilly roots and the lusher, modern pop sound of Nashville."[3]

In 2006 Locklin appeared on the PBS special, Country Pop Legends in which he performed "Send Me the Pillow That You Dream On," and "Please Help Me I'm Falling". Until his death at the age of 91 in 2009, he was the oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry. Hank had recently released his 65th album, By the Grace of God, a collection of gospel songs.

He moved to Brewton, where he remained throughout his later years, and died there at home in the early morning on March 8, 2009.[4]

In 2007 he was inducted to the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.[5]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

YearAlbumUS CountryLabel
1958Foreign LoveRCA Victor
1960Please Help Me, I'm Falling
1962Happy Journey
A Tribute to Roy Acuff–King of Country Music
1963The Ways of Life
1964Irish Songs, Country Style
Hank Locklin Sings Hank Williams
1965Hank Locklin Sings Eddy Arnold
Once Over Lightly
The Best of Hank Locklin
1966The Girls Get Prettier26
The Gloryland Way (w/ The Imperials)
1967Send Me the Pillow You Dream On
Nashville Women36
1968Country Hall of Fame20
My Love Song for You40
1969Softly32
Lookin' Back
1970Hank Locklin with Danny Davis and the
Nashville Brass
(w/ Danny Davis)
Bless Her Heart...I Love Her
1972Mayor of McLellan Florida
The Best of Hank Locklin
1975Hank LocklinMGM
1976Golden HitsPlantation
1977There Never Was a Time
Country Hall of FameTop Spin
2004Generations in SongColdwater
2006By the Grace of God: The Gospel AlbumYell

Singles[edit]

YearSingleChart PositionsAlbum
US CountryUS
1949"The Same Sweet Girl"8singles only
"Knocking at Your Door"
"Send Me the Pillow That You Dream On"
"Our Love Will Show the Way"
1950"Fifty Miles of Elbow Room"
"Midnight Tears"
"Paper Face"
"Come Share the Sunshine with Me"
"Holy Train"
"No One's Sweeter Than You"
"Year of Time"
1951"Song of the Whispering Leaves"
"Your House of Love Won't Stand"
"Crazy Over You"
"Stumpy Joe"
1952"Tell Me You Love Me"
"Down Texas Way"
"Harvest Is Ripe"
"Who Is Knocking at My Heart"
1953"Alone at the Table for Two"
"Crazy Over You"
"Let Me Be the One"1
1955"Your Heart Is an Island"
"Who Am I to Cast First Stone"
1956"Why Baby Why"9
"Good Woman's Love"
"Seven or Eleven"
"She's Better Than Most"
1957"Fourteen Karate Gold"
"Goin' Home All by Myself"
"Geisha Girl"466Foreign Love
"Livin' Alone"flipPlease Help Me, I'm Falling
1958"Send Me the Pillow You Dream On"577
"It's a Little More Like Heaven"3
"Blue Grass Skirt"flipForeign Love
"That Inner Glow"singles only
"I Gotta Talk to Your Heart"
1959"Foreign Car"Please Help Me, I'm Falling
"Border of the Blues"single only
"Blues in Advance"Please Help Me, I'm Falling
1960"Please Help Me, I'm Falling"18
1961"One Step Ahead of My Past"14singles only
"From Here to There to You"12
"You're the Reason"14107Happy Journey
"Happy Birthday to Me"7
1962"Happy Journey"10
"We're Gonna Go Fishin'"14The Ways of Life
"Wabash Cannonball"A Tribute to Roy Acuff
1963"Flyin' South"23singles only
1964"Wooden Soldier"41
"Followed Closely by My Teardrops"15
"I Was Coming Home to You"
1965"I'm Blue"
"Forty Nine, Fifty One"32
1966"The Girls Get Prettier (Every Day)"35The Girls Get Prettier
"Insurance"48single only
"The Best Part of Loving You"69Nashville Women
1967"Hasta Luego (See You Later)"41
"Nashville Women"73
"The Country Hall of Fame"8Country Hall of Fame
1968"Love Song for You"A40My Love Song for You
"Everlasting Love"57single only
"Lovin' You (The Way I Do)"62My Love Song for You
1969"Where the Blue of the Night
Meets the Gold of the Day"
35Softly
"Jeannie"single only
1970"Please Help Me, I'm Falling" (w/ Danny Davis)68Hank Locklin with Danny Davis
and the Nashville Brass
"Flying South" (w/ Danny Davis)56
"Bless Her Heart...I Love Her"68Bless Her Heart...I Love Her
1971"She's as Close as I Can Get to Loving You"61Mayor of McLellan Florida
"Only a Fool"
"Softly"singles only
1972"Love Has a Mind of Its Own"
"I Forgot to Live Today"
"Goodbye Old Ryman"
1973"Before My Time"
"Jonas P. Jones"
1974"Wildwood Flower"
"Send Me Your Coffee Cup"Hank Locklin
1975"Sweetest Mistake"
"Irish Eyes"
1976"Baby I Need You"There Never Was a Time
"Daytime Love Affair"
"You Love Me Don'tcha"
1977"There Never Was a Time"

Guest singles[edit]

YearSingleArtistUS Country
1967"Chet's Tune"Some of Chet's Friends38

Bibliography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 10 - Tennessee Firebird: American country music before and after Elvis. [Part 2]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. Digital.library.unt.edu. 
  2. ^ NY Times Obituary 9 March 2009
  3. ^ The Times Obituary 11 March 2009
  4. ^ "Grand Ole Opry member Hank Locklin dies in Alabama". Associated Press via WVLT-TV. 2009-03-09. Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  5. ^ Hank Locklin Florida Artists Hall of Fame

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