Hank Locklin Interview
He’s sold more than 15 million albums and received numerous awards from the Grand Ole Opry, BMI, ASCAP, Cashbox, Billboard and NARAS.
He’s influenced Vince Gill, Kenny Rogers, Dwight Yoakam, Bob Seger, Merle Haggard, George Jones and George Strait.
His song, “Please Help Me I’m Falling”, spent 14 weeks at Number One, 30 weeks in the Top Ten in 1960, and a total of 36 weeks in the country charts.
Billboard’s 100 th Anniversary issue listed it as the Number Two most successful country single of the Rock and Roll era. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award and won the Cash Box Award for Best Country Song of 1960.
A string of hits followed: “Send Me The Pillow You Dream On”, which he wrote, “It’s A Little More Like Heaven”, “Geisha Girl”, “Frauelin”, “Why Baby Why”, and “Blue Grass Skirt”.
We are talking of course about the one, the only Hank Locklin.
Q – Mr. Locklin, it’s a real honor to
talk to you.
Q – What have you heard?
Q – (Laughs).
Q – I saw you on that P.B.S. Special. You can still sing. You still
have your voice. For a lot of singers who have been around awhile that’s
not the case. I take it you’re not a smoker.
Q – How did Chet Atkins know that “Please Help Me I’m
Falling” was the song for you?
Q – They don’t write songs like that anymore. It’s
a simple song, but you never get tired of listening to it.
Q – Did anyone else ever cover “Please Help Me I’m Falling” and
have a hit with it?
Q – Did the co-writer of that song, Don Robertson,
ever tell you how he came to write that song or how long it took him to
Q – How about the song you wrote, “Send Me The Pillow You Dream
On”-----how long did that take you to write?
Q – Did you make personal appearances behind
Q – Where did you perform over there-----in
Q – Did you know Patsy Cline?
Q – In your travels, did you ever come into
contact with Elvis and Col. Parker?
Q – You were getting into rockabilly? Is that what you’re
Q – Did you ever meet Buddy Holly?
Q – I don’t know.
Q – When you were a kid, you were hit by a
school bus. While you were recovering from your injuries you picked up
the guitar. Would you have picked up the guitar anyway?
Q – Did your parents approve of your interest
Q – Do you like the country music you hear
Official website: www.hanklocklin.com
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