Hank Locklin

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 hits with "Please Help Me, I'm Falling", "Send Me the Pillow 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 You Dream On", "Geisha Girl" and his signature "Please Help Me, I'm Falling", 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. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA. Other hits for Locklin included "Fraulein" (1957), "Happy Journey" (1961), "Happy Birthday To Me" (1962) and "The Country Hall Of Fame" (1968).

Birth and Death Data: Born February 15, 1918 (Santa Rosa County), Died March 8, 2009 (Brewton)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1947 - 1954

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, songwriter

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor D7VB-1860 10-in. 11/7/1947 I always lose Bill Boyd ; Cowboy Ramblers Male vocal solo, with string band songwriter  
Decca 83669 11/30/1952 Picking sweethearts Hank Locklin vocalist  
Decca 83670 11/30/1952 I like to play with your kiss Hank Locklin vocalist  
Decca 85645 12/31/1953 Mysteries of life Hank Locklin vocalist  
Decca 85646 12/31/1953 Queen of hearts Hank Locklin vocalist  
Decca NA 3042 5/4/1953 I can't run away Hank Locklin vocalist  
Decca NA 3043 5/4/1953 Shadows Hank Locklin vocalist  
Decca NA 3044 5/5/1953 The red rose Hank Locklin vocalist  
Decca NA 3045 5/5/1953 Lessons in love Hank Locklin vocalist  
Decca NA 3337 6/25/1954 Whispering scandal Hank Locklin vocalist  
Decca NA 3338 6/25/1954 Baby you can count me in Hank Locklin vocalist  
Decca NA 3339 6/25/1954 Let me confess Hank Locklin vocalist  
Decca NA 3340 6/25/1954 I'll always be standing by Hank Locklin vocalist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Locklin, Hank," accessed July 7, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/327775.

Locklin, Hank. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 7, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/327775.

"Locklin, Hank." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 7 July 2022.

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