Opry loses its oldest living member, Hank Locklin

Monday, March 9, 2009 at 1:00am

Hank Locklin, a 91-year-old Grand Ole Opry member who only recently released his 65th album, died early Sunday in his home in Brewton, Ala.

A member of the Opry since 1960, 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.”

At the time of his death, Locklin was the oldest living member of the coveted Opry family and recently released By the Grace of God, a collection of gospel songs.

The family plans a private funeral and burial service.

Born Lawrence Hankins Locklin on Feb. 15, 1918 in McLellan, Fla., he was one of country music’s first Honky Tonk singers.

In 1960, “Please Help Me I'm Falling,” went to No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music chart and was listed in Billboard Magazine's 100th Anniversary issue as the second most successful country single of the rock ‘n’ roll era.

Other hits for Locklin included, “Happy Journey” (1961), “Happy Birthday To Me” (1962), and “The Country Hall Of Fame” (1968).

In 2006, he appeared on the PBS special, Country Pop Legends where he performed two of his hits.

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By: Chippster on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Yea, and if he'd LEFT the opry back a few years ago and tried to be re-admitted, they would have denied him like they denied Kitty Wells.