As reported by today's Nashville CIty Paper, Hank Locklin, the Grand Ole Opry's oldest living member, died early yesterday (March 8th) at his Brewton, Alabama home of unknown causes. He was 91 years of age. Ever-prolific and active, Locklin only very recently released his 65th album -- By the Grace of God, a collection of gospel songs.
Born Lawrence Hankins Locklin, he was a member of the revered Grand Ole Opry family since 1960 and had a long recording career with RCA Victor, with whom he scored such notable hits as “Please Help Me I’m Falling” (a Top Ten Billboard hit in 1960), “Send Me the Pillow That You Dream On,” "Happy Journey," “Happy Birthday To Me," "Geisha Girl," and “The Country Hall Of Fame." (audio below)
Locklin, who was one of country music’s first Honky Tonk singers, was listed along with his single "Please Help Me I'm Falling" in Billboard Magazine's 100th Anniversary issue as the second most successful country single of the rock ‘n’ roll era.